My Audible Review: Is it Really Worth it?

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With a huge chunk of the population stuck at home now because of coronavirus / COVID-19, what are you doing to stay productive and grow?

For me, I love listening to audiobooks. It’s the perfect medium for me because I can listen while doing something else:

  • exercising
  • cleaning around the house
  • yard work
  • washing the dishes
  • collecting tax documents
  • any monotonous task!

This is a great use of NET Time! (one of my secrets to buiding wealth)

But is it worth it? And how does it compare to other services? Today I’ll review my favorite audiobook platform, Audible from Amazon.

Let’s dive in.

My Audible Review: What Is Audible?

Audible is Amazon’s flagship audiobook store.

Featuring more than 200,000 books in a huge variety of genres, Audible is one of the world’s largest audiobook stores.

Audible also hosts tons of original content, including shows, podcasts, and more.

It’s also got a bunch of features that make listening to audiobooks an absolute pleasure.

What Sort of Content Is on Audible?

Audible bills itself as the largest audiobook store in the world, and it’s hard to argue with that.

Featuring more than 200,000 audiobooks in more than 26 genres, there’s something for every type of listener, whether you’re new to audiobooks or are a regular ol’ bibliophile.

Some of the categories include:

  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Bios & Memoirs
  • Classics
  • Drama & Poetry
  • Erotica & Sexuality
  • Fiction
  • History
  • Kids
  • Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Newspapers & Magazine
  • Nostalgia Radio
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • Romance
  • Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Sport
  • Travel & Adventure

Not only does audible feature a huge variety of books, but it also features compelling original content that’s made in-studio directly for Audible, including:

You can even access carefully curated lists of content to help you find your new favorite book, including:

My Current Audible Books

I thought I’d share with you my favorite books in my Audible library currently.

As you can see I’ve got a mix of financial, growth, and parenting! It’s good to learn new things in all areas of your life.

A TON of information in this financial book, but it’s like gold. Definitely need to digest it in pieces.

What good is wealth if your relationship with your significant other is on the rocks? It needs maintenance too!

As a parent looking to do the right thing, I’m always trying to learn new parenting styles and from those who’ve had great results.

A real estate investor’s guide to purchasing quality buy/hold properties!

Real estate is my favorite wealth vehicle for sure.

How Can You Access Audible?

There is practically an unlimited number of ways to use Audible – it’s not limited to just your smartphone!

You can access Audible on your:

  • Smartphone
  • Smart Speakers
  • Fire TV and other Alexa enabled devices, such as the Echo
  • Amazon devices, such as the Fire tablet and Kindle
  • iOS (iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch)
  • Tablet
  • Desktop computer or laptop

Simply download the app and start listening – available on iOS, Android and desktop.

How Much Is Audible?

Audible is divided into five different subscription plans: Gold Monthly, Gold Premium, Platinum Monthly, Platinum Premium, and Audible Escape.

Every plan (besides Audible Escape) comes with credit(s) you use to “purchase” books, along with:

  • The ability to choose from two Audible original programs a month
  • A 30% discount on additional audiobooks
  • The ability to exchange audiobooks with no hassle
  • Access to podcasts and audio shows
  • Complimentary newspaper subscriptions
  • Access to the Daily Deal.

Gold Monthly Plan

This is audible’s most basic plan. It starts at $14.95 a month and gives you access to one audiobook a month and two Audible originals from a pre-selected list of six.

Gold Yearly Plan

This is the yearly version of the gold plan and it starts at $149.50 per year ($12.46 a month), and gives you access to twelve books a year and two Audible originals each month.

This plan effectively gives you two additional books a year over the monthly plan.

Platinum Monthly Plan

This is Audible’s plan for people who would like to read more. It starts at $22.95 a month and gives you access to two audiobooks a month and two Audible originals from a pre-selected list of six.

Platinum Yearly Plan

This is the yearly version of the platinum plan and it starts at $229.50 per year ($19.12 a month), and gives you access to twenty-four books a year and two Audible originals each month.

This plan effectively gives you four additional books a year over the monthly plan.

Audible Escape Plan

Audible Escape is a plan for lovers of the romance genre. It starts at $12.95 a month and gives you access to an unlimited number of romance novels.  You can download up to ten at a time and return them once you’re done.

The Audible Escape plan comes with none of the benefits above.

Kids Affected by COVID-19 (pretty much everyone!)

** Free stories for kids found here.

Navigating the Audible App

Navigating the Audible app is super easy, as it’s divided into just four sections: home, library, originals, and discover, along with a profile menu in the upper left-hand corner.

Profile

This section allows you to view your profile and various data related to listening time, such as how often you listen and for how long.

It also allows you to tweak settings, such as content settings, like audio quality, and playback settings, such as jumping forward and back based on a predetermined set of time.

Home

This section lists recommendations, best sellers, new releases, and allows you to continue listening to titles already in your library.

Library

This section lists all books currently in your library.

You can view your titles based on if they’re stored on the cloud or downloaded to your device (books must be downloaded before you can stream them).

Originals

This section lists the current month’s free Audible originals, which is usually a healthy mix of fiction, non-fiction, podcasts, and short audio series.

Discover

This section allows you to search for new books, either based on featured books, such as new releases, audible originals and best sellers.

You can also search for a new book simply by picking a category.

What Are the Best Features of Audible?

Audible is packed with tons of great features, including:

  • Anytime, anywhere listening

Listen to books wherever you are, whether that’s at work, at home, or on the go.

  • Offline access

Download your titles to the app so you can listen without using data or Wi-Fi.

  • Customizable narration speed

Vary the listening speed from 0.5x to 3x so you can get more listening in – pick the pace that works for you!

  • Sleep Timer

Don’t lose your place when you fall asleep while reading. Set a timer for up to an hour, or until the end of the chapter.

  • Daily Deal

Access a new book deal every day at a steep discount.

  • WhisperSync technology

Start listening on your phone and pick up right where you left off on your Kindle or other devices without having to find your place again.

For example, you could listen to a book on your way to the gym, and when you get home later that night you can read on your Kindle right before bed, without losing your place.

  • Generous Return/Exchange policy

Audiobooks can be swapped or changed for free, up to 365 days after your purchase it, with no questions asked.

  • One Month Free Trial

Try Audible for one full month for free and access one audiobook of your choice, plus access to two Audible original pieces.

  • Credits Rollover

Credits roll over from month to month, and are good for up to twelve months after they’re issued, meaning you’ll always find something to read, even if there’s nothing you like right now.

* On a few different occassions I’ve stopped my subscription, and then picked back up. This never affects my library and I still have access to my audiobooks even if I’m not paying for new books at the time… that’s great customer service!

Audible Vs. Other Services

Scribd

Scribd offers users the ability to read and listen to an unlimited number of audiobooks for just $9.99 a month.

While Scribd doesn’t boast near the amount of content that Audible does, it is cheaper, and allows you to download an unlimited number of books, as opposed to just one or two books a month like with Audible.

The only downside is that the “free” books on offer are constantly revolving, meaning you technically can’t listen to *any* book you want whenever you want – only if it’s been made available at that time.

They do offer a free thirty-day trial though, so you can give it a shot before committing.

Scribd is definitely a good alternative to using Audible.

Chirp

Chirp is a different kind of audiobook service.

Instead of paying a monthly subscription fee, you get access to audiobook titles at greatly reduced costs, which you can then listen to on the Chirp app.

For example, the book “American Marriage” normally costs $25 to $30 to purchase on Audible, but on Chirp it’s only $4.99!

You can use Chirp to supplement your Audible subscription at a lower cost, rather than having to buy more credits or use a more expensive plan.

Library

You may not even be aware, but your local library most likely offers audiobooks for download – for free!

This is a great alternative to Audible because, well, it costs you absolutely no money to listen!

The only downsides to using a library over a subscription service are:

  • Not every title you want may be available
  • You don’t get to keep the books
  • You’re limited to downloading a certain amount of titles
  • Titles aren’t immediately available

Pros and Cons

Audible is a great service for audiobook lovers, and it comes with a pretty long list of pros:

Pros:

  • Huge selection of books in a wide variety of genres
  • Original content not available anywhere else
  • Can listen anywhere with almost any device
  • Books are yours to keep, even if you cancel the plan
  • Generous return/exchange policy
  • Can be cheaper than buying books alone

While the list is shorter, it does come with some cons:

Cons:

  • May want to read more than 1 to 2 books a month
  • Credits expire after one year
  • Credits expire if you haven’t used them before you cancel

My Audible Review: Is Audible Worth It?

If you’re a regular reader (listener?) of audiobooks, then by gosh YES.

I remember purchasing cassette tapes and real estate investor CDs for hundreds of dollars!

Now, audiobook content is virtually unlimited, and the price is right with Audible.

Anyhow, if you’ve been on the fence, give it a try with this free one month trial – it may just become your new favorite audiobook service.

Finally, one feature that many people don’t realize is that if you don’t like a book, you can simply exchange it for another one, no questions asked!

Awesome. Amazon’s client focused delivery is truly what separate them from the rest.

Readers, do you use Audible as your primary audiobook tool? What are your favorite titles currently? 

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