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I subscribe to the print and Audible versions of the Wall Street Journal. Most days, I don't have time to unwrap the WSJ, let alone skim it. So, I make do with the Audible service.
The WSJ Audible subscription is pretty good. Each day there is at least one article that is relevant to me. These are articles that I would read if I was perusing the WSJ in print.
However, the WSJ Audible subscription could be greatly improved by making a two changes.
First, I would like the service to read all of the the "What's News" blurbs from the front page. "What's News" is a good briefing. I also believe this would drive listeners to purchase the print version of the WSJ, if an article that they found compelling was not featured on the audible service.
Second, I would like to hear more Marketplace articles. Finance and Money and Investing are good topics, but charts and graphs are not well suited to audio communication.
If time length is a concern, I recommend adding the above content and removing the editorial. While the editor's opinions are interesting, hard business news and facts are a higher priority for me.
The WSJ is a great newspaper. The problem is that not a lot of people have the time to sit down and read (much less absorb) the volumes of information delivered in a daily paper the size of the Journal. If reading it isn't part of your job description, it's a difficult thing to accomplish if you have other demands on your time.
This service goes a long way towards resolving this problem. The daily read gives you the "high points" from the journal, including major stories, major financial news and editorials. The mixture of political vs financial news fluctuates on a day to day basis, but generally there is more financial news then political.
The financial news covered usually includes large business transactions (or rumors thereof), product releases from major companies, coverage of the stock & bond markets, interest rates, and predictions of the future of the economy. There is also coverage of the affairs of corporate executives, fund managers and other folks who can influence financial markets. Sometimes the stories dive pretty deep into numbers, which can be difficult to keep track of via audio. But hey, it is the WSJ after all.
The political coverage is generally related to major news stories, geo-political events, budgetary policy, and some amount of "right vs. left" politics. There is also a daily editorial which tends to focus more on political matters. The editorial is my favorite part of the daily read.
So, if you'd like get the highlights from the WSJ, but don't have time to read it, this is a great service. I've had it for a month, and I'm hooked. The WSJ is now part of my daily commute. There's a certain confidence that comes from having listened to the daily read before I walk into work. The information has already come in handy a couple of times. You might be surprised how often some subject will come up in the office, and you'll be able to throw out some information you picked up from the Journal.
As a pretty busy person with not much time to read, I was excited to see that there was an audio version of the WSJ available. I download these issues to my PDA and listen to them in the car on the way to work or while taking my moring walk. In general I've liked the subscription but I'm getting a little frustrated with the fact that it often spends way too much time on "human interest" articles rather than on business related topics. For example, this morning's edition spent 25% of the entire program's 1-hour length on a story about a child with cancer. Although it was an interesting story and worthy of telling, it's not the reason that I subscribe to this program. I can get that type of news from other sources. It also spends too much time on national and world events. Yes, these events often have a business impact, but I can get that information from dozens of other sources. I need a program that is going to digest and give me the best of what is going on in the business world.
I would also recommend that they not always read entire articles but maybe the first half of them. If what I've heard piques my interest, I can then go to the paper or on-line editions for more complete coverage. I would rather get 10 partial articles than 5 complete articles. The only time I'd like to hear the entire article is when it is really crucial and/or has widespread business impact. I don't want to hear an entire article on Philadelphia's tax situation (again, from this morning's edition).
Overall, it's an OK subscription and I will probably keep ordering it for another month or two. But if it doesn't start improving, I may start looking for other sources of getting my business information.
I actually have access to WSJ, the paper, during the day, and I don't see a lot of the printed, business related articles in the sound track. I think Audible.com should either extend the length of the prog or focus on business news more, maybe arb. the opinion column.
BTW, newer version of iPOD allow you to fastward to the next article on audio book track. I don't know about other audio player, my iPod mini can, but the grand daddy of all iPod can't.
Nice balance...good combination of financial, world, national news. Love that the articles are complete...not just summaries or abstracts...and VERY good. Also touch on headlines of the print version that I don't subscribe to so if something gets my interest I can pick it up on way in to work. Weekend journal is usually quite good and is a nice bonus. I agree with other reviewers about the editorials. Not being so conservative myself I found them kind of "out there." Now, though, they are a part I look forward to just to hear "the other side" and maybe get my blood going!
Overall I think a great value!
I agree that the audio WSJ could be a lot better. More What's News and Marketplace blurb's would be great, I mean come on, we download this for a quick take on US and world business. The Top news story is interesting and all, but an "abridged" version would be appreciated, cutout the repeats and asides.
Although some people dislike the editorial I find it interesting, however, an abridged version here would be nice as well.
Likewise, personal journal is interesting and all but I think most people download the WSJ for Business news, not to listen to how Mrs. Jones washes her dog while selling popcorn people on ebay, again, an abridged version would spark interest but not bore the listener.
I guess my review is that there should be a careful review of the articles while hitting the highpoints, so listeners can here what they really want, which I believe is pretty unanimous... Business news. Cut the long winded articles and put more content.
I probably will finish out my subscription this month and not be back unless there is a change.
Love listening to the WSJ! Hate local DJ's idiotic banter and this is a wonderful use of my time. I would prefer the main story from the International section over a Personal Journal article. Both would be even better - then I could choose. Audible: Create a web page for the Reader. Listening to the same voice every day it would be nice to see a picture and brief bio or something. Also provide a way to interact/provide feedback.
I believe this is one of the best services I've purchased by paying less than $100. Since I'm a foreinger, reading the wall street journal takes much time and figuring out correct pronunciations for the jargons on the Wall Street journal is quite difficult. I believe there will be huge demand for this service in Asian countries. Besides, providing the scripts will be really helpful to your foreigner audience. Thank audible.com for introducing great service.
Missing the newspaper has been hard, recently, so I was delighted to find an audible subscription to the WSJ. I have enjoyed over twenty of their books, now, and am very happy with this offering.
Highlights: Weekend edition, discussing wine, travel and restaurant cuisine. The marketplace, summing up the best and worst of the previous day. Some of the front page article choices. Also, the readers have amazing voices. I would use the terms exciting and relaxing to describe them, while avoiding insighting stress (pretty hard) or boredom.
Worst: Editorial. In the hour or so I am able to enjoy the WSJ on audible in the morning, I am more interested in events and news coverage, rather than someone elses opinion. What about just reading the brief synapses on the front page to help out those of use who truly listen to this for the news?
I been listening to the audio WSJ for about 6 months now, and it is an important part of my daily routine (during my workout). Some impressions:
* Enjoy the grabbag nature of front page stories -- a good mix of current affairs and backgrounders.
* Heard on the Street is great - almost always fodder for ideas.
* The weekly rotation of Marketplace stories adds variety (Cubicle Culture, Tech Journal, & Science Friday are favorites).
* Narrator is good, although one short-term stand-in had me snoozing.
* The editorials are uneven, and not just because of my own (moderate) political inclinations. Many of the free trade/regulatory ones are well-reasoned and informative. However, the political ones are often shoddy and tiresome -- sometimes taken right from Ken Mehlmann's latest RNC talking points. Surely, the WSJ can do better?
* Personal journal is a bit fluffy, although it occasionally throws up a winner.
* Yesterday's Markets could be a little less numbers-focused, although it might be useful for some.
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