Download the Little Brother audiobook

Thanks to the kind folks at Random House Audio, I'm now able to offer direct downloads of the unabridged audiobook of Little Brother, read by Kirby Heyborne. The download is DRM-free, and comes with no EULA -- in other words, the only terms binding your use of it are: "Don't violate copyright law." It's $20, cheap!

Little Brother Audiobook


  1. Or not to be a grumpy, get off my lawn guy, but what if you already bought the book as an actual book? And really dug it by the way. But Twenty bucks?  I didn’t pay that much for the dead tree version. 

    1. In my experience, audiobooks often cost more than the print version.  $20 for an audiobook is pretty cheap.

      I’m not sure if your first question is rhetorical, but I guess the answer would be that if you really liked the book and you want to hear the audiobook, you should buy it.

      1.  “..audiobooks often cost more than the print version.” 

        If the audiobook is sold as CDs or tapes maybe compared to a print version.  But as a digital file?

        If you had said: “The audio version of a book costs more to produce than the text version.”, I’d agree.  Assuming that the costs of producing the audio version included the cost of writing the book.  But that’s already being ‘paid for’ by the text editions, then the cost to produce the audio version is probably less than the cost to produce the text version.  As an exercise, compare the work involved in reading an audio version vs. translating a book into another language.

        But once it’s in digital form, the cost to distribute either version is almost zero.

        1.  I meant the cost to buy, not produce.  Don’t believe me?  Go to Audible and choose an audio book and then go to Amazon and check out the prices for the same book.

          In my case the first book on Audible’s website was Phantom by Jo Nesbø.  Audible price: $31.50 discounted to $22.05.  Amazon hardcover price: $25.95 discounted to $14.93.

          As noted, Little Brother is DRM free.  Audible books are NOT DRM free.

          I’m not making any value judgements on what should or should not be the case for pricing of audio vs. print, just that it seems to consistently be more expensive to buy the audiobook.

    2. I was thinking the same thing.  I read a lot, and I was recently considering getting some audio books to listen to during my daily commute.  But if they cost $20 a pop, that’s a non-starter.  I can get 2.5 regular priced kindle books for that.

  2. Great book – I’m still recommending it to people – but I just don’t like Kirby’s pacing.  I’d pay $50 for a new reading by an appropriately kinetic teenager.

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