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Did you try your library's e-books? Our library (via Overdrive) also has electronic audio books available.

I did. I'm actually very upset about our library lately. They closed the library for a few weeks a while back to do "upgrades and reorganization" and when they reopened. They just gutted out half the shelves and replaced them with electronic kiosks, computer stations and sitting areas (like mini lobby areas throughout the lobby). And their website sucks worse than before too.

 

In an effort to find an audio book today, I searched the library system for over 150 books I've been wanting to read and they didn't have a single one on audio. :(

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I did. I'm actually very upset about our library lately. They closed the library for a few weeks a while back to do "upgrades and reorganization" and when they reopened. They just gutted out half the shelves and replaced them with electronic kiosks, computer stations and sitting areas (like mini lobby areas throughout the lobby). And their website sucks worse than before too.

 

In an effort to find an audio book today, I searched the library system for over 150 books I've been wanting to read and they didn't have a single one on audio. :(

 

I think I mentioned this on another thread: the public library in our state capital has free e-cards for anyone who lives in the state. You might try that and see if they have what you want.

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I think I mentioned this on another thread: the public library in our state capital has free e-cards for anyone who lives in the state. You might try that and see if they have what you want.

I not sure I know what that even means... I'll go google...

 

Librvox and lit2go are no good for me. I own and have already read almost all those books.

 

I need something more current bc I've always been a voracious reader.

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For this month only, you can get a free audiobook each weekday:

http://www.audiobooks.com/audiobookmonth

 

For the summer, free YA audiobooks & classics each week:

http://www.audiobooksync.com/

 

A new free, audiobook each week (often not a classic book):

http://www.audiobookblast.com/

 

As for the library ....

(1)  You ought to be able to filter search results by format (audiobook, book, dvd, etc). Maybe that will reduce your time searching? 

(2)  Can you use Interlibrary Loan to get the modern audiobooks you want?

 

ETA:  There are tons of free podcasts, too ....

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I did. I'm actually very upset about our library lately. They closed the library for a few weeks a while back to do "upgrades and reorganization" and when they reopened. They just gutted out half the shelves and replaced them with electronic kiosks, computer stations and sitting areas (like mini lobby areas throughout the lobby). And their website sucks worse than before too.

 

In an effort to find an audio book today, I searched the library system for over 150 books I've been wanting to read and they didn't have a single one on audio. :(

 

Do you have any colleges in your area? Many times colleges will allow community members to have a free library card. Maybe you can access some audio books that way. 

 

Also, can you search your library catalog by type of item? If so, maybe rather than looking for specific titles, you can find something that looks interesting among the titles that are available. 

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For this month only, you can get a free audiobook each weekday:

http://www.audiobooks.com/audiobookmonth

 

For the summer, free YA audiobooks & classics each week:

http://www.audiobooksync.com/

 

A new free, audiobook each week (often not a classic book):

http://www.audiobookblast.com/

 

As for the library ....

(1) You ought to be able to filter search results by format (audiobook, book, dvd, etc). Maybe that will reduce your time searching?

(2) Can you use Interlibrary Loan to get the modern audiobooks you want?

 

ETA: There are tons of free podcasts, too ....

Thanks for those sites, I'll go check them out.

 

And yes, I was searching through the library filter specificly for audio books. Nada. Just an awful selection to choose from.

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Thanks for those sites, I'll go check them out.

 

And yes, I was searching through the library filter specificly for audio books. Nada. Just an awful selection to choose from.

You mights download overdrive and see if your library is on there. I know for awhile the only way I could see my libraries audiobooks was thru overdrive. The library website didn't show them.

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Our local library is equally wretched as far as what's available in audiobook. I can buy a membership from another city about 2 hours away, but I've settled on Scribd for only a few dollars more per year.

 

Scribd has the added advantage of every book being available all the time, unlike a library. It's an excellent value for our large family and for those in the family who fly through audiobooks at an alarming rate ;).

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