Audiobook Services Review

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Why Audiobook Services?

Become well read without reading. Enjoy and take advantage of the time you spend commuting, in the gym or performing mundane tasks around the house or at work. What used to be dull moments can now be enlightening, inspiring, entertaining and educational with audiobooks (also known as 'audio books' or 'books on tape').

Audiobook services make it convenient to enjoy your favorite literature. Some services sell and rent audio downloads while others sell and rent CDs, and will deliver them directly to your home. You have access to thousands of titles without making a trip to the bookstore.

In this site, you’ll find articles on audiobook services and comprehensive reviews on services like Audible, Simply Audiobooks and Audiobooks that will help you make an informed decision on which service is right for you. At TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don’t Have To.™

Audiobook Services: What to Look For

Audiobook companies and their websites should reflect similar qualities that you would expect if you entered a bookstore. Namely, good customer service, their inventory should be organized and you should be able to find quality books that interest you. And of course, good prices. Below are the criteria TopTenREVIEWS used to evaluate audiobook services.

Features Set
Some services rent audio books, some sell audio books and some do both. Every audiobook service should include book reviews, audio samples and an all–inclusive search box.

Categories
The top audiobook services have many diverse categories of audiobooks so anyone can find a book on a topic they enjoy.

Value
When you purchase any service or product, value is important. Audiobook services should offer many titles and have affordable purchasing or rental plans.

Ease of Setup/Use
The best audio book websites are uncluttered, appealing and easy to navigate. They should also have a simple, straightforward membership registration process, software download process (if applicable) and search function.

Help/Support
Audio book services should provide adequate help and support so their patrons will feel confident they can find answers to their questions while on the website and purchasing or renting audiobooks and club memberships.

Be sure to read the review on Audible, the audiobook service our reviewers ranked #1.

 
 
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10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
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Lowest Monthly Price
Visit Audible
$7.49
Visit SimplyAudiobooks
$15.00
Visit Audiobooks.com
$24.95
Visit AudioToGo
$16.99
Visit Audio Books Corner
Varies
Visit AudioQueue
$21.95
Visit Recorded Books
Varies
Ratings
9.75
9.63
8.63
8.38
8.13
6.88
6.25
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
8.75
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
10.00
8.75
10.00
10.00
8.75
10.00
8.75
7.50
7.50
6.25
7.50
8.75
10.00
10.00
8.75
6.25
7.50
10.00
8.75
6.25
5.00
6.25
8.75
10.00
6.25
6.25
5.00
7.50
7.50
 
Features
Search by Author
Search by Title
Browse by Category
Search by Keyword
Gift Certificates
 
 
Downloads
 
  
Purchase w/o Membership
 
 
Customer Reviews
Customer Rating
 
 
Publisher's Summary
Download Multiple Formats
 
    
Listen to Sample
 
  
Free Rental Shipping  
 
CDs  
 
 
CATEGORIES
Arts & Entertainment
 
  
Bios and Memoirs
 
Business
Classics
 
   
Comedy
 
Crafts & Hobbies   
    
Entertainment
 
    
Espanol
     
Family & Relationships  
 
 
Fiction
 
Finance   
  
 
Great Speakers
 
    
Health & Fitness
History
Kids
 
 
Language Instructiona
 
Live Events
      
Mysteries & Thrillers
 
Newspapers & Magazines
      
Nonfiction
   
Pets        
Philosophy
   
Poetry & Drama
  
Politics  
   
Radio & TV
 
 
Recommended Books
   
Religion & Spirituality
 
 
Romance
   
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
   
Self Development
Sports
 
 
Technology
    
Travel & Adventure
   
Western  
    
Young Adults
   
VALUE
Total Number of Titles 100,000+ 20,000+ 60,000+ 23,000+ 6,000+ 2,000+ 1000
Book Downloads Per Month/Basic Plan 1 1 Unlimited   N/A   N/A
Discount on Audiobooks for Members
     
Other Membership Benefits
 
    
Titles Out at a Time/Basic Plan   1 Unlimited 1   1 1
HELP/SUPPORT
Telephone Support
 
Email Support
FAQ
User Guide
 
 
  
User Forums