I get a lot of audiobooks from the Chicago Public Library and most of them are at least a few years old. The result of getting these Old-In-Internet-Years books is that, while the do come on CD (as opposed to cassette), I have to rip all the CDs and then convert them to audiobooks in iTunes. It’s not usually that bad, when I get something like Storm Front or Murder on the Orient Express, but (after waiting 2 months for it to arrive after placing it on hold), my next audiobook is 1Q84. Amazon lists it at 944 pages. The back of the audiobook lists it at 46 hours, 46 minutes or 38 compact discs. That’s a lot of discs to rip.
But, the back of the audiobook also says this:
Thank you Brilliance Audio! It might have taken me another 46 hours and 46 minutes to rip 38 CDs to my computer (or at least like 10% of that)… But instead, I was able to transfer the 3 MP3 CDs in about 15 minutes. With all that extra time, I was able to write this blog post and still have plenty of time to get back to more reading and writing…
So, I went to the library a couple days ago to pick up the first two volumes of Proust‘s In Search of Lost Time (nee: Remembrance of Things Past), and I decided to take a quick turn around the audiobook section since they have a couple racks of books on CDs.
Turns out they had Ender’s Game, Anansi Boys, and <a href="The Pillars of the Earth (Deluxe Edition) (Oprah’s Book Club)“>The Pillars of the Earth. I’ve read Ender’s Game, but it’s been practically half a lifetime since, and I’ve been wanting to re-read it. I’ve also wanted to read Anansi Boys for a while, and my mom has always maintained that Pillars of the Earth is one of the greatest books ever. I’m glad to have the audiobook, though, because even when someone is reading it for me, it’s going to take 40 hours to get through it.
At least with audiobooks (on CD), I can rip them into iTunes and then return them for other people to borrow instead of trying to plow through huge books in 3 weeks (because it seems like someone always puts a hold on the books I have checked out right when I start to get into them).