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Is there a good audiobook player software for windows ?


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Initial post: Aug 31, 2012, 11:45:58 AM PDT
Jan Halfar says:
I almost Googl'd myself to death but surprisingly can't find anything exept some special apps for blind :[

I have several audiobooks on my PC mainly in mp3 (few in ogg).
I am looking for a lightweight application that basicaly works like iTunes do for audiobooks, but doesnt take a 300MB of memory like iTunes do.
Basicaly I need the app to remember last played position for each audiobook (bookmark) and is WinXP compatible.
If if can support Audible .aa format or few others so I can manage all my audiobooks together in one app it would be a plus but not a must.

For completeness' sake - I already tryed Winamp with some plugins and it basicaly doesnt work.
Also Im not looking for portable mp3 player - like iPod etc - but a software program that can plays audiobooks on computer.

Thanks for any suggestions.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2012, 6:21:03 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I don't think you can play Audible books on your PC with anything other than Audible Manager or Itunes. There may be some other app that can do it but I've never heard about that and I use Audible a lot.

If you want a player for other audiobooks there are quite a few that will do it. You probably already know about such players as Windows Media Player, Gom Player, VLC and Winamp. There are about 100 others. If you want something simple that works well for audiobooks and is very small and quick and easy to learn and, well, graceful, try 1by1. I'll put a link to it below. It doesn't automate anything but it makes it really easy to do everything.

It has a world of options you can set to make it behave just the way you want it to. It has 2 play buttons. One starts at the beginning and one starts where you left off in your last listening session. This only works if you haven't played something else with this player since then so if you listen to a lot of books at once this won't be the program for you. For one at a time listening (hence it's name) it's a beautiful little program.

Page for 1by1:
http://mpesch3.de1.cc/1by1.html

Barry

Posted on Sep 3, 2012, 11:39:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 3, 2012, 5:19:02 PM PDT
Jan Halfar says:
For record and future generations :) ..
I found and tested some specialised and working solutions for Audiobook playback (on PC Win.):

Angerl's Vox:
http://download.cnet.com/Angel-s-Vox/3000-2139_4-75001584.html
-Very lite app. Taking as little resources as Winamp when playing (about 5MB of ram).
-Supports creation of simple Audiobook library. With title the only supported parameter for book :)
-and Remembers your position for every one of the books there.
-Has weird custom UI design that is not to my liking and imo not very user friendly
-Has a function for changing payback speed of the Audiobook
-No other features what so ever
Still, my favorite from the offer.

Ambling Bookplayer
http://amblingbookplayer.com
-Supports creation of Audiobook library with a lot of parameters like artworks and even directory structure for book series, sorting etc. Nice.
-Remembers your position for each book plus supports manual 'bookmarks'
-Can take over 50MB in memory when playing. (Though its still less then 200MB for iTunes ;)
-Has a nice (but nonstandard) GUI

The things that don't work:
Couco player - Has a nice design and claims to offer everything the above does, but trial version didn't even remeber the playback position. A scam or weird, bugy project ?
I didnt want to find out about full version for $10. Let me know if you would ;)

Audible Player (Manager) - I rechecked and nope, it still doesnt play anything else then Audibles .aa audiobook format. No mp3s, no ogg, no fun. Also its pretty basic application even for .aa playback.

Windows Media Player, Winamp - Just a regular music\video players. Not made for Audiobooks in any way. Don't remember playback positions.

Thanks a lot for advices Barryem !
Im still about to check everything in 1by1 player. So far I didn't find any resume functions but it has a lot of settings.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012, 5:06:33 PM PDT
George B. says:
I Love .....VLC media player... and its a free downlod. I play audio books, music and also watch movies with it. It works with all my media, weather on a cd, dvd , or recorded on a hard drive... vlc don't care, it just plays it.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012, 6:12:53 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I just tried Angel's Vox. Thank you for pointing that one out. It's a very nice program. I don't listen on the computer much but if I did I'd buy this for sure. I just might buy it anyway.

Barry

Posted on Nov 4, 2012, 7:20:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 4, 2012, 7:23:00 PM PST
As an alternative you can install bluestacks. Bluestacks allows you to run Android apps on your PC. Once you have Bluestacks running install Mortplayer. To find the audio books you have to copy them to Programdata/ Bluestacks/ Userdata/ Sharefolder. Then make your main mortplayer folder: sdcard/bstfolder/bstsharedfolder, and you're all set. It's a roundabout solution, but it's free and so far seems to work just fine.
-J

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012, 6:41:30 PM PST
I just played part of "The Litigators" on my computer. I downloaded it from Audible last December and I played it using my Windows Media Player. Everything I download from Audible automatically goes into Windows Media Player, as well as itunes. Actually, I'm not sure how this happens, except I have Windows 7 and this has been going on since I bought a new laptop in December.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2013, 10:12:00 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 15, 2013, 10:15:47 AM PST
I tried the shareware version of Angel's Vox, intending to purchase it if it met my needs.

However, it NEVER remembered a playback position. It always started from the beginning, even when playing back the most recently played file.

I emailed the developers, inquiring whether this was just a limitation of the shareware version (although that seems like a silly idea), but didn't get a reply.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2013, 9:44:32 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 8, 2013, 9:45:03 PM PST
RinH says:
George Burchett, VLC media player doesn't remember a position within a file or index within a file collection.

Posted on Mar 8, 2013, 10:11:02 PM PST
RinH says:
There's someone's hobby-level program at http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/63851/An-Audiobook-Player-Using-an-Embedded-Microsoft-Me. It seems to work well on Windows. It works (i.e., remembers last position) only for one audio book at a time.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013, 12:20:52 AM PST
Angel's Vox A) Does not resume playback (I've only tried the shareware version), and B) Has a very poorly designed UI for audio books.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013, 9:46:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 11, 2013, 9:46:58 AM PDT
RinH says:
Nightingale (used to be Songbird) supports remembering and resuming. Free, open source. This is what I've started to use 2 days ago. Seems to work well enough.

Install their bookmark add-on.

http://getnightingale.com/

Posted on May 6, 2013, 4:54:43 PM PDT
Hi - I am looking for the same feature....did anyone ever find anything that worked? I need ONE PLAYER that will play my audio books no matter what the source. I hate itunes. Right now I am switching between Overdrive, Audible manager and windows media player (which is HORRIBLE for this purpose)

I would love to have something that I can click on the audio album and it will pay the entire album and automatically remember my place. Why should I have to set up a play list to play a book that is already in its own folder? I would like to lock it on my PCs task bar and be able to pause the book at will

thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2013, 12:59:11 AM PDT
Musa says:
I don't beleive there is ONE PLAYER that will "play them all."

For audible books I think ITunes is pretty good - not sure why you hate it. Its autoresume feature seems to work well. I have not purchased any Apple media players or anything form the Apple store but I think ITunes has the following advantages over Audible Player for playing audible books: (1) Many audiobooks have multiple files. Audible Manager fails to consolidate these; ITunes does consolidate them. (20 The current versio of ITunes is much less flexible for organizing audbile books than the previous version which let you assign and sort by genre; however, it does group books by the same author.

I really doubt that ITunes is best for MP3 audiobooks - treats them as a bunch of individual MP3 tracks. I am experimenting with Nightingale at the moment.

What I really yearn for is a computer-based app that will play NLS books but their proprietary DAISY format is not supported by any computer-based software available in the US. There is software that will do this aviaalble to Brits/Europeans but it cannot be distributed to US citizens. Too bad.

I believe that the best choice for universal playback is a media player like the the Victor Reader Streamthat has been certified for NLS playback. The Stream will play audible, mp3 and NLS audiobooks flawlessly. I don't thnk this can be achieved with one piece of computer software.

Posted on May 7, 2013, 11:21:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 7, 2013, 11:30:07 AM PDT
Thanks Musa,

I think that developing a good audio book player ap would be a gold mine for someone since there doesn't seem to be any out there. I put the same question to a few other boards and no one seems to find one that they are in love with. I did find heavy audio book listeners who used 1by1, ambling bookplayer and nightingale for their audio books. No glowing reviews but I was told they were OK. 1by1 does keep your place but only for 1 book at a time (guess I could limit myself to that....). Someone else mentioned blue stack which allows you to use android aps on your pc. This might work since there are several android aps that are decent for audio books...double twist, Winamp and mortplayer.

Goodreads has entire discussions based on overcoming the problems with itunes and the reviews of itunes 11 are pretty bad even as a music player (I hated the previous versions so wont be trying that one) http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1273738-importing-audiobook-cd-s-using-itunes11

Sorry I didn't ask about NLS books and no one mentioned them. I have been listening to about every audio book I could get my hands on for 25+ years and I haven't come across any NLS books. There were years where I really had to work to find books that I wanted to listen to that were in audio form (pre internet) and those would have been great. I had a blind friend who uses them but when we lived in the same town they were still on some sort of tapes that needed a special player (if memory severs me right...that was 20 years ago). Are they read by volunteers or are they professionally done?

There may be converters out there that will take NLS to MP3s.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2013, 11:36:13 AM PDT
I mentioned Bluestack earlier, it worked well for me while i was using it. The only tricky part is knowing where to put your MP3s, which i explain in my previous post.

After using it for three months with no problems i went back to just using my android phone for no reason other than convenience.

Posted on May 7, 2013, 11:43:22 AM PDT
I just realized I mentioned some of the players I got from this post...I was keeping a list of what other people liked on a note pad and just re posted them ;). For some reason my PC (brand new) does not see my android (only 6 months old) a lot of the time and I have to uninstall and reinstall it several times in order to transfer over audio books...this is such a pain that I normally stop trying....I have bought a bunch of MP3 players over the years too that I am not thrilled with...so I keep on using my OLD (as in ancient) Palm tx. It seems to work better than anything else I have tried. The display is big so I can see what track I am on and it keeps my place when I turn it off. It only takes a 2 g card but I have a stack of those anyway...the sound quality isn't the best anymore though.

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2013, 11:52:26 AM PDT
I've got a new Samsung (Android) phone and I have to be logged into the phone (encrypted for work email) or it doesn't show up as a drive. My wife has an older android and on hers you have to pull the quick menu down and switch from charging to disk drive mode for it to show up. Otherwise you might just need a more current driver for the phone USB.
I pretty much just use the Audible app, and Mort player. I really do like Mort player, too bad there isn't a PC version.
-J

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2013, 1:02:21 PM PDT
Thanks Jim. I haven't thought of a driver problem and see online there have been some issues with Windows 8. I have sent in a ticket since I couldn't find drivers online from sources I trust.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013, 12:20:29 AM PDT
David Sarti says:
The Audible Manager Sucks it will not display the chapters and let you jump directly to the one you want.. EXTREMELY frustrating with books like the Bible!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2013, 3:51:54 PM PDT
Nora says:
What is an easy to use Player for Audion Books that does not have tiny invisible buttons and extra stuff I do not need. What player is easy to use, easy to see and plays autible. I do NOT listen to Itunes. Just books. I have fat fingers and thick glasses.

Posted on Aug 3, 2013, 7:33:35 PM PDT
J.S. says:
I second nightingale with the audiobook addon. It works great with all formats, remembers the last position of albums and is not overly complicated.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2013, 11:21:48 PM PDT
Martin Pen says:
this now requires 2 gig of mem (not hard drive)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2013, 11:21:57 PM PDT
"My Audiobook Reader" can be downloaded from Cnet
http://download.cnet.com/My-Audiobook-Reader/3000-2139_4-75452185.html

Posted on Jan 28, 2014, 5:12:42 PM PST
Daniel Bliss says:
I'll cast a third vote for the Nightingale + Audio Bookmarks addon combination. Simon, the developer of this addon (as well as the useful sleepTimer addon), was nice enough to add the functionality of hotkey forward and backward skipping (so far set for __ percentage of the track, but Simon will soon release a version that allows the intervals to be defined for __ seconds instead). Nightingale has a nice interface and enough global hotkeys to make it work well for audiobook lovers who (like me) tend to listen throughout the night (and are thus confined to keyboard input without UI).
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