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    Karen and I joined Audible to get a free audiobook to listen to on a road trip. We chose "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", which we're still enjoying.

    As Audible counted on, we never canceled and have been billed monthly for about 6 months, accruing 6 credits. When I went to cancel, they warned that all unused credits are lost, though any books downloaded remain your property.

    So...looking for suggestions. Into science, science fiction, tech, history, whatever. Considering "Ready Player One" and "American Lion", Meacham's biography of Andrew Jackson. Already read "The Wright Brothers" by McCullough.

    Open to any and all suggestions!
     
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    The other books by him are very good...

    Fly Boys is another good one... http://a.co/0rtp6dh

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    Thanks. I’m considering “1776” by McCullough. Checking out “Flyboys” now.
     
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    I've got a pretty extensive audible library, mostly sci-fi. It used to get me through work.

    For Sci-Fi look at the Honor Harrington series.... although those books are long and there are at least a dozen in the series. Another long but incredibly good one is the Commonwealth Saga- Pandora's Star is the first one I believe, it will take you forever to get through that one but it's definitely worth it.
    For a military sci-fi series with a sense of humor Expeditionary Force starting with Columbus Day is a good series.

    For standalone books, I liked Lucifer's Hammer- a dated but really good comet hits earth story. Redshirts was pretty good for a funny one
     
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    Robert Asprin's "Myth" series, starting with "Another Fine Myth". Also his "Phule's Company" is very good.

    Spider Robinson, "Callahan's Crosstime Saloon" and the sequels.
     
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    It is multi-layered, so I had to listen to it twice or maybe three times before I really got the full benefit of it, but this is a fantastic and fantastically written science fiction book, perhaps my favorite:
    M. John Harrison, Light
    https://mobile.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Light-Audiobook/B005XN9FZK
    I love this line from the book: http://a.co/c9hVQpo

    And anything by Peter F. Hamilton, the Commonwealth series as mentioned above:
    https://mobile.audible.com/series.htm?asin=B006K1M4YI

    Night's Dawn trilogy:
    https://mobile.audible.com/series.htm?asin=B01DAU09PC

    or the Void series:
    https://mobile.audible.com/series.htm?asin=B006K1NGAE

    All great SF!
     
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    This series is one of the best I’ve ever read, I highly recommend it. I’m reading D-Day by Stephen Ambrose now and it’s been good so far.

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    This one was interesting, and a little weird. (If you read it you’ll know what I mean) But it was a fun and informative.
     
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    I’m not a huge fan of the author but the stories make the book well worth it. Every American should have their eyes opened to the horrors that generation faced.
     
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    Ha! I think you are right :)

    The setup is that the speaker (Ed) has done a bunch of incredible exploring, adventuring and piloting (all the things worth doing), and is now a full-immersion virtual reality addict (a twink), which is about as low as you can go in this society (the things that aren't worth doing).

    I will admit that "Light" takes some time to get really good traction-in my case multiple listens. After all that, it is certainly one of my favorite books.

    More: This is new SF, Becky Chambers, pretty good :
    https://mobile.audible.com/series.htm?asin=B01I213G4U

    And the Bobiverse is quite fun and good:
    https://mobile.audible.com/series.htm?asin=B01M1RDL6W
     
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    Thank you all for the recommendations!

    We ended up with...

    1776 by David McCullogh (about 1/2 way through with Karen on road trips)
    Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff (listened to most of it by myself, bits with Karen)
    Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (for me)
    The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sachs (for us both)
    How Not To Die by Michael Gregor MD (for Karen)
    Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight (for Karen)

    Went ahead and canceled our subscription - this should keep us busy for a while. Thanks again and we may revisit this thread if and when we decide we need more content.
     
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    How Not To Die is Satanic, I tell you, brought upon my by my wife's co-worker. Bacon bad, pfft. Current semi-real family strife for us, me and kids anti, she pro. Although I find myself tolerating some of the vegan recipes she has discovered, and she still enjoys a perfect medium rare steak occasionally, so there is hope.
     
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    Somehow your response reminds me of this, which I have in my library:

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    Reviving the thread with a twist...

    Suggestions wanted for good audible content that is dramatic stuff like from pre-television days, where there was a good cast, plot, sound effects and all.

    Hearing the book being read aloud is good. But a radio play is that much better.

    For an idea of what I’m asking, think of the War of the Worlds broadcast, and the old serials like Lone Ranger and The Shadow.
     
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    We used our Audible account when driving and "binge read" our way through Robert Crais (up to date on that) and Michael Connelly (only have a few of those to go) and Richard Galbraith (aka Jo Rowling, finished all those).
     
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    XM still has some of the old stuff (Radio Classics) but I'm kinda ****ed that they killed the two other channels I really liked: Sonic Theatre (later Book Radio) which had interspersed with audio books some modern radio dramas.
     
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    Is it just a single voice or several voices along with some sound effects? I'm hoping to find the latter.

    Some of the single voice productions aren't worth the price as the reader isn't really into the plot and other material. Comes off very flat and uninteresting.
     
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    Most audio books are a single reader, but the better ones (such as the books I mentioned above) have people who are quite expressive in their voices so you can tell the characters apart. In fact, I've not found one in the mainstream books that hasn't done that. Some are better than others. You'll occasionally see a complaint about the reader in the audible reviews. Realize, you're primarily paying for the original book. For example the latest from Robert Crais is about $18 either in hardback or audible. It's only slightly cheaper in the e-reader formats.
     
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    Robert Crais is good stuff... Elvis Cole and John Pike are some of the best characters in the genre.
     
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    I have a lot of Sci-fi and motivational stuff.
    Ready player one was good if you are a 80's nerd.
    The War of Art is a great short book about motivation. Pressfield is the author.
    Surely you're joking Mr.Feynan
    Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (there are 5 books) is a fun read. or re-read.
    The Martian was better than the movie
    Meditations- Aurelis
    No More Mr Nice Guy- Glover. A good look into not being used
    Presence- Amy Cuddy. I read this book about every 6 months. Great information on how to interact with people.
    The Strain trilogy. Vampires. Better than the tv show. Del Toro had a hand in these
    The Atlantis trilogy. AG Riddle. Ending was a little tiring but a good read.
    I like Dan Brown's books. The last newest one is a pass for me. Didnt like it at all.

    I got more but this is a good starter list.
     
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    And the BBC radio play was really well done.
     
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    The last audio book we "read" on a road trip was "No Country for Old Men". There are always some differences between books and movies, and this was no exception. I recommend it.
     
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    Which is where the whole series started. I remember getting a copy of that back in 1981. From there the books, the TV show, and the movie.
     
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    Oh Boy, where to start. I have an hour commute (one hour in the morning, one hour in the afternoon), I listen during my commute. I have been an Audible member for years, so I have quite the library. However, I'll try and keep it to 10 or so. Not in any order

    One Summer --Bill Bryson --includes many things about 1927, including Lindbergh
    The Hunt for Red October-Tom Clancy-much more in the Audible Book than the movie...very well produced complete with some sound effects
    The Aviators -Eddy Rickenbacker, Jimmy Dolittle, Charles Lindbergh-by Winston Groom -includes many facets of their lives.
    The Alchemy of Air-Thomas Hager-discovery of the system to create ammonia from "Air" ..we would not be able to feed the world at present rates without ammonia
    A Higher Call -Adam Makos-WW 2 story about American Bomber crew spared by German Ace-and their meeting personally in 1990's-a remarkable story
    Thinking Fast and Slow-Daniel Kahneman-how our brain works by a Nobel prize winner
    The Undoing Project-Michael Lewis-the story of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tiversky (see above)
    Lords of Finance-Liaquat Ahamed- Story and personalities - Central Bankers of USA, England, Germany, France that were the main cause(s) of the Great Depression
    Hint-the stock market crash was only a minor cause in the Great Depression
    Old Man's War-John Scalzi-it's ScFi - I don't want to spoil it, but it's not what you think, do some research, you'll find it interesting

    Brian
     
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    It is one of only 2 audio books I bought. I listend to it in the car while traveling for work. I hated to get out of the car when I got to my destination. What a story.
     
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    Movie is riveting too.
     
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