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Old 01-13-2019, 06:21 PM
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Does Audible just suck or am I doing it wrong?

My wife has been saying she wants to try Audible so she can listen to books while doing other things, so I got her a six-month subscription for Christmas. In the process, I got myself a trial subscription with two free books.

So ... um ... does this just suck balls or am I doing it wrong?

I was under the impression that the monthly subscription would grant access to some kind of library of books, but, no, it doesn't seem to do that.

If I find a book, I have to pay $20-plus or use a "credit." Well, I used up my initial introductory credits. What now? How do I get more credits? Do I earn one credit a month?

I also heard that I get a free book every month. Is that my one credit a month? There does seem to be some "monthly free originals," but those are mostly trash.

Am I missing something? Because if this is all it is, I don't know why I would pay a monthly membership to Audible rather than just buy audiobooks outright from some other source.

Also, their mobile app sucks ass too. You can't buy books through it—you have to go back to the web browser—and it's really hard to search for things.

Please, tell me if I'm doing this wrong.

Also, my first book, "The Perfectionists" by Simon Winchester was read by the author and was fantastic. The second book "Milk!" by Mark Kurlansky is read by some horrible drone. It's really torture to get through this inept reading. Is this the quality I should expect? Half the readers are shit?

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Old 01-13-2019, 06:43 PM
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I love Audible and I haven't run across any terrible VO people. You are correct that your membership only gets you one credit per month and that credit is your free book. You also get discounted audio books though they are still pretty expensive in my opinion though.

I tend to get a membership for a couple of months then cancel until I'm out of book then rejoin. I just canceled my membership after having it up for 3 months I've got about 60 hours of listening to do before I even think of kicking it back up and I normally go back and listen to some of my favorites before I resubscribe. Depending how much I'm traveling I typically subscribe 3-5 months per year.
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:46 PM
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I don't think you are missing anything--you might not be the target audience.

I am a runner and I cannot run without having a book to listen to, so I have been a member of Audible for many years.

The app does suck, in the sense that it has had lots of little bugs over the years. It's particularly annoying to be on a long drive and have your audiobook stall for no reason whatsoever, only to find at your next stop that the app is asking you to rate it. But once you figure out all of the quirks it is a pretty reasonable app. I use the app on my watch, which introduces even more quirks, but now that I know how to get it to behave, I use it all the time.

Don't blame the lack of purchasing on Audible--that's all Apple. The Kindle app faces the same problem: Apple doesn't want content purchasable outside of the App Store.

With regards to quality of books, I always listen to the free sample in order to determine if the narrator has some awful verbal tic that will drive me insane.
Be careful when buying books narrated by the author: the Venn diagram of authoring skills and narrating skills doesn't overlap completely, but then again, the author will be removing editorial impacts of someone else and you will hopefully hear what the author really intended.

I don't buy books that have less than a few hundred good reviews, and nothing with less than 4 stars. Life is too short to listen to crappy books.

The cost of books through Audible is cheaper than buying them elsewhere, especially if you get a sale or can buy credits cheap. And a book that is 18 hours in length will keep me going for a month of runs.
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:49 PM
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It's not a library. You don't need a subscription at all to buy books on Audible, you can just pay cash. But a subscription is a way for a regular buyer to buy books more cheaply. What you pay for a credit through a subscription is roughly half the cash price you'd pay for a book. You can either do a monthly subscription where you pay monthly for one or two credits a month, or a yearly subscription where you get all your credits in one go. You own the rights to a book you buy - forever, in principle - so you can still download it even if you later cancel your subscription.

I have never had a problem searching for books via the web browser. Yeah, I don't know why they haven't got the app set up so you can buy books through the app, it's a bit odd.

There is always an audio preview you can listen to, which I always do if I haven't heard the narrator before. I find there's a significant subset (maybe 10%) of narrators that I just can't stand, and I have maybe 5 or 6 narrators that I like so much that I'll actually search for books they are narrating, even if I don't know the author/book.

You can also "return" books and get your credit refunded. They don't ask questions, so presumably (like the main part of Amazon) it's based on a model of accepting returns unless a customer is taking the piss and returning half the books he buys. I try to be honest about it and they have never objected - I probably return 1 in 10 books, only when the book or the narrator just turns out to be truly awful and I don't finish the book.

If you get into listening to audiobooks, I really don't think there is any serious competition to Audible.

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Old 01-13-2019, 06:49 PM
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I also love Audible and I sometimes use a credit a month and sometimes, especially if I have a big chunker to get through or I'm more into podcasts that month, I switch to the Silver plan which is every other month. Most of the book I would want are about $20 to buy outright so the $14.95 monthly charge does save money. Love using re-reads to fall asleep too- they are mine forever and I was a re-reader with "real" books before this so its worth it to me. They also have very good customer service. I recently upgraded from Silver back to Gold and accidentally selected the charge that was for the whole year. Customer service was closed so I emailed them on Sunday night and they reversed the charge and got me set up on the monthly by the next morning.
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:53 PM
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My wife has been saying she wants to try Audible so she can listen to books while doing other things, so I got her a six-month subscription for Christmas. In the process, I got myself a trial subscription with two free books.

So ... um ... does this just suck balls or am I doing it wrong?

I was under the impression that the monthly subscription would grant access to some kind of library of books, but, no, it doesn't seem to do that.

If I find a book, I have to pay $20-plus or use a "credit." Well, I used up my initial introductory credits. What now? How do I get more credits? Do I earn one credit a month?

I also heard that I get a free book every month. Is that my one credit a month? There does seem to be some "monthly free originals," but those are mostly trash.

Am I missing something? Because if this is all it is, I don't know why I would pay a monthly membership to Audible rather than just buy audiobooks outright from some other source.

Also, their mobile app sucks ass too. You can't buy books through it—you have to go back to the web browser—and it's really hard to search for things.

Please, tell me if I'm doing this wrong.

Also, my first book, "The Perfectionists" by Simon Winchester was read by the author and was fantastic. The second book "Milk!" by Mark Kurlansky is read by some horrible drone. It's really torture to get through this inept reading. Is this the quality I should expect? Half the readers are shit?
As others have said, you build a library of books. My membership gives me, basically, 1 credit per month (I often will buy additional credits when they do specials). That gives you a NEW book a month. Once in your library you can listen to that book as many times as you like (and you don't have to continue to pay a subscription to access what you've already bought). I now have hundreds in my library, which I basically download to my phone and listen to all the time. I love Audible...it's been one of the greatest service for books I've found. I no longer have to mess with tapes, or CDs or ripping books to use an MP3 player or whatever. I can stream the books or download them directly to my phone.

The AP works find for me...no issues with it at all. It works basically as well as my iTunes AP wrt music and video, and better than the Apple audio-book stuff worked for me (part of that is, as noted, I have a huge Audible library, so switching would be stupid unless they have something that Audible doesn't....which Iv'e rarely found to be the case). You are right, you can't buy directly from the AP...that hasn't been an issue for me, as I enjoy using their web page to browse for new stuff, and they are pretty good about showing me stuff I might like based on past purchases. I do the same with iTunes...I use the windows AP to do purchases, even though you can buy from the mobile AP. YMMV, but that seems a pretty minor issue to say something sucks ass over.
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Old 01-13-2019, 06:57 PM
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You can also "return" books and get your credit refunded. They don't ask questions, so presumably (like the main part of Amazon) it's based on a model of accepting returns unless a customer is taking the piss and returning half the books he buys. I try to be honest about it and they have never objected - I probably return 1 in 10 books, only when the book or the narrator just turns out to be truly awful and I don't finish the book.
I'm quoting this just so it doesn't get lost - the return feature is very generous.

I've been an audible member for quite a while now. Sometimes the credits pile up and sometimes I use them as soon as they come in. My listening goes in cycles.

As for narrators, I've found that they're generally quite good. On the occasion that I just can't handle the narrator, I return the book. If you find a narrator that you adore, you can see what other books they've read and go with that.

Audible is great, just remember that it's a bookstore and not a library.
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What you describe is precisely the reason I will not join. Paying a membership fee to be able to buy more things is not my jam. I do not get why no one has pushed out a Netflix model.

What they do seem to do is artificially inflate the prices of audiobooks if you don't sign up. I found, for example, it was cheaper to get the CD version of Patrick Stewart reading Lewis's Last Battle. The digital copy cost twice as much from Audible, unless I would pay for their plan.

Music has an all you can listen model. Movies have an all you can watch model. But why don't audiobooks have an all you can listen model? I get my fill primarily with podcasts instead, and buy the occasional hard copy of an audiobook.
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:21 PM
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What you describe is precisely the reason I will not join. Paying a membership fee to be able to buy more things is not my jam. I do not get why no one has pushed out a Netflix model.

Music has an all you can listen model. Movies have an all you can watch model. But why don't audiobooks have an all you can listen model? I get my fill primarily with podcasts instead, and buy the occasional hard copy of an audiobook.
It's not really a membership fee. You are paying for credits to buy books.

Presumably the reason that there's no Netflix model is that customers are happy with what they are getting, and there is no major competitor putting pressure on them. At around $10 per credit, it probably works out to around $1 per hour of listening, which seems decent value to me.

At the moment, virtually any book that gets published has an audio version available, most with decent quality. Compare that to the limited selection on Netflix or any other streaming tv/movie service. Under a Netflix model, they would only have to produce enough content to keep subscribers, but they'd little to gain incrementally by making every book available, and I think the diversity of content would drop dramatically.
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What you describe is precisely the reason I will not join. Paying a membership fee to be able to buy more things is not my jam. I do not get why no one has pushed out a Netflix model.

What they do seem to do is artificially inflate the prices of audiobooks if you don't sign up. I found, for example, it was cheaper to get the CD version of Patrick Stewart reading Lewis's Last Battle. The digital copy cost twice as much from Audible, unless I would pay for their plan.

Music has an all you can listen model. Movies have an all you can watch model. But why don't audiobooks have an all you can listen model? I get my fill primarily with podcasts instead, and buy the occasional hard copy of an audiobook.
Huh....when I go to a traditional bookstore and look at new audiobooks (usually on CD these days) they cost about the same price as on Audible with no membership...i.e. they run something like $20-30 for a book (unless you look in the bargain bin where sometimes stuff is cheaper). My membership price is $11 per month (which is 1 credit, which gets me one book), and they generally offer deals of 3 credits for $30 bucks fairly frequently (also, they do specials all the time like this weekend, where if you used 2 credits you get $5 credited to your account towards a purchase or whatever).

I'm not sure how an all you can listen to model would work for books. I have Pandora for music, but it's not on demand, i.e. I can't listen to whatever song I want right now, just a play list of songs. For most of my music on iTunes you basically pay for individual songs or albums, not a flat fee to listen to whatever you want whenever you want. What you describe is the model for Netflix, which I also have an account on, but I'm limited to whatever they are rotating this month, so I still buy movies on iTunes for on demand watching (or rent sometimes, though I usually buy stuff).

If that's the model you want for books then let us know how that works out...I'd be interested in something like that if they have a selection of stuff I actually want to listen too (mainly Sci-Fi, fantasy, steam punk and science based astronomy type stuff). I don't know of such a service and it's hard to see how that would work out for the authors very well, but I guess it's possible and, as I said, if you find one link to it here.
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Old 01-13-2019, 07:47 PM
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As others have said: You're doing it wrong. You're walking into a bookstore expecting it to be a library.

Think of Audible as a way to buy audiobooks, not a streaming service (although their "Channels" feature does offer a little of that).

Between use of my monthly credit, and taking advantage of their frequent sales and Daily Deals, I've amassed a big enough collection that it's going to take me quite awhile to get through it all, so I don't mind at all that it's not a buffet.
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I buy the annual plan, so I don't need to wait for credits--I pay my $229.50 and get 24 credits ($9.56/book) at once. There is no "membership fee"--just a charge for book credits with a volume discount. I have my issues with Audible at times, but this isn't one of them.
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My biggest issue is with some of the series I've listened to changing narrators halfway through. The Armageddon Reef series being the biggest example of this. Not sure Audible has much to do about it, but it sucks when you are listening to a series you really like with a narrator you really like, then on the 4th book they change to some new guy...for 2 books...then to another new guy for a book, then another guy, then back to the original guy for the next 2...and now another new guy. Ugh!

Other than that, I didn't like the change to Amazon, though they let me grandfather in my old account so it hasn't been too much of a problem. The won't allow you to merge accounts either, which kind of sucks. I wanted to merge my account with my son but they wouldn't allow it.

But wrt the OPs issue, I don't see that as a problem. Unless someone really has a flat fee for all books anytime, which I really havent' seen and honestly can't see how that would work, I think this is one of the better services for this sort of thing. Beats the hell out of the old way of buying the things on tape or CD or getting them from the library (generally in bad shape and very limited selection).
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I subscribe to the French version (audible.fr) to get books in French as well as most of Audible's English catalog. I admit I select books partly on length: a 5-hour book won't last me a whole month.

If you run out of credits, they have rotating rebates on parts of the catalog (a few dozen horror books are discounted at Halloween, etc.). A discount bin of sorts.

I use the Audible application on Android, which does let me make purchases (using my credits) directly.

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But wrt the OPs issue, I don't see that as a problem. Unless someone really has a flat fee for all books anytime, which I really havent' seen and honestly can't see how that would work, (...)
I have not tried Playster (.com), but they claim you can get unlimited audiobooks for 15$ a month, from a selection of "100000+ titles". However, unlike Audible, you can't "keep" the books if you unsubscribe.
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:32 PM
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Your library may have the option to download audiobooks for whatever their borrowing window is.
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What you describe is precisely the reason I will not join. Paying a membership fee to be able to buy more things is not my jam.
It's not a membership to be able to buy things. There is no membership fee. A "membership plan" is a discount program where you pay a monthly fee and you get one book a month (or two for platinum). It's a "discount" because most Audible books cost more than the monthly fee of the plan.

But you can also use Audible without subscribing to any membership plan. Just create an account, and just pay for each book you want to buy.

Also, Audible gives you a discount if you already bought the Kindle version of the same book. I think usually, buying a Kindle version then the Audio version comes out to the same total price as paying full price for the Audible version alone (i.e. you are essentially getting the Kindle version for free).

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When I cancelled my membership they offered to cut my monthly fee significantly. If you're on the fence due to the price, consider trying that
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Here's how my Audible experience went:

Prior to Audible, I was buying books on CD and listening to them. I decided to try Audible because I could download a book right away, as opposed to having to order CDs and then wait for them in the mail, or go into a store to buy them. I also liked the idea of getting the books sent to my phone, rather needing additional "equipment." I don't think you mentioned in your OP what your previous method of listening to audio books was, so depending on what you were doing, this may or may not be an improvement over your old system.

Once I bought the subscription, I had actually expected it to be like the audio equivalent of a Kindle, where you have the software but still need to pay for each book you buy, so it took me a while to realize that I actually could acquire audio books without paying an additional fee. In my experience, I only listen to one audio book at a time, so the fact that you only got one credit a month was totally fine with me. However, I did discover a con ...

You can only acquire six credits at a time, and I was frequently brushing up against that maximum, and I think I lost credits sometimes. What I eventually did was use all six of the credits I had saved up to buy six books, then canceled the subscription. That was probably November of 2017, and I still have two of those books left to read. (For the most part, I only listen to audio books in the car, and only when I'm not in the mood to listen to music, so it takes me a while to get through audio books.) So in this case, I'm still using Audible, just not their subscription service, and it works beautifully for my needs.
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Old 01-14-2019, 09:08 AM
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They don't really advertise it, but you can periodically put your Audible account on hold for a few months, during which time you aren't charged and you also get to hold onto your unused credits. This is better than actually canceling your account, which does clear your unused credits.

I've done both from time to time, when my backlog of unread books has grown too big. It's pretty helpful, though if you backlog a book and let it sit for a long time, you can't return it if it turns out you hate it once you finally get around to listening.
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They don't really advertise it, but you can periodically put your Audible account on hold for a few months, during which time you aren't charged and you also get to hold onto your unused credits. This is better than actually canceling your account, which does clear your unused credits.
Actually, I remember that when I went to cancel, after having spent all my credits, Amazon offered me a few alternatives to canceling, one of which was an option to cancel but keep my unused credits. There may have been a nominal fee associated with it, but it was a small enough amount that I felt a bit irritated that I had gone to all the effort of spending all my credits before I was told that this was another option.
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I'm amazed people end up with unused credits. The only time I've rolled any over was when I bought extra credits a month before my annual renewal because they were inexpensive.
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Your library may have the option to download audiobooks for whatever their borrowing window is.
That's what I came in to say. Most decent public library systems subscribe to an electronic platform like OverDrive or 3M's Cloud Library. I've been favorably impressed with their selection of e-books and audio books. Typically you can borrow them for 2 or 3 weeks at a time. After that you can renew them, or join the waiting list to renew if there is one.

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You can only acquire six credits at a time, and I was frequently brushing up against that maximum, and I think I lost credits sometimes. What I eventually did was use all six of the credits I had saved up to buy six books, then canceled the subscription.
Same here. Although then it threatened to remove my remaining credits once I cancelled so I wound up buying a couple books I only had middling interest in. I still haven't gotten through my library although I tend to rotate my commuter listening between music, podcasts and books.

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Be careful when buying books narrated by the author: the Venn diagram of authoring skills and narrating skills doesn't overlap completely, but then again, the author will be removing editorial impacts of someone else and you will hopefully hear what the author really intended.
Conversely, I'm also slightly annoyed when there's a book by an actor, comedian, news reporter or other person who deals in the spoken word and they don't narrate their own book. Especially if it's their life story and reflections and I'm listening to a voice I know is "wrong" for whose story it is.
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Conversely, I'm also slightly annoyed when there's a book by an actor, comedian, news reporter or other person who deals in the spoken word and they don't narrate their own book. Especially if it's their life story and reflections and I'm listening to a voice I know is "wrong" for whose story it is.
Yeah, they should've gotten Benjamin Franklin to narrate his own autobiography, dammit!
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I found Audible to be way too expensive. For the last couple of years, I've been using OverDrive. It's an app that goes through whatever library you use. I have a library card because I take my grandkids to the bookmobile. I can listen to all the books I can handle free of charge. I listen to books while I walk and when I'm in the car (haven't listened to the radio in ages). I go through at least 3 per month. You can also download books to read. All free of charge! My only complaints are:

Not every book is available as an audible book - but so far I haven't run out of options.
The app is kind of clunky at first. It took me a while to figure it out.
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Yeah, they should've gotten Benjamin Franklin to narrate his own autobiography, dammit!
Put the "Say" back in "Seance"!
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Is this the quality I should expect? Half the readers are shit?
Some readers are fantastic; some are good; some are merely adequate; and some are IMHO unlistenable. Before buying an audiobook (from Audible or anywhere else!), it would behoove you to listen to a couple of minutes of the sample and to look at the customer reviews.
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Not every book is available as an audible book
Which reminds me, the book that motivated my wife to take the plunge was Stephen Fry's Mythos, but once we subscribed, we discovered that the audiobook of Mythos has been withdrawn from all platforms (at least in the United States). She was super-disappointed, but I tried to explain to her that it must have been the publisher's decision.
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I found Audible to be way too expensive. For the last couple of years, I've been using OverDrive. It's an app that goes through whatever library you use. I have a library card because I take my grandkids to the bookmobile. I can listen to all the books I can handle free of charge. I listen to books while I walk and when I'm in the car (haven't listened to the radio in ages). I go through at least 3 per month. You can also download books to read. All free of charge! My only complaints are:

Not every book is available as an audible book - but so far I haven't run out of options.
The app is kind of clunky at first. It took me a while to figure it out.
Came in here to recommend Overdrive (there's also a couple similar or rebranded services out there; best bet might be to ask your library what they support / use). I don't listen to audiobooks enough for Audible to make sense economically, but Overdrive is a cool service.

I'll also mention that Amazon (aka Audible) DOES have a subscription streaming service, but it's part of their Kindle Unlimited e-book service. They call it "Books with Narration in Kindle Unlimited" which is a horrible mouthful, but boils down to all-you-can-eat audiobooks from a limited library.
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I do not get why no one has pushed out a Netflix model.
Looks like Scribd has audiobooks, ebooks, e-magazines, etc. for $9/month. I'm sure they have less selection than Audible, but still might be enough.
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Going through the recent purchases in my Audible library, it looks like Scribd has maybe half of what I've bought. For nine bucks a month, that's not bad. The next time I put my Audible account on hold, I might pick up a Scribd subscription for a while and see what they've got. I did notice some books that I was sort of interested in but didn't feel like spending a credit on.
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Your library may have the option to download audiobooks for whatever their borrowing window is.
Seconded.

Now, our local library system doesn't have the greatest selection, but I can join several neighboring systems which improves the choices a bit.

But yeah, as everyone else has said, Audible's standard plan ("gold") basically has you buying one credit a month. This also gives you some discounts that someone coming in without a membership doesn't get - e.g. if you pay cash for an extra book, you get some small discount, and they have periodic sales.

If you do cancel, be careful and use up all your credits; books you've bought using credits go away, but unspent credits DO go away.

I drop and resubscribe periodically. You'll find they occasionally have sales on the membership (like on Amazon Prime day) where it's half price for 3 months or similar. I'll usually go for a few months, then unsubscribe until I see another special.

They do have at least one plan where you pay a monthly fee for unlimited access to a specific genre (romance). I don't do romance audiobooks for the most part, so I've never bothered.

Another thing to be aware of: if you're buying a book priced less than 14.95, pay cash vs using a credit. It's easy to use a credit by mistake in that scenario. Fortunately the one time I did, they backed it right out when I contacted them.
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If you do cancel, be careful and use up all your credits; books you've bought using credits go away, but unspent credits DO go away.
I assume you meant to say "books you've bought using credits don't go away"?

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Another thing to be aware of: if you're buying a book priced less than 14.95, pay cash vs using a credit. It's easy to use a credit by mistake in that scenario. Fortunately the one time I did, they backed it right out when I contacted them.
Also, occasionally it is cheaper to buy a Kindle book and then add the Audible book than to buy the Audible book first.
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Price point depends on your membership type. It's $9.56 if you've got a 24 credit a year plan.
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I looked up the Scribd sci-fi audio book section, if anyone is interested. I'm not seeing anything that jumps out at me, but looks like they do have a cool service that's an alternative to Audible. Here is the link for anyone interested: https://www.scribd.com/audiobooks/Fi...iction-Fantasy

For my part, I have such a large investment in Audible at this point with a library of hundreds of books that it probably wouldn't be worth it to me to switch, unless I see something that I can't get on Audible that I really, really want to listen too. But for the OP I'm thinking this might be what they are looking for.
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Looks like Scribd has audiobooks, ebooks, e-magazines, etc. for $9/month. I'm sure they have less selection than Audible, but still might be enough.
There's also LibriVox. It's free, and it's a huge collection of volunteer-recorded public domain works. The quality of the reading is spotty at best, but it's definitely a "you get what you pay for" situation. Primarily in English, but there are some foreign language titles in there if you're into that kind of thing.

A good resource to supplement and/or expand an audiobook collection for free. And if you don't like a book or a reader, it cost you nothing!
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My library has 73 audiobooks currently available. Seven of them have James Patterson's name on the cover, three are by Lee Child, Faye Kellerman, John Grisham and Lisa Scottoline all have multiple titles on the list. That pretty much describes their entire oeuvre. Without Audible I'd have diddly for audiobooks.

The narrator does make a difference, for example I bought the entire collection of Sherlock Holmes stories and novels by Arthur Conan Doyle narrated by Stephen Fry. That man was born to read Sherlock Holmes stories.

Plus, nearly 63 hours of listening for a single credit! What a bargain.

I have to disagree with the criticism of the two free Audible originals. I've listened to Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets, Twain's Feast read by Nick Offerman, Hi, Bob with Bob Newhart, a true crime story called West Cork, No Land's Man by Aasif Mandvi and several more and all were pretty darn good.

They also sell additional credits for less than the list price of $14.95. You can buy three credits for around $12 each if you're down to one or fewer credits. That, plus the occasional two for one sales, the deals of the day that run less than $5.00 each means my books keep piling up. I certainly get my money's worth out of my membership.

I only listen to audiobooks while I'm walking, but I walk around 50 hours a month, so I go through quite a few.
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I only listen to audiobooks while I'm walking, but I walk around 50 hours a month, so I go through quite a few.
I don't do that much walking, but I do more than I would if it weren't for audiobooks. Thanks for keeping me healthy, Audible!
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I don't do that much walking, but I do more than I would if it weren't for audiobooks. Thanks for keeping me healthy, Audible!
I've discovered its the perfect accompaniment to knitting.
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The narrator does make a difference, for example I bought the entire collection of Sherlock Holmes stories and novels by Arthur Conan Doyle narrated by Stephen Fry. That man was born to read Sherlock Holmes stories. ....
Preach it.

I got Redshirts a while back. Great story. Narrated by Wil Wheaton.

Sorry, Wesley, your audiobook narration SUCKS. No voice differentiation between characters whatsoever (though in the few scenes where "acting" was involved he did a fantastic job, e.g. a drunken character). That one wasn't helped by the fact that the characters didn't have names good for audiobooks, e.g. Duvall and Dahl... between the name and the voice being the same, I had a hard time telling who was speaking.

There are narrators I look out for and will buy books just because they read them - Barbara Rosenblat is one.

Some of the "read by the author" ones are OK, some are awful. Neil Gaiman does a decent job, as does Yahtzee Croshaw ("Will Save The Galaxy For Food" is a hoot and a half).
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Neil Gaiman is better than decent. I just listened to both Neverwhere which he narrated and American Gods which was a full cast recording that Neil Gaiman read the "Coming to America" segments. He did an awesome job. He also narrated The Ocean at the End of the Lane which I have sitting in my library.

Dan Simmons book about a doomed 1842 expedition to discover the northwest passage; The Terror was narrated by Tom Sellwood who did an excellent job. It had a cast of over a dozen characters and everyone had their own voice. You never had to think about who was speaking.

Tom Sellwood has another four audiobooks that he narrated; including one of Saki short stories that's currently on sale for $1.95, normally $4.95, so quite a discount. It's only 2:18, but that'll get me through a walk and it's currently residing in my cart.
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The full cast production of American Gods is phenomenal.

For those who haven't heard it, the Bobiverse trilogy is a fun story and very well narrated, IMO.
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I buy books in the app just fine. I'm not sure where that complaint is coming from.
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I buy books in the app just fine. I'm not sure where that complaint is coming from.
Apparently this problem is specific to iPhones.
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Apparently this problem is specific to iPhones.
Yeah, this is due to Apple's rentier behavior. Apple takes 30% of any purchase through an app. As a result, many services that have iOS apps just don't allow purchases through them. Better to teach the customer they have to go to the website than to surrender several times your profit margin to Apple.
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