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Longest audiobook listen? Does 100 hours of HP by Jim Dale count?

I subscribe to LibraryThing’s Audiobook Forum where a recent thread started the coversation on “Longest Audios.” Mentioned in the thread are Ken Follet’s World Without End (45.5 hrs) and Pillars of the Earth (41 hrs), along with Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (50 hours). I’m currious about your longest listen – leave a comment and we’ll see who wins the Golden Headphones award 😉

My own personal record for a single title is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, clocking in at 29.5 hours. But I think those who have experienced the entire HP collection deserve special recognition for the 100+hours under the headphones! No wonder Jim Dale received the Audio Publisher’s Association’s first Hall of Fame award! Are you a Jim Dale fan? Click Jim Dale to see a nearly-one-hour video of the Master reading from the HP canon from Barnes & Noble Studio.

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Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

8 Comments on "Longest audiobook listen? Does 100 hours of HP by Jim Dale count?"

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  1. janawarnell@hotmail.com' Jana says:

    I have listened to all the HPs by Jim Dale, it is sometimes the only way I can exercise! My husband is experiencing the first HP because he likes Jim’s voice so much. AND I bought all of the Peter books by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson because Jim Dale reads those as well!

  2. Well, I haven’t completed them yet, but I’m listening to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and each book is 45-55 hours long. I figure it will take me all year. 🙂

  3. jessicaemilymoyer@gmail.com' Jessica says:

    The Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon, read by Davina Porter. Book 1 (of 6!) is the shortest at 32 hours. Book 6, Breath of Snow and Ashes has 48 Cds, so about 60 hours of listening. It’s really excellent, Porter does lovely Scots and English voices.

  4. dbryan@tscpl.org' Deb says:

    My personal longest read was the unabridged version of the “The Count of Monte Cristo”. I downloaded it from Overdrive and loaded it onto my mp3 player to listen to on my walks. At 40 some odd hours it was my walking companion for about 1 1/2 years–but it was oh so worth it.

  5. diane@pfaeffle.com' Diane says:

    From my library – I can download via overdrive Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 57 hours 47 minutes. It is on my wishlist.

  6. aalhajamy@gmail.com' Ali says:

    Before I present you with my comment, it is worth noting that because I am blind, some of the examples I will give are not books that you can purchase as they are made especially for the blind. But I thought this would be of some interest to you. The longest audiobook I can think of was an enormous creation that I got from NLS, or national library service, simply because it was so long, and I wanted to see what a monstrosity like this could have in it. What can I say, I was about nine or ten years old, just beginning to be fascinated by the world of books. This book was called Jewish American Literature, and it was thirteen cassettes long. These cassettes were made so that they could hold a lot more audio than your average cassette, thus each cassette could hold up to six hours of audio. Six hours per cassette times thirteen cassettes equals almost eighty hours of listening. I never got past the first cassette as I found the first four introductions and the foreword to be quite dull, though I might try to find this book again, just to see if I would find it more interesting now that I am older and more mature. This time, I will skip straight to the literature part, smile. Another massive piece was a book called A Suitable Boy, by Vikram Seth, which, in braille, is 3014 pages long, and takes up about twelve six-hour cassettes, which add up to about 72 hours. I think they also recorded War And Piece by Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy, both in a mainstream format that you actually can purchase, and in a format for the blind, which is equally as long. Other titles include A Traitor to Memory By Elizabeth George, Insomnia by Stephen King, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, The Adolescent by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anna Karenina again By Tolstoy, The Carpetbaggers by harold Robbins, and a lot more too numerous to mention, though I think I have gotten the truly huge ones that stand out.

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