Audio Books: Buying How Do I

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Now that I received my stimulus check I can finally get a few things I've wanted for years. One of them is an audio book by Dr.Michael Heiser. I googled the book's title but I'm not finding a quick and easy way to buy it. What I am finding seems to be a "book of the month" club where they give you the first book free, and they say you can cancel anytime. I'd rather just buy this one book because when the stimulus check runs out I already know I have will have to cancel my membership.
I never bought an audio book before so I have a few questions. Do I download the book onto my Hard drive? I also read something about a cloud. What exactly iis a cloud? Is that hard drive space I can use that isn't on my PC? If so, then won't I eventually lose what I put in the cloud?

Can anyone give me some advice?
 
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I download audio from Audible.com.

I can download them to my laptop computer hard drive or my phone.

Audible lists 3 books by Michael Heiser:
Unseen Realm
Supernatural
Angels.
 
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Regarding cloud,
I avoid using cloud storage. Maybe I am an old fashioned guy, and I spent too much time working on highly classified systems, but I try to depend little on external systems.

If you do use Audible, the site will remember that your ID 'owns' the rights to have copies of your titles and allows you to download them whenever you wish. That is not the same as storing personal files on the cloud but Audible does keep much personal info and may sell it or use it in marketing.
 
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Maybe I am an old fashioned guy,
I'm a pretty old-fashioned guy myself. If it was up to me we'd still be using land-line phones and I mean the kind you could throw against the wall it wouldn't break. LOL
I'm probably going to download this first book to my hard drive unless it's a huge file.By huge I mean 1 GB or more. I have an old laptop which has only 70 GB of hard disc space. It's already a little over half full.
Here's another question I just thought of. Obviously if I put the book on my laptop HD I have to be at home to listen to it. (my laptop no longer works with the battery) But if I put the book in the cloud then does that mean I can listen to it using my PC or my phone and does that mean I can listen to the book when I'm out?
 
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The cloud is storage of files that are accessible online if you have a connection, so they aren't actually downloaded anywhere, as long as you have a connection you can access it, and it won't take up computer space.

So it will be free just the cost of your internet connection. Most ppl are connected whenever they go online. If you don't intend on keeping a book forever you could just borrow it from your public library that will subscribe to it (many audio books are available this way, and not on physical tapes and cds). The library pays for the cost of subscription to audio and e-books. Then just check it back when you've finished reading it.

If you want a copy you can keep forever even without an internet connection you will need to buy it to download and save it on your computer hard drive as a file, or a kindle, or some other e-book device. or find a cd version. If you just want to keep that one book.
 
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Here's another question I just thought of. Obviously if I put the book on my laptop HD I have to be at home to listen to it. (my laptop no longer works with the battery) But if I put the book in the cloud then does that mean I can listen to it using my PC or my phone and does that mean I can listen to the book when I'm out?
The files are fairly compact... You can set the app to either doenload high quality or smaller files. For books, the difference is minimal, I download compact format. My copy of "Everyone's a Theologian" by R C Sproul is 11 hours long and takes 156 mb. Most books are shorter. You can locate the individual files on a PC, but on android devices, it is much more difficult to locate single book files.

Note that although the although format is nothing special, the files from Audilbe are not playable except from the Audible application (PC or Phone). I also have a sandisk player that I can move files from my PC to carry with me. That player cannot play files until that device is 'registered', but you can move files from your PC. Other MP3 players will not usually work. I guess that this helps Audible look after copywrite stuff.

Since you can download them several times, I keep almost all my books (and I have over 600) on both my Desktop and my Laptop. I only keep what I am listening to on my phone at any one time.