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When you want to add audiobooks to iTunes from a CD, try these steps:

Step 1 – Open your itunes program

Step 2 – Go to the menu bar and click on Edit>Preferences> General
There you will want to answer the questions about “When you insert a CD”. Set that to “Ask to import CD”, then click on the Import Setting s button. Choose AAC encoder and then Spoken Podcast from the settings list.

Step 3 – Insert the first CD
After you insert the CD, you will be prompted to import it, always say NO when you are asked to Import, and do NOT check the box that says “Do not ask me again.” The reason you don’t want to do this is because the default is to import individual tracks like songs which is not what you want for an audiobook.

Step 4 – Using your mouse you then select all track tracks, click on Advanced tab in the menu bar and select Join CD Tracks

Step 5 – Right click on the joined tracks from the CD and select Get Info. Say yes to editing multiple files.
There you can fill in any missing information like the album name and append the disc number, for example if the name to the book is No Easy Day, you might name it NoEasyDay1, NoEasyDay2 etc. for disc 1 and disc 2.

Step 6 – on the left hand side menu, right click on the CD name under Devices and select import CD.

Step 7 – After you have imported all the CDs, use your mouse and select the CDs, right click, select Get Info. I like to add the authors name to the artist and the narrator to the composer input box.

Step 8 - While in the Get Info box
Select yes for compilation so the discs all go into the same folder
Change the genre to AUDIOBOOKS to make it easy to find the audiobooks.
Select Yes for Remember position
Select Yes for skip when shuffling
For Equalizer preset, it might help to select “spoken word” (not sure of this)

Step 9 – Make the book a smart playlist. Use the author’s name and/or other unique info

Step 10 – Crank up the volume bar to full volume.

Now you can sync the audiobook with your devices and enjoy listening to your book.

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Should you get The Hunger Games audiobook and listen to it on your iPad? Well, we think so.

The Bottom Line
This is a great story that anyone can enjoy. It’s not just for teens or women, but it’s a great listen for everyone I’ve met. So, I strongly suggest you give it a try.

The Story
The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games story line seems to combine the concept of reality TV, war and sending kids off into battle to fight for us. The author, Suzanne Collins, used those concepts as an inspiration for the book series.

The Hunger Games is the first of three books in the series. The other two books are Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

In this first book, we meet Katniss who is the heroine for the entire series. Katniss is self reliant, and can be both fierce and loving. She ends up volunteering to go to the Hunger Games to save her sister from the terrible fight that is the games. Peeta is the other tribute that comes from Katniss’s district. He is both Katniss’s enemy and ally. They will fight together, but then must fight each other as there can only be one survivor of the Games.

Together, Katniss and Peeta, will face all the tributes from each of the other districts. 24 tributes in all, one girl and one boy from each of the districts. There would be 26, but one district was obliterated by the Capital forces in the war.

The games are the price the Capital has imposed on the Districts to make sure the districts understand the price of rebellion. These tributes are put into an arena constructed just for the games and must fight each other to the death. That last tribute standing at the end of the day is treated like a hero and given a privileged life from there on.

The book follows Katniss and Peeta in their adventure to the games. There is drama, action, romance, death and betrayal.

Similar to the Twilight series there is also a love triangle involving Katniss, Peeta and Katniss’s hunting buddy Gail. (Luckily there are no vampires or werewolves to worry about.) It is clear that Katniss has a very strong friendship with Gail, who she asks to care for her family in her absence. Gail must watch the drama of the games like everyone else, and when Katniss and Peeta use their relationship to help them in the games, Gail must endure their romance. It must be hard for him. And it’s clear from the story that Katniss’s true feelings run deep for Gail, but it is Peeta that she must fight with and fight against.
In the games, we meet the other tributes from the other districts. Some are trained killers and others are just regular people like Katniss and Peeta.

Katniss however shows herself to have skills to hunt and fight and look after herself. With help from Peeta and some of the other tributes she fights deep into the games.

I really can’t go much farther or it would spoil the book. But I will say the twists and turns keep coming right up to the very end.

The Author
Suzanne Collins is the author of The Hunger Games. Ms. Collins has written a number of books including Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

Suzanne Collins had a great career writing TV shows for children. Her experience includes work tiwh Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, both of which were on Nickelodeon. In addition The Hunger Games series, Ms Collins has also written a five book series called The Underland Chronicles which are written for middle-grade readers. Her focus on understanding coming of age amid a violent surrounding helped inspire her work with this series.

Ms Collins is the best selling Kindle author ever and leads the pack with the most highlighted sections of Kindle books.

The Narrator
The narrator for the Hunger Games series, is a wonderful actress who has appeared on Law & Order and and has performed a number other books to turn them into audiobooks that play on iPads and other devices.
Her name is Carolyn McCormick. She is an alumni of Williams College and The American Conservatory Theater.
In addition to the Hunger Games series, Ms. McCormick has narrated a number of other audiobooks, including Sweetheart: A Thriller , The 8th Confession: The Women’s Murder Club, Long After Midnight and a number of James Patterson books.

The Publisher
The book was published by Scholastic Press in September of 2008.

The Movie
The Hunger Games has also been turned into a feature film that was released in 2012. With three more movies planned on the saga.

The films history dates back to 2009 when Lions Gate Entertainment entered into a production agreement for the book with a production company called Color Force, which as started by Nina Jacobson. Color Force had just acquired the rights to the make the movie version of the book in the week s before they teamed up with Lions Gate.

Lions Gate had been a money losing company and had to raid other films to come up with the $88 million dollars that it would take to make the movie. Based on the results, it sure was worth the investment on their part.
Jennifer Lawrence, an attractive 20 year old actress, was picked to for the Katniss Everdeen role and she leads an all star cast in one of the best movies of 2012. Lawrence was a bit older than the book character, but played the role well and was very believable as Katniss.

Based on the success of the first movie, we are sure to see the other two books turned into movies as well. The other two books have loads of action, fighting, love and war in them, so it should provide ample material for more movies. And I can easily imagine that they will keep the series going beyond the three books as there are probably lots of other stories that can be fit into the Hunger Games framework.

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Click on File to View Enlarged FileIf you have already purchased audio books and these audio books are either on your computer or on your iPod you can transfer them to your iPad. First you need to determine where the audio books are. Are they on the computer or are they on the iPod Touch or perhaps on your iPhone? Once you determine the where the audio books are, then you can determine how to get them onto your iPad.

In either case, it’s pretty easy to get these audio books onto your iPad. Let’s start with the first scenario where your audio books are already on your computer.

To get the audio books from your computer onto your iPad you need to use iTunes and sync the iPad with your computer. If the audio books do not show up in iTunes, then you may need to import the audio books into iTunes. To import the audio books from your computer into iTunes, start by opening up iTunes, then go to the file menu, select Add file to folder, then browse to where you have the audio book on your computer and import the audio book into iTunes. Then, you can simply sync your iPad with iTunes and make sure that the audio books are checked as being as being designated for import into your iPad. That should get the audio books from your computer onto your iPad.

In the other scenario, where you have the audio books on your iPod Touch or perhaps on your iPhone, you will first need to move the audio books from your iPod Touch to iTunes on your computer. To do that, connect your iPod Touch to your computer as if you are going to sync the iPod with iTunes.  Once the iPod Touch is connected to the computer go to the iTunes menu bar and go to file and from there select Transfer Purchases From and select the name of the iPod Touch. That should move the audio books from your iPod onto your computer and into the iTunes library.

Then you simply sync your iPad with your iTunes and the audio books should be able to transfer from your iTunes onto your iPad. If you have troubles moving the audio books from the computer to your iPad, make sure you check the synch audio books selection under the books tab in your iPad sync preferences. You’ll want to select the audio books that you want to make available on your iPod followed by a sync where the selected audio books should be automatically moved onto your iPad.
And that’s how you get audio books from your iPod Touch onto your iPad.

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I just finished listening to The Blind Side audiobook by Michael Lewis and recommend that if you liked the movie then this audiobook is pretty good too. I have enjoyed everybook Michael Lewis has authored and I like the Blind Side too.

The story is a mix of the human element and the changing nature of the game of football. It tells the story of Michael Oher, a virtually homeless and abandoned kid, and the family who adopt him. It’s a compelling story to hear. A young, black kid with really no future, gets enormous help and love from a Southern white family. There help and his talent at football make for quite a story.

Michael Oher had the ability to play left tackle, which according to Lewis has become one of the top paying positions in all of football. Oher’s combination of size, speed and athletic ability are not common and he stood out as exceptional. (Although, I see that he has bounced between right and left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens)

The story will warm your heart and you will greatly enjoy Stephen Hoye’s reading of the book.

The only downside from my perspective was the ending, which seemed a bit abrupt. In any case, I strongly recommend the Michael Lewis audiobooks, which include Moneyball, Liars Poker and the Big Short.

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Did you just get a new iPad for Christmas? Looking for some great audiobooks to put on your new iPad?
Well, you’ve come to the right place. That’s our specialty: audio books for iPads.

Here are five fan favorites that you’re sure to love:

  1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    REady Player One
    Ready Player One has been picked by numerous critics as one of the best of 2011. Once you give this a listen, I’m pretty sure you will love this book. Get ready for a light speed adventure that will knock your socks off. Wanna know more:

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  2. Steve Jobs By Walter Isaacson
    REady Player One
    Yes. Steve Jobs. There is no denying the man and his story. His influence and actions have shaped our world forever. IMO I think we all need to know more about the man, his methods and his impact. A must listen for any serious audiobook fan.

    From the author of the best-selling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive biography of Steve Jobs.
    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  3. 11-22-63: A Novel By Stephen King11-22-63: A Novel By Stephen KingStephen King does it again. He produces such good work and it comes in huge volumes. This new audiobook by Stephen King will provide over 30 hours of listening pleasure. Below is the basics of the plot sounds really good to me:

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back?
    In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King – who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer – takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  4. Memorial Day by Vince FlynnMemorial Day by Vince FlynnFlynn does it again. He brings back Mitch Rappp to save us all. Filled with action and thrills. Flynn is a master at this stuff. Here’s what it’s all about:

    It’s just seven days before Memorial Day, and a spike in CIA intelligence has pointed to a major terrorist attack on the United States. Now it’s up to counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp to pull out all the stops.

    You know it’s going to be a rockin story with Mitch Rapp running at full blast. If you’re a fan, don’t miss the action in this new story.

  5. The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonThe Girl with The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonJust released as a major motion picture. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is one of the year’s best rated books. It’s a thriller, a love story and a mystery all wrapped together. Here’s what the critics have to say about:

    “Cases rarely come much colder than the decades-old disappearance of teen heiress Harriet Vanger from her family’s remote island retreat north of Stockholm, nor do fiction debuts hotter than this European bestseller . . . At once a strikingly original thriller and a vivisection of Sweden’s dirty not-so-little secrets, this first of a trilogy introduces a provocatively odd couple.” (Publishers Weekly)
    “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a striking novel. Just when I was thinking there wasn’t anything new on the horizon, along comes Stieg Larsson with this wonderfully unique story. I was completely absorbed.” (Michael Connelly)

Here’s the trailer if you not convinced:

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I just finished listening to Michael Lewis’ audiobook Boomerang:: Travels in the New Third World. Boomerang is the follow up to The Big Short also authored by Michael Lewis.  I have to say I recommend listening to Boomerang, especially if you want to understand the current financial crisis in Europe.

In the Big Short, Lewis focused on Wall Street, the big banks and the hedge funds who bet against the housing market.  He explains the arcane workings of CDOs and credit default swaps. He shows the systematic failure of ratings agencies to do what was needed and the failure of regulators to do their jobs.  He exposes the scandals that happened and helps you understand that their is a lot of blame to go around for what we experienced.

In Boomerang, Lewis takes another cut at the crisis and explores the role of countries like Ireland, Greece and Germany in the crisis and how they are suffering deeply today.  He shows how each country had a different set of problems all driven by the low cost of debt and the failure of regulators to do what was needed to keep the banks from borrowing low and lending high with no sense of risk.

The reading by Dylan Baker is great too.  He has just the right level of sarcasm to bring the book to life.  I recommend you put this book on your iPad this Holiday Season and learn something about the real threats to our financial well being.

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