Although these days I am more of a literary lover, back in the day of the transistor radio, I used to listen to a show called Mystery Theater on the radio while my parents thought I was sleeping. There would be tales of creepy people getting away with sordid and nefarious deeds until their plots were inevitably foiled by a local detective and perhaps a visiting author. There were sound effects, actors, music, and a dream-like pace that kept me on the edge of my sheet.
While I have yet to find a current radio station that would give up all that commercial air time to a half-hour story, I have found a really good substitute. It is called www.Audible.Com, a division of the book selling giant, Amazon. They have an amazing section in their repertoire called, Dramatized. These selections come complete with a full cast of actors, sound effects like clinking glasses and hushed murmurs at a restaurant scene or the swelling of violins reaching a crescendo during a chase. They are really well done and I am right back in the throes of Mystery Theater.
Audible has a deal for the Literary Lover
For $14.95 a month you can subscribe to their service and download one book per month for “free”, and then additional books are 30% off the suggested retail price. Just like buying a CD, these books are now yours to enjoy at your leisure which I am doing by putting them on a flash-drive, popping the flash-drive into my CoolStream Portable Speaker and taking a little time to let my imagination have some fun. Just make sure you have enough room on your flash drive or SD card to hold the entire book.
It really shouldn’t be a problem however since even a small 1 G flash drive should hold over 20 hours of books…according to the incredibly helpful “live chat” people at Audible.com. Both Kelvin and Mike were amazingly professional and knowledgeable. They are open 24/7, which is nice if you are an insomniac/literary lover and they can help with all your questions about getting started and any special promotions they might be holding.