Book Recommendations

I thought it might be a good idea to create a general recommendation topic that people could turn to when in need of something new to read. Just state your genre of interest, and more than likely, someone else loves it too and can recommend your next good read. This might also be a good place to recommend a book you've particularly enjoyed. Hope people find it helpful.

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-InTheWorldOfTheBlind-'s picture

Reply to NadiaB by -InTheWorldOfTheBlind-

I find with Audio books there's almost a double review process. A good book can be ruined if you don't enjoy the reader. This may be, as is the case of some audio books prepared by amateurs (such as those in the otherwise excellent Librivox) due to poor reading style or recording quality but more often than not it is just that the voice of the narrator doesn't match the voice you would hear in your head while reading.

So in those terms I have to say that "The Bible" (written by various authors and translated by various theologians) read by David Suchet is an excellent audiobook. My wife got it for me on audible and I've enjoyed listening to it greatly.

It does suffer from no easy way to move around to different chapters and verses which is kind of important for a reference work/ religious text though.

If you are classically or religiously inclined however I would still thoroughly recommend it. He puts the passion of his belief into the work and it comes across well.

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Reply to -InTheWorldOfTheBlind- by -InTheWorldOfTheBlind-

Also if you are into high drama then using Audible's speed controls to slow down (and deepen) David Suchet's voice and selecting a suitably Apocolayptic verse from the book of Revelation can be interesting ;)

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Reply to -InTheWorldOfTheBlind- by Sean Randall

Hi, A friend of mine is quite fond of this work but she finds each verse is a separate file on the CD. I helped her put them into folders so she can easily navigate between the books and she seems very happy to pick out the bits she wants this way.

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Reply to Sean Randall by -InTheWorldOfTheBlind-

Thanks. I have the Audible version which labels each chapter "Chapter 1" Chapter 2" etc. without paying any attention to which book and chapter within the bible these chapters actually come from, so I may do the same myself by downloading it to my PC (Currently only listening to it on my phone)

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Reply to NadiaB by SteveW

I tend to read for entertainment, so I enjoy books that are interesting but have humour too. If you like a particular genre or author your local library will have tools to find similar books- I loved Douglas Adams Hitchhiker books and was recommended Jasper Fforde the Eyre Affair- an inspired suggestion. I agree with the other comments that the narrator is crucial- it can make or break a talking book.

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Reply to SteveW by -InTheWorldOfTheBlind-

I'm a huge fan of Douglas Adams. Have you experienced all 6 books in the Hitchiker's Trilogy?
I was privileged to get to read the last one - "And another thing" by Eoin Colfer just before I experienced my sight loss and have to say that he 'channels' Douglas Adams very well. If his name hadn't been on the cover and Adams hadn't been in the ground some 8+ years I would have thought it was written by him.

How's the audio description on Hitchhikers? I've only ever read them.

I'm now inspired to see if I can get some Audio Described Pratchett.

SteveW's picture

Reply to -InTheWorldOfTheBlind- by SteveW

I read Hitchhikers in print too. RNIB Library has many of the Pratchett books. Look for the ones narrated by Stephen Briggs.

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Reply to NadiaB by divia.k

Hello NadiaB and everyone here,

My name is Divia and I'm an undergraduate student at Oxford Brookes University. I study Publishing Media and I'm conducting some research for my Dissertation project that explores the current climate for publishing large-print books.

I have an online survey and I'm looking for respondents who are readers of large-print books to gain an insight into their reading habits and opinions.

If anyone here may be interested in completing my survey the link is here:
An Information Sheet about the study is attached to the beginning of the survey. The survey itself is comprised of 10 questions and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Many thanks, and please share the link to any large-print readers you know who may also want to take part.