Monday, June 28, 2010

Free audiobooks at Audible.com

Posted by Simcha 5:28 AM, under | 8 comments

Audible.com is currently offering a selection of audio books for free download as a promotion to non-members. A few of the books they are offering are ones that I have been eager to read, so I'm pretty excited about this promotion. But this offer is only good for one download and it ends on July 2nd.


The list of books include:

METAtropolis by Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, John Scalzi, Karl Schroeder
The Hunter by L. J. Smith
Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes
That's Life Samara Brooks by Daniel Ehrenhaft
The Hanging Hill by Chris Grabenstein
Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker, Girl vs. Superstar by Robin Palmer
Fractured by Karin Slaughter
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The Lost Fleet: Dauntless by Jack Campbell
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
On Basilisk Station by David Weber
Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin
The Lost Books of the Odyssey by Zachary Mason
The Last Surgeon by Michael Palmer
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
I Am Legend: Free Version by Richard Matheson
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Merchant of Death by D. J. MacHale
The Black Echo (Unabridged) by Michael Connelly
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Stiff by Mary Roach
My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler
Little Bee by Chris Cleave

I think I'm going to do with The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold, because I have really been wating to try some of Bujold's scifi books, though I have also been wanting to read Darkly Dreaming Dexter and I am Legend, so I might chose one of those instead.

If you are not a member of Audible.com then you can download your own free book at this link.

8 comments:

Oooh, they have one my favorite books free - Stiff. But that's a pretty good selection. Thanks for the tip!

Thanks for the heads up! I love audiobooks. :)

I just realized that my post header said ebooks instead of audio books. How embarrassing! Glad you guys stopped by anyways.

Awesome! Thanks for this Simcha, what a great way to get some free audiobooks!

-Bryan
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Yay! Free audiobooks! I do recommend listening to the sample prior to choosing your book though. The reader can make a HUGE difference.

I am currently stuck in a neverending pit of despair with Outlander. It is something like 32 hours so unless you know you'll like this book or have read, don't get it. Blah!

Life of Pi is a great audio book. Chris Grabenstein translates well to audio as does David Weber. I haven't listened to Master and Commander but I have listened to the first book in the Master and Commander series (which may be Master and Commander but I don't remember) and it is pretty good. I am Legend is different... don't be expecting the movie as the book is very different.

All in all, great list of offerings but I have an audible membership so no free book for me. Audible is awesome in that they offer a couple of formats and I know that there ipod format also works with my GPS so I can load books on my GPS for roadtrips.

BStearns: My pleasure. Free audio books are great, particularly since they are often pretty pricey.

WonderBunny: I actually was tempted by the Outlander audio book since I have been meaning to reread it. Why are you not enjoying it? Is is the book itself or the narrator?
The David Weber book is a good choice as well, maybe I will go for that one. He is one of those authors that I've been meaning to read but have never got around to. Thanks for the suggestions!

Simcha, I have issues with the characters. The audio production is very good but and I haven't ever read the book so I don't know how it compares. Clair is whiny and I just have a hard time with the fact that I don't feel like she is trying to get home. Jamie is a brute and whatever is between Clair and Jamie doesn't feel like love for me. He beats her up because she didn't know better and she can't tell the truth. I don't think I will be finishing it, I just have too many "GAH!" moments.

WondeBunny: That's a shame because I remember really liking Outlander. Though I think that listening to a book can be a more intense experience then reading it. You spend more time with the characters and you hear every single word rather then being able to occasionally skim. Perhaps I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much either if I were listening to it, because it really is long. On the other hand, parts of books that I might find boring when I'm reading them turn out to be enjoyable as background noise when I'm doing busy work that doesn't require too much thought. So it can go both ways.

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