By Curio Labs Limited
I cancelled my subscription but they had charged me for a year already and I didn’t know. Please refund my money. Thanks!
I’m not a huge book person, but I love reading long-form articles. Unfortunately, I live in a city, so even though my commute (at least, before the pandemic) would theoretically be good for scanning through articles, it’s hard to both pay attention to your surroundings and get invested in an article, especially if the topic is more complex—it usually just resulted in me either not finishing articles or having to read them 4x to absorb information properly. Curio is perfect for solving this issue. The voice actors speak clearly and at a good pace, with just enough enthusiasm that it doesn’t get dull (but not so much that feels like you’re listening to Audible, which would be distracting IMO). UX-wise, Curio’s interface is super simple and visually appealing, shout-out to the app designers & developers. For a yearlong subscription, it’s a good price, especially if you read a lot of publications it don’t have many (or any) subscriptions. I have 6-7 subscriptions to different places, and I’ve found Curio is good in conjunction with those!
The stories seem pretty good, but after I finished my free tokens I can’t view any more. I’d probably convert if there was a free tier where I could listen to a couple stories a week and be sure the value is there for me. But instead I deleted the app from being annoyed at notifications for stories I can’t listen to.
There are times when I am bored or doing something that leaves me wanting additional mental stimulation, and Curio is always there for me. It is great for falling asleep, too. The best part about Curio is that it is always a learning experience. The articles may not always be entertaining or accessible, but they are almost always profound, with new ideas to chew on. The excellent voice actors (except maybe a few) really bring the articles to life and immerse you in the story. I do wish that they hired their voice actors more diversely though. The app UX has improved dramatically in the past year or so, and I hope they keep making improvements—the interactions work well and are ok, but definitely not on par with major streaming apps.
I’m a very business & finance focused person, so I’ve already been a subscriber to The Economist and Financial Times. The fact that Curio has both and many others (like Bloomberg) are perfect for me to listen on the go and on my downtime. Glad I found this app, as podcasts are excellent, but don’t satisfy my need for financial news from major sources.
You’ll get scammed into auto-paying for a one-year subscription for $59 before you know it
This app really did not deliver during my trial. It is a lot of exciting looking interviews read by boring actors. This is a good subscription idea but they just don’t have the budget or vision to make it awesome. I wouldn’t bother.
Excellent important articles/information written by first class brainy writers, and read aloud by particularly well spoken/talented English accented readers. I enjoy Curio, while trying to “read along” is not easy especially for non nerds. Therefore, don’t be shocked by how difficult/ complicated it is to control and read along
This is not a podcast. Rather long and interesting articles from premium journalism in audio format. Adnan
Thanks Tainá for making my experience with curio a great one 👍👍