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Aug 04, 2019 11:05:22


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Brandon Wilson

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Historically I have not been a huge consumer of audiobooks. I tend to like to read the book rather than listen to the narration. I have listened to audiobooks in the past, however. Most recently I started listening to the book What Would Napoleon Hill Do? I found this 12-disc CD audiobook at Half Price Books for $9.99. 

Here is the challenge. The only convenient place I can play CDs is in my car, and I don't drive around that much. So, in order to make steady progress I needed a better solution. 

It turns out my fancy iMac I bought several years ago does not have a CD drive, but at some point I had purchased an external USB CD drive. I decided I would rip all the tracks to have them digitally on my computer and in turn on my iPhone. 

Everything worked fine except for one problem. As far as iTunes goes, it thinks these are albums just like any other albums rather than audiobooks. I started listening to the first disc and stopped somewhere in the middle. In the meantime, I was listening to some music. Later in the week I went back to listen to the audio book and I did not have the place where I left off. Apparently there is a way to convert the files to be treated like an audiobook so I can add bookmarks. Seems like a lot of trouble, so I will just remember where I left off or listen to an entire disc in one sitting. Not ideal.

A friend of me raved about an audiobook he listened to on the Audible platform (an Amazon company). I decided to research how this works. Apparently you pay a monthly membership fee of $14.95, which gives you access to ONE audiobook of your choice and two "Amazon originals." Wait, so I'm paying a membership and on top of that if I want more than one book per month I need to pay for those too? This sounds like paying for a gym membership and all the machines are coin-operated. 

There is a free trial, so I decided to sign up and see what the fuss is about. After all, I can blow through a lot more books listening to them rather than reading them. The new experiment begins. 

The first audiobook you ask? Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins

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    @brandonwilson - Audio books are the best and fastest way to consume content for me. I do not recommend getting the membership at all.. But I recommend using the app. I think I should write a post about why. This reply could get too long...

    I am excited about your choice of book. David is an amazing human being and the few times I heard him speak in podcasts, I have been impressed by his mindset.

    I shall wait for your summary here and do the same after I read it.

    Keni avatar Keni | Aug 05, 2019 09:26:45
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      @keni I did the free trial and will see how it goes. So far this book is pretty intense. David has quite a life story.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Aug 05, 2019 07:39:28
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    @brandonwilson i recently 'discovered' podcasts and can't stop! In love with audio content consumption now, esp while on the bus/car or walking where I'll get giddy reading with my eyes. Let us know how the audiobooks go! Definitely thinking about getting a Kindle

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Aug 05, 2019 20:56:59
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      @jasonleow I am absolutely a podcast junkie. Maybe this will translate to audiobooks as well. I have a Kindle but admit I don't use it much. I still prefer reading a bonified book instead of another screen.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Aug 05, 2019 07:38:50
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      @brandonwilson yes I prefer reading a physical book too, but I hate that I cannot reference my notes to the specific page and paragraph easily. With Kindle, you can. Feel so conflicted...having to choose between the immediate visceral enjoyment of holding/reading a physical book versus the long term benefits of being able to reference my notes and re-read the book easily using Ctrl F...

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Aug 06, 2019 20:43:45
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    @brandonwilson I think with apple and audiobooks it is just as simple as renaming the file type so that it recognises it correctly. I am sure I have done it before

    Twizzle avatar Twizzle | Aug 04, 2019 19:16:17
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      @twizzle It should be that simple because it's Apple, but for some reason it isn't.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Aug 05, 2019 07:38:13
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      @brandonwilson https://www.epubor.com/convert-mp3-to-audiobook.html - looks quite simple in theory, but yes, Apple...

      Twizzle avatar Twizzle | Aug 06, 2019 07:57:26
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      @twizzle I did Method 1 with the first disc. Now it does not appear in the music app but is supposed to appear in the Books app. It doesn't. This definitely got overly complicated.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Aug 06, 2019 19:12:43
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