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Let Alexa read you stories from Audible

Another Alexa skill that I worked on for Audible has just been published… introducing Audible Book Finder!

This is a new skill from Amazon’s Audible subsidiary that lets users simply say “Alexa, tell me a story”.

Alexa will either read you a short story from her own small collection (in her own voice), or you can choose a free short story from Audible in one of four categories (Mystery, Sci-fi, Horror or Kids).

These Audible stories are commissioned and curated by Audible for this skill and many are narrated by well-known celebrities, including Stephen Fry, Sir David Jason, Andrew Scott, Russell Tovey, Juliet Stevenson and Colin Salmon.

Give it a try – it’s free, and it works on any Alexa device. You can find it in the UK and US Alexa stores (links below).

UK store link here.

US store link here.

Discover new Audiobooks you’ll Love

I’m thrilled to have worked with a great team creating Audible Book Finder!

This is a new skill from Amazon’s Audible subsidiary that gives Alexa users several ways to discover new content they’ll love from Audible’s massive collection of audiobooks.

Give it a try – it’s free, and it works on any Alexa device but even better on devices with a display, like Echo Show, Show 5 or Spot. You can find it in the Alexa store (links below).

Audible Book Finder Alexa skill

UK store link here.

US store link here.

Call Handler updated (August 2019)

This update adds a user guide, which is delivered by email. When you say “send me the user guide” the skill guides you to grant permissions to your email address and first name using a ‘permissions card’ it sends to your Alexa app. Once you’ve done that, just relaunch and ask for the user guide again. Also in this update are dedicated screen support for Echo Show 5, and some minor big fixes.

Get Call Handler from your local Alexa Skill store: US, UK, Australia, Canada and India.

Call Handler 2.0

My popular skill Call Handler just got a big update! Apologies in advance to any telemarketers who find themselves on the receiving end!

Call Handler makes is easy to reject unwanted calls without the need for an awkward conversation. Just launch the skill and place the phone down beside your Echo device. Your caller hears a pre-recorded – occasionally cheeky – message telling them their call is not welcome.

It can also play ‘on-hold’ music if you need to step away to fetch a pencil & paper, or a coffee. Version 2.0 adds support for display devices, new call rejection messages, one-shot invocations and music on hold tracks. It can now also speak using several different voices, and just play a ‘disconnect tone’ on launch, if that’s what you want. Details in the skill description page.

Get Call Handler from your local Alexa Skill store: US, UK, Australia, Canada and India.