First, I am not getting paid for this plug. I have been a member of Audible for over a decade and have enjoyed my membership a great deal. The site has grown tremendously over the years. Those who are already fond of the audiobook company know just how much they offer. One of the membership perks is being able to download free Audible Originals content, which is what this post is about.
I recently obtained two excellent short narrations: “Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic” by Nick Carr and “The Minuteman” by Greg Donahue.
Wally Roux is the story of a brilliant African-American boy who learns he has a talent for fixing quantum “breakdowns” thereby earning him the title of Quantum Mechanic. It is a story about self discovery, alternate timelines, and the power of relationships. The story is expertly narrated by the talented William Jackson Harper. Clocking in at only one hour and fifty-five minutes, “Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic” has tremendous amount of emotion and fun. As a former English/Language Arts teacher, I would love to have had this story in print and audio for my students as it deals with many of the concerns that young people have.
Another short work at one hour and fifty-four minutes, the nonfiction Audible selection called “The Minuteman” is narrated by the brilliant Jonathan Davis. Set in the early 1930’s, the story takes place in Newark, New Jersey detailing the struggle between the Jewish community and the rise of the Nazi Party within the city. It centers on a young man named Sidney Abramowitz, aka Nat Arno. Part of the Jewish Newark Mob and an ex-prizefighter, Nat forms a pseudo-militia group to combat the growing fascist movement with his community. It is a powerful look into a part of American history that doesn’t get enough attention. Recently, HBO produced a series called “The Plot Against America,” which deals with very similar themes.
Again, as part of an Audible membership, a person can get two free novels/stories/dramas from the monthly selections. Plus, members receive a credit toward any book they want.
If you have a long commute and are tired of podcast, give Audible a look. You will find a vast amount of options.