I love to read. Books take a lot of space and my shelves have reached their full capacity. You can sell your books online to make room for the new ones, and then you realize you don’t have time for that. These days it’s hard to find the free time to sit down and curl up with a good book anyways. Raising a family, holding a full time job, and life in general keeps me on the go. It wasn’t until I discovered Audible audiobooks that I’ve been able to once again feed my thirst for a good book.
I’ve been subscribed to Audible for several months now and hardly a day goes by that I’m not listening to a book on my ipod. This is particularly true as I have a 40 minute commute to work, so I listen to a good novel on the way there.
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One of the beauties of Audible audiobooks is that they are read so well that they are virtually acted. I find that Audible does an excellent job of finding good voice actors to read their books. This way, their audiobooks really come alive with the story. This is way better than hearing the dull monotone drone of those books on tape guys from times past.
If you love a good book, whether it be fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, self help, etc… you’ll probably love Audible. They have an excellent selection of over 100,000 books. I’ve discovered many good reads over at Audible. Here are some posts about some of the books that I’ve read:
- The Steve Jobs Biography
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
- Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants
- The Game of Thrones
- Stephen King’s The Stand
- Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles
Currently, they are offering a 30 day free trial of their subscription service. Their subscription service allows you to download an audiobook. If you decide to cancel the service before the end of the free trial, the book is yours to keep. So, it’s worth giving their service a try. (They do require a valid credit card to sign up, but they don’t charge your credit card unless you stay past the trial period)
However, you may love their service as I do and stay on. I personally signed on to the Audible Listener Gold membership which gives me one book a month for $14.95, but I love their books so much that I’m planning to upgrade to the Platinum 2 book a month membership.
Price wise, I would say that they have average prices for their books. I would say that their audiobooks cost roughly the amount of a hardcover version of the same book. Being used to paperback pricing, when I first started my trial, I wasn’t particularly impressed by the prices. (I figured the digital versions should be cheaper)
However, I’ve found that the quality of the readings really does justify the prices. I really think that Audible goes out of their way to find good quality voice actors. In many cases, their books have an ensemble cast to do their readings making the experience almost like watching a movie.
The monthly membership also includes other benefits that really add to the value:
- Members save 30% on additional purchases
- Free previews, chapters and excerpts
- Free digital subscription to the New York Times or Wall Street Journal
- Member-only special sales and promotions
- Now Over 100,000 titles to choose from
- Compatible with iPod, iPhone, BlackBerry and over 500 mp3 devices
In addition to my monthly audiobook, I also get a free subscription to the Wall Street Journal as well as special pricing on other books.
Overall, I love Audible. After giving them a try, I found that their membership is well worth it. Like I said, I’m even planning to upgrade my membership to get more books per month.