Audible sells audio versions of books, newspapers, magazines, TV programs, and radio. Audible offers a free 30 day trial, which translate into one free audiobook. Users can listen online or through an app on their phone. Audible also has an exchange guarantee anytime users don’t like a book they bought. They also allows members to cancel their membership at anytime.

Established in 1998, they are one of the oldest retailers of audio entertainment. Ten years later, in 2008, Amazon bought Audible for 300 million dollars. Today, they have the largest selection of books and other written work in audio format.

The Good

With over 180k books to choose from, Audible has one of the largest selections of audiobooks out there. When new members sign up for Audible, they get a free book during their first month. After that, they can sign up to download one audiobook a month for $14.95, or two for $22.95. If members want to download additional material to listen to, they get 30% off a book’s price.

Other benefits of joining Audible:

  • Free returns if you do not like a book
  • Recommendations based on previous purchases
  • Discounted books each month
  • You can purchase more credits for even cheaper
  • Automatic bookmarks, so you can listen between you computer, mobile, tablet, and other devices without losing your place
  • Detailed descriptions of each audiobook
  • User reviews that let you know what your peers think

Because Audible is so large, they have the money and time to make their website and apps easy to use. Audible offers apps for all smart phones and some reading tablets. It’s easy to download or stream their content. You can even easily download books to a CD. People who use Audible’s app for Android and iOS both gave the app 4.5 out of 5 stars and said it was very easy to use.

We recommend using Audible for the following reasons:

  • Low membership prices
  • Continual member perks
  • Large selection of audiobooks
  • Recommended audiobooks
  • High-rated mobile app

The Bad

While Audible’s prices are good if you are a member, they’re more expensive if you’re not. If you’re the kind of person who listens to a few audiobooks a year, you may not realize you’ll end up paying more for those three books than it would have cost you to sign up for a year-long membership. On the other hand, if you’re the type of listener who devours books and wants to listen to three or more a month, Audible can be expensive. Members who want to listen to more than two books a month pay 70% of an audio book’s full price.

The Bottom Line

Audible has the best selection of audiobooks (over 180,000) and they offer them at an amazing price for their members. While most audiobooks are around $30 a piece, you can get them for less than half the price when you sign up with Audible. When you sign up for Audible, they don’t lock you in for a set amount of time. Customers can cancel their membership anytime they want.

We also love that Audible offers a 30-day trial, so potential customers can see what it’s like and determine if they want to invest in audiobooks. Overall, we think Audible is one of the best companies that sells audiobooks and we highly recommend them.

Number of Books

Audible has over 180,000 titles to choose from. They add more titles everyday.

Trial Period

Before signing up for Audible, you can use their free 30-day trial, which translates into one audiobook.

Ways to Listen

You can download, stream, or burn audio to a CD.

Languages

Audible offers books in English and Spanish.

Platforms

The following platforms have Audible apps: Android, iOS, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Kindle, web browsers.

Cost

Audible costs $14.95/ month for one download; $22.95/month for two downloads.

App Rating

Their iOS app has many reviews and 4.5/5 stars.

Site Usability

Audible’s website is very easy to use. Right when you get on, they show users that they offer a free 30-day trial, and they have multiple places for users to sign up. They also feature bestsellers, ideas for first-time audiobook listeners, new books, and, once you’re a member, recommendations. We give Audible a 10/10 for site usability.

 

 

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    July 5th, 2015 Federal Way, WA

    Audible is a top notch company, highly recommended. Excellent selection, customer service, prices and incentives. I’ve belonged for years and will remain so permanently, assuming they continue the good work. I suggest them to friends often.

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