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Audiobooks Now is a subsidiary of Booksfree - an online book rental company. While Booksfree sends members physical copies of rented books, Audiobooks Now lets users purchase audiobooks. These books can be accessed on mobile phones, tablets, and online. You can choose to stream or download these books. Members of Audiobooks Now pay for each audiobook they listen to. After paying monthly dues ($5), listeners pay a membership price for each book they listen to. This price ranges from $5-20 per book. Nonmembers pay about 40% more per book. 

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The Good

  • Specials and discounts
  • Low membership fee
  • Many user options

Audiobooks Now began in 2012. In their short life, the company has accumulated over 40,000 audiobooks. They carry many popular books and new releases. They offer books at various prices, and have a "Specials" section where they feature books at a discounted price. One thing that sets Audiobooks Now apart from other audiobook companies is that they have a membership fee and a cost per book. This might seem like a bad thing at first, but for those who listen to a lot of audiobooks, it's not. The membership fee is very low - just $5 per month. From there, using Audiobooks Now is one of the best ways to listen to more that two audiobooks per month. We also like the number of ways there are to use Audiobooks Now. You can listen online, through their iOS app, Android app, or Nook app. Each of these apps have average ratings. You can download the audiobooks you buy here straight to your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Another thing we like about Audiobooks Now is all the information they give on each book. On each book you can see the following:

  • Author's name
  • Narrator's name
  • Length of audiobook
  • Genre
  • When it was published
  • Full synopsis
  • Compare regular price and club price
  • Recommended books based on the book you're looking at

The Bad

  • Membership fee and book costs
  • Can be expensive
  • Poor app rating

While having a membership fee and individual book fee may be good for people who listen to multiple audiobooks each month, it can be expensive for those who do not. Many popular books cost around $15-20 each through Audiobooks Now. This means that if you want to buy two audiobooks a month, you'll pay around $35-45 each month.

Audiobooks Now has apps available for multiple platforms, but their apps do not have high ratings. While their apps have two to three stars each (out of five), similar products have four to five star ratings. Many users complain about the price and say that the company claims to offer a free download, but then doesn't follow through.

One thing we wish they had were user reviews. Many of their competitors have more users, which generates a good number of reviews from previous readers.

Audiobooks Now only carries books in English and Spanish. Those wanting to listen in a native or second language will have to look elsewhere.

The Bottom Line

While we love the number of books Audiobooks Now offers, we feel that the product is too expensive. Other audiobook platforms let you buy two audiobooks per month for around $25 dollars. For two of the same books on Audiobook Books now, you'll be paying around $40.

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Tom
June 11th, 2018 Pleasant Grove, UT

I enjoy getting an audio book for long car trips. This company is easy to use and has a great selection.

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Susan Hamman
February 20th, 2018 Indiana, PA DETAILS
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I love this audiobook service. You can't beat their savings and the website and app works well. They also have excellent customer service.

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Jim Smalley
February 12th, 2018 Martinsburg, WV DETAILS
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AudiobooksNow is awesome. I love the way they do not hide all their pricing behind a credit system like other audiobook service. They have a great selection and I save on every purchase.

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Amy Sanders
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Excellent audiobook service. They have a great selection, great prices, and great customer service. I like the option of not having to sign up for a monthly plan to get a great price. It's nice to have the option to download or stream my audiobooks and their site and apps have good features.

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October 31st, 2017 Argyle, MN DETAILS
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worst place I have done biz with. cancelled the subscription. try another place. They bill your CC without knowing for charges you shouldn't have. Customer support extremely had to get ahold of. Never again.