I’d been seeing Audible audiobooks on Amazon for years but didn’t have the slightest interest in them.
I like to savor the words on a page. Plus, something about listening to books seems like “cheating”, because you’re not actually “reading” them.
But this year I’ve been having trouble reaching my reading goals. I realized I needed to try something different if I was going to squeeze a bit of literature into my day-to-day life.
So I put my text-only snobbery aside and gave Audible a try.
And I’m glad I did!
If you’ve ever been curious about how audible works, what it’s advantages are, or what books to try with it, here’s what you need to know:
(Note: The following is my honest review on Audible and contains some affiliate links through the Amazon Associates program which means that I may earn a commission on purchases you make after clicking on those links. (At no extra cost to you!) Full disclosure here. )
How does Audible work?
Audible is an Amazon-owned company and a subscription-based service that you can pay for monthly or annually. Every month, you get one credit that’s good for any Audible book on Amazon, regardless of price. The books you download can be accessed through your phone or tablet by downloading the Audible app.
You get a free, no-commitment trial with two credits that you can use to download any two Audible books you like within 30 days. And yes, you get to keep them, even if you decide not to pay for the membership.
Now you know how it works, here’s how it makes your life better!
The ability to multitask and “read” at the same time is sheer gold for me. As the years go by, life only seems to get busier. I have very little spare time to read. I often try reading before bed, but end up falling asleep after just a couple pages. (Because I’m exhausted, not because the book is boring!)
As someone who is determined to grow my side-business – and myself – I needed to find a way to consume books during the day without it interfering with my schedule. Audible books check that box.
Mundane tasks are also made more interesting by audiobooks. I can listen to them while I exercise, commute, or grocery shop!
Consume books faster
Now, I’m a relatively fast reader, but you can’t beat the verbal version for efficiency. If you’re really in a time crunch, there’s even a setting in the Audible app to increase the speed of the recording to up to 3 times. Although at that speed, you’ll probably miss some of what’s being said. When I’m “speed-reading” I stick to 1.75x maximum. At that speed, a 6-hour book becomes a 3.5-hour book!
If that’s not a great productivity hack, I don’t know what is.
Remember a couple months ago when I reviewed The Motivation Myth? I got through that book in an afternoon thanks to Audible!
Audiobooks are really helpful for people who are verbal learners, which means they learn best through listening. Someone who struggles with staying focused on words on a page might have a much easier time getting through and understanding audiobooks.
As someone who is motivated to keep growing professionally and personally, I’ve become obsessed with books about business and self-development. But I internalize information more effectively when I write things down. One of my favorite aspects of audible is that it frees you up to take notes on the material while you’re listening. You don’t have to break the flow of focus by putting the book down to jot something down. It’s just like taking notes during a lecture.
First off, you get to download your first two Audible books for free. After that, there’s a low monthly membership fee which gives you one Audible download per month, regardless of the list price. Additional downloads are 30% off, which at that point even rivals the price of the ebook format. The savings are even crazier if you go for annual billing.
Some audiobooks come with “extras” that you don’t find in print. For example, one audiobook I listened to recently called “Will it Fly” is narrated by the author, Pat Flynn. He broke away from the text periodically to add extra thoughts and ideas.
I really found this to be pretty cool. It’s kind of like watching “extras” on DVDs, where the actor or director comments on the movie as you watch it.
To be fair, I don’t know how many audiobooks out there have these kinds of extras, but it’s neat when you come across one that does!
List of books to try with Audible
If you’re looking for a few recommendations to get started with on Audible, I’ve put together a short list of books to get you started!
The Confidence Code: by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman, Narrated by Sandy Rustin: I have been listening to this audiobook during my cycling sessions for an upcoming blog post I’m working on that examines female confidence. If you’ve ever wondered what exactly confidence IS and how you can get some, this is the book for you!
Will it Fly: Written and Narrated by Pat Flynn – This podcasting, self-proclaimed “crash test dummy” of online business knocks it out of the park with this book. If you’re new to online business or have a business idea, this is a must read/listen!
Girl, Wash Your Face: Written and Narrated by Rachel Hollis – This one might be THE personal development book of 2018. This book might change your life, and you’ll have fun reading it too!
Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Narrated by Claire Danes: I am a huge Margaret Atwood fangirl! If you like the TV series, you should definitely check out this book.
Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling, Narrated by Jim Dale: As far as chronicle books go, Harry Potter will always be my favorite!
If none of those are your cup of tea, check out the best sellers list!
Is Audible worth it?
For me, absolutely. Although I still like to read, listening to someone narrate a book is a different experience that is equally enjoyable. And in many ways, it makes me more efficient and productive.
Have you tried Audible? What are your favorite audiobooks? I’m always looking for recommendations!