A Tale of Auidobook Players

Recently I gotten rather into listening to audiobooks.  I never was interested before, usually preferring to print.   However I  go into cooking and found I needed something in the background.  I started with music, but when I found myself spending too much time skipping songs instead of watching the pan sizzling on the stove I knew i needed to try something else.    I tried out an audiobook on  a lark on day, and haven’t looked back.

I listened too wonderful books,  terrible book with great narrators,  good books with bad narrators, and few seconds of awful books.   I have fallen asleep to  to these books, and been jolted awake of the production of quality of some.  And quite often been annoyed by the odd inflections narrators used.    While I have gotten access to wide variety of books,  I stick mostly to what my library offers, which is a mix of new,  popular, and old classics.  Since I’m using library services, I’ve gotten to sample different audiobook players and couldn’t help but notice the different quirks and strengths of each.




I listened to my first audiobook (Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older) on this player,  and it’s simplest one.     I can easily download the player and utilizing controls, but it’s playback odd at times.   A few times I gotten cracking or static feedback, and it wasn’t always tied to my headphones.   I also had the player start back at the beginning to many times in the middle of a book,  I’ve taken to bookmarking pages when I’m the midst of a book.   This player also lacks chapters, which makes it hard to skim or find place in the story, especially when I want to skip ahead.      Although Hoppla has the deepest and most varied collection of books,  since my library implemented a 8 loan limit per month,  I  don’t use this service as often.   Since I tend to be picky I rather not “waste” a loan on book I might not finish.  Because of this I turn to other players first for books.


RB Digital


The UI elements are rather clunky at times, being unresponsive and rather outdated to honest.  This player has chapters in it,  and becoming accustomed to Hoopla’s player I I took to the chapter to easily I missed them when I went back to Hoopla.  While I can find a few more recent book in this players, it’s mostly classics and older fare.  Not that it’s a bad thing. I recently enjoyed my favorite Jane Austen,  Persuasion, and probably will again when the mood strikes me.








The mainstream library offering,  it doesn’t have the deepest catalog of books, but its combines the elements of previous two.   The UI is modern and very easily to navigate.  I can flip between the library’s website and my bookshelf with a few quick taps.  The only real trouble I encounters is downloading files as they often sputter, and sometimes even missing a file next in sequence.    As it’s tied to my library I can easily return and check out books with ease,  something I admit to using to my advantage when I’m searching to new  book.










Libby is built on Overdrive, using the same resources but placed in new packaging.  Because of this difference its merits its own section.  Like its parent, the UI is very easy to use, but I found the onboarding process delightful as well as the degree of personalization in the app.

It is not so easy to browse the library to select books, but it doesn’t sreamline  all my checkouts together.  I happen to have multiple library cards,  and the app combines them into a central shelf, so that I  no longer have to switch between profiles.  Like Overdrive it also had trouble download at times, but  it’s far less finicky.



If I had to go with a favorite, Libby might be my choice.  But I don’t truly have a preference, as an audiobook player is only as good as its books!











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the interest is cooking and baking.


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