Ariel: the unabridged, DRM-free audiobook of the classic swords-and-sorcery post-apocalyptic adventure


18 Responses to “Ariel: the unabridged, DRM-free audiobook of the classic swords-and-sorcery post-apocalyptic adventure”

  1. IslandFunKen says:

    What a difference a price makes. I had first thought it was $7.99 and was getting my credit card out.

    Turns out the page, due to it’s design, makes the “additional format” price much more noticeable than the product you’re actually looking at. They should fix that.

    The real price was $39.99. Wow! And that’s just for a pure digital copy – no CDs, no tapes, no cases, no liner notes, just bits. There’s no way I’d ever spend anything close to that for an audio book.

    Penguin: if you want me to buy an audio book please reduce your prices – dramatically.

    Audible: $27.97 is still way expensive for something I’d listen to once.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good lord and my bad!

  3. Daemon says:

    I have to assume that blind and illiterate people have much better jobs than I do.

  4. IslandFunKen says:

    A follow-up to the message I just posted…

    This book is available @ Emusic for 1 credit. A credit costs $9.99, and could be lower depending on your subscription plan. A much better deal there!

  5. dogfeathers says:

    Maybe everybody knows this except me: if you buy it from Audible, it’s tightly DRM’d. I sure didn’t like having to install the “Audible Download Manager” software.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love that this appears right below the article about the student killing a burglar with a samurai sword.

  7. jasongnc says:

    Not for me at $40?

  8. Cildar says:

    Review from Audible:

    “It is funny to hear the reader and writer at the end of the book (in an interview) talk about how important rhythm is to a good book. The audio editing killed any of that that existed. It is painfully obvious when two reading sessions come together because there is almost no gap in sentences. Ruined this book for me. Editing notwithstanding, I would give this a 3.”

    Cory care to comment? Seems like a fairly specific gripe.

  9. gobo says:

    Now if he’d just give the same love to “Architect of Sleep”.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Not quite the copyfighter. Only three chapters of the book are available for download:

  11. Anonymous says:

    FANG etc.: As far as I can tell JASONGNC pulled that $40 figure out of his butt. The retail on the very link he responds to is $27.99. When you visit it, the other books listed for sale on the same page are priced $17.49, $24.49, $24.49, and $27.99.

    Granted that ain’t cheap, but it’s not exactly an outrageous imposition to click a link in order to substantiate a claim (and by the same economical gesture eliminate a display of ignorance).

  12. xobmai says:

    Something about the mix of the music in the first sample chapter… felt like Shenmue to me. I didn’t like Shenmue at the time, but I think I’d like this book adapted into a game by Yu Suzuki.

  13. Cildar says:

    The $40 figure is from Boing Boing’s original link to the website selling the book:,,9781101079669,00.html?Ariel_Steven_R._Boyett

  14. cinemajay says:

    Island, is Emusic a good seller? I’ve never heard of them. Just wondering what your experience with them was.

  15. gobo says:

    Cinemajay: eMusic is a good seller. No DRM, plain-vanilla mp3 files. Their pricing structure has gotten considerably more wonky and confusing over the past few months, but they’re still worth checking out.

  16. IslandFunKen says:

    #11 – I’ve been an emusic subscriber for 7 years now, but only on their music plan. And their prices on music are pretty good, but not nearly as good as they were 3 months ago…

    I’ve never seriously considered the book aspect of their service. The $39.99 price seen on Penguin encouraged me to type “Ariel” into the emusic search box, and I was happy to see it was there.

    It amazes me that there is such a wide disparity in prices – $9.99 to $39.99 – for the same audio files.

  17. Fang Xianfu says:

    #10 – that’s three more than a lot of people, but I get your point. And $40 is an OUTRAGEOUS sum to be charging, DRM-free or not.

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