Audible – The Best Audiobook Subscription Service?

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Are you a fan of books, but have trouble finding the time to read. Or do you struggle to get to sleep at night because your mind wanders? Then try an audiobook subscription service like Audible

As a child, I loved to read. I used to have a little torch and would regularly read until midnight, quickly diving under the covers when my parents would walk past my bedroom. The Famous Five, Secret Seven and then Adrian Mole all captured my imagination, but I would read anything I could get my hands on.
Then adulthood hit and I just didn’t have the time. I probably went 15 years without reading a book and why would I? Watching the movie only took 2 hours and was just as good. I really had forgotten what it was like to immerse yourself in a good book and create images of the characters in your mind.
Then, one day browsing Amazon, I saw an advert for an audiobook subscription service from Audible. It cost me absolutely nothing and meant that I could download and keep an audiobook for free. What did I have to lose?
An audiobook?

If you haven’t heard of them before an audiobook is exactly as it sounds – a book read out aloud to you. The beauty is that you can listen when doing housework, travelling or watching your kid’s nativity play (although this doesn’t prove popular with your other half).

But my preference is to listen to audiobooks before I go to sleep at night. I always have trouble winding down as I am constantly thinking about the great questions in life, such as is the moon made out of cheese and will JLS ever get back together? Strangely, I find that listening to an audiobook helps me concentrate so I don’t think too much and this helps me fall asleep far quicker. I’ve even invested in this pillow. It beats having earphones, and because of where the speaker is positioned, my wife can’t hear it when it’s turned on.

But it’s technology, is it complicated to do?

Not at all. You just download the Audible app onto your phone. Then when you purchase a book through the Audible site, you click on the app, and you can start your download.

What kind of books are available?

All sorts. Nearly all the major titles have been converted into audiobooks. The books are often read by some terrific narrators and occasionally, by the author him/herself.

And audiobooks are not restricted to just fiction, they can also help you learn too. If you fancy acquiring a new skill such as a second language, there’s a great selection of help books to choose from.

How much does an audiobook subscription sevice cost?

If you’re new to Audible, you can sign up for a free month’s trial. This will entitle you to one credit, which can be exchanged for an audiobook. When the free trial ends you can continue your subscription for £7.99 per month which will gain you a monthly credit. Just under £8 is quite a good price when you consider how much a new book will cost in the shops. You can also purchase extra audiobooks, but prices vary from book to book.

A selection of my books. Yes, I enjoy Sharpe and no, I haven’t got very far in learning French!

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Is it a pain cancelling?

Nope. Just log into your account and click the cancel button. It will take a minute at most and you get to keep your free audiobook! Audible is actually owned by Amazon, so you can gain access through your Amazon account.

A little tip

If you enjoy your membership (and I’m sure you will), still take a look at cancelling. Every time I have, I’ve been offered a discounted rate to carry on my subscription. This can be another free audiobook, or several months access for a discounted price.

Audible isn’t the only audiobook subscription service available, but is by far my favourite.

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