Audible in Canadian dollars is about $18 for one, $30 for two books. Yes. Frustrating. It’s converted to CAD every single transaction.
So it works out to be $15 per book cheapest. Which is what I buy.
My current subscription: two books per month
Yup!!!! So yes, I fully support and love Audible. But I’m not here to sing praises. Before subscribing, I too couldn’t decide and the reviews are vague. People who love Audible loves it. Why??? They end up telling me to subscribe and try it out via their subscription link.
Okay so I’m a little lazy at the moment, signing up for Audible/Amazon Affiliation program is too much work. There will be no affiliate links in this post :)
Do you listen to audiobooks?
I started audiobooks in 2009 with the How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell, read by David Tennant. I fell in love. To many people whom I do not call friends, they make fun of me for being weird. They say:
- listening to a guy whisper in your ear?
- physical books are always better
- audiobooks are boring, right? Some monotone guy reading to you?
- reading books is faster
To audiobook virgins who judge me: That’s why we’re not friends.
A quick rant
First of all, you don’t even read books so #2 is an invalid argument. Second, listening to audiobooks is a lifestyle choice. It’s not necessarily better than books. I finished Creativity Inc., American Sniper, Steve Jobs, all Harry Potter books, The Hunger Games, The Happiness Advantage, and many others, while you’re still struggling with one book. It means I’m ahead of you and I can start another book.
Audiobook narrators are amazing voice actors!!!! I’m a lover of animation movies, audiobooks just make sense!! David Tennant, for example, is sooooooooo talented. Definitely not “some monotone guy.”
Lastly if #4 is true for you, that’s totally fine! Reading is not the only way to enjoy a book. There are movies, there are audiobooks. There are even Wikipedia summaries. If you enjoy reading, go ahead. I love books and I choose audiobooks to finish many.
If you aren’t sure about audiobooks
Your local library very likely has audiobooks. Try some! I choose audiobooks because reading requires 100% focus, which I do not have. My mind tends to wander if I read for too long. I listen to audiobooks during my commute, driving, and oftentimes when I work. Mindless tasks such as cooking, routine work in my advertising job, and even drawing, I can have audiobooks playing. I don’t need to use my brain for these tasks.
Writing a blog or Yelp, however, I cannot listen to audiobooks. I need my mind to think and audiobooks are noisy.
How many mindless tasks do you have in your day? Mindless tasks are like cleaning, cooking, walking, and driving*. Audiobooks can be playing in the background while you do these tasks! It’s a huge time-saver. It makes my 30-minute walk very quick.
If you enjoy reading, go enjoy it! But I think if you enjoy books in general, listening to audiobooks is one way to finish some. Personally I choose to spend my reading time on blogs and tech news instead.
*make sure you’re driving a routine route. A journey you take every single day, like the drive to work. Or the drive to your parents’ home if they are far. This is a route you have driven so many times that you can zone out with audiobooks. If you need 100% focus during drive, do not listen to audiobooks!!!! Seriously! That’s dangerous, you hear?
Audiobooks, like animation movies
A good audiobook is made up of:
- great author, amazing storyteller, amazing writer
- thank you, editor and proofreader!!
- the audiobook narrator, who acts out all the characters. A voice with many voices.
It depends on many talented people!! One voice can ruin an audiobook. One bad writer can ruin an audiobook. One bad story can ruin the audiobook. So when an audiobook is great, wow I am so impressed. This for $15? I think, yes it’s worth it. And I found so many great ones! Nonfiction or fiction. Books are wonderful.
There are books read by the author herself. Bossypants is read by Tina Fey. Mindy Kaling read hers too. They are both so funny.
What’s the point of Audible?
There are several ways to enjoy audiobooks: the library, free downloads, buy them individually on Amazon. Many audiobooks are $15 already (or cheaper) so it’s not like Audible saves you a whole lot.
Audible is for book-lovers
It makes me spend more money. How is that a good thing, right? But here’s my experience:
- There are many books I cannot find for free or at the library. Audible always has it!
- It makes me a book lover. Without Audible, I wouldn’t force myself to buy so many and listen. I would just continue living my life thinking, “Well I have no money left this month for books or audiobooks. Next time. Or the next time after next time.” Right now I finished soooo many!! And even some I repeated!
You can return books on Audible
That was the selling point for me. If I didn’t enjoy an audiobook, I can return it at any time. ANY time. No questions asked. I returned two books, might be returning a third book soon. So I finished more audiobooks than I bought. Of course I kept a lot myself because I listened to them over and over again. I really love the ones I have!
Other benefits of interest
Free audio subscription to The New York Times or Wall Street Journal. You can switch any time. You can cancel Audible subscription any time.
The Audible front page makes me learn about so many books and authors. Reviews are helpful. It’s just a website of books and books and books, as well as the book-loving community. AND the audiobook narrator! People can rate both the book and the narrator. That’s important! Amazon reviews are for the book only, not the audio version.
Aside from the subscription, there are many book sales on Audible. There are always flash sales at $5/book, daily deals at $4 a book, sometimes “buy 3 credits” sales. I found a book on sale for $1. If the book isn’t on sale, Audible members still receive a discount for being a member. But the full price (on Amazon) is only a few dollars more. Some audiobooks at full price can be $40 though! Audible lets you bundle your book purchases, you receive a huge discount on the audiobook if you buy the Kindle version too.
Since I am incredibly broke, I choose not to spend any more money than $30/month on Audible. But these sales help me discover even more books! I click on the titles, save them to my Wish List, then buy them with my next month’s subscription. If I fall in love with the audiobook narrator, I can easily find other books he read.
I originally started with one audiobook per month, so one book at $18CAD. Which is pricey. It’s almost $20 a book!! I finished it in a week. It’s easy for me to finish an audiobook.
It was Creativity Inc. and The Book Thief. I wanted both. Since I’m going to buy both eventually anyways, I’d rather pay the discount $15/book than $18/book. So I upped my subscription to two books per month —$30/month for two books. I finish a book a week, sometimes two weeks. I have added many books to my “Completed” list, that feels very accomplishing.
Without Audible, I wouldn’t have such a long list of finished books. For this I will continue Audible even though I am really busy and really broke.
I do return books! If I struggle to finish a book, I don’t want it. Audible is like my library!!!! Except if I like the book, I keep it (and purchase it).
I am a proud member of Audible. I think spending the $30/month on books is a healthier choice than clothes.