Audible Review

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9.5 Total Score

£7.99/month

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  • Access Audible exclusives
  • Largest audiobook offering, over 200,000 titles
  • Swap any audiobook for any reason
  • 30-day free trial
  • Cancel anytime

About Audible

Audible, arguably the most popular audiobook website on the market. But does that make it the best audiobook service in 2018? Well, we will cover everything you need to know in our full audible review.

Established way back in 1995, Audible was the first audiobook service around, so no wonder why it is so famous. In 2008 Audible sold the company to Amazon for $300m, making Audible one of Amazon’s many subsidiaries.

However, these aren’t the only reasons that Audible is the audiobooks category leader. They also have their own production arm, Audible Studios. This is one of the reasons why they currently offer the largest audiobook store on the market. They currently stock over 200,000 titles which are more than their next closest competitor, Audiobooks.com, who offer 120,000 titles. Constantly adding to their offering Audible make sure to keep on top of adding new titles.

Make sure to read through our whole Audible review to see what we loved and what they could potentially work on.

URL – Audible.co.uk or Audible.com
Device Compatibility – iOS, Android & Windows
Support for Offline Listening – Yes
Free Trial – Yes
Keep Books After Cancelling – Yes
Monthly Cost – £7.99

Contact – Use the contact form on their website

How does Audible work?

Audible is extremely simple to use, and that’s what makes it so attractive to customers. All you need to do is sign in with your Amazon account details or create a new Audible Amazon account. Fill in all of your details correctly, including your card details. If you are happy with the audible service after their 30-day free trial they will then invoice your selected payment method.

You will receive a certain amount of Audible credits depending on your selected membership plan. These credits can then be redeemed for audiobooks. Choose which audiobook you would like to purchase and away you go. Download the audiobook to whichever device you prefer to listen on, to be able to listen offline.

Audible

Audible boasts the largest audiobook store. With a simple mobile and tablet app it's difficult to look elsewhere. Amazing Audible exclusives are the cherry on the cake! New Audible users will receive a 30-days free trial for the best audiobook service on the market!

£7.99/month

Audible Free Trial

Our Audible review would be nothing if we didn’t mention the infamous Audible free trial. This introductory offer is a great way to get started with the most popular audiobook service out there. All you have to do is sign-up and you will instantly receive one audible free credit, entitling you to test and keep one free audiobook. Forever! There is even better news if you are a new customer from the USA. Your Audible free trial entitles you to not just 1, but 2 free audiobooks during your 30-days free trial. 

You can stream or download the title depending on your preference. We’d recommend downloading it as you can then listen offline and also access it whenever you like. Even if you don’t go ahead with the monthly subscription after your audible free trial you still would have received an audiobook that can be listened to whenever you fancy it.

Audible Subscription Plans

We have already explained about Audible credits, so let us now detail how many audiobooks you can download depending on your Audible subscription.

You have 4 different subscription options for your Audible membership. The basic plan entitles you to 1 audiobook per month, the next allows you 2 audiobooks per month. Then you have two yearly plans for the avid audiobook listeners.

If you know that you are going to listen to 12 or even 24 audiobooks with Audible throughout the year then you can then save money by purchasing a yearly package.

Once you have downloaded an audiobook it is yours to keep forever. That’s right, even if you do decide to cancel your Audible membership. We’d recommend picking audiobooks that you will enjoy listening to more than once.

Subscription PlanCostAudible Credits
1 Audiobook Per Month Plan £7.99/month 1 credit a month
2 Audiobooks Per Month Plan £14.99/month 2 credits a month
12 Audiobooks Annual Plan £69.99/year 12 credits package
24 Audiobooks Annual Plan £109.99/year 24 credits package

Gift Vouchers

Audible gift vouchers are a great present for everyone! Audiobooks are a relaxing way to increase your wealth, health and intelligence. Whether it is someone’s birthday or maybe a prize for an employee of the month, why not look at Audible gift memberships.

There are three separate gift plans that you can purchase, 3 months, 6 months or 12 months. This might be the best way to get your dad reading, or listening to books. Check out the prices below.

Subscription PlanCostAudible Credits
3 Months Membership £23.99 1 credit per month
6 Months Membership £47.99 1 credit per month
12 Months Membership £69.99 1 credit per month

Audible Store

One of the main reasons that Audible is such a great product is the fact that they have an enormous library. It may not be the cheapest audiobook service but the Audible books library completely topples all of their competitors. Therefore, we believe that it is worth that extra £1 per month.

At the time of writing, they currently offer over 200,000 audiobooks which are available to download or stream. The Audible store contains popular new releases, bestsellers, timeless classics and a whole load more. Not only that, they also create exclusive audible books that you won’t find elsewhere, go to their Audible Originals section to check these out.

When we used our free trial we took full advantage of downloading an Audible exclusive. The audiobook is Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection which is narrated by Stephen Fry. Almost 72 hours worth of detective delight for free! Thanks, Audible.

Listed Categories

  • Action & Adventure
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Biographies & Memoirs
  • Business
  • Children
  • Classics
  • Comedy
  • Crime & Thrillers
  • Education
  • Erotica
  • Fiction
  • Film, Radio & TV
  • Health & Personal Development
  • History
  • Languages
  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • Non-fiction
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Sport
  • Travel & Adventure
  • Young Adults

More to explore

  • Best Sellers
  • New Releases
  • Coming Soon
  • Best of 2017
  • Audible Originals
  • Foreign Language
  • Popular Feature
  • Whispersync for Voice

So, here you have the main audible categories, which you can then dive into to explore their titles and further subcategories. To make browsing in the Audible store even easier they have the ‘more to explore’ section, this is where you can find Audible Originals, coming soon audiobooks and much more! 

Device compatibility

As Audible is an Amazon product you have the opportunity to listen to your favourite audiobooks on multiple devices. You can download the Audible app for your mobile or tablet device. Listen on your computer or laptop, and now even on your Amazon Alexa or other virtual assistant devices.

The fact that you can listen to your library on so many different devices makes using Audible very practical. Your daily commute, gym session or time spent cooking will now become fun daily tasks.

Audible App

As mentioned above you can download the Audible app on any handheld device. If you have an iPhone, Android or Windows phone you can go to the respective app store and download the free Audible app in seconds. This is also true for tablet devices, including the Amazon Kindle!

We reviewed Audible on an iPhone, and found it flawless. It is easy to navigate and find what you are looking for. You have customisable settings that can reduce the speed of the narrator, rewind or fast forward. The ability to bookmark certain points and make annotations where you like is another reason why we believe Audible is one of the best audiobook apps around.

Help & support

We wanted to dedicate part of our Audible review to new and existing Audible users that require help or support.

What we love about the Audible customer service team is that they are available 24/7 via phone, email and live chat. It doesn’t matter which country you reside in these hours are applicable to all.

They also have a great help center that contains frequently asked questions, like how to exchange an audiobook with Audible.

WhisperSync

What is Audible’s Whispersync for Voice? Well, this is a fairly new feature that now allows you to set bookmark your furthest point listened to across a whole range of different devices. For example, you could be listening to a title on Audible, stop it and then later carry on reading from the same point that you finished, but now on your Kindle.

For this to work, you need to have a wireless internet connection on both devices. You should also note that you need to own both the audiobook and ebook version of your chosen title for this to sync across devices.

Audible vs Kobo

It’s quite hard to look past Audible when you are choosing an audiobook app. However, now they do have some added competition with Kobo, who just last year launched their own audiobook service. So, Audible vs Kobo, who is the winner?

Let’s start by taking a look at the prices, Kobo comes out on top here slightly, due to offering a cheaper monthly fee. However, for us, Audible trumps Kobo when analysing the two audiobook stores. As we’ve already mentioned Audible boasts over 200,000 titles and their Audible exclusives section. It is these two points that make Audible our favourite audiobook service, even if it is £1 more a month.

Review Conclusion - Is Audible worth it?

That is almost all for our Audible review. Let us give your our final verdict on whether we think Audible is worth it or not.

Well to start they have the largest audiobook library in comparison to their competitors. They have been around since 1995 afterall. We love the fact that they have the Audible originals section, you won’t find these exclusive audiobooks anywhere else! That’s a reason in itself to sign up! You can download the exclusive materials and have them downloaded forever.

The pricing for each audiobook can be quite expensive compared to some of their competitors. If you are a one or two book a month listener then we think it’s perfect. However, if you steam through audiobooks at an alarming rate then it can become quite costly.

All in all Audible is one of the best audiobook services around with over 200,000 titles you’ll definitely find something that you like. Test Audible now with one free audiobook upon signing up!  

FAQs

Audible also make it easy for you to return audiobooks that you didn’t enjoy. Obviously, if you’ve listened to the whole book or even half then they will question you for the reason of why to want to return it.

If you bought an audiobook by mistake or genuinely don’t like the one you have purchased after first listening here’s what you can do. You must go on to Audible on your desktop as you can’t process the return via the app. When here go to your account details, then purchase history and find the book that you want to return. You will then be asked to select a reason for your return, choose that and click return! As simple as that. It’s really great that they give you this option through their Good Listening Guarantee contract.

Some people reading our Audible review might just be in it for the free trial. Therefore, you will get your free credit and cancel. There is nothing wrong with that, you will soon realise that Audible is one of the best audiobook apps on the market though. Remember they boast a load of Audible originals.

Like with returning a book you can’t cancel your audible membership via their app or mobile website. You will have to log in on your computer and find the account details section. In front of you will be your membership details, with the options to change the subscription plan or cancel completely.

Please note that if you have unused Audible credits and then cancel your subscription it will result in you losing them.

9.5 Total Score
The best audiobook service on the market!

Amazon-owned Audible has become the go-to place for listening to audiobooks. They offer the largest selection of titles on the market, and with their amazing Audible exclusives, it is hard to look elsewhere. No matter which device you can be sure Audible support it.

Store offering
9.6
Ease of use
9.5
App
9.5
Affordability
9.2
PROS
  • Access Audible exclusives
  • Largest audiobook offering, over 200,000 titles
  • Swap any audiobook for any reason
  • 30-day free trial
  • Cancel anytime
CONS
  • Can't purchase titles within the app
  • Unable to buy extra credits
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Audible boasts the largest audiobook store. With a simple mobile and tablet app it's difficult to look elsewhere. Amazing Audible exclusives are the cherry on the cake! New Audible users will receive a 30-days free trial for the best audiobook service on the market!

£7.99/month

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