If you’ve been looking for an unsponsored/honest review of Amazon’s audio book service – you’ve come to the right place. Welcome back to The Unscripted Gal, today we’re talking audio books. This is something I have been personally streaming for over a year, and like you, I questioned at one point if listening to audio books was worth it. Whether you just don’t have the time to sit down and read paperbacks like me, or are a student, or a book lover in general – Audible is my favorite way to make the most of my time commuting and exercising.
How it works is essentially you can do a 30-day free trial, and you get to pick your first book completely free. After that, depending on the type of membership you select, it will be $14.95+ every month thereafter. Each month you’re given a credit that can be used towards your next title; if you want to purchase an individual audio book after you have spent your credit, you can purchase it for $10-$25. Credits can be accumulated month to month if you’re not ready to redeem it on a new title, and any book you download then goes into your library, and it’s yours!
Having this streaming service on our phones enables you to read more books, more often! I use the Audible app when I’m driving into/from work through hours of traffic, while I run, and more recently just through the Bluetooth speaker while I’m cleaning my apartment. In other words, it enables us to spend more time reading while doing something else at the same time. Some might argue that you’re unable to fully immerse yourself into the audio book that way, but if you’re a good multitasker, I believe it’s quite doable. I also love how a lot of authors are now narrating their own titles so that makes it much more enjoyable and engaging!
Many might argue with me that listening to a book does not equate to reading it, but in my world, that’s not really up for a debate. For me, reading is a chore. From a young age I always struggled with having to read physical copies of books, even if it pertained to topics I liked. Often, I was easily distracted, had too much going on in my head, and I read at a slow pace, so it frustrated me. That’s when I started to view reading as something that was time consuming, and counterproductive for me to bother with. While this mindset and struggle is something I have taken time in my adult life to improve on, I still want to reap the benefits of reading in a time (and cost) efficient matter.
Audible is cheaper than buying books in stores, but the downside is not having the pages in front of you to flip and skim through. If you’re someone who needs it in their hands, likes to underline/highlight – then I wouldn’t suggest the audio book route. But, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you already have access to streaming, so you might as well take advantage of it! Also if you’re wondering, Audible books can be returned if you didn’t like the book. Amazon will refund you your credit for any reason, and you can download another to your library. Another benefit to Audible is that there’s no waiting or fear of running out of stock! Downloading is easy, you don’t have to put your name on a wait-list at the library, and there’s no limit on the number of users listening to the same title as you.
On average, when I was commuting to work prior to the pandemic, I was reading 2-3 books per month. That’s twice the amount I’ve read per month… ever. As someone who loathes reading and having to sit still to focus/engulf the text, I highly enjoy having Audible. I’ve been able to get more than I imagined out of this app and it’s just very convenient for my lifestyle. While hardcover and paperback options will remain a beloved classic and the most popular choice for readers, the rise of audio books and e-readers is on the rise with our technological age.
If you’re looking for a recommendation on how to use your credit, here are my top three titles in my library:
And if you have any recommendations for me – leave them in the comments below!