Stories are mankind's oldest commodity. With it comes the currency of history and remembrance but it wasn't always through the written word. Before Gutenberg's replication invention, stories are conveyed through handwritten vellum and before that, via the oral tradition: the oldest and most intimate of exchanges.
This age-old practice continues today in the forms of radio and podcasts but an audiobook is the closest to the oral tradition set in a digital age. Straight out of Sweden, Storytel is a streaming service that is now available in Singapore; the brand's foray into the South East Asian market. As an audiobook platform, subscribers are privy to over 85,000 titles, to begin with, and for the Singapore market, we have the inclusion of local books from publishers like Marshall Cavendish, Epigram and Armour Publishing. And as a cherry on top, Storytel also worked with the authors to produce local narrations, which means having to hear Neil Humphreys say 'ang moh' and 'lah'.
For our Esquire readers, you can get a 30-day free trial, instead of the 14-day trial. The Storytel app is available for download for iOS and Android users.