How do I Listen?

Iambik Recordings:

The first chapter is available on Iambik for you to listen to, so that you can see if you like it before purchasing.

The files are all in MP3 format, and are much smaller files than those used on ordinary audio CDs. There is no DRM (Digital Rights Management) on the files and they are not in a proprietary format, unlike recordings from Audible.

You can listen to them on your computer, or transfer them to your MP3 player. They can also be made into MP3 CDs, which will play on any CD player that can play MP3s.

If your CD player doesn’t play MP3s, you will need to convert the files to .WAV format. There are many free programs which will do this. Beware, you can only fit about 70-80 minutes of .WAV audio on to a CD, so if you do it this way, you will need a lot of CDs!


LibriVox Recordings:

MP3 files

You can download the files, or you can listen to them directly streaming from their home on the Internet Archive. Streaming audio is a good way of telling whether you think you will like the book before you download the whole thing. All the books are unabridged, so some of them are very long indeed.

The files are all in MP3 format, and are much smaller files than those used on ordinary audio CDs.

For each item, I give you a direct link to download a zipfile which includes all the files for that book as 64 kbps MP3s. Save it to your desktop, and then right-click it to unzip all the files. The quality can be variable, though. If you want the very best quality, it is best to download the 128 kbps files individually from the LibriVox catalogue page or Internet Archive page for the item.

You can then listen to them on your computer, or transfer them to your MP3 player. They can also be made into MP3 CDs, which will play on any CD player that can play MP3s.

M4B files

Alternatively, if you own an iPod or iPhone, some of the recordings have been converted to the M4B format and LibriVox has a page on its Wiki listing these. Also, check out Scout’s M4B Audiobook Offerings on his blog at http://scoutsaudiobooks.blogspot.no/ where they are listed by title, author, narrator and genre. One of the advantages of these is that they start again from where you left off. You don’t have to remember where you were. ;)

You can also listen to M4B files on your PC with free software like iTunes or VLC media player. As the M4B is just one file, Scout has removed the introductions from subsequent chapters to reduce interruptions to your listening.

Other ways of listening

If your CD player doesn’t play MP3s, you will need to convert the files to .WAV format. There are many free programs which will do this. Beware, you can only fit about 70-80 minutes of .WAV audio on to a CD, so if you do it this way, you will need a lot of CDs! (For instance, Women in Love is over 25 hours long.)


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