Amazon has given Australian book lovers something to be excited about.
The internet giant today announced that thousands of professionally narrated Audible audiobooks are now accessible to Aussie Kindle Unlimited subscribers at no extra cost.
The narrations include bestselling Audible titles like Mark Edward’s Follow You Home, Richard Adam’s Watership Down, Benjamin Law’s The Family Law and Robert Dugoni’s My Sister’s Grave.
The library also includes well-regarded classics read by big Hollywood stars, such as The Great Gatsby narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal, Pride and Prejudice with Rosamund Pike, David Copperfield with Richard Armitage, The Turn of the Screw with Emma Thompson and Jane Eyre narrated by Thandie Newton.
Other titles available include Because She Loves Me, The Butterfly Garden, No Coming Back, The Moonlit Garden, The Last Girl, Rough Riders and The Works of Edgar Allan Poe.
Regarding the new additions, Amazon’s David Naggar (Vice President, Kindle) said, “We think that Australian readers will love the convenience of switching from reading to listening on the go. Kindle Unlimited means that readers can access over one million books and thousands of audiobooks for less than the cost of a best-selling paperback.”
Listen to your favourite book
WhisperSync is perhaps one of Amazon’s best tools available for both Audible and Kindle. It allows readers to seamlessly switch between the ebook and audio versions of titles in their library without losing their place between them.
Audible integrated the WhisperSync for Voice feature in 2012 and, with access to millions of ebooks and thousands of their audio counterparts that are WhisperSync-for-Voice enabled, Kindle Unlimited customers can listen to a few chapters of a title on their morning ride to work, then pick up where they left off on the ebook version before bed.
Kindle Unlimited it available to Australian subscribers for $13.99 a month and is accessible on any Kindle device or the free Kindle reading app for smartphones and tablets.
If you aren’t a subscriber already, Amazon offers a 30-day free trial, giving Aussies the chance to sample Amazon’s wares before deciding if the Kindle library suits their reading needs or not.
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