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Audiobooks not available in US
« on: July 01, 2018, 12:47:10 AM »
Hi all. I'm a big fan of the Culture series by Iain M. Banks. However, 3 of the books aren't available for purchase as audiobooks in the US due to some stupid licensing problems. I managed to get one of the three (Excision) somewhere in the past... but was wondering if any of you who live in the UK (or any other region where these books aren't restricted for sale...) could help me get a copy.

I commute 2 hours each day for my work, and audiobooks make it a lot more tolerable. I also never have time to sit down and read an actual paper book.
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Re: Audiobooks not available in US
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2018, 12:12:24 PM »
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Re: Audiobooks not available in US
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2018, 09:37:58 PM »
Yeah I listen to podcasts as well, but I get bored with them and switch back and forth to books.
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Re: Audiobooks not available in US
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2018, 05:19:25 PM »
Hi all. I'm a big fan of the Culture series by Iain M. Banks. However, 3 of the books aren't available for purchase as audiobooks in the US due to some stupid licensing problems. I managed to get one of the three (Excision) somewhere in the past... but was wondering if any of you who live in the UK (or any other region where these books aren't restricted for sale...) could help me get a copy.
Seems like they are available through Amazon.com/Audible. I didn't check the entire series but certainly more than just Excession.

LINK: Book 1: Consider Phlebas
LINK: Book 2: The Player of Games
LINK: Book 3: Use of Weapons

Also, don't forget to hit up your local public library for free books on CD and eMedia if that works better (eBooks/e-audio-books). Further, if your local library does not have a tittle or format you need they can often get it from other libraries outside of your system via InterLibrary loan. You can use WorldCAT to check and see if one is close by and bring that record into your library and see what they can do. In WorldCAT I'm seeing many, many, US libraries with titles in this series in Audiobook on CD available.

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Re: Audiobooks not available in US
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2018, 05:42:30 PM »
Good idea about the libraries. There are three titles that aren't available as audiobooks in the US: Excession, Inversion, and Look to Windward. I've listened to all the other culture novels except for the final one, The Hydrogen Sonata. (I also managed to find a... less than legit... copy of Excession a while back...) Evidently there must have been some licensing snafu between his UK publisher and audible that only affects '96 to 2000...
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Re: Audiobooks not available in US
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2018, 02:43:54 PM »
The Hydrogen Sonata

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Re: Audiobooks not available in US
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2018, 07:29:57 PM »
The Hydrogen Sonata
Yeah I can get that one. What I am lol just for are Look to Windward and Inversions.
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Re: Audiobooks not available in US
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2018, 10:48:19 AM »
At the bottom of the amazon page it says:
Title Not For Sale In This Country/Region
Due to publishing rights restriction, we are not authorized to sell this item in the country/region where you live.

I might order the cds though. Thanks.
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Re: Audiobooks not available in US
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2018, 03:44:14 PM »
Here is a link on how to get around geographical restrictions if you live outside the US and want to buy US region audible items. I imagine some of the methods might work the other way around or for other geographical arrangements. But I cannot vouch for any of it, YMMV.
LINK: [TUTORIAL]Bypass Audible Region Lock