Around Christmas, when we were travelling and in need of a good audio book for the trip, I decided to give Audible.com a try. We got the free trial started and downloaded Anne Hathaway's reading of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and enjoyed it tremendously (and I am NO fan of AH). Then, I got started with a non-fiction title a friend had highly recommended I read: The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan, and though the book was fine, it was a struggle to finish it. A real struggle. I didn't like the reader, and you audio book people out there know what a difficulty that can be. In fact, I disliked it so much that it took me forever and thus made me question my willingness to actually pay $14.95 a month for this service. Those "free credits" aren't so free if you don't usually buy ANY audio books and then find yourself paying 2 months worth of service reading one 10-hour book. Not fiscally sound, my friends.
So, I decided I was finished. I had two credits waiting for me, so I got two books and decided to pull the plug. I even decided to make 11/22/63 one of my selections because I was interested, but at that length, I would probably not commit to actually reading it. And it seemed like payback to get the longest, most expensive book available for "free" after feeling fiscally unsound. You see my logic?
I hit the button to cancel, and Audible is all like "Hey, wait, you don't want to go yet, do you? How about we only charge you half price for the next three months?" And I'm like, "Well...ok. That sounds more sound, fiscally speaking. But if you can charge me this price, then WHY THE HELL DON'T YOU MAKE THIS THE SET PRICE?" Actually, I did not say that last part. I did not want them to get mad and take away my discounted three months.
Upon my return to audibleland, I launched the other title, one I knew next-to-nothing about, but it sounded entertaining, and I needed some good fiction to keep this audible train sounding its horn. Some of y'all will laugh when you learn that my mostly unheard of title is Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, but those who were laughing will not be surprised when I say how delightful and wonderful and SMART this book is. The audio was perfectly performed, and I highly recommend it to all. I already want to read it again.
And now, I'm over 1/4th of the way through 11/22/63 and loving it. I want to just stay in my car all day. Or do lots of ironing with my iPod. Or something that gets me through the approximately 31 hours of the thing faster. I just hope I'm finished before my 3-month grace period runs out. Then, I'll have to do some serious deciding. Oh, Audible. What a tangled web you weave. What a siren song you are singing.