It didn't actually die but I can't pick something and listen to it. It silently goes to the next book, stays a bit, and moves on.
I will replace it, but not until I have money. So my big concern isn't that I don't have something to listen to as I walk or garden, or whatever. I'm worried about not being able to use my sleep tape. I've managed to take several naps without the tape, but I haven't tried getting to sleep at night without it. I hope I can use what I've learned without the tape running.