The last month I have been a payed sibscriber to Audible.com, one of the few Audio book websites.
Many geeks prefer audible because it has very good and easy integration with Itunes, which I am thankfull for aswell.
My recent interest in material regarding atheism, rationality, science history and moral philosophy has found exppression in several sites I have been following of late, several podcasts I have subscribed to, and of course the audio books I first gave a try.
In some cases I have bought or wish to buy books that I already own. The main reason for that is practicality. For example “A Short History of nearly Everything” I have in hardback, which I am hardly going to take on the train with me.
The other major reason is that I love it when the authors themselves narrate the audiobook. I especially enjoyed Richard Dawkins in this, with “The God Delusion”, but the same goes for several other writers. Not all narrate their own books though, of course.
Audiobooks are the ultimate conveniant way for me to experience books. I dont have the time, or am not willing to make the time, to read them at home, and I have plenty of time during my commute to and from work to cover a lot of literary work in this way.
I have actually found myself browsing book sections of shops now, to find books that I then search for online. The only problem with this, is that Audible’s selection is somewhat limited, and some books they cannot, for some reason, sell outside of the US. Have to find a way around that somehow.
Here are the ones I have bought in the last 2 months:
The perfect introduction to the central ideas of philosophy now available in audio format.
Have you ever lain awake at night fretting over how we can be sure of the reality of the external world? Perhaps we are in fact disembodied brains, floating in vats at the whim of some deranged puppet-master?
If so, you are not alone – and what’s more, you are in exalted company. For this question and other ones like it have been the stuff of philosophical rumination from Plato to Popper.
In a series of accessible and engaging short lectures delivered in the deep chocolate tones of reader Laurence Kennedy, 50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know introduces and explains the problems of knowledge, consciousness, identity, ethics, belief, justice, and aesthetics that have engaged the attention of thinkers from the era of the ancient Greeks to the present day.