In which I continue to hate

There was a deal this summer where you could get four months of Audible at a cheap rate. My webpage told me I qualified, even though I’d been an Audible member before. Actually, they charged me the complete rate, but I didn’t feel like getting in an argument with their customer service bot, so I left it, because I wanted to get Marcus Aurelius and Chekhov and the Montefiore speeches. Turns out the speeches aren’t available in the US in any format, Aurelius was only available in that format (so at least I got that), and I did get the Chekhov but then almost immediately after I downloaded it I learned there was an audiodisc version, so it was a wasted credit when I could have had the discs.

Anyway, after all that, I figured I could wait for the Agatha Christie things for the last two credits. I was ambivalent about them (Christie is so casually racist and I am afraid they won’t hold up well) but I figured at half price, why not? Two weeks before they were supposed to drop, Audible removed them from the regular Audible page and moved them to Audible Plus, so now I can’t download a copy of them — only listen to them in their library as long as I’m a member. I don’t stream audiobooks even when I do listen to them; it’s not convenient. Since I was kind of only a member *for* those specific things this time around, that plan fell apart. It looks like I could buy the Christie titles as standalone audiobooks, but only if I am not an Audible member. This is what I hate about subscription services in general — you spend a lot of money for access to things you don’t want but you’re barred from actually owning the things you do want and would be willing to pay for.

So I got the Beatrix Potter tales instead of Montefiore. And now have one Audible credit and nothing I want to buy.

Richard Armitage is really the only artist I would go through this level of aggravation for. But I think this is probably the end of my willingness to give Audible money unless he reads something I would be interested in listening to even if it weren’t him, which means basically nothing. I’m going to cancel my subscription in the next day or so.

So if you’ve listened, should I download Bedlam (this is the third novel in the series — I hate not starting with the first) or His & Hers (not a solo narration — which means I won’t listen to at least half of it)? If you have listened to both or either, do you have insights or a preference?

(I either have a copy of, or have rejected, all the other options.)

Bedlam or His & Hers?


~ by Servetus on November 2, 2020.

16 Responses to “In which I continue to hate”

  1. I liked Bedlam, but I’m an avid mystery fan. I’m not sure you’d like it. It’s more for the low-brow reader of popular tales.

    I’ve only started His & Hers. The book has great reviews and is going to be a TV series from what I understand. I believe it would be more to your taste IMHO.


  2. His and Hers is a free listen on the Libby App, unless you want to own it.


    • Yeah, the point is owning it. (Also, I don’t put any apps on my phone unless I absolutely can’t avoid it, but that’s a secondary issue.)


  3. Grrrr Audible is such a frustrating service, their concept seems to be divide and annoy. I didn’t enjoy Bedlam so much. I listened to it after His and Hers, which was more memorable. Also, it was a novelty at first but RA’s Scots accent is overused and I tired of it with Bedlam (which has nothing to do with the plot etc, neither does my dislike of novels set in psychiatric hospitals). I really enjoyed His and Hers but then I also like the Joy Ellis works in the same vein.

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  4. Don’t get Bedlam under any circumstance. Really sub par. His & Hers is more exciting, even though not fully performed by RA.


  5. “This is what I hate about subscription services in general — you spend a lot of money for access to things you don’t want but you’re barred from actually owning the things you do want and would be willing to pay for.” Yep, so with you there!

    Sorry I couldn’t help with the audiobooks, as you know I never listen to any.


    • LOL, yeah, I didn’t expect you would have an informed opinion on this. Tbh I would not have purchased HIs & Hers had Audible not stuck me with credits.

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  6. For what it’s worth, I think Audible knows and don’t care. (Sorry if that sounds bitchy.) I’ve had my issues as well. Also dislike the policy of purchased items being removed from my library, if and when they choose to do so. Apple has the same policy. Which is why I prefer CDs and will go to the trouble of loading them into iTunes. That’s all gone to hell with the last regrettable Apple IOS update. (Poor hubs has more than an earful to give on that front and buys nothing digitally but uses the platform to put music on his iPod.) Needless to say, I’ve had to compromise in my listening pleasure choices as well and I don’t like it at all.


    • You’re absolutely right, because if they cared they’d build something that actually had the consumer in mind. I’ve stuck with CDs, too — for a number of things, if I’d had to buy them every time I got a new machine or there was some platform change, I’d have spent way more on them. (And I really hate how streaming platforms like Spotify treat artists.) I’m v. annoyed about the IOS update, too — when you do download something, it’s very hard to figure out where the file went, so one can back it up.

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      • IKR!!! Can’t imagine the hours I’ve spent trying to figure out where downloaded audio files are. Hubs kept losing his every time there was an update and uploading discs over and over. I eventually put his files on external hard drives. Which saved us both months of our lives in searching and reset ups.

        Not to mention the audio quality is SOoooo much better when you have the CD vs digital download.

        I’ve stayed away from Spotify a and haven’t really purchased much that wasn’t audiobooks or reading material from iTunes. But when an artist (writer) friend of mine learned I purchased all her novels (that she’d given me in paperback) on iTunes, (wanted to support her work) she told me they doesn’t pay timely or well for artist owned content and that Amazon does pay better and more quickly. Still they need to offer their art on all platforms for the consumer. (Not that it’s would affect our favorite man’s audio work because he’s paid by the company making it not the platform selling it to us.) But it does make me think twice before purchasing.

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  7. […] decision by saying it but I find the company’s business model punishing to the consumer. (Last time I subscribed I wasn’t even given the advertised three month discount I thought I was….) I could say more but it really bugs me that Richard Armitage is now apparently an Audible shill. […]


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