Quite by chance, I just discovered that my iPhone Speaks! Without earphones, that is. Now, I realize that this is completely inappropriate in many public situations; however, I dislike earphones, but do like to listen to an e-book when, say, grooming the dog. This means that now all I will have to do to continue my enjoyable listening to Master and Commander is to put my darling little gadget in my pocket!
Oh, and it has GPS, too. I shan't need to worry about getting lost when in Venice.