Since I’ve been listening to a few Audio Books lately, I’ve noticed rather quickly that many of the places you download Audio Books from allow you to only download in .mp3 format. The problem with this is that when you add these .mp3 files to your iPod it doesn’t know that they are Audio Books, so it wont remember where you listened up to the last time, and it wont neatly categorise the .mp3 in the Audio Books menu, and wont let you alter the playback speed.
I found this free Mp3 to iPod Audio Book Converter, which will convert any .mp3 file into Apple’s .m4b audio book format, and so far the results are pretty impressive. Unfortunately it currently only works on Windows, and isn’t available on any other platform.
I have lost count of the number of times I have read Frank Herbert’s Dune. It’s one of those books that I find myself coming back to and re-reading. In fact I think that I have read it at least twice in the last 12 months.
Dune is set far in the future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary fiefdoms are controlled by noble Houses that owe allegiance to the Imperial House Corrino. The novel tells the story of young Paul Atreides (heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and scion of House Atreides) as he and his family relocate to the planet Arrakis, the only source of the spice melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe. In a story that explores the complex interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, the fate of Paul, his family, his new planet and its native inhabitants, as well as the Padishah Emperor, the powerful Spacing Guild, and the secretive female order of the Bene Gesserit, are all drawn together into a confrontation that will change the course of humanity.
I started using iTunes again the other day, as much as I have railed against it in the past it’s actually a very good tool for subscribing to podcasts, and I like the iTunes store, it’s easy to browse and find what your looking for as well as purchasing music. I came across a new Audiobook version of Dune available for download last week so I went ahead and purchased it and downloaded it through the store.
I’ve almost finished listening to it on my iPod. It’s a strange feeling. I’m used to reading books and not to listening to someone else read to me. However it’s been quite an enjoyable experience. For the most part its read/narrated by a Scott Brick, but in some parts other actors assume the voices of the main protagonists and do a good job making the characters come to life .. which is actually quite entertaining.
I’ve really enjoyed the experience. I think might invest in some more audiobooks …