Audible Review Summary
Audible is the leader in the Audiobook industry with by far the largest library of titles with over 200,000 audiobooks in its library.
I should know, I have been an Audible member for the last 9 years.
New releases and bestsellers are inevitably released on Audible first as its market share and customer base make it irresistible.
For me, one of the most important elements of books or audiobooks is that you get to keep the books you pay for.
I own over 250 titles with a value of $2,500 and I am pleased that I can hand them down to my children in the future.
Some services such as Scribd offer an unlimited listening subscription, but you are really just borrowing the book for the duration of your subscription. When you end the subscription you have nothing.
With Audible you can still log in and use the app even when you have ended the subscription.
Audible Features, Benefits & Costs TableTable 1: Audible Audiobook Service, Features, Benefits & Costs
Audible Pricing Plans
With Audible, you need a subscription, but that subscription means you get to buy books at a tiny fraction of their actual retail value. Some believe that Audible is expensive but the reality is that they are the cheapest way to buy audiobooks.
Audible Subscription – $14.95 per month
The entry-level subscription with Audible is actually the best value because you will get 1 credit for any title and also 2 free Audible Original titles. This means you get 3 books per month for $14.95 therefor $4.98 per book.
If you pay this subscription annually you will pay $149.50, meaning you get two free months and this brings the average cost per book down to $4.13, this is the lowest cost in the industry.
You could also opt for $22.95 per month for 2 audiobook credits and 2 Audible Original titles but that works out at $5.50 per book.
Whichever subscription you choose, you will get 30% off any other purchases you make. But the best news is that even if you run out of credits, Audible will allow you to buy additional credits at between $5 to $7 per credit, depending on the offers they have.
Additionally, nearly every single week you will receive special promotions for “2 books for 1 credit” or “Every book for $3”, which are simply excellent deals.
Finally, Audible has a massive selection of exclusive professional Podcasts that they offer free to members and at Christmas, they will also send you Christmas stories for the family and children, a really nice touch.
Audible Content & Quality
What I have noticed over the past few years is the incredible growth in Audible original and exclusive content. Audible being an Amazon company are able to invest heavily in differentiating themselves from their competitors.
- Audible Originals – Produced by Audible Studios, high-quality blockbuster titles like Winter Rising by Alex Callister (11 hours 31 minutes)
- Audible Original Podcasts – Free Podcasts Exclusively from Audible, featuring big names such as Stephen Fry’s “Victorian Secrets” (7 hours 40 minutes)
- Audible Theatre – High-end theater production from great names, for example, Stories by Heart by John Lithgow
Audible offer two formats, Enhanced and Format 4, format 4 is for those who value space rather than audio quality.
I download all my books in Enhanced format. This is exclusive to Audible! Audiobooks in Enhanced format are minimally compressed, so their audio quality is the best on the market. What this means, however, is that the audiobook file is also very large and takes a bit more time to download.
Audible Customer Service & Returns Policy
One of the most important reasons why Audible is the clear winner for me is that they have the best returns policy in the industry. If you do not like a book, for whatever reason, the narrator, the plot, or it is simply boring, you can return your book within 1 year of purchase.
Great Listens Guarantee
There is nothing worse than paying for a book that you ultimately dislike, Audible removes this problem with their “Great Listens to Guarantee”.
You can simply go to Account -> Purchases -> Click Return Title and you are immediately refunded your credit.
I would know, I have returned so many books for one reason or another and never once have they said no.
Finally, you can contact Audible via phone, chat or email. I have used chat many times and they are available instantly 24/7 with no wait, that is a great service.
Audible App & Device Compatibility
Play Store App Rating – 4.6 ☆ Excellent
Having used the Audible app for 8 years I can safely say it is rock solid, easy to use and actually perfect.
The Audible App has the following key features:
- Car Mode – Make the app simple to use when driving with bigger buttons
- Books Sharing – Send a Book to a Friend or share your progress
- Clips, Bookmarks & Notes – saving sound clips and making notes
- Sleep Timer – useful for listening when you go to bed so it does not play all night
- Variable Speed Playback – great for slow narrators or digesting long books quicker
Your Audible books will play on all devices from Apple, Android, Smart TV’s and even the Amazon Alexa smart speaker will read them to you.
Audible Audiobook Download Speeds
Downloading an Audiobook to your phone is incredibly quick, usually, within 30 seconds you can start listening to a book. This is because the intelligent downloading system allows you to start listening before the entire audiobook has been downloaded.
Audible Customer Satisfaction
They say customers vote with their feet, if this is the case then our recent audiobook survey suggests that Audible Customers are very happy. Audible was the most popular choice of Audiobook service amongst our 1,000 strong poll.
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