Hello, can anybody hear me?

After 8 years of making American geeks cleverer, digital spoken word audio supplier Audible's come over to the UK. Our commutes will forever be enriched by Stephen Fry's dulcet tones relaying Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

With all this digital music nonsense clogging up our ears, we often forget the majesty of the spoken word. Time to remind ourselves, thinks, which has over 10,000 (and counting) audio books, radio programmes and journals available for our perusal.

After 8 successful years in the US, which saw it launch the first ever digital audio player (fact!) and integration into the iTunes music store, a UK version has launched. Audible's expecting great success, and with BBC comedy classics like Alan Partridge, factual titles like Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything and brilliant novels like Ian McEwan's Saturday already on file, there's every reason it should get it.

Files ship in Audible's very own DRMed MP3 format, and are available in four different quality settings to suit your player. Compatible devices include Creative's, Rio's and Apple's creations already, and negotiations with Sony are already in process.

Oh, and did we mention that you get a free Audible version of The Mighty Boosh or The League Of Gentlemen with the July issue of Stuff? Just one of the several thousand reasons to pick up an issue now.