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June 21, 2012

Gridlock? Who cares! Audible is here

A confession: I’m an audio book junkie. 

Or at least I used to be before moving away from Southern California and its gridlocked freeways.  Nothing eased the pain of commuting better than Audible. Books like Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, The Dharma Bums, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and Silos, Politics & Turf Wars both entertained and educated me during my daily two-hour commute between Long Beach and Irvine.

I’ve been meaning to get back in the habit when traveling for work, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the official Audible app for Windows Phone, which you can download now from Marketplace.

Back in the day, I had to shop online, connect to a PC, and download audio books to my MP3 player. With the new Windows Phone app, I can download books directly to my phone from Audible’s mobile store (something you won’t find on some other smartphones). I can also pin favorite titles to my Start screen as Live Tiles for one-touch listening (no need to look down, fumble with the player, and risk rear-ending the guy in front of me).

The Audible app is free, but the price tag for books depends on the title. Which books will you be commuting to?

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