Lacking time to read your preferred books? Do you question whether purchasing audiobooks from Audible is a worthwhile investment? Using a device to listen to an audiobook felt unfair compared to reading a real book. I had my doubts about my ability to engage with a story that is narrated by an actor. I considered audiobooks to be pricey diversionary devices from the written word.
How mistaken I was.
I recently signed up for a 30-day Audible trial and chose my first free audiobook to try out the service. I haven’t looked back.
How Audible Works
You first sign up for a free 30-day Audible trial and receive a free audiobook. This might be a classic or possibly a first for Audible. You can purchase an Audible Plus or Audible Premium Plus monthly membership after your trial has ended. The membership must be purchased using your Amazon account.
Audible gives you one credit per month. This credit can be used to buy audiobooks from Audible in a variety of genres, such as technology, fashion, romance, social media, and advertisements, among others. You can purchase more Audible credits or pay for individual audiobooks if you want to purchase more books.
During the pandemic, I started listening to books instead of reading them. I’m an avid reader, but at this time, the added responsibilities left me with little free time to curl up with a book. And that is precisely why I was so utterly smitten with audiobooks. I purchased an Audible subscription and listened as I did my chores, like cooking and cleaning. I eventually listened for more than 5 to 6 hours every day. I’ve occasionally read 10 books in a week, which would not have been possible otherwise.
Personally, I like non-fiction audiobooks better than fiction. However, Audible also offers excellent dramatized renditions of fiction works. I enjoy the Audible collection.
If you enjoy reading and listen to audiobooks on the go, it’s worth it to pay the monthly charge for an Audible subscription.
I frequently purchase both the e-book and the audiobook, a costly habit, but I appreciate having versions I can annotate and underline. It makes reading and writing easier for me. Using the Audible app, you can take notes and mark your spot in an audiobook. Having a copy of the book that you can flip through on a screen or tablet is more effective than doing this, though.