Audible brings star-voiced audio books to India along with classics

Turning on the old-world charm in a new bottle
14 November 2018 / 13:00IST

The recently renovated and restored Royal Opera House in Mumbai served as a fitting venue to launch a potential cultural phenomenon. Audible, which is part of the Amazon juggernaut serves millions of listeners globally with spoken word content of their favourite literary titles has officially announced its Indian foray. One of the first star-studded titles includes S. Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges’s best-selling Mafia Queens of Mumbai, performed by Rajkummar Rao, Radhika Apte and Kalki Koechlin. Speaking at the event, the actors confirmed that this new medium gave them a chance to explore their own vocal talents in a whole new way to bring a new dimension to storytelling. Linked to your Amazon Prime membership, you can avail a 90-day free trial and three free audiobooks to get you started if you’re a Prime member. If you’re not a Prime member, you can still get a 30-day free trial period after which, you can opt to subscribe for ₹199/month and get one free book a month and a 30% discount on any title purchased from its 2,00,000+ title catalogue. As a non-member you can still purchase any book a la carte but it’s the app that takes the cake. Awarding badges for voracious readers, tracking your reading patterns and even rating you as a newbie or a master reader, it should make you want to enrich your daily commute with audiobooks instead of ad-filled radio goo goo.