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A month ago Bangalore-based Ranjita Bhagwan, a researcher with Microsoft Research India, was thrilled to discover Shonakatha , a website set up in that sells Bengali audiobooks. This is great for people like me who understand the language but cannot read the script," she says. Bhagwan is a Tamilian but grew up in Kolkata, where she learnt to speak Bengali. Vidyanand Vartak, a software developer based in London, launched a blog called BoltiPustake in that offers free, downloadable Marathi audiobooks in MP3 format.
Audiobooks provide another way to take a good read anywhere you want to go, listening to the latest bestseller while on a long trip, devouring a non-fiction piece while doing the dishes, or checking out the latest self-help hit or celebrity biography during a daily workout. Audiobook apps for your iPhone or Android device run the gamut from slick, full-featured players that also integrate online marketplaces to more humble affairs that still bring you the classics of world literature in audiobook form. Here's a look at some of our favorite audiobook options for mobile devices.
Henry Lemarchand grew up knowing very little of his family - his father disappeared when he was young, leaving behind only a strange pouch of animal teeth. Eww, right? This is well-told a tale of identity and belonging set in a world entirely unlike any other. Emboldened from a putterbike race victory against his arch-nemesis, young sunling Gustafer Yellowgold heads to Earth to cure his ultra-rare case of Ice-Cream-Cone-Heart. From my career working with kidlit to my 33 years spent living in Minnesota to my undying love of quirky alternative rock, I had more than a little bit of an inkling that this story about a Sunling would resonate with me.