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With A Little Help Audiobook

The audiobook version of With a Little Help feature readings by Neil Gaiman, Mur Lafferty, Wil Wheaton, Leo Laporte, Emily Hurson, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Hugh AD Spencer, Mary Robinette Kowal, JC Hutchins, Roy Trumbull, Jonathan Coulton, Spider Robinson, Jesse Brown, and Russell Galen, mastered by John Taylor Williams of Wryneck Studios.

The DRM-free audiobooks below are provided on a name-your-price basis. You can pay any time — before or after you download.
As a guide, the average donation to date is $11.75; the smallest was $0.50, and the largest was $200.



Here are links to the audio-files of the audiobook in five editions: a high-bitrate MP3, a high-bitrate Ogg, a lower-bitrate MP3 with a podcast bumper (especially for inclusion in your podcast, which I heartily encourage you to do!), losslessly compressed Ogg Speex files, and enormous, uncompressed WAVs. These were all mastered by John Taylor Williams, who also wrote the original music. John runs Wryneck Studios, an independent sound engineering firm in Washington, DC.

Podcasters are also invited to use this great 60-second promo that Scott Sigler made (thanks, Scott!).

  1. Introduction by Jonathan Coulton:
    MP3 | Ogg | WAV
  2. The Things That Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away
    (read by Hugh AD Spencer)
    MP3 | Ogg | Podcast-ready MP3 | WAV
  3. The Right Book
    (read by Neil Gaiman)
    MP3 | Ogg | Podcast-ready MP3 | WAV
  4. Other Peoples’ Money
    (read by Mur Lafferty)
    MP3 | Ogg | Podcast-ready MP3 | WAV
  5. Scroogled
    (read by Wil Wheaton)
    MP3 | Ogg | Podcast-ready MP3 | WAV
  6. Human Readable
    (read by Spider Robinson)
    MP3 | Ogg | Podcast-ready MP3 | WAV
  7. Liberation Spectrum
    (read by Leo Laporte)
    MP3 | Ogg | Podcast-ready MP3 | WAV
  8. Power Punctuation!
    (read by Patrick Nielsen Hayden)
    MP3 | Ogg | Podcast-ready MP3 | WAV
  9. Visit the Sins
    (read by Roy Trumbull)
    MP3 | Ogg | Podcast-ready MP3 | WAV
  10. Constitutional Crisis
    (read by JC Hutchins)
    MP3 | Ogg | Podcast-ready MP3 | WAV
  11. Pester Power
    (read by Mary Robinette Kowal)
    MP3 | Ogg | Podcast-ready MP3 | WAV
  12. Chicken Little
    (read by Emily Hurson)
    MP3 | Ogg | Podcast-ready MP3 | WAV
  13. Epoch
    (read by Jesse Brown)
    MP3 | Ogg | Podcast-ready MP3 | WAV
  14. I’m Only In It for the Money
    (read by Russell Galen
    MP3 | Ogg | WAV

44 Responses to “Buy And Download Audiobooks”

  1. Stephen Paul Weber

    I know you normally accept different formats for the eBooks. Are the audiobooks fair game for this too? If I send you speex files, would you be willing to add them as an option?

  2. Stephen Paul Weber

    The WAV link on the introduction is broken: it currently points to the WAV for “The Things That Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away”

  3. Cory Doctorow

    Sure, but with the caveat that my upload speeds are currently awful and I’m having a hard time just getting the official files all up!

  4. Cory Doctorow

    I know — I’m still uploading a bunch of files — it’s slower going than I’d reckoned, but I figured better to ship now.

  5. JR

    sorry – I’ve listened to the intro. and scroogled. Really top notch stuff. Thanks!

  6. Stephen Paul Weber

    For sure. Looks like just two left on the WAVs :)

    If it helps, I could probably upload to archive.org directly as well, and let you just put in links. Or I can email them to you. Whichever :)

  7. James Riley

    How about people drop the zips into their torrent programs? P2P works for things like ubuntu after all? (And I like being able to say that I’m using this software that everyone knows that only pirates use for something legit.)

  8. Cory Doctorow

    That’d make me very happy indeed! But of course, first I have to get the zips off my hard-drive and onto the Internet Archive, which is taking forever. My BT connections at home and office just keep on falling over on these big transfers. But I did get the podcaster zip up overnight — filling in the missing WAVs today, then I’ll do the big Ogg zip and have a run at the WAV zip.

  9. Michele

    Very many thanks for these – they’ll make a perfect Sunday treat for surviving week one of five weeks of December/January work madness!

  10. Nick Mailer

    Hi Cory. As I believe strongly in Democratic Patronage, I would like to pay you for the audio files, but don’t wish them encapsulated on a sliver of plastic. What are my options?

  11. Thomas Gideon

    Cory, under what license are these audio files released so those of us planning to drop them into out podcast feeds can make sure we observe the right conditions? Is it the same as the ebooks, nc-sa?

  12. Nick Mailer

    Excellent. I donated. A pity the conduit was Evil Paypal, but needs must, I guess ;-) I look forward to listening to this book on my flight this Saturday. No doubt it’ll beat the hell out of whatever’s on the in-flight entertainment system.

  13. Brad

    The WAV file for story 9, “Visit The Sins,” is missing its last 14 minutes. The file if 48 minutes long, but goes mute mid-word at the 34 minute mark.

  14. Cory Doctorow

    You’re right! The master file I have is only 34 mins long too — I’ve asked John, the sound editor, to resend and I’ll repost the file as soon as he does. Thanks, Brad!

  15. Cory Doctorow

    OK, just re-uploaded the WAV; should be fine now. I’ve asked the folks at the Internet Archive to re-generate the WAV ZIP file too. Thanks!

  16. Brad

    Thanks! I’ve downsampled all the WAV files to mono and encoded them as iTunes audiobook files. Is that a file type people here would be interested in?

  17. RL Ferguson

    Thank you for showing us that there are more ways to accomplish things than what we have been trained to believe.

    I am placing your podcast files in my feed, they will all be live by the end of January. I hope this helps.

    Good luck with your surgery.

    Thank you.

  18. Ben Finney

    The Ogg Speex files are a *huge* improvement over the Ogg Vorbis files: no detectable difference in quality, yet a roughly 10:1 improvement in size.

    Can you please make the Ogg Speex archive prominent in the list above?

  19. Justin

    How about putting some file sizes up? Would be nice. Cheers.

  20. Randy

    Cory, thanks so much for these. I have a cousin who had some pretty significant surgery earlier this year. She’s a semi-geek, trained as a geneticist, and had never heard of your work. Since she had to take a few weeks off from her normal mountain biking/climbing activities, she asked friends and family for recommended non-work related, geek-friendly audio- and e-books. I pointed her towards all your stuff. I don’t know what she thought of anything, but I do know she downloaded some of these, which she wouldn’t have done were you not so generous in making it easily accessible.

    If she liked the books, I know she’ll donate, because she’s that kind of person. I’m saving my pennies to I can donate soon. Previously, I’ve just purchased some paper copies for my kids’ school libraries, but I want to send _something_ your way directly as well.

  21. Stephen R

    Thanks for the M4B audiobook version. Much prefer a single file with chapter marks than a separate file for each story.

    If you hadn’t made one, I would have. ;-)

  22. Akira Norimaki

    Mary Robinette Kowal has the most sensual voice ever. I’m in love. :)

  23. Marc

    Wow, you rock … open culture FTW. You will get respect, money and good karma.

    Best regards, Mr. Doctorow!

  24. Noha

    I just happened to be listening to an old episode of,”the stuff you should know podcast,” and they mentioned a startling governmental experiment where an entire french town was fed bread laced with lsd. I proceded to google the subject for further info and found that the first article I opened was written by none other than the author of my favorite all time book, little brother. in the corner of the article I saw a list of your books an homeland was among them, i was psyched because I had checked for a sequel not long ago and found nothing. Your book changed my life man. what I wanna be who I wanna become, everything because of marcus yallow. it brought a tear to my eye when I saw that i could walk in his shoes yet again without having to knuckle under to the man. you rock. thank you.

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