>I can now officially retire my Blackberry. I finally finished listening to On the Road by Jack Kerouac which I had downloaded from Overdrive. I have to say, it’s not what I expected. I don’t know what I expected really but at least I wasn’t disappointed. I did enjoy it.
The book kind of reminded me of my dad. Not saying that he was anything like any of the characters in the book, but my dad was a truck driver and some of his trucker stories came to mind as this story unfolded. My dad used to tell me about some of the hitchhikers he would pick up on his way across the country and he would tell me about other things he saw on the road. Some of my dad’s friends though, did remind me of some of Kerouac’s characters. Doesn’t everyone know a person like Dean? It was a fun story of freedom and adventure.
I cleaned my Blackberry out – deleted anything personal on it and cleared out all the photos, videos, music, and of course books that I had on it. Goodbye Blackberry, you’ve been good to me but it’s time to move on now.
Why hello there Droid! Time to start listening to The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.
By the way, the Overdrive user interface is so much easier to use on the Droid than on the Blackberry.
>In a previous post I was celebrating the fact that I was finally able to download audiobooks to my Blackberry. Since then I listened to Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk and am in the middle of On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
But, I now have a Droid phone! WOOT! Happy dance! Oh yeah! Uh-huh!
One of the first apps I installed on my new Droid was OVERDRIVE!
Ok, I installed “barcode reader” first because I wanted to be able to use it to scan the funky barcode thingy on the Overdrive website.
The barcode reader read it and in less than 5 seconds I was downloading the Overdrive app. Amazing! it used to take my Blackberry forever to do something like this. I am in seventh heaven right now.
I’m in the process of downloading The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. It’s 10 parts. If I were downloading this to my Blackberry, it would take about 3.5 hours (that’s 20 minutes per part!). Painfully slow! The Droid downloads at a pace of 6 minutes per part. So much faster!
>Survivor is a very twisted, dark, mind blowing book. I’m so glad I found it.
It’s about this guy who was born and raised in a religious cult and how he deals with life after the mass suicide of his fellow cult members. His story is forever saved in the “black box” of the airplane that he highjacked. He made everyone get off the plane and had the pilot take off, set the autopilot, and then parachute out of the plane. Alone in the plane, he tells his life story while he waits for the plane to run out of gas and crash land.
This was an audiobook that I downloaded from Overdrive. The narrator was terrific and really brought the story to life.
I’ve never read (or listened to, as was the case) anything by Chuck Palahniuk before and after Survivor, I will pick up more by him. I really enjoyed it.
>I recently succeeded in downloading an audiobook from Overdrive to my Blackberry. The first time I tried it – a while ago, I didn’t do it right. But with much patience and trial and error, I did, somehow, get Anna Karenina downloaded but not with the Overdrive app.
A few months later…
I’m still commuting about 2 hours a day back and forth to work and was getting sick of radio and music in general, so I decided to try Overdrive again. This time, it was a SUCCESS!
First of all, I had to upgrade the Overdrive app on my Blackberry – surprisingly this didn’t take very long at all.
While this was downloading I was browsing the catalog for books that were MP3 compatible. I’m a little disappointed in our limited selection, but it’s better than nothing. I was looking for something short to begin with because I wasn’t sure what my Blackberry could handle. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes volumes I & II came up and I thought that would be a perfect start. I checked those out with my library card and got to the point where you would normally download them to your computer. By this time the Overdrive App was finished so, with the browser on my Blackberry, I navigated to my Overdrive account. Viola! There were the two Sherlock Holmes books ready to download. I clicked on Download and the Blackberry started doing its thing – it took a while to download. The book was in three parts and each part took about 20 minutes to download completely. After they were downloaded, I plugged my Blackberry into my car and listen to the stories during my commute.
I’m Loving it! Now I’m going to try longer books. We’ll see how that goes. I’ll probably have all 415 MP3 formatted books listened to in no time. Hopefully by then we’ll have a larger collection.