Sometimes known as a geek, always known as a schoolteacher, and yes I’m Jesse’s MOM… I have taken to listening to the very long weekly PODCASTS of Windows Weekly with Paul Thurrott and MacBreak Weekly with Leo Laporte. Both are partially sponsored by audible.com – and it seems both our tech-y hosts are huge audiobook fans with a penchant for science fiction. Every week there is a good deal of time devoted to chat about audiobooks and “kindle 2” devices which read aloud – thereby being synthesized audiobooks. As a new faithful listener I learned that the kindle application was released March 4th for the iPhone and you can hear Leo and Paul playing with the application and discussing it (positively) during the podcast (time 41:20). Because Windows Weekly is sponsored by audible.com – you can get a free, no purchases ever required audiobook through their special offer (time 49:00). This is also the point at which the podcast starts to sound a lot like Scott and Jesse as the topic turns to audiobooks. First mentioned is Herman Hesse’s classic The Glass Bead Game. A couple of non-fiction picks are mentioned including The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century and Elsewhere USA,: How We Got from the Company Man, Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, Blackberry Moms, and Economic Anxiety. I have found that both weekly TWIT (THIS WEEK IN TECH) podcasts dedicate up to 1/3 of the show to audiobook talk. They are great advocates of listening at the gym. “Build your mind while you build your body,” is their tagline. I am pleased to know there are so many of us out there pumping iron to audiobooks.
Posted by Elaine Willis