Chinese audiobooks

June 17, 2009, 05:43 AM posted in General Discussion

Does anybody know where to obtain Chinese audiobooks?  I don't mean Chinese-learning audiobooks either. I mean full-fledged books read in Chinese. I don't really care what the subject or story is, I'm just looking for extra listening practice. Thanks in advance.

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June 17, 2009, 06:54 AM

Hi jckeith

You can find a lot of websites that offer you audio files by googling (China) with keywords “有声读物” or “有声小说”. Here are some for you.

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June 17, 2009, 07:08 AM

Thanks, changye, for helping out with the links.

It's great to set challenges for yourself, and I am very reluctant to 泼冷水 ;-) I'd like to mention, though, that listening to audiobooks may be one of the most difficult things you can do in your Chinese studies. The writing in books can be chengyu-heavy, and the grammar can be dense. Plus, most readings are essentially monologues by a single reader. For listening practice, I find talk radio is much better. The language used tends to be more ordinary, and there are a variety of topics.

Again, I wouldn't want to discourage anyone. And book readings are great, perhaps as a supplement to actually reading the book.

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June 17, 2009, 07:53 AM

The only audio material I've ever used in my Chinese study is a cassette with a book named 寓言故事,什么盘古开天地,女娲补天,愚公移山 etc. Pete is right, it's like monologues, but things are better listening with the book.

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June 17, 2009, 03:15 PM

Thanks guys. I actually agree with you, Pete. Listening to talk radio is no problem at home, but I can't do it at work. So, I figured I'd listen to an audiobook at work instead.

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June 17, 2009, 08:35 PM


Many thanks for this link

A year ago I struggled trying to read 鬼吹灯-龙岭迷窟,and reached about page 50 after 6 months!  Each page seeming endless to turn up 40 or so new words.

But now, I have managed to find the audio! Perhaps it will give me a new lease of life to complete the book.

Pete: I agree - without the book, I would not have a chance of understand the audio.