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Free AudioBook: Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder

Tor.com informs us that Audible.com is making Karl Schroeder’s book Sun of Suns available as a free unabridged audiobook for registered users. This deal is only available until June 12th, so get thee there fast, of some such pirate talk.

In case you need more convincing — and you shouldn’t…this was a great book — here’s the description:

It is the distant future. The world known as Virga is a fullerene balloon 3,000 kilometers in diameter, filled with air, water, and aimlessly floating chunks of rock. The humans who live in this vast environment must build their own fusion suns and “towns” that are in the shape of enormous wood and rope wheels that are spun for gravity.

Young, fit, bitter, and friendless, Hayden Griffin is a very dangerous man. He’s come to the city of Rush in the nation of Slipstream with one thing in mind: to take murderous revenge for the deaths of his parents six years ago. His target is Admiral Chaison Fanning, head of the fleet of Slipstream, which conquered Hayden’s nation of Aerie years ago. And the fact that Hayden’s spent his adolescence living with pirates doesn’t bode well for Fanning’s chances.

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6 Comments on Free AudioBook: Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder

  1. My God Audible is an insufferable service to access. My last visit to the DMV was less convoluted.

  2. I’ll have to agree. In order to access Audible, you need a machine with high-speed connection and permission to download/install iTunes and the Audible “tool”. That pretty much leaves me off.

    If they would break their books into smaller chunks, I could do it at home (even on dial-up, I get a lot of podcasts that way). But as much as I’d love this…I’ll have to pass.

  3. >>My last visit to the DMV was less convoluted

    Ouch!

     

    I kind of understand how publishers/providers want to hinder sharing the files, but if you want o give away something for free, then darnit, make it accessible, right?

  4. After about an hour of suffering through Audible, I gave up. I was going to write their customer support an e-mail, but I didn’t want to spend even more time dealing with the site and its software.

    Here’s a summary of my experience:

    – Couldn’t download without registering, but that’s fine. I went ahead and registered.

    – Once registered, the book was added to my online library, but I couldn’t download it without installing a “Downloader” software. In most cases I wouldn’t have bothered, but I liked Karl Schroeder’s other works and never checked out Sun of Suns, so I decided to take the plunge.

    –  In addition to the installation, there was a convoluted series of steps for device options. Another red flag, as any software that tries to piggy-back on top of other applications tends to be buggy and unreliable. Still, it might be worth it in the long run, so I decided to configure my profile.

    – Setting up my profile was completely irrational. I couldn’t save my prefered audio fidelity without first selecting my device, which was a list of portable hardware. I couldn’t just select a generic PC, which another link represented.

    – PC wasn’t happening for some reason, so I decided to go with the iPod one since I own one of those and was ultimately going to copy the book to it. This required an additional software, an Audible Manager. Things were starting to get ridiculous.

    – Once I isntalled the Audible Manger, it gave me an error that I couldn’t import to Windows Media Player. I went through the app un-checking every reference to WMP while selecting iTunes, but it didn’t work. I kept getting pop-up errors dealing with WMP even though this was an iPod manager. I even tried a variety of combinations where I’d have iTunes and the Audible Manager running at once or separately, but to no avail.

    – iPod manager wasn’t working, so I downloaded the PC manager. This one installed fine, but I couldn’t select any software to actually play the audio. I could add the iPod as a device from this program, but it kept giving me the same WMP errors.

    – I went back to the library to try again from scratch, only to discover that once all the managers were installed, the links on the site stopped working. My browser would automatically try to open the .pl file instead of the Audible Manager, and there was no way to even copy and paste the URL to the software.

    – I installed all Audible software and regreted ever spending any time on it.

    The end.

  5. Uninstalled, that is. I probably should’ve proofread that as writing angry rants in haste is never a good thing, but I’ve never been this frustrated when dealing with an online store. Audible is simply a ridiculous mess.

  6. Moonbase_Alpha // June 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm //

    after reading all these posts, I almost didn’t even attempt this download.

    But I gotta say, this was one of the easiest experiences I’ve ever had. Maybe using a Mac made all the difference.

    As mentioned, you have to create the audible account to download the book, and as soon as I did, the book was auto-downloaded into my iTunes library in just a few minutes and ready to play.

    That was it.

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