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 No.27994[View All]

Post good (spoken) books in this thread.

I'll start with the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Such a good narration.
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 No.53272

>>53261
That's not a audiobook dude.
I don't think you understand what this thread is about.

 No.54522

The Alchemist

Went in blind with no expectations or prior knowledge of the book. It was alright. It followed the classic structure of the hero's journey very closely and was kind of a vehicle to for the author to dump his somewhat woo woo views on spirituality with blunt symbolism, but since it was relatively short it never felt obnoxious, and the imagery was at times quite nice.

While I don't think it left a lasting impact on me I did enjoy it. Would recommend.

 No.54547

>>53171
Oh, link/channel is gone.
Book was Fahrenheit 451, but unfortunately I don't remember who was the reader that did such a good job.

 No.54558

Aldous Huxley - ISLAND

It reminds me a bit of stranger from a strange land only much better prose and the dark insights into the human condition felt more legitimate and it's alternatives to that darkness more grounded.

Unlike Brave New World it is Utopian in nature for the most part, but Huxley being who he is still makes sure the story isn't all gumdrops and rainbows.
Makes me want to check out his other work Doors of Perception, which I haven't gotten around to yet despite being relatively short compared to his other works.

Link to part two
https://youtu.be/Iad8ccXzfL0

 No.55001

Listened to The Vampire Lestat.

So many words come to mind. It is a lush decedent sensuous and so many other such words. Oh how it invokes the senses so splendidly throughout. Lavishing detail and focus on the sensual feeling of each moment. Oh how good it feels to close one's eyes and feel the vivid scenes construction sensation by new sensation in the evocative language that Anne Rice makes such skill full use of.

It is a bit long but so very worth it. I have deeply enjoyed my time with this book and look forward to enjoying Anne Rice's other works.
Part 1
https://youtu.be/_kjNi8BrdSQ
Part 2
https://youtu.be/sz0JymmnZdo
Part 3
https://youtu.be/tjMzonj-oeY

 No.55002

>>54558
Oh, I did get around to listening to doors of perception but I honestly found most of it pretty pompous and I was unimpressed with it.

It had some cultural significance for it's time but other then that I gained little of value from it.

 No.55274

Found and finished interview with the vampire.
It is so much more depressing than the movie and of such a different tone from the vampire Lestat.
While not the most depressing book I have read/listened to, it feels almost personal in the gloom and grief throughout.
I quite like the book but at the same time it kinda put me in a foul mood.

Now only have Queen of the damned left. I know it's got to be better then the movie so I am looking forward to it.

 No.55407

Turns out in addition to disliking French movies and philosophy I also dislike French literature.

Listened to The Stranger - a novel by Albert Camus.
It was boring, pointless, and felt like a utter waste of my time in a way very similar to most French films.
Wouldn't recommend at all.
Though if you are curious then here is the YouTube link.

 No.55523

Listened to over two hours Thus Spoke Zarathustra and had to tap out.

I don't know anything about Nietzsche's personal life but it is very clear he is overcompensating though a idealized version of the perfect man. The problem being I think he is a deeply dysfunctional person who probably never actually had strong male role models in his life and was also likely domineered in his formative years by dysfunctional succubi. So his vision of his "superman" is warped.
The book also feels like a "militant" atheist writing their own version of a Bible as a big cope, with a similar abandonment of reason.

Do yourself a favor and read Ayn Rand's work if you want individualistic Supermen who go on absurdly long speeches.
Nietzsche confuses poison for medicine in the work Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
I can't recommend it.

 No.55531

Carmilla

Really good. I think I must make a effort to listen to more gothic horror from the period.

Any recommendations of other gothic horror tales are most welcome. I think I will make a month of it in tribute to the season.

 No.55587

The Invisible Man

I found it mostly boring to be honest. I am a bit disappointed. It isn't badly written or anything, just mostly uninteresting to me. It picks up a bit near the end but by then I am already mentally checked out to the point of not really caring.
Would have been better if it was novella or short story length. Far too much boring fluff and unnecessary detail.

 No.55908

Finally finished Queen of the Damned.
Great book though not my favorite of the vampire chronicles (which is The Vampire Lestat).

SOOOOOOOOO much better then the movie in every way. There is no comparison at all.
Not sure if I should keep going deeper into the chronicles or if I have already read/heard the best it has the offer and should just quit while I am ahead. At this point I feel quite satisfied with how everything has wrapped up and don't even feel the need to possibly spoil it if the other books aren't as good. I don't want to lose that "magic".

That and I am getting a little tired of vampires.
Anyway here are the links for the version I listened to.
Great narration, the VA does a impeccable job even if the overall audio quality isn't great.

part 1
https://youtu.be/1g988PCR_54
part 2
https://youtu.be/CscnF-DLo7w
part 3
https://youtu.be/XAytHNz0zSQ

Not sure how long they will stay up on youtube but for now they are up to be enjoyed.

 No.57055

God this book was boring.
While I definitely enjoyed the metamorphosis, the trial was both boring and it's pace frustrating.

I really can't recommend it.

 No.58688

The Coven of Vampires
A Coven of Vampires, featuring a collection of 13 classic vampire tales: What Dark God?, Back Row, The Strange Years, The Kiss of the Lamia, Recognition, The Thief Immortal, Necros, The Thing From the Blasted Heath, Uzzi, Haggopian, The Picknickers, Zack Phalanx is Vlad the Impaler, and The House of the Temple.
By: Brian Lumley
Narrated by: Joshua Saxon


Truly blood chilling tales that I deeply enjoyed.
There ain't no romance or brooding ansty drama here. Just hair raising horror.
The narrator is great too.

 No.59019

Sun and Steel by Yukio Mishima

the tl;dr is that intelectural writer take up body building which opens up his eyes to a whole new perspective of reality.

It is a fantastic book, relatively short, and a must read for anyone even remotely interested in deeper thoughts relating to personal fitness, masculinity in the modern age, and the mind body divide, among other things he touches on.

Not really the best reading of this, but it's the only human reading of it I could embed.

 No.59063

Nietzsche and the Nazis by Stephen R. C. Hicks

Was very informative on the philological underpinnings of National socialist, along with a compare and contrast between those ideologies and the philosophy of Nietzsche.

 No.59130

Heart of Darkness.


I now realize what Apocalypse Now was based on.
Probably not something I would have enjoyed reading if it was in print rather then audio book format. As a audio book it is alright though. Pretty dark but I recommend it.

 No.59138

On reflection of this thread.
While I didn't make it it seems that 90% of the post about audiobooks are mine.

Should I just let this thread die and stop posting so it doesn't turn into a one man blog?

 No.59139

>>59138
If you’re looking for an opinion, I prefer to read books, and also I’m about certain all the hikki neets here are more interested in video games and anime than dry literature.

 No.59140

>>59138
Well I started reading sun and steel because of your post so you're not just yelling into the void.

 No.59143

Audioboy on Odysee has 520 books/collections that are all freely downloadable. His George Orwell collection is narrated by Steven Fry. This one I only started recently has been pretty engaging as well. https://odysee.com/@audioboy:7/The-Parasitic-Mind:b

 No.59144

>>59138
More people lurk forums than post on them.

 No.59323

>>51803
Audiobookbay seems to have a pretty decent collection

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 No.59577

>>51270
I wasted my parent's money on this book and a bunch of other similar books from the same author, Thank God, I never went to his retarded sermons or conferencers or whatever where you literally spend thousands for a weekend. Just a typical scam artist, but far worse than the Tony Robbins types.

 No.59585

>>59577
They are free at the library and ultra cheap used.

Some of the stuff he says is pretty good but there is also a ton of bullshit you have to look out for to. Like his praising of MLM and door to door sellsmen.

If you read his stuff with a critical eye you can pick out the gold and gems from the shit and gain value from it. That said he fully deserves the hate he gets for being a fake finance guru.

 No.59784

Finally got around to listening to the infamous, often banned, and influential book
The Turner Diaries
Read by the author himself.

Honestly it wasn't written as badly as I though it would be. While still not good in many ways the prose were competent throughout. It still suffered from all the problems that writings that put "the agenda" before telling a good story, it at least tries to tell a compelling action/adventure story. I will say I really didn't appreciate the somewhat random inclusion of relationship drama though.
Anyway, it was better written then most of the shit put out by the communist or anything Ayn Rand put out, even if I find the message obnoxious and the views of the author laughable.
Did appreciate the somewhat detailed bomb instructions and insurgency/guerrilla tactics. Made even more impressive given the time it was written, meaning that a lot of effort was expended in research and study to get that stuff right.
It also puts a lot of stuff from the so called "alt-right" and shitchan's /pol/ into context as well as explain the origin of certain memes.

Over all I give it a 3 out of 5. It wasn't painful to get through like similar political propaganda fiction, but it also had problems with verisimilitude IMO as I just couldn't find most things "believable" in the context of the story.

PS, the author sucks ass at naming things, which becomes a problem latter in the book. Listining to the fighting between The Order and The System was kind of dumb because of this shitty naming.

 No.59787

The Kybalion (1908) by Three Initiates

It's really good shit if you have even the faintest interest in the occult or Hermeticism. Really puts other occult writings and concepts into perspective as well as unlocks their full potential.

 No.59788

>>59787
have u listened to pigmalyon

 No.59790

>>59788
The play based on the greek legend of the guy who fell in love with a statue?

 No.59791


 No.59792

>>59791
No, I am not in the usual habit of listening to plays.
Why?

 No.59801

Noticing that there are light novel audio books.
Might give a volume a listen during work and see if I like it.

 No.59839

Virtue of Selfishness

Ayn Rand is so much more tolerable of a writer when she isn't trying to use a fictional narrative. Much better of a essayist over a storyteller. I actually enjoyed this, unlike Atlas Shrugged which was more of a challenge to get through then a pleasure.

 No.59886

It Works

The most foundational and influential booklet to the new thought and new age movement.
It's shadow still lingers to this day.

Overall it is funny how little self help wishful thinking woo woo has changed in all these years.
I wouldn't take it seriously but it's worth reading for it's history and cultural value.

 No.59894

Frankenstein

I have watched several movies and seen media related to Frankenstein all my life but never got around to the book until now.
It was unexpectedly one of the most melancholy, sorrowful, and depressed books I have ever read/listen to. Unbelievably well written and truly a fantastic book all around. I couldn't recommend it higher.
None of the movies or other media based on or inspired by Frankenstein that I have seen ever got even close to how good the original is.
My only regret is that it took me so long to get around to enjoying this tale.

 No.59918

There's some great stuff ITT, but for those of us who prefer using invidious instances over yt editing the url gets old fast. Here's a script that decorates embeds with an invidious link.
Array.from (document.querySelectorAll ('a.file[href^="https://youtu.be/"]')).forEach (a => { a.parentNode.innerHTML += ' <a href="https://iteroni.com/watch?v=' + a.getAttribute ("href").replace (/^.+\/([^\/]+)$/, "$1")  + '" target="_blank">invidious</a>'; })

Also a heads up that the site gives every lurker's IP address to google through the thumbnail img[src] which points directly to //img.youtube.com/ instead of a copy of the thumbnail on wizchan.

 No.59919

Of course this bug >>>/meta/60449 still exists despite the solution being provided since 08/24/21 so here's the script without code tags.

Array.from (document.querySelectorAll ('a.file[href^="https://youtu.be/"]')).forEach (a => { a.parentNode.innerHTML += ' <a href="https://iteroni.com/watch?v=' + a.getAttribute ("href").replace (/^.+\/([^\/]+)$/, "$1") + '" target="_blank">invidious</a>'; })

 No.59920

>>59918
>>59919

Are you sure you are posting in the right thread?

I don't know what you are talking about and your post looks kinda broken.

 No.59923

>>59920
>Are you sure you are posting in the right thread?
Yes, a tool to aid in accessing the audiobooks posted here, for those who would rather avoid the yt interface, belongs in the audiobook thread.

> I don't know what you are talking about

< Many such cases. Sad!

> and your post looks kinda broken.

As already stated in >>59919 it's a bug in wizchan >>>/meta/60449 with the solution provided since 08/24/21.

 No.59925

>>59923
If you are just going to post gibberish and meme post you can fuck off.

 No.60139

>>60136
Glad you enjoyed it too, lol.
>>55531

 No.60720

How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMx-QwNxTnN0cPgb6TPdW5IkpZSiqB7mv

While a little relivistic for my taste as a Objectivist, it is still a fantastic and suprisingly practical book. Though I got a laugh that the author is a literal non-meme cuck. Glad I didn't skip the relationship chapters as that gave me a good laugh and made the other boring bullshit worth wading through.

Anyway that aside the overall philophy of maximizing personal freedom through focusing on what is within ones control (yourself) while not letting all the bullshit other people try to put on you to control you, as well as the faulty thinking you can trap yourself with that messes up your freedom is at the very least pretty interesting.
I highly recommend the book for anyone even a little interested in liberty on the level of the individual. Especially if they prefer something practical and actionable rather then theory, utopian daydreaming, and naval gazing.

 No.60721

>>60720
I loved this book too. However, after a time I became disillusioned because…there's too much. There are too many 'traps.' It's like looking at a dashboard with a million blinking alarms, dials, and gauges.

>Glad I didn't skip the relationship chapters as that gave me a good laugh and made the other boring bullshit worth wading through.

I took the relationship chapters as saying, "Don't." Which…is pretty good relationship advice. Especially for a wizard.

Speaking of which…are you a wizard?

 No.60749

>>60721
Are you asking my age?
Yeah I am 30+ but I ain't given the exact number to maintain some mystery.
Where you going with this?

 No.60872

Notes from the Underground

I can sum it up as this:
Bitter crab in bucket failed normie whines the novel.
This book is highly overrated and I hated every minute of it.
Reminds me of the time I was forced to read catcher and the rye and everyone praised it but I found it insufferable.
Whine whine whine for hours.
Fuck this book and fuck who wrote it. What a pointless waste of time.

 No.60883

>>60872
I have read almost every novel by FD when I was 18-21 and I can barely remember any of them lol. My favourite is the one about his time in a Siberian prison camp… The whiny philosophical musings in the russian literature of that period is not my cup of tea.

 No.61255

Finally got around to listening to Rules for Radicals.
It puts a lot of radical leftist tactics and their overall lack of morals into perspective, as well as explains the activist investment problem that is causing so many culture war issues.

That said it's clearly a padded book and you are better off reading a summary of it then reading the whole thing.

 No.61328

Fantastic Beast and where to Find Them

Damn, I forgot that J.K. Rowling actually is a pretty good writer even if I stopped being into harry potter when I was like 12 or 13.
Fantastic Beast is just pure fantasy world building and lore concentrated, which is something I enjoy quite a bit even though I don't have interest in the actual Harry Potter series.
I wonder if there is book similar to this that does a deep lore breakdown of the magic system and history of magical development.

 No.61329

On a related note, also listened to this short story by H.G. Wells
Called "The Magic Shop"


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