As someone who is constantly on the go (I put about 25,000 miles on my car per year on average), I am forever thankful that I learned about audiobooks. Gone are the years of CDs and cassette books (though they still exist and get used)- now, there are apps galore that can provide hours of entertainment! And as a book blogger, it helps me get ahead or keep up with book review content.
I don’t know how many times I’ve thanked the universe for audiobooks, and for allowing me to read while:
- cleaning the house
- mucking stalls
- mowing the lawn
- working on data entry
- running errands
- driving long distance
With the spring and summer being one of the busiest times of year for me (and for so many people), I thought I’d share some audiobook app sources* from the Apple App Store (which may be available on GooglePlay), and my thoughts on them!
*These are not affiliate links!
Libby (by Overdrive)
One of my favorite apps on my phone! Libby allows readers with a public library card to access their participating library’s online resources. For FREE, you get unlimited downloads of the audiobooks available in your public library system. The only catch is that they have a due date to be returned, so if you don’t finish the book in the allotted time (usually 2-3 weeks, depending on how in-demand the book is), it will be automatically returned. There’s no late fees though, which is great! Read more about the app here*.
My other top audiobook resource is Hoopla. Like Libby, Hoopla allows readers with a public library card to access their participating library’s online resources. Also free, you get access to downloads of the audiobooks available in your public library system- the catch is that there is a 5 book per month limit, and you still have a due date for the audio to be returned. The books will still be automatically returned and have no late fees. I usually max out my Hoopla limit every month, and then hit up Libby, lol. Read more here*.
Audible is an Amazon brand subscription service that for a monthly rate (currently $14.95), the reader receives a credit for 1 audiobook and access to numerous new releases and bestselling authors. I have used the free trial before and like the experience, which is very user friendly. I also recently just took advantage of a promotion through Planet Fitness offering 2 months free, so I’m hoping to read listen to some new releases or maybe find some audios of books I’d like to cross off the TBR. Read more about their service here*.
Audiobooks (by audiobooks.com)
Similar to Audible, Audiobooks is a subscription service that for a monthly rate (currently $14.95), the reader receives a choice of 2 audiobooks (one premium, one VIP). This sounds like a little more “book for your buck” in comparison to Audible, but I haven’t used this app before. Learn more here*.
Audiobooks (by crossforward.com)
This app has 200+ classic reads available in audiobook format. The audiobooks are free, but there are upgrades available- a high quality, disclaimer free version for $0.99, or all access for $7.99. For more details, click here*.
All You Can Books AudioBooks
All You Can Books AudioBooks is another subscription service that for a monthly rate (currently $19.99), the reader receives access to over 40,000 new releases and bestselling authors, with no monthly limit on audiobooks. This app has good ratings and sounds like it’s worth the monthly rate, but I haven’t used the service before. Read more about it here*.
An app with quick classic reads available free to download. However, these reads go chapter by chapter, so they require a little more effort on the reader, in that the audiobook is basically abridged. There also isn’t a very large selection, so I wouldn’t recommend this. I’m not even going to add a link, it’s that archaic.
Scribd is another subscription service that for a monthly rate (currently $8.99), the reader receives access to numerous new releases and bestselling authors, with no monthly limit on how many audiobooks you can read! I haven’t tried this service, but I may try the 30-day trial next month, because this sounds like an excellent deal. Read more here*.
This app is a source that allows you access to numerous audiobooks for purchase. There’s no monthly fee, but you do have to purchase the audios to listen. I think I would use this if I really wanted a certain book (for example, say I couldn’t get access to a book club read through the library, and had to purchase one.) Read more here*.
Chirp is perfect for the budget, in that an account is free, the app is free, and the audiobooks are at super-discounted prices, usually between $3-$5 per audiobook. The one drawback is you can’t purchase the audiobooks through the app- you must use a browser- but the plus side to that is you can stream the audiobook online through the site, or any device that has the app installed. I haven’t used this app before, but you bet I’ve downloaded and plan to give it a try! Read more here*.
Okay, it’s your turn! Please tell me which audio app is your favorite, and let me know your thoughts on the ones discussed, or any that I’ve missed!