Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Review: Audible.com

A few months ago, I was contacted by Audible.com and asked if I would like to review their service. They offered me two free credits for audio books, and I selected ROD: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY and THE EXECUTION OF NOA P. SINGLETON. I am finished listening to both books and my reviews on the book will be posted shortly. In the meantime, I'd like to share a little bit about my experience with Audible.com.

For those of you who don't already know this, Audible.com is an Amazon owned subsidiary and the world’s largest seller and producer of online audio books with over 135,000 titles. Needless to say, their selection is incredible! My husband is already a huge fan of Audible.com and downloads the audio books he listens to on his commute on a regular basis. I, on the other hand, wasn't at all familiar with Audible.com!

I can certainly see why my husband will no longer get his audio books from any source besides Audible.com. It's just so quick and easy! I don't know about you, but every time I receive an audio book, it's a major hassle to get it into iTunes and then onto my iPhone. I don't know if I've ever had one single time where everything went well on the first try.

So here's how Audible.com worked for me.. After receiving my two free credits from Audible.com, I shopped their huge "inventory" of audio books. I chose two books, checked out, and basically that was it. I, then, downloaded the free Audible app to my iPhone, opened up the app and saw the books in my library. I downloaded both of them with the touch of a button and shortly thereafter started listening. So darn simple!

I might be the only one with this problem, but when I listen to audio books on my iPhone, I tend to lose my place in the middle of a chapter. For example, when I recharge my phone at night and then start playing the book the next morning, sometimes (not all of the time), it will go back to the beginning of the track rather than start from where I last stopped listening. It drives me nuts! Well, with Audible.com, that problem has been eliminated!

Audible.com's audio books are available for download on virtually every digital audio listening device including smartphones, tablets and readers, and books you've downloaded remain in your library for life. You also have the ability to go back and forth between your audio book and the Kindle version if that's something you like to do!

Audible.com has a variety of membership options to meet any user's needs. For example, you can select a 1 book a month option which is $14.95 a month (with the first three months being $7.50 for new members), or you can select a 2 books a month option for $22.95. There are also annual plans available for either 12 or 24 books a year. In addition, Audible.com's customer service is outstanding. They have 24 hour a day customer service, and they allow members to pause, cancel, or upgrade at any time.

I am so glad that I had the opportunity to experience the simplicity of Audible.com for myself. Highly recommended way to purchase and listen to your audio books.


bermudaonion said...

I'd love to subscribe to Audible but just don't want another monthly fee.

Unknown said...

I have always wanted to try Audible but I have to admit, I am scared of the whole download thing...I always have problems trying to download music and get them to my iPad so I assumed it would be a lot of trouble to do books as well. You make it sound pretty easy. I may have to give them a try.

Jenn's Bookshelves said...

I'm a long-time customer of Audible and I honestly don't know what I'd do without them. Their app is really user friendly and I like that I can download books without connecting to a computer. Also, if ever you are unhappy with the quality of an audiobook, all you have to do is contact Audible and they will refund your credit. Outstanding customer service!

Beth F said...

I've been a member of Audible for a hundred years (okay, maybe a decade or more). I can't recommend them and their customer service highly enough. THey are the best.