Audible has launched a new social sharing tool called Clips which enables listeners to select, save and share "bite-sized" audio snippets.
To mark the launch of the new service, Audible, owned by Amazon, has put together a list of its "top 10 inspirational clips" from literature.
Among the snippets selected are Tina Fey quoting from her audiobook Bossypants, Robert Inglis retelling memorable moments from J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings and Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through The Looking Glass in the voice of Miriam Margolyes.
From To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Audible lists the clip: "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Another is from Oscar Wilde's Lady Windemere’s Fan: "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
Clips, available in the Audible app, allows users to send friends snippets of audio books for free. Recipients are able listen to a quote or excerpt without having to create an account or download the app. When listening to the clip, the recipient is also given the opportunity to share it and/or purchase the full audiobook.
Don Katz, founder and c.e.o. of Audible, said: “Audible customers are book lovers whose print books are likely to be full of their own annotations and underlines. Listeners also love talking about books, authors, and narrators they are passionate about, and clips makes it easier for our customers to start meaningful conversations with their friends and family directly from their audiobook whenever inspiration strikes. We are also excited to launch this new, easy-to-use tool that authors and narrators use to raise awareness of their audiobooks.”
Audible’s top 10 inspirational clips
"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Read by: Sissy Spacek
“The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless. (II)”
Four Quartets, TS Elliot
Read by: Ralph Fiennes
"Beware; for I am fearless. And therefore powerful."
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Read by: Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey)
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
Read by: John Chancer
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
Lady Windemere’s Fan, Oscar Wilde
Read by: Samuel West, Michael Sheen, Derek Waring, Peter Yapp, Nicholas Boulton, Benjamin Soames, Rod Beacham, Emma Fielding, Sarah Badel
“If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?”
Bossypants, Tina Fey
Read by: Tina Fey
“One always feels better when one has made up one's mind.”
Narnia: The Last Battle, CS Lewis
Read by: Patrick Stewart
“Not all those who wander are lost,”
The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
Read by: Robert Inglis
“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Alice Through The Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll
Read by: Miriam Margolyes
"Never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
Read by: Richard Armitage