After my brief fling with audio books earlier this year, I’ve become more interested in them and have wanted to listen to a few more.
Audible is the top site to download and discover the latest audio books for a good price. I decided to try a 30-day free trial to see what it was all about.
Bookish Download: Audible Review
How It Works
Audible is a digital audio book subscription. Users sign up for Audible under the plan of their choice (see below) and download audio books to listen to at their leisure.
Audible subscription options are:
AudibleListener® Gold Monthly – $14.95 per month – 1 per month
AudibleListener® Platinum Monthly – $22.95 per month – 2 per month
AudibleListener® Gold Annual – $149.50 a year- 12 per year at the time of enrollment
AudibleListener® Platinum Annual – $229.50 a year – 24 per year at the time of enrollment
Users can listen to their books via the Audible app, which is compatible with most smart phones (for sure iOS and Android), tablets and desktop computers (via iTunes).
Here are a few screen shots of the Audible app:
Out of all the digital book subscription sites I’ve reviewed and looked at, I’m the MOST impressed with Audible’s YA book selection.
Hot titles that were available: I’ll Give You the Sun, Paper Towns, Looking For Alaska, The Cage, Steelheart, Red Queen, The One, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Throne of Glass, An Ember in the Ashes, We Were Liars, ETC., ETC.
Whew!! For my free trial, I downloaded Alive by Scott Sigler. I’ve been wanting to read it, so what a great opportunity.
Then there’s the price. To buy a physical audio book CD set is roughtly $25 to $30. For a 1-book a month Audible subscription, you pay $14.95.
I think this is so worth the money – especially considering how easy the app is and how you can pretty much listen from any device.
The audio book I listened to earlier this year was a BEAST to transfer to my phone and was a sad, slow process: upload to desktop iTunes using special instructions to make sure all the CDs playlists merged together then sync with my phone UGH.
Plus, the site is simple to use and the categories easy to browse. The YA section was even broken out into more specific categories like “Ages 13 and up.”
For book lovers and audio enthusiasts, I highly recommend Audible. It’s the best ebook subscription service I’ve reviewed so far. I was impressed with the cost and book selection (new releases, gasp!), not to mention how easy it was to listen across devices. Try a free trial like I did and see if you think it’s worth it!