Audible - is it worth it?
Posted 24 September 2011 - 05:53 PM
I'm a big fan of librivox and podiobooks and have heard some excellent books from there. I also look on eBay for bargain second hand audiobooks.
I'm thinking of signing up to Audible - what do people think about this service - is it worth it?
I have some specific questions: do I get to preview a narrator before buying a book? If I get the one book a month service and want a second book, do I need to pay full price or is there a membership rate?
Is there another source of reasonably priced audiobooks?
Posted 24 September 2011 - 07:22 PM
Posted 25 September 2011 - 11:12 AM
I miss it at the moment because I've taken a payment holiday (due to husbands redundancy) but I hope to start it up again soon.
Posted 25 September 2011 - 02:19 PM
Posted 25 September 2011 - 04:01 PM
Being able to preview is great and I was also thinking of only getting unabridged longer books. At the moment first on my list is The Help, however that might change when I browse through the site, I'll probably see many that I want.
Posted 25 September 2011 - 04:26 PM
Posted 25 September 2011 - 06:45 PM
The Help was the best audiobook I've heard.
Posted 26 September 2011 - 04:43 PM
I was also quite tempted by Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, having never read the book, however, I have seen the 1970s BBC TV version of it, my attention drifted for a moment and then I realised I had no idea what was going on and who everyone was...
Posted 17 December 2011 - 07:57 AM
Posted 17 December 2011 - 02:13 PM
Posted 29 March 2012 - 09:55 PM
If you don't have iTunes I think you can downlaod through their website
Posted 30 March 2012 - 11:34 AM
bad narration can ruin a story.
librivox is an excellent service. I have used it for years and listened to tons of books off it. But as "bad narration can ruin a story" remember that librivox books are read by volunteers and quality varies even chapter by chapter. There is one woman who has a voice like crushed gravel and who should have been banned from any form of public speaking, let alone audio books. Unfortunately, she seems fairly prolific on librivox. Another thing I hate on librivox is Dickens or Stevenson being read with a US accent. Just doesn't work for me. But hey, it's free...
check out "librivox" - they offer FREE audiobooks in loads of languages
well, are you interested in hearing great stories at times when you can't physically read a book. I can't tell you how many books I've finished over the kitchen sink or in the car, or out jogging, or in bed in the dark... it isn't the same as reading a book no, but there are so many books out there and we have so little time. Audio books give us a way to pack as much literature in as we can manage!
I have to say I have never been interested in audio books. I don't feel like I'd get the same feeling I get from reading a book.
Posted 30 April 2014 - 06:56 PM
This thread hasn't been posted in for a while and I was just wondering, does anyone still use Audible? I'm tempted to try it. Is there a choice of file extension or is it just MP3 format?
Posted 30 April 2014 - 07:06 PM
I love it Janet, and have a huge audiobook library on there. What would you use to listen on?
Posted 30 April 2014 - 07:27 PM
I'd like to listen on my Nokia 520 but it only appears to play files in .wma format.
I tried putting Nicholas Nickleby on it (from LibriVox) but for some reason chapters 1 and 5 (of the first 10 chapters) wouldn't show up, but when I tried dragging them again it said they were already there!
I don't have an MP3 player since my iPhone died. I have considered maybe buying an iPod or something - but if I could use my phone instead then obviously that would be better.
Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:04 PM
I still use audible a lot, It's a great service! I listen on my iPod though.
Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:13 PM
Ah, that's a shame. Thanks, Michelle.
I guess I will have to rethink.
Posted 08 October 2015 - 09:53 PM
You get twelve books on the annual subscription but, unlike the other packages, you can spend your credits whenever you choose. And Audible recently changed the rules so that you no longer have to wait twelve months before renewing an annual subscription. Good news for me as I can now renew as soon as I've spent all my credits. I sometimes spend two or three per month. I think it's great value for money.
I've also found that although I hardly ever re-read a printed book, I very often re-listen to audio books. Some I have listened to at least half-a-dozen times. And there are some books where I like to re-listen to favourite chapters, depending how the mood takes me.
I listen to audio books whilst I'm doing the housework and other mundane things. I can't imagine being without them.
ETA at the moment there's a Two Books for One Credit deal. There's a Murakami I want to get, just need to choose a partner for it.
Edited by eyeseebooks, 08 October 2015 - 10:19 PM.
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