I’ve been a fan of audiobooks for years. I believe the first audiobook I ever listened to was On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, narrated by Rebecca Macauley, all the way back in 2008. And my passion for audiobooks has only grown since then, but I have noticed that so many readers are apprehensive to commit to an audiobook. I can understand that — they do seem intimidating, but I believe they’re truly the best way to read books.
The audiobook that inspired me to write this post was the first book in the Tales from Verania series by TJ Klune, The Lightning-Struck Heart. It’s narrated by Michael Lesley and SWEET MOLASSES! If Michael could narrate every book I’ll ever read again, that would be great because the man was incredible!
And since I loved listening to the audiobook so much, I thought I’d write up a guide to help get others into audiobooks too!
If you’re someone who:
- Is apprehensive about listening to audiobooks
- Prefers physical books and/or eBooks
- Doesn’t know where to start with audiobooks
- Is confused easily
Then this guide is for you!
While you’re here, check out my lovely friend Silvia’s guide to audiobooks too! Silvia gives some amazing recommendations and great advice about things she’s learnt from listening to audiobooks!
How to set up an audible account
I did a lot of research on audiobook companies before I picked Amazon Audible. There’s Google Play, Kobo, Audiobooks.com, iTunes — and while all of them are as great as each other, Audible was by far the frontrunner.
Audible offers a free month to try out the app, before you have to start paying for the service. For your first month, you get two free credits to use. Once you start paying for Audible — which is $14.95 US ($16.45 AUD) a month — you get one free credit a month then too.
So what I did first was sign up for the free month to get a feel for Audible, and I ended up really enjoying it!
I know $14.95 a month might seem a little steep for some people — it definitely did for me too — once I compared prices with other companies, I realised that Audible is actually the cheapest. Google Play and iTunes don’t offer a monthly fee so you have to pay for the audiobook outright is upwards of $30, unless they have a sale. I don’t know about you, but I refuse to spend $30, $40 or $50 on an audiobook. Audiobooks.com is similar to Audible, in that you pay a flat rate a month and receive a free credit, but the range of audiobooks is nowhere near as expansive as Amazon’s.
Sign up here for your free trial!
Prices & sales
Once you’re a member, the prices for audiobooks drop down exponentially — none of them are more than $14.95, which is great considering how much they are without a membership.
I think its ridiculous to expect people to pay $41 for an audiobook, but $26 off makes me feel better!
Another major benefit of Audible is whispersync narration, which is probably my favourite part of the app. If you have a Kindle eBook, you have the option of downloading the audiobook for a massively reduced price (I’d say this is available for about 90% of eBooks). The audiobook price for an eBook you already have is $3.49 — which is cheaper than a coffee! You may wonder what’s the point of buying an audiobook of a book you already have, but if you’re someone like me who loves rereading books but doesn’t always have the time, an audiobook is a great way to do so! You can also toggle between reading the eBook and listening to the audiobook really quickly!
I just recently discovered Amazon Firsts this month, which is a selection of about six books that are being published the following month that you can read for $2 the month before it’s actually out. I recently bought The Fever King for $2 with Amazon Firsts and was given the option of buying the eBook for $3.49. So the individual eBook price for The Fever King is $6.49 and the individual audiobook is $20.88, but I ended up paying $5.49 for both — I ended up saving $21.88! That’s a massive saving!
Audible also has daily deals, which is an audiobook advertised at a massively discounted price every day — they go as low as $5! They’re not always the best books on offer, but they’re still very cheap.
By far one of the best parts of Audible is the expansive range of audiobooks offered. There are some audiobooks that Audible has the rights to and so you can only listen to it through the app.
That can be a bit annoying, but if you have an Audible account you’ve got nothing to worry about. For e.g., you all know I’m Pride and Prejudice trash and the incredible, beautiful Rosamond Pike (who played Jane in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie) narrated the audiobook, an exclusive audible edition. She has such a sensual voice and if I weren’t bi before, I definitely would be after listening to her.
Audible has the biggest range of audiobooks out there, and the reason I am so impressed by the range is because they also have self-published/indie author’s books as well as audiobooks. No other audiobook app I researched has an indie range aside from Audible — that’s because most indie/self-published authors have to fund the audiobook production themselves and a majority of them sell their eBooks through Kindle because it’s the easiest option, so selling the audiobook through Amazon makes sense too. So if you want to support indie/self-published authors, Audible is a great way to do that.
It’s really awesome that Audible allows you to return an audiobook whenever you want, for whatever reason — even if you’ve already listened to it! You can either exchange the audiobook for a different one or you can get your money back!
Didn’t like the narrator? Return it! Bought it by accident because you were too excited (like I’ve done a lot)? Return it! It’s that easy.
Honestly, I think Audible is worth all the hype I’ve seen so many people give it — and audiobooks too.
My only drawback is that it does take some time to listen to any audiobook, unless you’re listening to it on a faster speed — and sometimes that does sound a little weird. I’ve noticed that I’m actually a faster reader than an audiobook on 1.5x speed (which is all I can manage at the moment). However, the fact that I can listen to a book while doing housework, or driving, or going grocery shopping, definitely helps in finishing that book quicker than I would have if I read it physically.
And even though I balked a little at hat $14.95 monthly fee ($16.45 for me), all those reasons I just gave make me think it’s worth it! (For my particular financial situation.)
I swear this post isn’t sponsored haha (but if amazon did want to sponsor me, I mean, I wouldn’t say no). I just really enjoyed my experience of listening to an audiobook for the first time and wanted to share some of my newfound knowledge!
When I first started researching audiobooks, I found it a bit tricky to know which site was best and how to use credit and whatnot, so I hope my small guide can help you in some way!
Are you an audiobook listener? What app do you use? Is there an audiobook narration you love that you want to recommend? Let me know!