October 12, 2020
Journey to the Year 3000 – The Interactive Audio Adventure!
I’m taking a break today from bashing Trump and related topics to announce the release by SpeechCloud Studios, Amsterdam, of my adaptation of one of my favorite Choose Your Own Adventure®* books, Journey to the Year 3000, as an interactive audio adventure.
Not long ago, I didn’t know there was such a thing as an interactive audio product, so, in case you don’t, and are interested, here’s how it works, and, by the way, it’s free! If you have an Amazon Alexa enabled device (mine is called an Echo Dot), once it’s up and running, say these exact words: “Alexa, launch Journey 3000.” You’ll soon find yourself about a thousand years in the future.
The story is narrated by my grandson David Corenswet, who to my good fortune happens to be a highly accomplished professional actor. He’ll recount what’s happening to you in the story and give you choices from time to time. You’ll say what you decide to do, and the story will continue from there, just as it did in the original book, except for some terrifying new situations.
If you undertake this adventure, even if you don’t survive to get back to the present from the year 3000, if you think it’s worth commenting on, please consider visiting the Amazon skill store https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KJ6DGNT/ and say what you think.
Note: You may see references to Journey 3000 as a “skill.” That’s because Amazon, which is a corporate version of a narcissist, calls interactive products like this an Alexa “skill.” From their standpoint, what anyone creates and produces is simply another skill that one of their computers has acquired.
I should also say that, if you’ve played (Is that the right word?) the story for a while and quit and later want to start over at the beginning, or from where you left off, say to your device, ”Alexa, launch Journey 3000,” and whoosh –– you’ll be there.