TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

You can enjoy your favorite genre of literature while commuting, at the gym or doing yard work and Audible makes it affordable and easy. Our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award winner, Audible, offers more than 100,000 audiobooks and audio newspapers and magazines of all types.

AudibleListeners enjoy up to 75% off retail price on audiobooks, free audio and exclusive promotions. Add all of this to the convenience of instant downloads, and you get a paradise for audio bookworms of all ages and preferences.

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Audible makes it easy to find your favorite books whether you know exactly what you’re looking for or just want to browse. With the search box, you can search the inventory by author, title and keyword. Or, browse one of 27 categories to find a book on Health & Fitness, Self Development, Fiction, etc. Audible also has a best seller’s list so you can see what your peers are listening to.

You can also see what your peers think about a title. Audible has customer reviews and you can write reviews to share your thoughts and insights. The customer reviews are an invaluable source when deciding whether to download an audiobook.

If you’re still indecisive after reading a few reviews, Audible offers audio samples of each book. The samples are high-quality and there are no frustrating buffer delays. 

The one realm of audiobooks that Audible hasn’t delved into is audiobook rental. If this is what you want, look into the Silver Award winning product, Simply Audiobooks.

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Audible’s inventory of audiobooks is divided into 27 diverse categories ranging from "Art & Entertainment" to "Newspapers & Magazines" to "Kids & Young Adult."

Love reading the newspaper but are pressed for time? Get an audio subscription to some of your favorite newspapers and magazines.  Audible.com offers members access to newspapers like The Wall Street Journal or The New York Times for free.

 

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At the time we conducted our review, Audible offered the first 3 months of a membership for $7.49—half off the regular price. You also get free audio downloads each week and at least 30% off additional audiobooks—meaning those audiobooks you purchase in addition to the audiobooks that come with your membership. These benefits are for the duration of your membership making Audible one of the best bargains on the Web.

 

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Audible.com is simple to navigate with well-labeled buttons and a user–friendly, effective search function. The interface is clean, pleasing to the eye and doesn’t contain cluttering lists or annoying advertisements.

Audible has an official contract with Apple and their content will download to iPod and as well as other devices compatible with MP3 format.

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If you have questions or concerns about how Audible works, your account or technical questions, first check out the FAQs page or user guide. If the answer isn’t there, this audiobook service provides customer support via email and phone.

 

Audible Summary:
9.8/10

Audible is the #1 place to find your favorite audiobook media downloads. It's convenient, has a large inventory and is an excellent value.

 
 
 

Audible

Pros
Great search capabilities, instant downloads, reader reviews and free samples make this service ideal.

Cons
Their large inventory could be overwhelming to new users.

The Verdict
: 9.75/10

A paradise for audio bookworms of all ages and preferences.