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 No.27994[Last 50 Posts]

Post good (spoken) books in this thread.

I'll start with the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Such a good narration.

 No.27998

The Hobbit, as read by Mr. Williamson.

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I love audiobooks. Its my only hobby. I just spend all day listening to audiobooks at 1.7x speed. Reading with my eyes is too much of a chore. Audio is such a pleasure.

Its also forced me to expand my interests, as I can't just focus in on my aspie interests but have to take what I can get as far as audio releases.

 No.28088

Odyssey Book 1, read by Ian McKellan

>>28003
It's all about narrator quality for me.

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>>28088
Not for me, unless the narrator is unusually bad; which is a major drawback for librivox

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>>28089
I would put up with amateur narrators on Librivox if they would cover more obscure 19th century philosophical and political texts that commercial publishers are unlikely to narrate. But generally they just stick to the classics, which is a shame. Hopefully someone with the same interests with me, will take up the task.

These are 2 great books of historical atheism with good narrators:

https://librivox.org/the-essence-of-christianity-by-ludwig-feuerbach/

https://librivox.org/good-sense-by-baron-paul-henri-thiry-dholbach/

 No.28091

>>28003
1.7x speed is quite fast. How many books do you get through a day? Also, out of curiosity, do you like podcasts too?

 No.28092

>>28091
I'm not aware of many academic podcasts that suit my interests. I do occasionally listen to youtube lectures at 1.5 speed or 2x if hes a slow speaker.

 No.28554

The Republic by Plato

 No.28612

US Grant is one of the most interesting Presidents for me, as he presided over Reconstruction, the most dramatic transformation in US history, although he occupied a somewhat centrist position in the revolution.

This is an audiobook of the important speeches and documents from his Presidency. And as primary sources there is more immediacy

https://librivox.org/a-compilation-of-the-messages-and-papers-of-the-presidents-ulysses-s-grant-by-james-d-richardson/

A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant
James D. RICHARDSON (1843 - 1914)
The Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents is an eleven-volume series of tomes comprising of proclamations, special messages, and inaugurations from several presidents throughout United States history. This work is from Volume seven part one: Ulysses S. Grant, March 4, 1869 to March 4, 1877 (Introduction by Jim Clevenger)

 No.28641

I listened to this last year.

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Thanks for posting these, I've been looking for audiobooks on philosophy with a good narrator and these are great so far.

 No.30129

Holy shit! Someone put Hegel's logic in audiobook form.

I'm in heaven

https://librivox.org/the-logic-of-hegel-by-georg-wilhelm-friedrich-hegel/

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Some interesting philosophy and history audiobooks here

https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Christian+Pecaut%22

 No.30648


My Confession, by Leo Tolstoy {Audio Book}
The book is a brief autobiography story of the author's struggle with a mid-life existential crisis. It describes his search for the answer to the ultimate philosophical question: "If God does not exist, since death is inevitable, what is the meaning of life?." Without the answer to this, for him, life had become "impossible".
PDF here:
http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/arvindgupta/confessions-tolstoy.pdf

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>>28003
What do you do with your hands and eyes while you listen?

 No.30843

>>30842
Never really had any problems with my hands.

But being right next to my computer can be distracting, and I'll often get distracted and browse the internet while listening and have to pause. (I'm taking a break right now as I type)

Sometimes I pace around the room. Other times I'll just sit on my chair staring at a wall.

Interesting question. It does take some discipline to commit to listening to hours and hours.

I listen at close to double speed. So if I was listening from 9AM to 11PM it would be 14 hours a day, 28 hours a day of reading. Which would amount to about a 300 book read every single day. I devote almost that much time, but am not so disciplined. Sometimes with all the distractions I get almost nothing done.

 No.30845

>>30843
Do you often have to rewind? I wish I had your concentration ability. I always zone out and start thinking about other stuff when I'm reading or listening to audiobooks.

 No.30847

>>30845
I mostly stick to nonfiction so if I slightly zone off its not huge loss. But if I catch something interesting that I wasn't paying full attention to, I will rewind.

 No.31514

Listened to 'Lies my history teacher told me' by so and so.

I get the feeling that it's a well known book, and given that it was released in 1994 it's 20 years old. But given that, it explains a lot about americans in general, notably why they're so ignorant of history. The history portrayed is of glorious white men swooping in and saving the savages from their own filth. But there's also the revelation that no-one remembered a goddamn thing, so it kinda balances itself out. Still, given how these politicised things work, what I bet is that the pendulum has swung towards white barbarians coming and destroying the noble indian. And still no-one remembers it, but the general theme of 'white destroyer' or 'white civilisation' remains and ruins entire generations.

So today we have one generation raised on white pride and the other on whites are destructive savages, and you can see this play out in elections.

Anyway, would recommend listening to it, especially as a non-american. I never got taught any american history so it's quite nice to get a decent account of the history. There's praise for academic history in this book for revealing what is as close to what happened as possible. The book tries to stay fairly neutral, politically, neither praising nor damning anything that happened, but just revealing what actually happened rather than what the cold-war propaganda factory wanted americans to think.
History happened, blame is pointless. Best to remember what happened so we can learn from it, rather than rewriting it and teaching garbage to children hoping it'll instil values. Garbage they don't even remember.

Anyway, would recommend, even if it feels outdated.

 No.31534

I'm listening to some Noble Prize winning fiction right now. Fiction isn't my thing. Maybe its the aspergers in me, but it takes a lot more mental energy for me to hold all the characters and relationships and networks together. If I lose concentration during fiction, I miss much more than nonfiction. Well I kind of look at novels as a work of sociology. A way of understanding humanity in his social circumstances. Taking a microscope and zooming in on the particularities of history. Instead of macrohistory of society the microhistory of individuals. And I just try to enjoy the language, like prose poetry.

 No.31885

>>27999
Nooooooooooooooo Hegel audiobook is down

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>>31885
Hegel - Lordship and Bondage Audiobook

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 No.35054

>Under The Skin - Michel Faber (Full Audiobook)
Good book. Though flawed in some ways, it is very memorable and I still find myself thinking about it from time to time.

Under the Skin is a 2000 novel by Michel Faber.[1][2] Set in northern Scotland, it traces an extraterrestrial who, manifesting in human form, drives around the Scottish countryside picking up male hitchhikers whom she drugs and delivers to her home planet. The novel, which was Faber's debut, was shortlisted for the 2000 Whitbread Award. It was later adapted into a feature film by Jonathan Glazer.[3]

 No.37245

This work is a computer-generated reading of Suicide Note, by Mitchell Heisman. This reading was produced using Natural Reader 14, a product of NaturalSoft Limited.

This work is free and licensed by Mitchell Heisman for copying and distribution under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

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 No.40921

Audiobooks is basically my only hobby. I don't think my eyes could take any other media consumption hobby for ten hours a day.

I've probably read hundreds of books in the last ten years.

I kinda regret being so passive about it. Like I think I have fairly good memory retention. But like 900 days a massive book on the siege of Leningrad, I wasn't even sure if I had read it or not. Once I confirmed I did, my memory got jogged and I remembered he went into a lot of detail about the post-war purges in the Leningrad affair. So that's a good summary of how it jiggles in the back of my mind. It's still there but I have to juggle it out.

Idk maybe a brief review on goodreqds would have helped to jog my memory more with my most important take aways.

Well I have no future, I don't care about what the public thinks of me, and I always assume I'm going to suicide tommorow.

I mean I kinda wish I had a list of every book I read. But nothing matters in the end.

The best way the books are still with me, is that as it deepens my knowledge of a subject they become bricks to build on with the next book more deeply and high level

 No.43082

These spoken wiki articles are like mini-audiobooks

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Spoken_articles

 No.43087

Good stuff.

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>>37245
I wish more humans would read audiobooks

 No.49404

I find that because of the value I devrive from quality done audiobooks I am tempted to start paying for them.

Any of you guys ever used a payed/premium service or bought individual audiobooks?

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>>46258
they sound bad though. im looking forward to the day my computer can perfectly read to me and i can change the voice to anything i want

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>>49405
Very high quality robot audio will be more like human voice

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>>49407
sure but the voice you can decide, i think that would be nice alternative to human voices. i cant say how many audiobooks files ive deleted simply for the voice sounding weird. some i could modify the pitch into something better but others were hopeless

 No.50376

Pretty good reading and audio quality of a book I read a few times before.

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>>27994
The Gulag Archipelago, narrated by David Frederick Case.

Perfect Oxford English that is so rare to hear nowadays.

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>>49404
I have audible and have had it for a year or two. It is a lot cheaper and you can return an audiobook if you don't like it; I listened to an hour of a book and just clicked a button to say I didn't want it and got my credit back. You get 1 credit a month and you can buy any full priced audiobook for that credit even if its a new book. The credits stack up to 5 ( i think ) so you can have 5 months worth of credits at once. You can cancel any time where you will lose your un-used credits but keep access to any books you got - it's pretty liberal and the limitations aren't too bad . They also have 3-for-2 sales and stuff where you get 3 books for 2 credits from a specific list.

You have to watch out because some of the audible stuff is self-funded but the review system has a separate rating for reading quality and there are often reviews if a book is read poorly. That happens for some philosophy books where the reader has been paid but doesn't understand what he's narrating. Nearly all of them are a decent quality though.

The audible app is a bit shitty on my phone but if I remember correctly this software allows you to log in to your audible account and just auto download/convert books to usable MP3 files for any device - https://openaudible.org/

I think it's a good service and worth the money. If you check out the catalogue they are actually recording a lot of pretty niche books. If you have an amazon account you can probably find a 3 month free trial of audible somewhere, or 3 months for a few dollars.

 No.50580

It is so easy to find the film for Interview with the Vampire but it seems damn near impossible to find the full audiobook version of it anymore.
I should have downloaded it when I had the chance.

 No.50619

What happens when wizkid becomes a ghost.

Short but entertaining.

 No.50792

Listened to this on a long bike ride.
Still a pretty cool story despite it being a little incomplete.

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>>50792
i was thinking of reading it. didnt realize it was so short. Its not my usual cup of tea, but its intriguing to read something so far back in the BCs

 No.51270

I really wish I found this earlier.
Really great book that I highly recommend for getting your head straight when it comes to personal finance on a very simple level.

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>>51270
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Dad_Poor_Dad
Rich Dad Poor Dad has sold over 32 million copies[2] in more than 51 languages across more than 109 countries, been on the New York Times bestsellers list for over six years,[3], launched a series of books and related products[4]; and received positive reviews from some critics.[5] American talk show host and media mogul Oprah Winfrey endorsed the book on her show. Another celebrity supporter is actor Will Smith, who said he taught his son about financial responsibility by reading the book.[6] PBS Public Television station KOCE, aired a 55-minute presentation of Robert Kiyosaki titled "A Guide to Wealth" in 2006 which essentially summarises his Rich Dad Poor Dad book. PBS also honoured Robert Kiyosaki with an excellence in education award in 2005.[7] Donald Trump did a literary collaboration with Kiyosaki in 2006 called Why We Want You To Be Rich, Two Men One Message and a second book called Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich — And Why Most Don't in 2011.[8] American fashion entrepreneur and investor Daymond John has called the book one of his favorites.

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>>51274
Good book. I don't remember much from it but two ideas.1- it was just Jordan Peterson's buzzwords about working hard and 2- "just invest in real estate bruh. Stock exchange doesn't work, open a business and sell it when it becomes profitable"

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>>51276
It literally says that working hard for money is a bad thing and not to get into real estate unless it is already what you are interested in and have a passion for.

Needless to say I think you missed the main points of the book.

>>51274
Just because something is popular doesn't automatically make it bad.

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>>51277
It’s self help so that makes it automatically trash, besides it’s about “making money” and selling a shitty ideology/mindset unlike the usual self-help trite, where they at least pretend to guide you into becoming a “better person” morally or whatever, so it’s even worse, but I’m sure it has been very profitable for the author and publisher, as is often the case with these complacently advertised and promoted advice books.
The “endorsements” are the icing on the shit-cake, so to speak. The trouble is not only that it’s massively popular, although that should raise red flags, but among whom it was so favorably received, and why.

And seriously, out of all the books fiction or non-fiction you’d want to read/listen to, to pick something like that… look at the thread, you stick out like a sore thumb.

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>>51281
So because it is a kind of book you personally dislike you feel the need to have a fit despite knowing nothing at all about the content of the book at all?

The only one that is sticking out in this thread is you with you aggressively coming after anything you think you personally might not like based on book genre and popularity.

I personally like the book and find it's information about financial literacy and Independence useful. Then again unlike you I actually gave it a listen before making up my mind.
If I didn't like it I also wouldn't feel the compulsive need to try and act like anyone who did doesn't belong on the site.

 No.51288

Harlan Ellison short story collection. Great stories and fantastic narrators including ellison himself.

http://m.thepiratebay.org/torrent/8339412/Audible+Rip+-+Harlan+Ellison+-+The+Deathbird+and+Other+Stories+T

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>>51282
It’s not about disliking. These books are objectively worthless. Maybe they’re a guilty pleasure of yours, but have the decency to keep it to yourself.

 No.51290

Thread was high quality and civil for 4 years.

It was a good run, but apparently we can't have nice things on this site anymore.

What is even the point of trolling a slow thread like this?

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>>51289
Fuck off with your trolly bullshit.

Just because a book is in a genre that triggers you doesn't give you the right to shit up a thread. You don't even have rational objections or constructive coments. Just
>Reeeeeeee
>I don't like it therefore no one should post it

 No.51296

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Super long but I found it a overall interesting collection of ideas and ideals.

https://archive.org/details/AynRandAtlasShrugged_1957

 No.51298

If you ever wanted to understand the mind, worldview, and background of Trump then this is the best book you could listen to.
It is also unintentionally funny, but that might just be me.
Unabridged so it is 10 hours long though.

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>>51298
Wasn't it written by a ghost writer though

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>>51299
I don't think you know what ghost writer means.
Schwartz has his name all over it and was given full credit for his part in writing it. It is just after a dispute over money/royalties he got pissed off and claimed that Trump had nothing to do with the book because he personally wanted more money. Even getting so butthurt as to asking for the book to be pulled from the shelves so that no one could make money from it rather then Trump see a dime from it.

It should also be noted that TDS and the fact that he is both a journalist and life long democrat might play a role in the timing of some of his complaints too.
Tony Schwartz was always credited and got 50% of the royalties for the book though. There was never in question that he actually wrote the bulk of it.

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>>51300
I don't know the story, i just heard it was confirmed not to be a work of his hands

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>>51328
No shit.
Does Trump strike you as the kind of dude to literally sit down and write out a whole novel himself?
Or does he seem like the kind of guy to dictate a bunch stuff then have someone he "made a deal with" polish it up into a finished product?
That said he never claimed otherwise and the person who wrote it was indeed credited and well compensated.

 No.51348

Still can't find Interview with the Vampire audiobook without paying for it.
It seems the publishing house did a really good job of scrubbing links for the internet.

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>>51348
You could always just read it.

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>>51350
Do you realize this is a thread about audio books?
Are you confused, lost maybe?

 No.51365

>>27994
The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien, narrated by Sir Christopher Lee. Saruman himself.

He also narrated The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe:
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>>51365
fuck. Embedding didn't work properly. Still, its a great narration.

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>>51365
His reading of the raven is probably my favorite of all poetry readings I have ever heard. His voice is perfect for the material and he reads it with a trained skill and level of experience that is probably unmatched.

 No.51376

Stranger in a Strange Land

In the beginning of it was was pretty disinterested as it was rather lame sci-fi but the quality of voice acting got me to stick with it and I am glad I did. It really hit it's stride when it started to get into the more philosophical and spiritual elements. While I personally agreed with nothing when it came to philosophy or world view it was a marvelous journey made more interesting knowing about the cultural context when the book was written. Clearly of its time but game insight into some of the thoughs of the cultural zeitgeist that I never "groked fully" until now.
In a way it allowed me to understand from the inside out a perspective I brushed off before.

Anyway as just a story it ain't bad ether once it gets in the flow of things.
Links to part 1
https://youtu.be/9u1Kr_T5bOQ
And part 2
https://youtu.be/OuDiPOUFiTY

 No.51637

Unrelentingly bleak without coming off as melodramatic or edgy.
A long hard look at a world slowly dying in a ash choked whimper as two unnamed characters try to delay the inevitable.

It is okay.

 No.51801

Before anyone Reeeee about it being normie, I have autism and have to read and learn from bullshit like this to learn how to not annoy the fuck out of family and co-workers.
That said it is a pretty good book on communication and understanding others.
If you need to improve your communication skills, or manipulation skills, then I recommend this book.
For fellow spergs, it does eventually lay out why and how each list item is recommended in a logical manner. Just be patient with all the story telling and anecdotal examples.

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>>27994
Is there a LibGen for audiobooks yet?

 No.51808

>>51803
Nothing as cohesive and focused.
At least not yet.

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>>51816
>95% of the book is about business/career stuff
>5% is about family matters in regard to maintaining existing family relationships
It is pretty clear you are the crab here.
Scurry back to /b/ crab.

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>>51808
I wish wizards had the smarts to pull off creating something like this, instead we post threads of sex dolls instead of creating world class software as a group

 No.52060

Didn't really have much I didn't already know but was a good quick refresher of a lot of good info on the subject of self discipline in a short time.

 No.52466

War World Z audio book is great. The movie with Bradd Pitt is trash though.

 No.52951

We Are Legion (We Are Bob)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32109569-we-are-legion-we-are-bob

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43015.A_Long_Way_Gone

Audible is a too expensive for me. a usually use audiobookbay to tor and libby mobile app to borrow.

 No.52952

The Game - Neil Strauss

Before people REEEEE let me explain.
Saw some arguing in another thread about what PUA were/are like with no one really knowing their perspective. It was just all guesses, projection, and empty claims.
Me being me, I want to know the actual perspective even of people I fundamentally disagree with. To understand their actual position so as best to argue against it, and to know how they see the world.
This was one of the big books back when PUA was at it's height. Most of what I read about the subject were funny scam books and criticisms of PUA so I didn't know what to expect.
Going in blind and as far away from the target demographic as you can get I have to say the book is mind bending in how bizarre it is. At times it felt more like I was reading a urban fantasy book then "allegedly" a true story. Magic tricks, mind reading, "spells", special rules and jargon, escalating events to the point of absurdity. As simply a story it was pretty interesting. Not a instructional text or theory book. Just a tale of the journey of the writer into the inter world of PUA at it's high through to it's fall.
You would expect it to glorify the pick up artist but really it shows how they were/are mostly broken people who have major problems and end up feeling empty, lost, and in emotional pain even when their tricks get them what they think they want.
The celebrity cameo were crazy. I won't spoil all of them but when Tom Cruse shows up I about lost it with giggles. I will forever remember the phrase "what would Tom Cruse do" and how hard it made be laugh in context.

Overall it really wasn't what I was expecting, being more of a cautionary tell imo, that ended with the message that you sometimes have to go through a lot of bullshit to have the confidence to be yourself. Or something like that.

Also the reader adds a lot of flavor to the text with the accents and voices he uses. It is only 3 and a half hours on normal speed so if you ever wanted to know what the deal was with these people, or just want to listen to a unusual story then give it a shot I guess.

 No.52954

For those who prefer audiobooks to books. I highly recommend this.

 No.53171

Damn good book that really comes to life when read well.

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>>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

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>>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

 No.59576


 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 =&gt; { a.parentNode.innerHTML += ' &lt;a href="https://iteroni.com/watch?v=' + a.getAttribute ("href").replace (/^.+\/([^\/]+)$/, "$1")  + '" target="_blank"&gt;invidious&lt;/a&gt;'; })

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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