New Prime benefit: Audible Channels for Prime
While I typically listen to text-to-speech for hours every week, regular readers know I’m not a big fan of audiobooks…unless I’ve already read the book. I don’t like the narrator (be it actor or author) interpreting the characters for me.
However, that doesn’t mean I don’t like audio entertainment…I do. I really like Old Time Radio…I tend to bring a couple of shows with me (on my now discontinued Kindle Fire HDX) when I travel by plane.
Well, in this
Amazon announces a new benefit for Prime members: Audible Channels for Prime. This is quite a range of audio entertainment. Amazon says:
“…Audible Channels features a consistently refreshed, thoughtfully organized selection of original programs, distinctive comedy, lectures, and audio editions of standout articles and news from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Foreign Affairs, Charlie Rose, McSweeney’s, The Onion, and other leading periodicals. Audible Channels also showcases 20 hand-selected Audible Playlists, from essential stories of the day, meditation and commute-sized comedy to compilations on science, history, technology and more.”
This is really quite impressive! There are no additional cost Prime available audiobooks, but streaming only (not for download).
Here are some of the Prime Exclusive audiobooks right now (again, for streaming only):
- Jaws by Peter Benchley (narrated by Erik Steele)
- The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings (narrated by Jonathan Davis)
- The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (narrated by Simon Vance)
- Ringworld by Larry Niven (narrated by Tom Parker)
- Dracula by Bram Stoker (cast includes Alan Cummings and Tim Curry)
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (narrated by Rosamund Pike)
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (narrated by Cassandra Campbell)
The categories of Prime Exclusive audiobooks include:
- Better than the Movie
- You & Improved
- For All Generations
- Celebrity Voices Classic Stories
- Truly Criminal
- Get Hooked Series Starters
- Dramatic History
- Worlds Away Sci-Fi Classics
- Editors’ Choice
The “Channels” have lots of choices, too!
- Audible Originals
- Shows & Series
- Popular Publications
- Culture & Human Interest
- News & Politics
- Science & Tech
- Wellness & Meditation
You can download a lot of those items.
Here are a few of those…I went to the fiction channel:
- Masters of Fiction: Yachts and Things by Truman Capote (narrated by Victor Bevine), 12 minutes
- Masters of Fiction: The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde (narrated by David Ian Davies), 11 minutes
- Alternate Reality: The Sunken Land by Fritz Leiber (narrated by Jonathan Davis), 48 minutes
You do all this in an app…for more information, see
Seriously, this seems like a major additional benefit to Prime! If you aren’t a member yet, check it out here:
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help! By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.