Audible today announced that many of the much-loved titles from Audible Suno and Audible.in will now be available on Amazon Echo and other Alexa built-in devices with simple voice commands. Alexa users in India will now have access to hundreds of hours of audio entertainment, in Hindi and English, completely free, with no payment details, advertisements, or sign-up process. These titles can be accessed on all Amazon Echo and other Alexa built-in devices.
Audible Suno on Alexa
Audible Suno is a free audio streaming service that gives you unlimited access to hundreds of hours of audio entertainment. Users can say “Alexa, open Audible Suno” or “Alexa, Audible Suno shuru karo”, to open the Audible Suno library, consisting of popular titles like Thriller Factory, Yoddha, Be Stupid with Vir Das, Azaad Awaaz, and many more. Once the skill is opened, listeners can choose from top genres like Romance, Comedy, Thriller or Horror to browse the catalogue and select the story they want to listen. One can also directly listen to stories by top narrators, such as Devdutt Pattanaik, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tabu, Anurag Kashyap, Neena Gupta, and several others, by saying, for instance, “Alexa, ask Audible Suno to play a story by Anurag Kashyap”, to listen to Thriller Factory. A title can also be directly accessed by its name — for instance, “Alexa, ask Audible Suno to play Thriller Factory” or “Alexa, Audible Suno shuro karo aur Permanent Roommates Sunao”.
Alexa’s collection of stories expands with Audible
Asking for stories is one of the most popular requests to Alexa. Now, in addition to reciting her original stories, Alexa will give users the option to hear stories from Audible for free. Just say, “Alexa, tell me a story” or “Alexa, kahani sunao” to listen to stories from a selection of carefully curated and handpicked Audible titles. These include classic tales by Ruskin Bond, Premchand, Rabindranath Tagore, the evergreen Karadi Tales, and popular storyteller Neelesh Misra’s Qisse Lockdown Ke and Yoddha, amongst numerous others.
Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik, now on Alexa
Addressing the overwhelming response to the audio series Suno Mahabharata Devdutt Pattanaik Ke Saath, narrated by the bestselling mythology writer himself, Audible has now made this magnum opus available to Alexa users in India. By simply saying, “Alexa, Mahabharata sunao” or “Alexa, play Mahabharata”, users can listen to this epic tale on their Amazon Echo and other Alexa built-in devices.
Shailesh Sawlani, Country Head, Audible India, said, “At Audible, our constant effort is to provide easy access to world-class stories across popular genres. With this launch, we not only plan to elevate the experience for our Audible customers, but also intend to introduce our most-loved stories to Alexa users through a handpicked selection of popular audio content. We believe in the power of storytelling and are excited to provide this experience to an even larger audience.”
Puneesh Kumar, Country Manager for Alexa Experiences and Devices, Amazon India, added, “With Alexa, an Echo smart speaker at home engages all family members with things that matter to them. Alexa’s role as a storyteller is highly appreciated by our customers. Last year, customers requested for a story in English or Hindi at least every minute. With the availability of Audible Suno’s selection of world-class stories on Alexa, our customers can now easily discover some powerful narratives.”