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October 2, 2016 , , ,

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I have enjoyed the audible reading app from Amazon that I test drove for the last three months. In the past I had listened to audio books on long drives, but rarely at home. I took the free membership that included 3 free books over a period of three months. It is fun, but I will not continue to pay for it when the free trail ends.  I do enjoy telling my robot Alexa to read to me at home, but I can still purchase books I like from Amazon and add whisper sync audio if it is available for that book.  Then I have access to the audio version forever without paying for a separate audible subscription.  If I had a different lifestyle that including a lot of time in my car I would consider staying subscribed to this service. Here are the features I appreciate the most:

  • The app keeps track of your place in the book so you can switch devices at will
  • Some books are read by the author which brings another level of authenticity
  • The channels, updated constantly, provide excellent original content
  • The selection is extremely diverse, and is also updated all the time

It is true that during my audible free trail I managed to listen to 5 books that I found useful.  This is an increase in the average number of books during a 3 month period.  I purchased the last one in hard copy with whisper sync so I can continue to listen after I kiss this membership good-bye four days from now.  I think Alexa knows how to whisper sync.  If not, I will whip out the bluetooth speaker and listen the old fashioned way.  Do you listen to your content, or read it?  Do you use books printed on paper or electronic devices to read?  Do tell, gentle reader.

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I do like audible, but I’m kinda fussy about the kinds of narrators I like so the thought of spending a regular amount of money is quite inhibitive.

I’m all about cheaper alternatives
😄

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Nia

October 2, 2016

And there are plenty. Just the spoken word channels that come with Amazon Prime are worth a listen. Thanks for your visit, Nia.

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Pamela Morse

October 2, 2016

Hi, I came upon your blog through another post you liked, it’s a kind of game of following gravatars to new blogs…fun…but anyhow, I had considered Amazon Audible, but instead listen to quite a few books on Youtube of all places. So many classics are there for free, and even some bestsellers. All you have to do to have book after book come up is type in audiobook…then just follow the trail. I am listening to Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” right now, and finished “1984” a few weeks ago. Anyway, nice to meet you through blogs.

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Timelesslady

October 2, 2016

Wow, I never even thought about youtube..but it makes perfect sense. Thanks for your visit and this excellent tip for finding audio material.

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Pamela Morse

October 2, 2016

I was thrilled when I discovered it recently. I love the movie Enchanted April and the book is hard to find…I had read it on my computer, but really enjoyed it more as I went about tasks and listened on my computer.

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Timelesslady

October 2, 2016

I wonder how much different it is to “consume” the book while attending to other stuff. I am not sure.

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Pamela Morse

October 2, 2016

I enjoy being able to do two things at once. It keeps me focused a bit more…don’t know how that works, but it does.

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Timelesslady

October 2, 2016

I hear that. I think that Audible is great for those with long drives. I don’t drive into LA every week and I listen to music but there are channels for audio books too on Sirius XM. I prefer print books but I do read via kindle as well

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

October 3, 2016

Alas, I’ve been with audible for 15 years and will probably be for 15 more. I listen to 10 to 15 audiobooks a month and use whispersync for most of my purchases. So it’s worth it to me. But if you only read a couple per month I see what you’re saying!

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audioaudits

January 24, 2017

I do like the ones I buy, and Alexa reads them to me…but I am not at the same level of volume at all. Enjoy your private reader!!!

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Pamela Morse

January 24, 2017

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