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Apr. 15th, 2007

Just what I love to see first thing in the morning: a cat standing next to the bed, sneezing right into my face. I am not sure how long he was standing there.

Blades of Glory was actually pretty damn funny. I spent the rest of the day enjoying the company of my moviegoing pals and eating alot.

And now it's sunday. WHY!

I was suddenly possessed to get audiobooks! It turns out the Maryland public libraries free audiobooks do not work with ipod. hrmf. Who wants to tell me about their experiences with audible.com?

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tzel
Apr. 15th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
Audible = LOVE. Ok, there are things it lacks that I want to listen to, specifically any Harry Potter, Dresden Files or Conan. However, I never have trouble finding something to listen to and if I'm stuck they have this handy little thing where you can choose something like "blow my mind" and the length of book you're looking for and it will make reccomendations.
snidegrrl
Apr. 15th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
Do you get to keep the files? Do you pay the membership and then pay the discount price for each book? Their 'about the service' page confused me.
tzel
Apr. 15th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
You get to keep the files forever. You can opt for the $10 1 year membership that gives you a discount and your first download free. That's how I started. Then, when the library continued to disapoint me I got the platinum membership which is $25/month and you get two credits/month which carry over if you don't use them. Most books cost 1 credit.
snidegrrl
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
That's encouraging. I need to make a list of what I definitely want so I can see how much of it they have to see if it is worth my while.
rob_donoghue
Apr. 16th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
Seconded. I also have the 2 credits per month subscription, and I consider it a deal and a half. I even canceled my subscription for a while, but when I started it up again, I still had access to all of the things I'd previously downloaded.

While I _can_ listen to them on the ipod (which is much easier now than it used to be, since the files now include skip-to points) I admit I'm quite wasteful and burn them to CD as Audio CDs. It takes a little time, but it's trivial to do with itunes, and the convenience is well worth it.
cheetahmaster
Apr. 15th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
Just what I love to see first thing in the morning: a cat standing next to the bed, sneezing right into my face. I am not sure how long he was standing there.

I bet he felt a sneeze coming on, then hopped up and waited.
mikailborg
Apr. 15th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
It turns out the Maryland public libraries free audiobooks do not work with ipod.

That's gotta be hackable. If it's an audio file, I'm sure we can convert it. Do you get them online, or do you mosey down to the library and pick up cassettes?
rshackleford
Apr. 15th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
I just got audiobooks on cd from the library, then ripped them. Is this free audiobook thing some downloadable dealie?

If I'm remembering correctly, the sound quality on the books from audible I've listened to is...wanting. Smaller files, I guess, but I found it distracting.
tzel
Apr. 15th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
I download from audible in iPod format and comparing that to a friend who just does the regular download there's a lot of difference in quality. She happened to download something I had listened to and was complaining that the one narrator sounded like and old woman when I had thought she sounded too young. Listening to the two downloads together was like night and day.
angela_la_la
Apr. 15th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
Have you guys seen LibriVox? It's a free service where you can download audiobooks of works in the public domain. It's all read by volunteers, so not sure about the quality of the performers, but: free! There seems to be an interesting mix of stuff on there--lots of fairy tales and religious works, but also Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Henry James...
snidegrrl
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
Interesting! Right now I want a few very specific books, so I'm not just in "gee what can I listen too" mode, but when I am I will check that out.
tzel
Apr. 18th, 2007 11:24 am (UTC)
I downloaded The King In Yellow from LibriVox and while the quality wasn't awesome, it was enjoyable.
rshackleford
Apr. 15th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
You know, I didn't think of that. My roommate has a non-iPod player, and he's where I got the books from. Thanks!
snidegrrl
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
I might get the actual cds from the library, but that's always if they have the particular stuff I want. Supposedly the free audiobooks from MD libraries are downloadable, but as soon as I read non-compatible with ipod I was like, oh well never mind.
bjoneill74
Apr. 16th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
Will Farrell cracks my ass up.
I was watching a very odd/sick animated thing on adult swim the other night called The Oblongs.
He did the voice for one of the main characters..
There was some damn funny stuff though.. couldn't help but watch it.
p_sunshine
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
Audible is awesome. I have the two credits a month deally too. Plus, the Motorcycle Zen book is on there now.
snidegrrl
Apr. 16th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
Glad to know so many people like it! Thanks!
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