I love Audible. They get it.
They're doing the $5 book sale thing again, so I'm basically copying my "Amazing. I just bought 32 audiobooks for $158" post from a few months ago here.
If you're a reader and audiobook person at all, then this might be the best sale you've ever seen. Audible just announced 200+ titles for $4.95 each. There's some good ones in there, too.
Last time, I got 32 of them. Most of those are on sale again, I just found 11 more I like and bought them for $55 -
I, Claudius $4.95
Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History $4.95
Mere Christianity $4.95
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable $4.95
Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1 $4.95
Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant $4.95
Seven Events That Made America America: And Proved That the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along $4.95
A Confederacy of Dunces $4.95
The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral - and How It Changed the American West $4.95
The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World $4.95
The Free World $4.95
You Paid: $54.45
$5 each is nuts, these usually retail at like $15 to $40 per copy, and I was always happy to pay that much. If you're ever thinking of doing the audio thing, this is the time to get started.
It's $7.95 to join Audible and that gets you any book in their catalog for free. This sale is absolutely crazy and wonderful, you really should take advantage of it. You could grab 5-10 audiobooks for 25 to 50 dollars... that's nuts. There's some really good ones in there too besides what I got - I already own half of the ones on sale.
Strongly recommended -
This is an awesome deal and I would take it up in a second if the provided DRM free ebooks. As it is, I can't use their products on Linux or my particular MP3 player.
Instead I use learnoutloud.com. It's more expensive, and I don't get access to audible's great deal, but at least I can listen to their books!
If you're a reader and audiobook person at all, then this might be the most amazing sale you've ever seen. Audible just announced 200+ titles for $4.95 each. That's nuts. There's some good ones in there, too.
Here's what I bought -
Catch Me If You Can $4.95 War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning $4.95 Hughes: The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire $4.95 Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul $4.95 Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China $4.95 Waterloo $4.95 The Iliad & The Odyssey $4.95 Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution $4.95 The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires $4.95 Hunting Eichmann: Chasing Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi $4.95 Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 $4.95 Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else $4.95 How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes $4.95 Influencer: The Power to Change Anything $4.95 Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets $4.95 The Lessons of History $4.95 Reminiscences of a Stock Operator $4.95 The Law of Success: From the Master Mind to the Golden Rule (in Sixteen Lessons) $4.95 Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand $4.95 Empire of the Summer Moon $4.95 Crime and Punishment $4.95 Gilgamesh: A New English Version $4.95 Man's Search for Meaning $4.95 The Dream of Reason: A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance $4.95 The Prince $4.95 China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power $4.95 Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City $4.95 The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind $4.95 The Ultimate Sales Machine $4.95 The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything $4.95 The Road to Serfdom $4.95 Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda $4.95 You Paid: $158.40
I actually own several of those already on Kindle or paper, but I got audio copies of the ones I like since it's so cheap and such a good deal.
If you're ever thinking of doing the audio thing, this is the time to get started.
I was a pretty good reader as a kid. My mom recounts me sitting in the corner reading in pre-school instead of doing whatever other pre-schoolers did. In Kindergarten, I was praised for reading more books than any other kid. Throughout the elementary school summers, I dominated the summer reading programs in all the neighboring cities.
Eventually, I started to realize that all of these books are the same. Sometime when I was 10, I started to realize every book seemed to be about some derpy kid who eventually overcame his fears and saved the world, or at least his friend group.
I had the intellectual ability to read YA and adult books at the time, but not the emotional maturity. So, I hit a standstill.
Time passes on, I get into Classics (aka: any title whose name being uttered made me sound smart). I got a Kindle and subsequently got into Indie trash, at one point reading one book per day. Then the Kindle broke and I had no clue what to do.
I went through a massive overhaul on how I thought about reading, which leads us to how I read today.