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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Reading On the Go

If you're like me, you can't find enough time to read. I have a question for you, do you have anytime where you could listen to some fiction? I have a 45 minute commute to work each day, but it's enjoyable because I've got a whole bunch of audiobooks, and podiobooks to listen to. What is a podiobook you ask? If you know what a podcast is, then you can see, a podiobook is simply someone podcasting thier book, or a podcast audiobook. One great thing about podiobooks is, they're free! I'll recommend some good ones in this post, but back to my little story here. I consume at least one book every two weeks. That's right, and no, I don't have time to sit and read, ever. Any scrap of free time I can scavenge up, I use to write. So I challenge you, give it a try. Go and get a podiobook, and see if you don't get hooked. Or if you want to go and buy a traditional audio book, the two audiobook narrator's I highly recommend: Frank Muller, and Scott Brick. The narrator makes or breaks if an audiobook is any good, trust me. If you're looking for traditional audiobooks for free download, I suggest Project Gutenberg, although be careful, because a lot of the books there are read by volunteers, which is great, but you get different readers throughout the book instead of one narrator, and some of them are bad readers, or they don't have the best sound recording set up so the quality isn't always great. However, there are some great audiobooks there. They're free because they're all books that have gone into the public domain, meaning their copyright has expired. I highly recommend The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I've given you a direct link to the page with the amazing narrator. For some reason, they also have a version of this book with volunteers reading it, but I don't know why when they already have such a great version up. Oh well, to each his own.

Here are a few recommendations for excellent Podiobooks:

SCIENCE FICTION
- Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell
- Space Casey by Christiana Ellis

FANTASY
- Billibub Baddings and the Case of the Singing Sword by Tee Morris
- Murder at Avedon Hill  by P.G. Holyfield

ADVENTURE/YOUNG ADULT
- Pirate Jack by Alessandro Cima

Tell me if you don't get hooked on consuming fiction through audio!

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