I work a job that allows me to listen to whatever I like for eight hours a day. That’s a lot of time. I enjoy listening to podcasts, music, and audiobooks. Many of the books I’ve listened to I got from Audible.com. There are other sources for audible books that I will write about in future blog posts.
To be clear, I do not have an affiliate relationship with Audible; and the powers that be at Audible have no idea I’m writing this.
I am not currently a member of Audible, however, I was for quite some time. (I stopped for financial reasons, not because I didn’t enjoy Audible.)
I loved being able to listen to audio books while at work. Audible has made it easy to listen by creating an app that allows you to download your books directly to your smartphone. No more saving it to your computer then transferring it to your listening device; which was how I originally had to transfer my books.
Even though I am no longer a member of Audible, I still have access to all my books and I use the Audible app on my phone all the time to re-listen to some of my favorite downloads. This is one of the great features, even when I erase a book from my phone, I can re-download it later. I don’t have to save any books on a backup disc; although I could if I wanted to.
There are many different listening devices that you can use to listen to your books: Smartphones, Kindles, Computers, iPads, Kindles, iPod touch, and more. You can find a list of devices on Audible.com.
Signing up with Audible is great because they give you a free download. If you decide you don’t want to continue with Audible you can cancel at anytime. Even right after you sign up. I really like this about Audible because I’ve never liked being locked into long term contracts.
If you are an Audible member, you save 30% on any book you choose to purchase. This is a good price considering how much audible books sell for.
If you are not a member, you can still purchase books on Audible. You will have to pay full price though. Unless… they are having a sale. Which they often do. I purchased several books on Audible, after I was no longer a member, when they had a sale and I got the sale price. They also have daily deals that you can purchase for the sale price, whether you are a member or not. Thank you Audible!
I also like the way Audible has set up their book review structure. They have three categories: Overall, Performance, and Story. The Overall is the combination of Performance and Story.
The Performance category is where listeners can rate the narrator’s performance. Most narrators do a great job, only occasionally have I come across a book where an overwhelming group of listeners dislike the performance. And because of Audible, I can know before I purchase anything how good a performance the narrator gave.
The Story category, obviously, is a review of the actual story. Listeners give their thoughts about the book, what they enjoyed, what they didn’t, how much they enjoyed it, or didn’t enjoy it.
I am very thankful for all the listeners that take time to rate books and give their feedback. The difficult thing about buying an a book is not knowing if you will enjoy it. Thanks to reviews, I can get a better sense of whether or not I will enjoy a book. If I find that I don’t enjoy a book, then I can get a full refund from Audible for that book.
Overall, I think Audible is a great company and I enjoy the service they provide.