Do you drive hours each day for your work commute? Do you have a long walk to and from your office? Reading a book while doing both of these activities is certainly not ideal, and while audiobooks are nothing new, I’ve seen some questions about the Amazon audiobook app called AudibleI recently started to get serious about my audiobook listening and decided to give Audible a try.

I chose Audible, simply, because it’s owned by Amazon and that’s where I buy my books. I like writing but found I couldn’t make time to sit down and read a book. I have a large chunk of time in the morning when I’m commuting to work, but I travel by foot and train so having a book out and open isn’t possible. This “lack of time” led me to seriously neglect my reading and I didn’t like it one bit.

I was never a big reader so over the past couple of years I’ve set a goal to read 12 or more books per year. Sadly, and I hate to admit this, I’ve only read two in 2018. I’m not proud of it one bit so I’m working to change. One way I’m doing this is by introducing audiobooks to my day.

Pricing and user experience

When you’re first starting out, take advantage of the 30-day free trial. This trial gives you one credit (good for one book). I’m still on my free trial and am working through The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k, which has been a great book so far.

Once your free trial is over, you have a couple of options.

If you’re an avid reader (or listener), you may want to go for the Platinum Annual plan which saves you 20%. If you listen to less than one book per month and don’t want to pay the $14.95/month plan, you may be in luck. Though it is not published, Audible has a Silver Membership which costs $15 every two months. To take advantage of this plan, you’ll have to contact Audible at 1 (888) 283-5051.

The user experience of Audible is just what you would expect from Amazon. Easy to use, pleasant on the eyes, and no frills. It just works.

Great books and charity

It’s long been a passion of mine to promote children’s literacy. One of the ways I think I am able to do this (among others) is by starting a “book club” of sorts here on The Short Final. Let me explain.

It’s no secret that bloggers have affiliate relationships with merchants like Amazon. I get paid a small cut of anything you purchase by following one of my Amazon affiliate links. I know, I know. Sounds sketchy. But let me be clear about one thing — you do not pay anything extra by following these links.

One thing I would love to do is donate all of my Amazon affiliate commissions I earn when you buy books via the links below and on subsequent posts to a children’s literacy charity (yet to be determined). This is my first time doing this so I’ll have to roll with the punches, but I don’t think it will be too difficult. With that said, I’ll close with some of my favorite books that I hope you enjoy:

Do you listen to audiobooks? Why and what are some of your favorites?

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Check out the Libby app. You can rent audiobooks for free with a local library card. Awesome service your tax dollars are already paying for. I’ve blown through 12 books in the past 30 days.