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Initial post: Oct 30, 2010 11:33:39 AM PDT
I am thinking about buying a Kindle. I love to read and it could be a great way to deal with my no place to store my paperback/hardback collection. However, one of my favorite ways to enjoy books is through Audible because I spend a lot of time commuting and you cannot read a Kindle while driving. I understand that Kindles will play Audible books but my real questions are these:
1) when you play an Audible book on a Kindle do you get the narrator of the book or some synthesized speech? The narrators are what makes the book so this is important if you want to listen to an Audible book on a Kindle.
2) can you set bookmarks, particularly if you want to listen to more than one book and want to go back and forth? It isn't really practical to fast forward though an 8 hour book to get to where you left off.

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 11:39:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2010 5:17:28 PM PDT
The Kindle plays the file as normal, not through text-to-speech... and I'm pretty sure you can bookmark Audible files. (Will update this later with Kindle 3 in hand).

Update: it remembers your place when you log off, but if you're listening to multiple audio books, you might want to keep an eye on the section markers, just in case.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2010 11:41:28 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
I can only answer the first question: those are real Audible narrated audio books. I immagine that Kindle "remembers" your current location within the audiobook, but actual users of them will know more.

You might download the current Kindle manual from here
http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200317150
and read about it (chapter 3.8, I think).

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 11:42:10 AM PDT
I've used audible books that I've gotten from Librivox.org. Those come in MP3 format, and typically, each file is a chapter. You place the files into the Audible folder on your Kindle, and they show up on your Home Page. When you open a file, you get a simple interface with a play button, pause, back and forward 30 seconds, and stop. I do believe if you stop a file before it's finished, the next time you open that file it will remember where you stopped.

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 1:16:51 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
Amazon now owns Audible. When you change your Audible login and payment method to match your Amazon account, the two will merge. Many, but not all of my Audible books appear in my K3 archives. Using wi-fi, the Audible files download directly to the K3 without the need for Audible Manager. The files open to a single descriptive page with controls on the bottom like on a tape player. The text of the book is not included in the file, so the screen goes to sleep as the book file progresses. I don't think it is possible to bookmark a particular passage, but the kindle does hold your stopping place. Eventually, I think Audible will have an autodownload feature. That would be nice for the WSJ Morning Read files, but I wouldn't like it to do it for everything, as the files are huge and take quite a while to download. When files are coming, you can monitor their progress from the home page menu.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2010 1:35:12 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
The audile books are narrators, real humans reading the book.

The Kindle will remeber where you are in the audible books, no need to bookmark.

If you use the same login as your Amazon account for Audible.com your accounts will be linked and the audible books you buy from Audible will show up in your Kindle's archives ready to be downloaded via WiFi. You can of course download them with the USB cord through the Audible Manager software.

I just signed couple weeks ago myself and love the audible books.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2010 2:22:40 PM PDT
Judith says:
I listen to audible books on my kindle and it is the performer's narration and not a robotic computer voice. Hope this helps!

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 6:25:33 PM PDT
Danica says:
I like listening to my Audible books on my Kindle. Of course Kindle remembers your place -- so do iPods and some other players -- but on Kindle there are options for rewinding and advancing that make it very easy to navigate through the book. I especially like that feature when I want to go back just a little bit if I'm interrupted or if I didn't quite catch a name or whatever. I've found it very difficult (impossible, actually) to do that with my iPod and Sansa players. However, I do use my iPod for storing Audibles since the files are so big. I never have more than one on my Kindle -- just the one I'm listening to at the moment. Kindle also displays all the info on the book -- the synopsis, cover, and so forth, and I like that too.

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 6:28:42 PM PDT
Does this apply to K2 also? I've linked my accounts but I don't see my Audible books in my K2 archives.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2010 6:58:06 PM PDT
MsChievous, you can listen to audible.com audio books on your K2, but you can't download them over Whispernet because that can only be done via wifi.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2010 7:01:43 PM PDT
Okey dokey Smokey, thanks! I swear, I love this Kindle life, its like I died & went to heaven. 'Course, I'm easily amused...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 4:53:24 PM PDT
I would want an autodownload for WSJ morning read too

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2013 4:54:22 PM PDT
Robert, you're replying to a post from 2010, just so you know.
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