I was approached by Audible.com to review their service as a whole. This review is my opinion of their site and service and is not a result of paid advertisement even though it is highly positive. In exchange for my review, Audible.com is offering my readers a Free Trial offer along with credits. I am an Audible.com affiliate member, but links from this post are not affiliate links and will not give me any monetary compensation.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will know that I am a fan of Audiobooks and I get all of the audiobooks that I purchase through Audible.com.I have a monthly membership, I get two credits a month and that is where the majority of my book budget goes. It works for me, since until recently I didn’t have a audiobook review contact.
I first got into Audibooks about ten years ago, I had a long commute to work and we had a library at said work, one of those bring and borrow type set-ups. Someone kept bringing audiobooks, so I would grab them and listen to them on the drive back and forth. In cumbersome CD format, that was about the only time I could do Audiobooks — in the car and once I left that job, there was no real reason to do audiobooks anymore.
In 2008, right about the time Amazon bought Audible.com I had also gotten my first iPhone and since it was a phone, it was always with me. Therefor I always had earphones in my ear. As a designer I’m not on the phone all the time for work, and I zone out using a part of my brain that I call the “creative” side – no logical thought there. When I saw the advertisement for Audible, with the low price membership and free audiobook download, I decided to give it a try. I could listen to an audiobook while I worked. This was very doable.
That was the start of my audiobook addiction.
To save money, I’ve tried downloading from my Parish library, but they use a software called Overdrive and it is not very Mac friendly, only about 2% of the books offered via audio download can be listened to from a Mac. Or downloaded from a Mac and uploaded via a device.
I have no such problem with Audible.com, their interface is streamlined and has been since I first bought a membership. I can either download from my computer and import directly into iTunes – or I can use my Audible.com IOS app and download directly to the phone. Compared to other audiobook interfaces, Audible.com is by far the easiest to use. Other software companies and publishers (where you can directly purchase and download audiobooks from their website) employ download agents like JAVA which don’t work well with Mac and can leave your computer open to attacks if the software is not up-to-date. I literally have not had any issue with the site’s interface, or how it operates one iota – and that is why I have been a loyal member for a few years now, I was even buying so many books that I bought the “big” membership in which I get two credits a month.
If you love audiobooks, Audible.com is the way to go. You’ll save on the purchase price and you’ll get a good quality sounding audiobook each time. They also have handy features, like returns (I know – if you don’t like the book, you can send it back and get a reimbursement), which I have had to do a few times. I DNF books, I DNF audiobooks also. It’s harder to DNF an audiobook though when you’ve paid a good $12+ for it. This feature is really nice that they do this.
Overall – Audible.com is a great service. I highly recommend it, it’s affordable, easy to use and great for book lovers. My only issue is that not every book is on Audible.com. I’ve run into a few instances where small press books haven’t made the jump to audiobook.
Now about those Audiobooks. I know not everyone is into Audiobooks. The same excuses play out for audiobooks that are issued for regular reading, no time, no opportunity…
But, the great thing about Audiobooks, you can “read” them when you can’t normally read a book. This is when I listen to my audiobooks:
- Washing Dishes
- Doing Laundry
- Any type of house-cleaning (even though vacuuming does impair hearing a bit)
- At a particularly boring meeting/class
- Working out
- While playing that time-sucking Facebook game
- While playing that time-sucking iPad game etc
There are so many times you can “listen” – just like you would listen to your music. Just this way you get to experience a book. For slow readers, this is a great way to “catch” up on your yearly reading challenges.
My Favorite Audiobooks This Year Include:
- The Program by Suzanne Young
- Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
- The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
- Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
- Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole
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