Audible.com - Review

Enjoy Listening to Books While Walking or Treadmilling

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While some listen to music, others wouldn't think of walking solo without an audiobook from Audible.com, listening on either a cell phone, iPod, or another player. While some people can't hit the treadmill without music, others prefer listening to a book.

Audible.com features many bestsellers in every category. They have Audible.com exclusives you can't download elsewhere. Prices are often far less than the old-school way of buying the CD (are you old enough to remember those?) If you prefer reading as well, you can use Whispersync for Voice and effortlessly switch back and forth between reading via Kindle and listening via Audible at the same point in the book.

What's Great About Audible.com?

  • Sign in and purchase with your Amazon.com identity.
  • Buy individual books or subscribe for multiple downloads per month. There are membership deals for even greater savings.
  • Listen online or via Audible mobile app or Kindle. You can also download audiobooks to listen to on your computer, MP3 player or burn to CD.
  • Whispersync is available for many books, so you can go back and forth between reading it with the Kindle or Kindle app and listening to the Audible version.
  • There are over 60,000 books and audio programs available. New titles added daily.
  • Downloads also include magazines, newspapers, educational courses and audio programs.
  • Prices usually much lower than buying CD audiobooks.
  • You can listen to the same book again and again, and they are stored in the cloud for download later, even as devices change over the years. Buy once and enjoy them for years, without taking up space on your devices.

    Expert Review - Audible.com

    If you like to listen to audiobooks or podcasts while walking, exercising, driving, etc. then Audible.com is for you. Choose from over 60,000 titles and download them immediately to your smartphone, tablet or computer, or simply listen online from their website. Your Audible.com library is always available in the cloud, so you don't have to worry about losing the files.

    You can always download or listen to them again, even if you have let your membership expire.

    Audible.com is now part of Amazon.com, making purchasing the audiobooks even easier, right from the Amazon book selection page. This also is what enables switching back and forth with Whispersync for Voice between reading on the Kindle or the Kindle app and listening via the Audible app or the Kindle app.

    Lower Prices on Audiobooks

    You can download individual audiobooks from Audible.com without a membership. Often the prices are significantly less than what you would pay to buy the CD version or the printed book, and comparable to renting from some other services. You avoid the mailing hassle, plus you will always have the book to listen to again or to burn to CD.

    Save with Membership

    Join as an Audible.com Listener and you can download any book for only the monthly membership fee, which is often significantly less than the single purchase price to download the book. There is a rollover limit for credits, so you need to be sure to use them as you accumulate them or you could lose credits.

    Apps and Audible Manager

    Audible has apps for iOS, Android, Windows and many other systems, including Audible Cloud for listening via the web just by visiting their website. It is compatible with iTunes. For some devices, you need to use their Audible Manager program. You can also listen to the same book on several different devices. Listen from your phone as you are in the car or walking, on your tablet or Kindle as you're relaxing by the fire, or only desktop computer as you're working on other things.

    Bestsellers - Reviews - Staff Picks

    You can browse the Audible.com website for audiobooks. Listeners are encouraged to rate and review the audiobooks. They have quick pick lists of staff recommendations, bestsellers, and award-winning audiobooks.

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