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Since its inception ten years ago, the Harbeth User Group's ambition has been to create a lasting knowledge archive. Knowledge is based on facts and observations. Knowledge is timeless. Knowledge is human independent and replicatable. However, we live in new world where thanks to social media, 'facts' have become flexible and personal. HUG operates in that real world.

HUG has two approaches to contributor's Posts. If you have, like us, a scientific mind and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - decisions, and about the technical ins and outs of audio equipment, how it's designed and what choices the designer makes, then the factual area of HUG is for you. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and can be easily understood and tried with negligible technical knowledge.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings sub-forum is you. If upon examination we think that Posts are better suited to one sub-forum than than the other, they will be redirected during Moderation, which is applied throughout the site.

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The Moderators' decision is final in all matters regarding what appears here. That said, very few Posts are rejected. HUG Moderation individually spell and layout checks Posts for clarity but due to the workload, Posts in the Subjective Soundings area, from Oct. 2016 will not be. We regret that but we are unable to accept Posts that present what we consider to be free advertising for products that Harbeth does not make.

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Audiobooks - story tellling by spoken word

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    I am an avid collector of audiobooks. Charity shops have piles of them which as a twin-cassette sell for about GBP1 or so. The technical quality is perfectly adequate - what matters is the story and the narration. I often drive about playing an audiobook and they've opened my ears to literature I never studied as a boy and would never have the time to read now. First class narration using the expressive potential of the voice for characterisation, accents, pauses, emphasis is, for me, top of the entertainment tree.

    Do you have any favourites? I stumbled across an audiobook last week that I'd not seen in print. Indeed, I'd not heard of the modern author. But from the first sentence I was hooked. Imagine my horror when, ending side four on a cliff-edge I realised that the two cassettes I have are only and and two of six - they've become separated from the other two boxes. Mad scramble to Amazon to order the complete set - luckily in stock.

    Do you listen to audiobooks on cassette or CD? Any favourites either of narration of the actual story itself? I'd be very interested in a list of great tapes/CD audiobooks here - maybe even swapping them between us?
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

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    Originally posted by A.S. View Post
    Any favourites either of narration of the actual story itself? I'd be very interested in a list of great tapes here - maybe even swapping them between us?
    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is superb.

    Consciousness, conservation, man's place in the cosmos, quantum physics, missing cats, Coleridge, Bach and an Electric Monk.

    Three hours of pure bliss.