Free for Audible Subscribers: James Taylor Releases a New Audio Memoir, and Michael Pollan a New Audio Book on Caffeine

This is a very quick FYI for any­one who hap­pens to be an Audi­ble sub­scriber. If you’re not, you can start a free tri­al here.

This month, all Audi­ble mem­bers can get free access to James Tay­lor’s new short mem­oir called Break Shot: My First 21 Years. Read by James Tay­lor him­self, the book revis­its the musi­cian’s tur­bu­lent child­hood and his emer­gence as an artist. It also fea­tures record­ed music by the singer-song­writer.

In addi­tion, Michael Pol­lan has released a new short audio­book, Caf­feine: How Caf­feine Cre­at­ed the Mod­ern World. Read by Pol­lan, the book (only avail­able in audio for­mat) “takes us on a jour­ney through the his­to­ry of the drug, which was first dis­cov­ered in a small part of East Africa and with­in a cen­tu­ry became an addic­tion affect­ing most of the human species.”

Both books are part of the Audi­ble Orig­i­nals pro­gram. So if you down­load them, you won’t be using any of your month­ly cred­its. They are free bonus mate­r­i­al.

And now for an extra bonus:  You can lis­ten to Annette Ben­ing, Jon Hamm, Matthew Rhys, Mau­ra Tier­ney and oth­ers read “The Sen­ate Intel­li­gence Com­mit­tee Report on Tor­ture.” It’s free for all–whether you’re an Audi­ble sub­scriber or not.

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