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Why I unsubscribed Audible

January 28th, 2010

Because they don’t support Android. Other than that I was a pretty happy customer.

Audible – two months on

November 17th, 2009

It’s been two months today since I signed up for Audible.

If you’ve not seen it before, Audible is an audio books subscription service. You pay about £8/month and for that you get one audio book delivered to your mobile device. Unfortunately it uses evil DRM technology and hence playing the books back on my Nokia E71 uses alot of battery. It also taxes the phone to the point that switching between applications while it’s playing causes the audio to stutter.

The books themselves seem to be well read. I got the new Dan Brown “The Lost Symbol” first. I’m a fan of Dan Brown, despite the slightly dubious technology, plot holes and formulaic structure and this new book was no exception. I easily finished the 18 hour recording in the month allotted.

Next I got Knots and Crosses, the first of the Inspector Rebus books by Ian Rankin. I really like Rebus adapted for TV. Now perhaps I’ve not been fair to them but they just don’t come across so well as the Dan Brown did. I find myself falling alseep listening to them – and actually not caring that much that I missed a big chunk out. That’s not helped as it seems the chapter indexing is messed up on the recording so I can only skip about by fast forwarding and rewinding manually like an old audio tape! Come on Audible. This is 2009!

Anyhow as we’re in to month three today, I get my next credit and I’ve no clue what to choose. Answers on a postcard.


September 20th, 2009

I’ve been listening to Security Now for a year or so now – and I think the not-so-subliminal ads for Audible have finally rubbed off.

I’ve subscribed to and, perhaps predictably, chosen The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown as my first audio book. Plan is to listen to it while walking.