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What are you listening to audiobooks ON?
#1  WT Sharpe 06-30-2014, 12:08 PM
Hey, everyone! What are you listening to audiobooks on? What would you recommend to others? I'll get the ball rolling by saying for audiobooks, I love my blue iPod nano. Its small size makes it just about the perfect device to carry anywhere. Although it's not the only device I use for audiobooks, it's my favorite.

The only downside is that body movements during various activities sometimes accidentally trigger the sensitive side buttons that advance or pause the playback. So I bought this blue rooCase from Amazon to add a bit of distance between the iPod's buttons and my shirt pocket. It works really well for that purpose, and in addition it provides a certain degree of protection from physical damage without adding noticeably to the device's weight. The downside is that it comes with a built-in pocket clip. I don't need a pocket clip, don't use the pocket clip, and the pocket adds unwanted bulk. I really don't like the pocket clip, and I wish roocase would offer the option of buying one without a clip. It really is a fine product otherwise, but I suspect there's just not much of a market for people like me who want one without it.

For listening I first tried the nano's own ear buds, and have nothing good to say about them. Their design ensures that unless I duct-tape them to my ears, they'll fall out the first time I turn my head. I tried regular headphones, but few things look dorkier than a 64-year-old in shorts walking around the neighborhood with a set of humongous headphones with a 10-foot cord trailing behind. So I bought these Freedom Sprint earbuds from Jaybird. Not only does the Bluetooth work flawlessly, but the unique design of the ear-inserts (it comes with three different sizes) keeps the buds in my ear no matter whether I'm walking, working in the yard, solving a jigsaw puzzle, or just puttering around the house.

Your turn. What do you use for listening to audiobooks?
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#2  sakura-panda 06-30-2014, 01:59 PM
I forgot about my nano -- I have one of the little square ones (8 GB) that apple sent me when they recalled the battery on my 1st generation (4 GB) one. I've been carrying my iPhone around when I want to walk at work and it's kind of awkward. I should look for it and put some content on it.

That said, I use my 64GB iPhone for listening to audiobooks. I listen to them only in the car and I have a cable that connects between the headphone jack on the phone and an "AUX" connection on the front of my radio. I put my books -- all purchased from Audible -- on it through iTunes and then use the Audible app to listen to them.

Audible does not seem to have any good organization and iTunes buries *everything* so I can never find what I want to listen to through the phone's native music app. I organize and upload my content through iTunes and then I use Audible to listen to the books.

I have Skullcandy earbuds that I like at lot and a work-provided bluetooth headset that I use when I don't want to hassle with cords. However, the headset doesn't stay in/on my ear well and the sound is not as good as what I get with the earbuds.
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#3  CRussel 06-30-2014, 02:36 PM
Three different devices I listen on - the primary is the iPhone, since it has Bluetooth. That means I can listen to it on my phone headset, or when I'm in the car, it picks up automatically.

I also listen on my iPod Nano (3rd or 4th generation, I forget which) when I'm swimming. I have a waterproof case for it. I almost always listen to a different book on this device, since I can't easily sync the Nano to my other devices.

Finally, when I'm using WhisperSync for Voice, I use my Fire HD 8.9" which lets me listen AND read. And, of course, this syncs nicely to the Nano.
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#4  AnemicOak 06-30-2014, 03:01 PM
Primarily I use an iPod Touch (4th gen), almost always with the Audible app. Sometimes on my iPhone 5 and on rare occasion on my iPod Nano (2nd gen) or Sansa Clip.
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#5  Catlady 06-30-2014, 03:03 PM
Sansa Clip Zip, Skullcandy earbuds.
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#6  issybird 06-30-2014, 03:50 PM
When I'm driving or walking, I listen on my iPod Touch. I am addicted to being able to bump up the speed on the Audible/Overdrive/SmarterPlayer apps. Since I'm lazy, I'll just download a book to the appropriate Audible or Overdrive app, but if I'm running out of time on an Overdrive book, I'll sideload it to the SmarterPlayer app so I can finish it.

When I swim, I listen on an Aerb waterproof MP3 player. As with Charlie, it's a different book, it would be too hard to find my place if I switched back and forth.

As for earbuds, I just use whatever's lying around, except that I use the ones that came with the Aerb. They do the job, ie, stay in while I swim.
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#7  desertblues 06-30-2014, 04:07 PM
I have audiobooks on the Audible-app and listen while walking, waiting for bus/plane or doing tedious tasks as watering the garden/removing the weeds, on my iphone 5s with Apple earphones (remote control/mic on the cable, which is very handy).

I am searching for other earphones with the same remote as the Apple earphones, for it hurts my ear when I listen for a long time. The sound is good though. They don't fall out as I don't jump etc when listening to books..........
I only put one earphone in, as I don't want to be isolated from traffic noises or nature (when walking) or other people.
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#8  CRussel 06-30-2014, 05:02 PM
Oh, and for headsets: the Motorola S11 Flex HD when listening on the go, and the X-1 IEN2-BK-X Surge Sportwrap In-Ear Headphones when swimming. These are the first pair of waterproof headphones I've found in quite a while that actually work well. They don't leak, they stay on, and the sound is acceptable. I've been through a LOT of "waterproof" head sets, and the only other pair that ever worked well are no longer made. So I was really glad to find these when the old ones disintegrated after 3 years around and in the pool.
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#9  pwalker8 06-30-2014, 05:35 PM
Most of my listening is done on my iPod touch in the car. I use that because I prefer to use the playlist feature to listen so I don't have to worry about fiddling with it while driving after one book ends. I also listen at work on my iPhone, and sometimes on macbook pro (I download all my audible books on the macbook pro as well as all my music, so I can listen without an internet connection. It's also a lot easier to organize what I'm trying to listen to in iTunes). I listen to the one book at a time in the car, but frequently switch around between books at work, depending on what I'm doing and what I'm in the mood for.
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#10  WT Sharpe 06-30-2014, 07:31 PM
Quote sakura-panda
...I use my 64GB iPhone for listening to audiobooks. ...I put my books -- all purchased from Audible -- on it through iTunes and then use the Audible app to listen to them....
Quote AnemicOak
Primarily I use an iPod Touch (4th gen), almost always with the Audible app....
Quote issybird
When I'm driving or walking, I listen on my iPod Touch. I am addicted to being able to bump up the speed on the Audible/Overdrive/SmarterPlayer apps. Since I'm lazy, I'll just download a book to the appropriate Audible or Overdrive app, but if I'm running out of time on an Overdrive book, I'll sideload it to the SmarterPlayer app so I can finish it....
Quote desertblues
I have audiobooks on the Audible-app and listen while walking, waiting for bus/plane or doing tedious tasks as watering the garden/removing the weeds, on my iphone 5s with Apple earphones (remote control/mic on the cable, which is very handy)....
Everyone who mentioned using apps on their devices has made me very jealous. The big downside of the iPod nano is that it doesn't run apps, which means for one thing that the books I've bought from Blackstone audio—each in the form of a separate and self-contained iPad app—can't be listened to on the nano. Thankfully I have my trusty iPad on which I can hear those, but who wants to carry around an iPad when taking a walk or working in the yard?
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