So this past month while I was reading Harry Potter I decided to give audiobooks another go (this time using Audible instead of Spotify).
I listened to half of Sorcerer’s Stone, Prisoner of Azkaban, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows through Audible and I have to admit that I did enjoy it!
So if you already have an Amazon account( or make one, it’s super quick) you get a 30-day free trial of Audible and with it comes 2 free credits for any book you want! Pretty cool right?
So I used my free trial on books one and three and then cancelled. And then my lovely mother allowed me to use her account to get the last two for free. Afterwards I canceled the subscription immediately.
Once the free trial is over, the monthly “Gold Member” subscription is about $15 a month and every month you get one free credit. To me, the price of it isn’t worth it. When I was cancelling my mom’s subscription, I chose the reason that the subscription was too expensive. I was then offered a discounted price ($8) for the next three months (no free credits though). Then when I said that I wish to continue with the cancellation, I was then offered just $10 for a year, but again no free credits.
I personally do not think that $15 a month for one book is a good deal. Audiobooks (from the minimal browsing that I did) are much more expensive than the physical or electronic versions. That on top of a monthly subscription is a lot. For example, the Harry Potter audiobooks are $21 each plus the subscription. The thing is, as someone who reads often, I can buy books cheap at a local booksale ($2 tops) and online at thriftbooks.com for less than $4. I have acquired about 20 new books just over the summer and (aside from the full HP collection) probably didn’t spend more than $30.
While I do enjoy listening to books, I wouldn’t want to pay that much. What do you think? Any audiobook fans out there? What sources do you use and what would you recommend? Let me know!