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My Audible Review After Listening to 100 Audiobooks on Audible

If you’re a novel nerd that rarely gets the free time to read your favorite books, then someone in your close circle (or book club) might have floated the idea of trying out Audible. 

Audible is pretty much like many other audiobook services you may have heard of– only that it’s the largest and arguably the most popular. 

And its features don’t disappoint, too! 

But it’s normal to be skeptical, especially when it comes to investing in a service that you’re not all too familiar with. 

What I like the most about Audible, however, is its free trial. 

The free trial allows you to test the waters and determine if audiobooks float your boat. And if it doesn’t, you can cancel your subscription at no cost whatsoever!

If you’re curious to learn more about Audible, its features, pricing plans, pros, and cons, then you couldn’t be in a better place. 

I’ve tried and tested the app to provide you with a detailed review. Hopefully, by the end of the read, you will be well-placed to decide whether the popular audiobook service is for you. 

Let’s get started! 

More About Audible  

Audible is Amazon’s audiobook subscription service that sells and produces hundreds of thousands of audiobooks. 

The company has been around for a while and is loved for its dedication to professional storytelling. 

By partnering with a wide range of talented creators, from novelists to playwrights, screenwriters, comedians, journalists, and even celebrity narrators, Audible has managed to maintain a high level of quality, more specifically when it comes to narration. 

How Does Audible Work?

Audible is a subscription service, which means you’ll need to subscribe to a package to access the library of books and catalog of podcasts. 

However, to get started, you must first sign up for a free 30-day trial using your amazon account.

With the free membership, you get access to several perks, as listed below. 

  • 1 credit: All new members receive one credit that’s redeemable for any titles in Audible’s premium selection. You’ll keep the audiobook forever even if you choose to cancel your membership (this option doesn’t apply to the free audio plus subscription, more on that in the next section).
  • Access to Audible’s vast library: A free account gives you access to thousands of podcasts, Audible Originals, audiobooks, and several items in the Plus Catalog. 
  • Email reminder: You’ll receive a friendly email reminder towards the end of your free trial. 
  • No commitments: Audible allows you to cancel your subscription anytime before the 30-day trial period ends at no cost whatsoever. 

Audible Pricing in Review

It’s impressive that audible keeps its pricing policies direct, which makes it easy for first-timers to understand how payments work on the platform.

Before we take a look at Audible’s pricing, it’s important to note that you’ll need to choose between two free trials during sign up– the Audible plus and Audible Premium Plus

With the Audible Plus plan, you’ll get a free 30-day trial and then pay $7.95 monthly after the trial ends. Although you’ll still have unlimited access to Audible Originals, audiobooks, podcasts, meditation programs, and sleep tracks in the plus catalog, you won’t get the monthly redeemable credit. 

However, if you choose the Audible Premium Plus 30-day free trial, you’ll get access to all Audible Plus features and 1 credit a month. The credit is redeemable for one title per month in the new releases and best sellers categories (yours to keep).

Audible gives you an opportunity to choose from a range of pricing plans, as explained below. 

  • Audible Plus: For just $7.95/month, you get access to thousands of titles in the Plus Catalog. 
  • Audible Premium Plus 1- Credit: You’ll pay $14.95/month and receive 1 redeemable credit for any premium selection book of choice (yours to keep). You also get access to all titles in the Plus Catalog. 
  • Audible Premium Plus- 2 Credits: For $22.95/month, you get access to all titles in the Plus Catalog and 2 credits redeemable for any premium selection titles of choice. This option is good if you want to redeem 2 premium titles (bestsellers or new releases) every month. 
  • Audible Premium Plus Annual- 12 Credits: For a friendly price of $149.50/year, you get access to all items in the Plus Catalog and 12 credits a year redeemable for any premium selection titles of choice. You can own up to 12 best sellers in a year under this package.
  • Audible Premium Plus Annual- 24 Credits: You’ll need to fork out $229.50/year to get 24 redeemable credits and access to all items in the Plus Catalog. 

While the annual packages allow for more savings and credits, it’s worth noting that all credits expire within a year. As such, it’s best to redeem your credits gradually as the months go by to avoid losing any credits. 

Main Features of Audible

Audible Originals

Besides converting books into audio to simplify the book reading process, Audible, through its famed Audible Studios, also creates and produces unique titles exclusively designed for listening.

The best part about Audible Originals is their uniqueness and variety. You can find a wide range of titles, from romance novels to theater productions and even academic lectures. 

Audible Latino 

Did you know that Audible also offers thousands of titles in Spanish? So if you’re not fond of English-only narrations, you can try out Spanish narrations for a better experience. 

Oh, and Audible also allows you to listen to your favorite audiobooks in Chinese!

And if the rumors from reliable sources are anything to go by, several new languages will be introduced in the coming years to enhance Audible’s global reach. 

Audible App 

Once you’ve signed up for a free trial, next is to download the Audible App (available for Android and iOS). 

You won’t find many easy-to-use apps like Audible. Rest assured!

The app allows you to browse and manage your titles. I also like that the app is designed to offer recommendations based on your purchases and browsing history. 

Moreover, the app allows you to pick up where you left, which is a great feature if you’re the type that fancies reading- or better yet- listening to audiobooks on the go.

Credit System

The credit system used by Audible plays a significant role in simplifying the purchase process. Considering that one credit translates to one premium audiobook, investing in several credits can streamline access to new releases and best sellers. 

It’s impressive that books bought using credits are yours to keep. This feature allows you to build your personal library gradually without the worry of losing titles should you choose to exit Audible. 

Credits sort of give you the security that you’re investing in your personal audiobook library. 

Reasons to Get an Audible Subscription

In this section, we’ll take a closer look at some of the advantages of joining the thousands of happy clients on the Audible side of life. Let’s dive right in. 

Wide Range of Products

Audible isn’t just a one-stop-shop for novels; instead, it’s a platform dedicated to literature, comedy, and fiction– basically all forms of entertainment. 

In addition to Audible Originals, you can also get access to podcasts and an interesting category dubbed sleep. 

If you’re a podcast enthusiast, then you’ll enjoy the vast library that features content for almost every age group. 

I’m talking about topics ranging from original fiction to self-help discussions, sports, history, business management, and even comedy to keep you entertained throughout the day. 

In the sleep category, you can enjoy tons of soundscapes, stories, guided meditations, and a lot more sleep-friendly content. Titles in this niche are designed to help you sleep and wake up energized and ready to take over the world. 

Easy to Use 

The whole point of listening to a book as opposed to reading one is to save up on time. Therefore, it beats logic to register on a platform that complicates sign up, book search, and even book purchase processes. 

Audible understands the assignment, literally, and keeps things simple! 

Signing up is a breeze as you’ll only need an Amazon account (I’m sure you have that). So once you sign up with your Amazon account and download the Audible app, you’ll be good to go! 

It’s also impressive that all books and titles are organized according to genres. Moreover, the app’s ability to monitor your browsing history streamlines the entire book search process! 

Oh, and in case you want out of Audible, you’ll be glad to learn that canceling is pretty straightforward! 

On the Audible website, you’ll click on Account Details and choose ‘Cancel Membership’, under the ‘Your Membership’ button. 

Friendly Return Policy

If you’re wondering whether Audible’s policies are friendly enough to allow you to return an audiobook, then you’re in luck. 

The audiobook giant has one of the friendliest policies in the industry and allows you to return books and retrieve your credit or money without having to go through a laundry list of processes. 

So if you literally judged the book by its cover only to be disappointed or didn’t fancy the narration much, Audible allows you to return the book! 

But there’s a caveat, as you can’t request returns in the Audible app or on the mobile site. 

You’ll need to log into your Audible account via pc and navigate to the ‘Account Details’ page.

Click on ‘Your Account’ and select the ‘Purchase History’ option. 

Under ‘Purchase History,’ you’ll spot a list of books you’ve bought. So head on to the book you want to return and click on the ‘Return’ option.  

Audible will then ask why you’re opting to return the book; pick one reason from the drop-down list and click on the ‘Return this title’ option. 

Once you’ve completed the process, Audible will send you a confirmation message about your successful return. 

All books can be returned within a year of purchase– talk about convenience!

Flexible Pricing

Audible has a package for everyone. If you’re a genuine novel nerd like me, then I’d highly recommend signing up for the yearly subscriptions as you not only get more credits, but you also get to save more. 

It’s also great that all members start with a free monthly subscription. 

And the fact that you can cancel your free subscription at any time makes the platform genuinely appealing, especially if you’re cautious about spending on audiobooks. 

However, I’d recommend a monthly subscription if you’re the one novel-a-month type. 

For me, though, the Audible Premium Plus Annual- 24 Credits is the ideal fit. The 24-credits translate to 24 free premium books every year, which perfectly suits my taste. 

And did I mention that as a member, you get 30% off any titles you purchase without credits? This feature is designed to make things easier for Audible members, and it makes a lot of sense if you’re out of credits and want to buy a best seller or a buzzing new release. 

Keeping Books Forever

Not too many audiobook services compare to Audible when it comes to customer friendliness and deals. I mean, think about it, any book bought using credits is yours to keep forever! 

Whether you remain an Audible member or you opt-out along the way, all titles you used credits to purchase remain yours. 

Lifetime investment indeed!

Disadvantages of Audible

Everything, no matter how immaculate, must come with its fair share of disadvantages. Here are some of Audible’s disadvantages worth noting. 

Credits Expire

Unfortunately, racking up your credits isn’t advisable due to Audible’s rather strict credit policy. 

All credits are valid within the first year of purchase, meaning you’ll lose accumulated credits if you don’t use them within a year of purchase. 

No In-App Purchases

Audible doesn’t allow for in-app purchases, which can be annoying if you mostly use the app. To make a purchase or return, you’ll need to use the desktop version. 

While the limited app function takes a bit of gloss from Audible’s otherwise outstanding reputation, you won’t struggle much as the desktop version is fairly easy to use. 

FAQs About Audible

Is Audible Free For Amazon Prime Members?

Audible is not free for Amazon Prime members. However, unlike standard members that receive 1 free credit for the Audible Premium Plus trial, Amazon premium members receive 2 credits that are redeemable for 2 titles. 

Can I Buy An Audiobook Without Credits?

You can buy an audiobook on audible without credits. Audible credits are worth $14.95 and can be used to purchase best sellers and premium new releases. Instead of wasting credits on cheaper books, it is advisable to take advantage of Audible’s 30% discount for members to buy an audiobook and leave your credits for the costlier items on your catalog. 

Is It Worth Joining Audible?

Joining audible is an absolutely worthy investment if you love reading. As the largest audiobook service in the world, Audible gives you access to hundreds of thousands of books. You can also listen to podcasts and a wide range of audio entertainment products on the platform. The Audible app (available for iOS and Android devices) also makes it easy to enjoy a book on the go. 

Can I Keep My Audible Books After Canceling?

You can keep Audible books bought via credits for life. Audible’s policies allow members to keep ownership of all titles purchased using credits. This means that even if you choose to cancel your membership, you’ll still have access to your permanently owned audiobooks. 

Audible Review Final Verdict

Audible is not for everyone, especially occasional readers that can do without a subscription service. 

But if a month hardly passes without you picking up a book, then Audible might just be your cup of tea. 

The audiobook giant boasts a wide range of books, podcasts, and even Audible Originals that are guaranteed to keep you entertained throughout the month. 

For avid readers like myself, I’d recommend the longer subscriptions as you get more credits while also saving that hard-earned coin. 

But if you’re not too big on long-term commitments, then a monthly subscription might work just well. 

Whichever option you choose, remember to use your credits wisely (and frequently) as they can help you access best sellers and thrilling new releases. 

Good luck, my fellow novel nerd! 

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