Great content. Terrible app 1/5
This is such a cool service, partnering with such great sources of long form journalism, and after two days I will be canceling my subscription.
Here are some of the reasons:
-Any audio interruption (ie an alert from google maps, a call, AirPods come out) causes the app to stop, and restarting puts it back about 45 seconds. Very annoying and downright dangerous to try to listen while driving.
-there is no way to filter content by date. Such a basic thing and such a glaring omission.
-you cannot filter content by more than one publisher at a time
-you cannot filter content by anything other than one publisher at a time.
-search results are listed at random, again no way to filter. You might get something from 2016 as your top hit, and it’s not clear why.
-You cannot subscribe to article sources, topics, anything. Just have to use the inadequate search and filter functionality every time you want to find something to listen to.
This app is a real disservice to the great work these publishers and narrators are doing. If even some of the basic functions I’ve pointed out were added I might consider a subscription. As it is, it’s more aggravation than it’s worth.
Publish around %10 of the content for free 5/5
It will grow to be a big free catalogue, serving as great marketing, and a limited resource for the poor. Because the poor needs to read, too. It’ll also be a better “free trial.” And it is extremely unlikely to cause sale cannibalism.
I love it 5/5
It brings articles I love to life
Decent, Could be Better 4/5
I like the content for the most part. I love being able to listen to long form articles!
Some of the readers have an affectation which is not necessarily desirable, it can at sometimes be distracting.
But this app has 2 major glitches:
1. It does not turn off. My phone battery and headphones ran way down in my purse. I turned it off and clicked out several times to no avail. I had to remove and reinstall.
2. When one story ends suddenly an unfinished one starts. I tried to adjust it but it keeps happening. Makes no sense. Who wants to finish one and have the middle of another thrust upon us? Maybe the unfinished one was a bore?
I applaud Audm for starting up! There should be an article/short story app.
Great idea 5/5
Just signed up for this app. So far so good...
My favorite app ever! 5/5
Audm changed my life! I am subscribed to a few mags (The New Yorker, New York, etc.) but have always had that nagging anxiety not having enough time to thoroughly read them. Enter AUDM- the pressure is gone! I now listen to the articles all the time- cooking, cleaning, exercising...And it put some new publications on my radar I was previously not familiar with (like Atavist and Outside for example.) I had some problems with the app initially, but contacted the developers and they walked me through fixing those, very patiently and graciously. I tell about Audm all my friends and family, and a few people are now subscribers. Thank you Audm!
If you're anything like me, you need this. 5/5
I love listening to podcasts and audiobooks. But there is absolutely no way I am going to subscribe to (undeniably excellent) paper magazines and then sit down to read them. When I have a magazine subscription, the magazines just pile up and mock me for not reading them.
Audm is the solution. I can now enjoy wonderful articles from The Atlantic, The New Yorker and the surprisingly great Outside magazine—plus many other quality publications. Everything is read by pros, you can see the text scroll as it's read, it's easy to rewind or go to the beginning of a paragraph, you can speed up or slow down the reading... it's a great interface. And it costs less than even one magazine subscription would.
I love Audm, and I'm sure you will, too.
Audm Gets Better and Better 4/5
I have subscribed to Audm for several months now and the app, while still a little glitchy, just keeps improving.
I am somewhat visually impaired, and it is a real pleasure to have the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the NYRB, the London Review of Books and other quality journalism read aloud to me. Audm has become my indispensable app and I listen every day.
This app has changed my walk to work 5/5
It’s so great to know I can always find something worthwhile and expressively read to listen to as I walk to work. Excellent selection from all the publications I would read if I had more time. And then if I take the subway home, I can instantly find the spot where I left off listening and switch to reading mode.
Great content, clunky app 2/5
By Bartlett St. Steve
I must agree with Greatdreamer1980’s original review (written over a year ago) - those same problems still persist: frequent crashes, poor bookmarking, completely inadequate internal search engine, the list goes on and on. Sadly, I can only continue to pay if this disaster is updated. As it is, it’s not worth 99¢ (and the actual price is $6.99 MONTHLY!). Greatdreamer1980 must have been paid off to change his review, and it is to the credit of the developers that they have allowed the original one to stand. It is still completely accurate in my experience.
If you like audiobooks, you’ll love Audm! 5/5
By Audio and Podcast Addict
I am an audiobook addict, and I was so excited to discover Audm. It’s like having an audio subscription to the best magazine journalism out there at a much lower price than subscribing to the audio versions of the magazines individually, and not all are even available that way. Audm almost always has the articles I want to read, and the app is easy to use.
By Hugh Bigg
For someone who walks for exercise and enjoyment, Adam is the perfect companion. An hour long walk will not only improve my health but also my world view! The stories on Adum are ones that I would normally read anyway, so it also opens up time that I can other things ... i love this app!
I will not continue with a paid subscription after the free trial period ends. The first and only article I tried to listen to, from the New Yorker, stopped and stuttered and skipped repeatedly like an old LP. Clearly there are still significant bugs to be worked out.
Makes me better read 4/5
The Audm service has provides me with a way to explore deeper journalistic works than the newspaper or NPR. While I subscribe and read a couple of weightier magazines, the length of some articles is a chore. Having the same article read to me is a treat.
The readers do an excellent job of making the articles intelligible and the app allows you to adjust the speed to fit your mood.
Excellent. (And I generally dislike apps like this) 5/5
Excellent range of articles read by excellent readers. Excellent customer service. Real people!
I’ve been using Audm the minute I need a rest from distressing podcasts.
And stunningly good customer service.
A novel way to support great journalism 5/5
The quality of the narration is very good, and Audm does a nice job curating the articles that show up in the feed. If a piece of long form journalism is making the rounds, I can count on it showing up in the app. I mostly use it when I’m driving or tidying up, so it’s great for when I otherwise wouldn’t have an hour (or more) to sit down and read that one story I’ve been meaning to get to.
But there’s another advantage that I haven’t seen the developer mention: Audm partners with the outlets that provide their content, so it lets you support high quality journalism without it feeling like a sacrifice (e.g., turning off Adblock) or charity (e.g., paying for stuff you can already read for free). You pay for it, *and* you get more out of it.
The app is attractive, stable, and user friendly, but there’s still room for improvement. I’d like to see it integrate with read-it-later services like Pocket, so that articles I’ve saved for later are automatically added to my Audm queue as they become available, and automatically archived in the read-it-later app after I’ve listened to them on Audm. An ability to search the text of articles would also be nice. But even without these bells and whistles, it’s worth the price.
Audm and Podcasts 5/5
Since joining Audm I’ve become a fan of podcasts as a wonderful source of discovery and learning. Audm offers a wide range of quality writing from some of my favorites including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, outside, Vanity Fair, London Review of Books and many others. I commute, so I can listen to articles I never had time to read. I feel better informed since Audm entered my life.
I love Audm. I listen to articles while skiing, walking, gardening, doing housework-- anytime I'm alone. The readers are excellent. I'm able to read more books again because I can finish my favorite magazines faster. I rarely recommend things, but I've told many people about Audm.
Save the news 5/5
What an incredible way to contribute to the survival of magazines and newspapers while you’re driving and giving these hard-working folks a chance to make it I am thrilled
Terrific content! 5/5
This is a podcast on steroids! The content is a dazzling amalgamation of the most insightful political commentaries, together with amazing adventure stories. Always a surprise. Always a delight.
Love It 5/5
I'm hooked on listening to non-fiction, and Audm offers so many interesting options in varying lengths shorter than books. I have had no issues with the app.
By ok this doesnt work
Audm has cured me. I love magazines. Always have. Never want to read everything, though. I just want to read the really good pieces. Audm lets me. Wish you had come around a long time ago....
Listen to your Mags! 5/5
I love this app. Not all my favorite magazines are represented (yet), but to walk and listen to an article and perhaps go back and finish reading it, or even read along, is just great. I like how the article moves up your screen and you can navigate it. The readers are great. Please add more magazines.
Perfect APP 5/5
I was so stoked when I found this app! I love reading The New Yorker, The Atlantic, NYT, etc., but it’s not easy to find the time to finish such long articles when you’re a busy teacher like myself! So now I browse the articles and listen to them on my commute up the 405 (yikes). The narrators are excellent as well.
I depend on Audm enormously 5/5
I am still a huge fan of the Audm app. I have been able to enjoy far more high quality, long-form journalism than I was able before since now I can (and do) listen while doing housework, while walking anywhere, and while commuting in the car. I subscribe to the print version of many of the journals covered but my opportunities to relax with them are limited, and has been a source of frustration. Audm has also led me to some really fantastic coverage of topics of interest to me from regional journals and papers that I would otherwise see. Audm has made it possible for me to satisfy my curiousity about what is going on (politics, economics, social policy, and everything else) without having to listen to superficial news bullitand or histerical commentery. The pieces read on the app are the best of what is available: well researched, responsibly reported, carefully composed. Such a huge step up from the other things available for listening, like radio news and commentary, chatty podcasts, etc.
Overall Excellence. 5/5
I listen to probably 85% of the articles chosen, because they peak my interest and are timely. In a diverse culture like ours... THAT's HUGE. Covering politics, social controversy, fascinating art and history articles, biographies, book reviews, outdoor adventures, and drawing from the very finest periodicals (magazines) available in English, there is always something new and different to absorb. Being a slow reader with a thirst for interesting information, I utilize Audm on a daily basis – as I wind down at night, while I do chores or gardening or artwork. Occasionally, the article is so important/riveting, I'll sit down and use the always-available-but-optional read-along feature. The text tracks with the reader's progress and one can scroll up or down and rehash sections with a simple tap. Background-playing while one works with other apps is also a big PLUS. With its unique read-along feature, I would also recommend this to ESL students. Ten-thumbs-up for Audm!
Maybe Audm will expand to Italian or German news magazines soon.
Non stop issues with log in 1/5
If t is t an issue w my account log in at an issue with a black screen or crashing mid article. Really fed up. No other apps have ever been at all problematic!
Feeling satisfied 5/5
This is the app I have been searching. Stories are nice and really interesting so that sometime lost track of the time lol.
By Regular Listener 2019
Great App. Great Content. Great Customer Service
Glad I found this app 5/5
Feel like I have been telling everyone about this app. My daily drive doesn’t seem so wasteful anymore. I get to ‘read’ articles from the magazine I subscribe but never got around to read, plus more.
Not all readers are perfect. I listen in the car so very deep male voice is a problem. I tinkered with the radio to make the voice higher and this seemed to help. Some readers also read a little too fast for my taste. But all in all it’s a very useful app.
[could you use VirginiaListener as my name? Thank you! I can’t find where to put down my name.]
Invaluable resource 5/5
I hardly ever review the products I buy or resources I use, but AUDM has become an invaluable resource to me. I discovered it when recovering from eye surgery just over a year ago, and realized it would be a great way to spend hours spent in a face-down recovery position while not actually reading. I've used it a huge amount ever since, and recommended it to many friends and colleagues who I know love longform journalism but are busy and often on the go, and therefore unable to get to magazine articles they might want to read. I use this app while driving, running, on the elliptical, doing dishes, folding laundry, even walking the dog when I don't feel like being sociable! It's straightforward, carried a good number of publications, gets current articles up pretty quickly, and produces great-quality recordings.
Great content; app is improving 5/5
From another review I see that they have recently quadrupled their development team. This is great because there is so much potential for this app. I use Audm to listen to those New Yorker magazine articles which I don’t have time to read in the print version. Also, I am listening to stuff from magazines that I wouldn’t subscribe to, but might after hearing their content.
Some things to work on: I use an iPod and I can only download about 10 hours of content for offline listening without making the app unusable. This wouldn’t such a problem except that there is no way to bookmark or create a wishlist of things I want to listen to later. There is a ton of good stuff in the archives and I have resorted to taking screen shots to remember what is available. Also, some sort of index or way to see what is in the archive without scrolling forever. Even a plain txt list of titles with a few words description next to it. I look forward to the improvements. I think that, with the excellent content, you could really increase your user base with improvements like the ones listed above.
Disrupting the Podcast Space! (For me) 5/5
By Jeanine C.
This is one of my absolute favorite apps of the entire year, which I discovered reading a New Yorker article. It’s one of those apps that had me mumbling, “...now why didn’t I think of that?!” It’s so simple and elegant -- and ultimatley deeply important to the future of long-form journalism. There are so many times that I want to read a long, in-depth article but time gets away from me and I never finish. And reading on a device is so tedious. This app reads the articles -- and uses top tier voice artists. I listen to it on my commutes to work, cooking, walking the dog. It’s starting to replace some of my favotire podcasts in terms of time. I’m madly in love with this app and believe in it’s potential to dominate the audio space. At least in my life!
Awesome App 5/5
By New Hampshire Harvey
I always look forward to these great articles. Especially from the New Yorker. Thank you and GOOD WORK!!!
My mom is always sending me links to New Yorker articles that I don't have time to read, but I can easily listen to them on Audm while I'm running or walking to work -- it's a great time saver! It's also fun to listen to on roadtrips - hours of high-quality journalism.
Audm as a Go-To 5/5
I love using Audm ....There is an amazing array of publications, narrated by people who have the most beautiful voices on earth. The offerings are so varied, that I can always find something I’m in the mood to listen to. As well, I’m able to listen to as much or as little of an article as I can when walking, driving a car or exercising and it’s easy to go back to an unfinished article without losing my place.
I don’t know what I’d do without this app!!!
I really enjoy this App. Insight, smart and easy to use. Thank you!
My Dream Come True 5/5
There are so many great long-form articles coming out on a regular basis from Atlantic, New Yorker, and many other magazines. To be able to sit down and read them all is a daunting task. When I discovered Audm I was so happy. The articles come out in a timely manner, the readers are great, and I can listen while walking or driving. Highly recommended!
Highly recommend 5/5
By Ajay Sahgal
I use this app every day while I drive or at the gym to catch up on articles I’d otherwise probably never get to read. Best part: there is no longer a pile of magazines stacked up beside my bed, waiting for me to read them.
A gap well filled 5/5
When Audm came to my attention, it is as if someone was reading the wish list in my head. Audible is great for books, and even the daily read of the WSJ -- but most of the time I was reading the pieces in my list of quality subscriptions (e.g., New Yorker, Atlantic, etc). Some of the articles were podcast-related, etc. -- but having access to relevant and decent quality long form pieces was difficult.
Not only does the coverage of Audm match 80% of my subscriptions, but its offerings have introduced me to new publications.
In one or two cases I found the tone of the readers a bit off -- in one case the material and tone were so far off that I went back to the hard copy. Many long form nonfiction have to be read with an appreciation of the audience rather than as a piece of dramatic fiction. But that is minor issue and I still give this app and service a five!
A Great Selection, and well-read 5/5
I have been greatly enjoying Audm. It is a convenience to be able to listen to interesting articles when doing things which make reading them impossible (driving, household chores). The selection is interesting and varied, and the readers are excellent.
I love this and have recommended it to all my friends and colleagues. It’s a pleasure to have professional actors read long articles to you. This is different from other podcasts I like, such as Ted Radio, in the sense that you hear ONE writer putting things together for you, making all the arguments and come to some conclusions at the end. The writing is generally high quality which is so important. There is something calm and pleasant about hearing stories read. The articles are also diverse so one get exposed to areas of knowledge that is unfamiliar. (I will vote for more sciences in the future.)
Just what I have been waiting for 5/5
I am a long-time lover of audio books and podcasts and I have long thought it would be wonderful if there were an app that would do for magazine articles what Audible does for books. And now I have it!
I am still learning how to use the app most efficiently but I love what it offers. I recommend it to all my friends.
Great Content, Constantly Updated... 5/5
Best long-form stories from US/British press; down/load so u can listen off-line if wi-fi not available. Great app... would like to be able to email/text stories to others...
A fascinating way to stimulate my brain! 4/5
By Max JBS
Bottom line,I love the app. After scanning the NYTimes and WSJ on line in the morning, I then go to AUDM. I scan the articles available to “read”, and pick what I’m going to listen to. With headphones on, I can engage in other activities while listening to a fascinating article. The readers are very good and there is a diversity of articles. Some, I must admit, are quite lengthy, and require a commitment of time which I don’t always have. T the appalls you to return to an article started and unfinished and pick up at that brain. Suggest more shorter articles and continue to increase content available, but the source content and diversity of articles chosen.
Fantastic app 5/5
It’s wonderful to “read” so many pieces from so many varieties of magazines. The quality of the journalism is outstanding and the readers are marvelously talented. Love listening to outstanding long form articles from sources I’ve never heard of. Well worth the price.
Unparalleled Customer Service 5/5
Your typical online critic will sacrifice the excellent on the alter of the perfect. It’s truly infuriating and challenging to sort through all the blather. That said, Audm is probably my favorite app. Yes, okay, it has some—occasional—bugs (and what app doesn’t?), but none truly interfere with the benefits and content of this unique app. I have listened to hours upon hours of articles that I otherwise wouldn’t have time to read.
But here’s the kicker: When I question a performance glitch in the app with a message to customer service—I’ve done this twice—I get a response from one of the co-founders within the hour. Really! Neither of the problems I experienced were deal killers. Like every other app out there, Audm is not perfect. But it’s developers stand behind it and listen. For that, I cheer for the excellent and thumb my nose at the perfect!
Thanks and keep the informative content coming!
Improve vision-impaired interfaces 4/5
I want this app because I am losing my vision and ability to read, but the interface is not friendly enough to vision impaired!! I greatly appreciate the app however because it expands my range of material that I have access to so greatly. I look forward to seeing some improvements to this app. I have found this report to be very helpful and responsive, so I feel sure that there will be continuing improvements made to the app.
Really pleased 5/5
By Power puss
I love to read my New Yorker etc. But more so I have really enjoyed using AUDM to listen in my car or late at night to relax to a good read. The people chosen to read have excellent skills and they add much to the experience. I highly recommend checking out AUDM as it has become enjoyable for me and I am always happy to listen.