I’ve an Amazon Fire TV. I don’t mean one of the popular Amazon Fire TV Sticks that compete with Google’s Chromecast; I mean the full-fledged Amazon Fire TV. I’m not sure why but they’re far less popular than the cutdown version and still safely well under a hundred bucks.
I use my Amazon Fire TV to stream iPlayer, Netflix and Crunchyroll in addition to Amazon Live Videos – each with an app of their own. This is far better than having to use a tablet or my smartphone to cast to the TV as it leaves the mobile device free for me to muck around with.
How do you get Audible on the Amazon Fire TV? You would think Amazon had written a native app for the Amazon owned audiobook company. That would make sense, right? If you can stream whole TV shows or movies to the device then an audiobook would be easy?
As it happens Amazon hasn’t written such an app.
The good news is that recent improvements to the Amazon Fire TV mean you don’t need an app. You don’t need to buy a new device either. Amazon has rolled out a version of their smart assistant Alexa to their TV unit. Alexa can read Audible.
It does mean you need a remote, with microphone, with your Amazon Fire TV but I think they’re all sold with one. All you have to down is hold down the microphone button and say;
Alexa, read my book
Voila! With that magic phrase your Amazon Fire TV will be reading your Audible book. You can use the app, your computer or any other usual way to line up which book from your collection. It’s a huge improvement for the device.