I suspect the real numbers are about half this:




One of my daughters listens to the same books on the same account as I do and we talk about them. Still, those are larger numbers than I expected.


5 thoughts on “Wow!

  1. Audio books are one of the greatest tech inventions ever! I wish they had them when I was in school. I might have been a better student….. Naaaaa.
    Rush Limbaugh always pondered why radio was most popular among conservatives?
    That’s easy. It the media with which one can do two things at once. Listen and work. And most conservatives are workers.

  2. As a writer, I hate audio books. It means one more significant up-front expense before you sell a single copy. Minimum is $75/hour of finished recording, and dealing with one more person’s artistic interpretation. (yes, I know, a person can, technically, record it themselves, but not everyone has a good voice for it; also, as someone who never does audiobooks myself, I have no idea what the normal standards are, for example). Some publishers say they sell audiobooks at a 10:1 ratio to print. It really sucks for the smaller authors. It also means you are largely at the mercy of the download services….

      • Craig Alanson’s Expeditionary Force series (15 books). Amazingly good. Science Fiction/military/humor. I like Rosco the best (~book 12).
      • Joseph Henrich’s The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous was very interesting. Lots of fascinating insights into sociology type stuff.
      • Libby Copeland’s The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are was interesting. I would have liked the general “story” arc to have moved a little faster without quite so much deviation. But some of the insights about “upending who we are” were very thought provoking.

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