In this review, I take you through the pros and cons of the Audible App after taking advantage of the free monthly membership deal on my commute to work. I will take you through the Audible UK cost, how to get a free month Audible trial, the type of free podcasts and books you can get and I summarise if an Audible subscription is worth it.
What is Audible?
Audible has become the world’s largest producer of downloadable audiobooks. Amazon Audible is a service created by Amazon which allows its users to download audiobooks and listen to them anytime. With a selection of over 200,000 titles, there are a huge amount of audiobooks to suit your taste. Spoken word content encompasses audiobooks on every topic including horror, drama, comedy, the arts, current affairs, documentaries, sport, children’s, entertainment and more. Audible believe in the power of voice to bring stories, ideas and characters to life.
How does Audible work?
-Go to www.amazon.com/audible.
-Purchase the audiobook: If you’re not currently an Audible member: Select Start your free trial or Buy with 1-Click.
Browse Audible’s selection or search for an audiobook that you’d like to purchase.
How do audible credits works?
Once you sign up, as an Audible member, you will get monthly or annual credits that you can use towards the purchase of one single-volume audiobook, regardless of the original price. N.B If you cancel your Audible account, any credits linked with your account will be terminated with your membership.
Audible App – how to download it?
I recommend to sign up to the Audible via desktop and select your free audiobook first (tends to be more choice on Desktop vs. Mobile). Then download the free Audible App via Google Playbook or the App Store and your choices will be visible.
Audible membership plan
The cost after the free month trial is:
– 1 credit a month, £7.99 per month
– 2 credits a month, £7.50 per month
– 12 credits a month, £5.84 per month
– 24 credits a year, £4.59 per month
Is Audible free with Amazon Prime?
Audible is not free with Amazon Prime. Though there are a certain number of selected audiobooks that are free for Prime members, yet the Audible membership is still not free.
How to cancel Audible?
It’s very easy to cancel, you can essentially go into the App or Desktop site and cancel it. However you will lose your audiobook credits, so use them first.
How does the Audible free trial work?
Just Join with this link and get a free audiobook credit, plus unlimited podcasts for a month. Once you listen to it, you can end your membership and not pay anything.
Who does the Audible voice-overs?
Thankfully, Audible also lets you listen to a sample (usually 4 minutes) from every audiobook – so you can weigh up if you can tolerate the performer’s voice for the duration of the audiobook. They to be the author (From Ant Middleton to Arnold Schwarzenegger) to generic actors.
Free Audible trial for a month
Join Audible and get 30 days of membership free, plus 1 audiobook and 2 Audible Originals, plus lots of free podcasts episodes from comedy to crime to science.
My experience of Audible
After seeing an advert for a free Audible trial, I thought why not. I made use of the free audiobook credit and read the motivational bibliography “Total Recall” by Arnold Schwarzenegger. A great audiobook read by Arnold himself like he is talking to you. Total Recall is the unbelievably true story of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s life. Born in the small city of Thal, Austria, in 1947, he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 21. Within ten years, he was a millionaire businessman. I finished this audiobook in just 5 days of commuting to work each day. It really feels more productive listening to stories, as opposed to reading them.
Since that book, I’ve read The Fear Bubble by Ant Middleton (within 4 days) about his time in the army and climbing the scary Everest, plus lots of free podcasts from The Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs, to The Dark Web to Putin: Prisoner of Power – all really interesting free podcasts that I finished whilst running, commuting or just at home whilst working. The cost was free for the first month with one credit, then only £7.99 a month thereafter.
Is Audible worth it?
-A free month’s trial with a free audiobook, than £7.99 per month
-Opportunity to change audiobook if you don’t like it
-The latest audiobooks are available at a cheaper rate than buying the physical book
-Listen to books on the go, great for commuting and running
-Not the same as a reading a book in terms of obtaining information
-Not great for the book shop sector
-The app doesn’t seem to have the same choice as the Audible main site
Is Audible worth it? Overall – I’d give Audible 4/5 star. I’d say join up to the £7.99/month, but if you find you are low on funds or not getting through the credits, cancel it and rejoin at a later period on a free month trial.
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