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Initial post: 10 Apr 2010 17:18:48 BDT
LEP says:
Can anyone recommend a site that has a good range of audio books that are relatively cheap? I had an eye operation yesterday, my glasses are now totally useless and it's not feasible to have the lenses changed until the other is done. Without them, although I can see at a distance, I can't read or really see clearly to use the computer as I'm really long-sighted. So please forgive me if I make typing mistakes. I am BORED out of my mind!

I will be having the other eye operated on in the near future and things will be worse for a short time as that is my good seeing eye. Although I actually like reading a book and using my own imagination, listening would be better than nothing at all.

If any of you can help me, I'd much appreciate it.

Posted on 10 Apr 2010 18:06:27 BDT
rowat says:
Have you tried a library at all? There might be enough there to keep you going for a bit. Audiobooks are so expensive and it's very hard on the visually impaired.

Posted on 10 Apr 2010 20:09:09 BDT
Fee fee says:
I definately agree with trying the library. Mine has a really good selection.

Posted on 10 Apr 2010 20:49:07 BDT
JW says:
Get well soon LEP.
The Book Thief audio CD is beautifully read by Allan Corduner if you've not already read it. The Book Thief

Not to do with audio books but did you see in the series discussion - Deanna Raybourn's got a new Lady Julia Grey book coming out. This is from Deanna Raybourn's website -
'The next installment in the exploits of Lady Julia Grey-Dark Road to Darjeeling-will be published in October 2010, and this time the intrepid Lady Julia is bound for India!'
It's already available for pre-order - Dark Road to Darjeeling (Lady Julia Grey)
Hope your eyes will be OK by then.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2010 21:46:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Apr 2010 21:46:58 BDT
LEP says:
Thanks JW, I'll definately order that. Thanks to the rest of you for your suggestions re. the library. Trouble is, I'm not allowed to travel on public transport and I can't drive my car for at least another two weeks, until I go back to the hospital and perhaps not for longer.

I hope that it will all be over before October JW, as my right eye is getting worse by the day. Something like this really teaches you that your eyes are precious.

Posted on 10 Apr 2010 22:09:23 BDT
shell says:
get well soon lep, have you checked out if you can buy any on amazon marketplace cheap? other than that bbc radio usually have a few plays a day?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2010 17:56:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Apr 2010 17:57:09 BDT
LEP says:
Thanks for all your good wishes. I expect I'm just being a big baby really, as I've had far worse done! It's just that I love reading and consume books at a fast rate of knots. I should have anticipated really and purchased some audio books beforehand, but I still expected to be able to see reasonably well for reading with my good right eye, even though the prescription for my glasses is now wrong. However, since the op my right eye seems to have come out in sympathy! LOL. However, today I have maanged to read a bit with my glasses on and the book up to my nose, so I'll soldier on. I may borrow my son's iPOD or whatever it is and down loead some, he'll just love that, not!

I must act when I know they're ready to do my right eye and get some audio books as I won't be able to see for a while, as my left eye does not have a lot of central vision in it. Thank you all again for your suggestions and best wishes.

Posted on 11 Apr 2010 18:26:49 BDT
M. Jolliff says:
You could try, they can have some good audiobooks on offer for downloading. Other than that may I suggest visiting and downloading Kindle for the PC (it's free). Not a complete answer but at least you can adjust the text size and some of their e-books are ridiculously cheap.

Posted on 12 Apr 2010 12:29:53 BDT
dk.bookworm says:
I would also definately recomend can have a cheap trail mebership for 3 months £3.99 for 1 book a month or £7.99 for 2 ...i regretted opting for the one book option I really enjoyed it and finnished it in no time .....Plus they have some speciall offers now and again.

Posted on 12 Apr 2010 12:58:44 BDT
I would also go for audiobooks are generally overpriced, but the £7.99 per month fee for audible gives you one book a month, which is reasonable. The site has a ratings system, audio 'preview' and feedback like Amazon's, to help you choosing an audiobook. Unfortunately I wasn't offered any half-price downloads when I joined, but still- no complaints. They have a big choice.

Posted on 12 Apr 2010 13:07:29 BDT
M. Jolliff says:
Just thought I'd add that you don't need to take a contract, you can Pay As You Go though you do have to check the form thoroughly to spot it.

Posted on 12 Apr 2010 17:09:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Apr 2010 17:12:34 BDT
Paul Davey says:
My wife has just had a baby so i no longer have any spare time to read. I drive a lot so have plenty of time to listen to CD's.

I've started using the library to get audio book cds. I put them on to my ipod, but only to save carrying the boxes about. I can get any book (cd) i like delivered to my local library on their website, then collect 6 at a time. Is there no one available to lend you a hand once a week?

Does you local council not have a mobile library service that comes close to house?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2010 21:00:42 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Apr 2010 22:05:45 BDT
LEP says:
Thanks every one for the help.

To Paul Davey, my son is around some of the time, but he attends college and has a lot of work to finish in the next few weeks, my husband is at work. I'm not allowed to wander out until I've been back to the hospital for a 2 week check, just in case of infection, plus I have to put drops in on a regular basis. After 2 weeks , hopefully I won't be housebound any more. The sight problem however is likely to stay until the other eye's been done and I can have a new glasses prescription (much lower than I have had in recent years I hope!). So there is light at the end of the tunnel.

For my right eye's op, I will have to anticipate and buy some audio books or download some ebooks or something. Thanks for the suggedstion.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2010 23:20:41 BDT
Try They have a simple graphical interface for finding audio and electronic books.

Posted on 4 Jul 2010 10:52:01 BDT
I definitely recommend Audible - loads of choice, and great deals if you join their membership. You can cancel any time and they keep your details if you want to join up again. I had to cancel as I got all the books that I wanted to listen too, and I have a bit of a backlog but when you can get Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell for £7.99 then I think it's a bargain!

Posted on 4 Jul 2010 12:09:19 BDT
Lizzie says:
LEP I got into audio books a number of years ago, when my eyesight deteriorated rapidly. I absolutely love them and even though through a lot of time and help my eyesight returned enough to read again I never lost my love of audio books, and I have to agree with many of the posters here that Audible is wonderful, and they have many unabridged titles. On average that's about 17 hours of listening time for £7.99.

Now I read my books but listen to the audio books while doing housework. It makes empty hours doing ironing, cleaning, preparing meals solo much more interesting, and I get through many more stories than by reading alone.

Hope you keep well:)

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2010 20:42:39 BDT
LEP says:
Thanks very much Lizzie. Had the second eye done now, not quite healed though so have to keep up with the drops longer. I am managing to read though. My own glasses are totally useless now, can't see out of them at all. However, I can see to read using an old pair of my son's glasses. They are useless for anything else, but at least I CAN read, WHOOPEE!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jul 2010 12:14:12 BDT
Lizzie says:
Glad you can read again. I felt like my arm was cut off when I wasn't able to. I'd still give the audio books a go though. As I said you can get through so much more that way and that can only be a good thing eh?

Posted on 6 Jul 2010 23:27:07 BDT
alix says:
go to - sign up and you get 1 credit free :D (which is basically one free audio book) cancel your trial as soon as you download the book so you don't get stuck paying £7.99 every month.. i signed up a few weeks ago and just got another email telling me i recieved another credit.. However i would be careful if you're planning on putting any of the audio books onto your mp3 player as not all are compatible.

enjoy !

Posted on 22 Dec 2010 14:21:16 GMT
I Buy mine from eBay, when read I sell them back on the auction, around £3.99, All good authors unabridged either cassette tapes or cd's. I find I do not make a profit but enough to enable me to buy more............always a excellent selection

Posted on 1 Oct 2012 12:43:52 BDT
audio book says:
I recommend Convert any ebook into an audiobook, very fast, simple to use & it's free. If you already have amazon kindle books you can convert them into audiobooks. Or just download ebooks from project gutenberg & then convert them into audiobooks at for free.

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 19:00:11 GMT
Hippystick says:
Try - lots of classics and vintage books on audio and they're all in the public domain, ie. free!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2014 20:37:32 GMT
Sarah says:
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Posted on 27 Nov 2014 22:46:34 GMT
Try your local library, some have their own e-library's that you can access at home to download audiobooks from for free.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2014 17:41:54 GMT
Sarah says:
I have already said I am clearing out lots of audio books. Interested?
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