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If You Love Books, This Is The Best $15 You’ll Ever Spend


These days, there are so many different forms of entertainment for us to choose from. And on top of that, there are a lot of different ways you can access that entertainment! Some people love to listen to podcasts while they work. Others like to watch Netflix on their tablet while they’re folding laundry. But for me, it’s all about the audiobooks! I listen to audiobooks while I drive, while I cook, occasionally while I work, and sometimes when I can’t fall asleep. It’s one of my very favorite pastimes, and I’m excited to share a little bit about it with you today!

There are plenty of different places you can buy and listen to audiobooks online, but today I’ll be sharing a little about my personal favorite option: Audible! I’m not being sponsored by Audible or Amazon (its parent company) to say so, I just love it and use it, and wanted to share it with you in case it’s something you’d be interested in using too! :-) Here are 5 reasons why I love Audible, and why you just might love it too.

5 Reasons Why I Love Audible


Reason #1 – The Price Is Reasonable

An Audible membership costs $14.99 a month, which may seem a little steep compared to other monthly membership programs. However, I get so much mileage out of Audible that I consider it to be more than worth it! Your membership fee also gets you one credit each month, which you can redeem for one audiobook regardless of the price. Audiobooks typically range from $10-40 each, so if you’re listening to at least one book per month, the membership essentially pays for itself! And don’t worry, you get to keep the audiobooks you buy, even if you end up cancelling your membership later.


Of course, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be listening to way more than just one book a month! Even though you’ll have to pay for any additional audiobooks throughout the month, members do get a discount on the listed prices. I also appreciate the fact that you can return or exchange audiobooks for up to one year. If I start an audiobook and end up deciding that it’s not for me, I really like that I can return the book and get my credit refunded to my account.


Reason #2 – The Audible Mobile App

Having a good service or product is one thing, but it’s also increasingly important to have a good app. And luckily the Audible app is a joy to use! It has a clean design and is very user-friendly. It’s easy to search for books by author, title, genre, and even by narrator! (When you start listening to audiobooks regularly, you quickly realize that the narrator can have a big impact on how much you enjoy a particular book!)


The Audible app has other useful features too, like the ability to save clips of audiobooks. There’s also a setting you can turn on that will start playing your current audiobook automatically whenever you put your headphones in. And when you finish a book, the app will show you recommendations for other books you might be interested in starting next. Sometimes I get a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options there are on Audible, so I find those recommendations to be really helpful!


Reason #3 – Syncing & Connectivity

I do a fair amount of driving, so I do a lot of audiobook listening in my car. Audible works seamlessly with my car’s Bluetooth system, so I can cue up my book and start listening within seconds of getting in my car. I can also use my Amazon Echo to listen to my audiobooks when I’m cooking in the kitchen!


While I’m mainly an audiobook listener, I know that a lot of people do a little bit of both in terms of listening to audiobooks and reading eBooks. If that sounds like you, the syncing functions available through Audible can be really helpful! There’s a feature called Whispersync that will keep track of where you’re at in your current book. So whether you’re listening to an audiobook or reading the Kindle version, you can switch back and forth between formats without losing your place! How cool is that??

Another great syncing feature is Amazon Match Maker. This feature will search your Kindle for eBooks you already own and offer you discounts for the audiobook versions of those titles. This works hand-in-hand with the Whispersync feature I mentioned above, which gives you the flexibility to enjoy a book throughout the day, no matter where you are or what you’re doing.


Reason #4 – So Many Options!

The most significant advantage that Audible has over other audiobook listening services is their huge selection of books. No other service even comes close to the amount audiobooks that Audible offers! Whether you’re a fan of fiction, non-fiction, self-improvement, business, or any kinds of book really, you’re sure to find a lot of great options on Audible.

I mainly stick to fiction, and I’m happy to provide a few recommendations for those who are interested! :-) Here are a few of my favorite audiobooks that I’ve listened to over the past several months:

Looking for some great historical fiction? Here’s where you can find a big list of some of my favorite historical fiction books.


Reason #5 – You Can Try Audible For Free!

It just so happens that Audible is currently running a great promotional offer for new customers, so it’s a great time to give it a try! Not only can you try out Audible FREE for 30 days, but you’ll also get 2 FREE audiobooks when you sign up! And if you end up deciding that an Audible membership just isn’t for you, simply cancel before the 30-day trial ends and you won’t be charged a thing. Sign up for your free 30-day Audible trial here.

Do you listen to audiobooks? Share one of your favorite audiobooks in a comment below!

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