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I'm a sales representative who is in my car all day long. My car is my office, so having the NY Times on audio cd has been a blessing. I receive the Wall St. Journal in paper form at home, so I chose the NY Times for different source of news. Plus, as most people know.....having time to read the WSJ everyday is almost impossible. The NY Times on audio is a great way to stay informed of the top news around the U.S., World, and business. Before I get in my car each day, I download that morning's edition, burn it to a cd-rw, and I'm on my way. Each edition usually last around 40-45 minutes. It's great!
I have been listening to the NYT audio digest for more than two weeks. In brief, this service is a chopped-up, incomplete version of the daily newspaper. While it is unrealistic to deliver entire stories, the editors have a certain "expertise" of stopping a story in the middle of a significant point. This "leave you hanging" approach forces you to choose between two options: Buy a copy of the newspaper to finish the point or cancel the audio digest. I'm canceling the audio digest. In contrast, the WSJ audio digest is a significant improvement in the delivery of the audio format (political point of view not withstanding.)
I have a lot of respect for the NY Times, but poor editing and mediocre narrating drag this service down. You might as well watch CNN Headline News for all the depth you get out of this version of the Times.
The NY Times is better than this. If the WSJ can get in-depth stories in their Audible version, so should the NY Times. If you read both the NY Times and Wall Street Journal, get the Audible WSJ and read the print version of the NY Times.
For years I have wanted to read the NY Times, but never had the time. Now, it gets read to me every morning on my way to work. It's wonderfully interesting, informative, and well done. I really feel like I have an idea of what's going on in the world now. This service alone makes Audible worthwhile.
Let me first say this is by no means a critique of the New York Times itself. I love the paper.
I listened to the Wall Street Journal for a month and enjoyed that, but was looking for a little balance politically. So, I figured a month of NYT would shift the balance back towards the left a bit and get me back closer to center. (The Journal seems to be a bit on the conservative side of things to me.)
I read the reviews about chopiness and just hoped it wouldn't bother me. Unfortunately, I found the audio version of the NYT very difficult to listen to. The stories are indeed, as another listener said, cut off at very inopportune times. The selection of stories was fine, just not the editing.
Perhaps this format works for some people, so I suggest you give it a try if you really love the paper. It might help you know which stories you actually want to read. I don't have time for that unfortunately, so I guess I'll be switching back to the Journal.
The format is so annoying that I don't think I'll be listening to any more editions for my month of subscription sadly.
I have been getting this service almost a year and it continues to be an outstanding value in the subscription mode. The New York Times and a book for $14.95 per month can't be beat. I do not give many 5 stars, but these two combined deserve it.
Clearly, the New York Times is the United State's most respected Newspaper. With this download I get the best of it each weekday. I must say that this daily download has become just as an important part of my morning routine as my first cup of coffee. My only complaint is that it's not available on weekends.
Overall, I am very happy with my NYT subscription. However, I do find that some articles seem to end abruptly and seem to cut off the last few words of the speaker. In other words, there is some kind of "transition" problem between articles. If this could be fixed, the product would be perfect!
More liberal than I ever imagined, The NYT still provides an excellent news digest. The articles aren't in depth but in forty minutes you know what is happening. My friends think I just got smarter.The Journal section and international coverage are a couple of my favorites.
Before I go to the gym, I download the day's news as condensed by the Times. The audio editors succeed in selecting the day's most interesting and relevant stories and listening to them makes my workout zip by without boredom or tedium.
The timing is usually such that my workout ends a bit before the recording does, so I may spend a few minutes on the bench in the locker room to hear the final op-ed column read to me. Of course, if it happens to be one of Safire's, I don't bother and head to the shower instead.
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