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tragiktimes101 1 month ago

Does anyone else listen to audiobooks from audible? What are your favorite books? Favorite genres? What do you have on your list to read next?

Past Reads:

Gun, Germs, and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies
By: Jared Diamond

Summary: Wonderful take on the importance that weaponry, dominance, supremacy, and ineptitude had on shaping our modern world.

History's Great Military Blunders and the Lessons The Teach
By: The Great Courses

Summary: If you want to get into the minds of some of the greatest and worst general to ever live, this is the lecture series for you.

The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914
By: Richard J. Evans

Summary: This was a riveting book covering the massive changes and power grabs that took place in Europe during the 19th century.

The Story of Human Language
By: The Great Courses (John McWhorter)

Summary: Very interesting take on the evolution and importance of language to humans.

Origins and Ideologies of the American Revolution
By: The Great Courses

Summary: An Awesome series of lectures covering topics from the Great Fire of New York to the Treaty of Paris.

The American Civil War
By: The Great Courses (Gary W. Gallagher)

Summary: A very well structured series of lectures by a very knowledgeable person. If you are interested in the Civil War, look no further.

Foundations of Western Civilization I
By: The Great Courses

Summary: Fantastic series of lectures on western civilization. Very engaging. A must read for those interested in the subject.

Foundation of Western Civilization II: A history of the Modern Western World
By: The Great Courses

Summary: Fantastic series of lectures on western civilization. Very engaging. A must read for those interested in the subject.

Sherlock Holmes (Complete Collection)
By: Arthur Conan Doyle - Read By: Stephen Fry

Summary: It's Sherlock Holmes. What more can I say?

The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume One

Summary: Didn't much care for this one.

The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World
By: The Great Courses (Robert Garland)

Histories
By: Herodotus

Summary: Great collection of ancient histories from an ancient source

Rome and the Barbarians
By: The Great Courses

Summary: Phenomenal series on Rome, it's interactions with various barbarian groups, and it's eventual downfall.

The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution
By: David Wootton

Summary: Great summarization of the evolution of science as we know it today.

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Case Production)
By: Neil Gaiman

Summary: I thought it was non-fiction, it was not. But it was an amazing read and a great mistake.

China: A History
By: John Keay

Summary: Not bad, but hard to keep focused with. China has had a complex history.

The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800
By: Jay Winik

Summary: Wonderful book covering the rapid changes that took place in Europe and America during the end of the 18th century.

The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
By: Susan Wise Bauer

Summary: Not the best history book I have ever read, but definitely not bad either. Worth the read.

Tomorrow War: The Chronicles of Max [Redacted], Book 1
By: J. L. Bourne

Summary: Pretty cool take a potential source of societies downfall and the aftermath that would follow. A little short though.

Current Reads/Re-Reads:

The Cycle of Arawn: The Complete Trilogy (Re-Read)
By: Michael J. Sullivan

Summary: My all-time favorite book trilogy, no question. It's like Lord of the Rings, but it's not a bunch of books about walking. And it is a whole lot darker. It has a perfect mix of action, adventure, comedy, and fantasy. If you haven't read it you would be remiss if you didn't give it a shot.

Alexander Hamilton
By: Ron Chernow

Future Reads:

Age of Myth: Book One of the Legends of the First Empire
By: Michael J. Sullivan

The Silver Theif: The Cycle of Galand (Complete Trilogy)
By: Edward W. Robertson

Well, if you made it through my list I applaud you. It took me a while to write out. XD These are the books that I have read this year (a little lazy this year). Hopefully, I will get several more added to my "Future Reads" section thanks to this forum!

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ThatGuyStevz 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I’ve only listened to one. To Kill a Mockinbird, it was for school. I really liked how it works. It was mostly easy to use and very user-friendly. I usually read Stephen King, John Grisham, and Tom Clancy books.

tragiktimes101 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Wow, I haven't read To Kill a Mockingbird in years. I think you just gave me inspiration for my next book! :)

I personally love Audible. I have read dozens of books through them. I loved them so much I signed up for their platinum (I think) subscription where you get two credits per month. Love it. If you use your credits wisely you can get whole series (100+MSPR) for one credit. That's a hell of a steal!

Another pretty great listen is just about anything from The Great Courses, which is a collegiate level series of lectures. They cover some pretty in-depth topics. It doesn't hurt that they are given by some of the best and brightest in their given fields.

ThatGoat 1 point 1 month ago

I haven't used Audible, I have used the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (library of free audiobooks and eBooks - behaves like a library), and my favorite books are Star Wars books. Some particularly good audio books that I have listened too include:

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars: Thrawn
  • Star Wars: Bloodline
  • Star Wars: Kenobi
  • And many others...

Yes, I do love Star Wars books and audio books.


If you live in a different state (still in the US) then there is a good chance that there may be a site similar to the WPLC...
Example

tragiktimes101 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

We have something similar to that in Missouri but I can't for the life of me remember what it's called. It was nice, but the quality of audiobooks was hit or miss. Have you experienced similar quality variations?

ThatGoat 1 point 1 month ago

Not really. All of them are nicely read (this is one aspect that varies with reader/speakers), and the sound effects and the voice changes are wonderful. Sometimes I think I'm listening to a movie soundtrack not an audio-book lol.

For instance, I vividly remember the Darth Vader entrance scene for the Return Of The Jedi audio-book, and I thought that the timing with the Imperial March was excellent!

tragiktimes101 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

That's pretty cool, I guess I'll need to give it another shot.

ThatGoat 1 point 1 month ago

Oh yeah, and is this it?

https://molib2go.overdrive.com/

tragiktimes101 submitter 1 point 1 month ago

Ayyy, it is! Thanks!