Is Audible Worth it?
Okay before I begin I want to tell you why I think you should listen to me. Like you, I am a huge skeptic when it comes to signing up for any service online. I don’t like giving companies my credit card without knowing if that company is trustworthy. Even if that company is owned by amazon. So like you, I googled “Audible reviews” or “Is Audible worth it?” and probably every other permutation of whether or not audible was worth it. Basically I like to let the internet help me make my final decision
So I did my research before I subscribed to audible – which was more than a year ago as of writing this. And I did my research now for this review. And both times I came up with the same conclusion. Subscribing to Audible is the best decision you will make for yourself.
The Credit System and What You Get:
So Audible works with a credit system. Basically what happens is you get 1-2 credits each month depending on your plan. These credits can be exchanged for any audiobook. If you are on the Gold plan – which is the lowest plan, each credit is worth $14.95. Most audiobooks on Audible I find are about $20.00+. Some audiobooks can be upwards to $40.00! So this is value within itself. Obviously you would not spend a credit on a $5.00 book or any audiobook which costs less than the credit you payed for.
Here are the available plans:
For me personally, I listen to audiobooks in my car during my commute to work. That is about 30-40min for a one way trip depending on traffic. So I would say I go through about 2 audiobooks a month. So in my opinion the Platinum plan would be best for you if you have a similar situation as me.
I think self-development books tend to be shorter than the average fiction novel. The average length of a self-development book I would say is about 8 hours. So you can also keep that in mind when choosing your plan. But stay tuned and I will tell you a little Audible ‘trick’ that Audible does NOT want you to know about. This trick may affect which plan you choose! But before I deviate from this section I want to mention other perks you get other than the monthly credit. These perks apply to both plans.
30% off ALL Audiobooks
This one has the most value. When I first went to audible I thought a lot of the books were pretty expensive. Getting a 30% discount on all books is a pretty good bargain especially if you couple it with the fact that you are also getting cheap books through your credits.
Sometimes they randomly have huge sales on a list of books and sell them for less than $6. These books can be upwards of $20.00+ ! Really amazing deals here which is why I always like to keep lots of books in my wish list that I would like to read. That way when this deal rolls along I can check my wish list to see which books are on sale. Often times these deals pop up during the holidays but I’ve also seen them just show up for no reason. Note that these deals are only available to members with the Gold or Platinum Plan.
This wasn’t as useful to me because I am interested in a very small niche of books, which is Self-Development. Although I did buy a few books with the daily deal. The daily deal can be absolutely amazing for you if you do get audible to listen to any and all books. Almost every daily deal the book is less than 6 dollars. This book right here was $27.99! So the daily deal is great value if you choose to take advantage of it.
You can also choose to have all these credits come to you at once for a hefty discount on all of the audiobooks. Note that for the 24 Credit plan you can only rollover 12 books. That means by the end of the year you have to spend at least 12 credits or you will lose 12 credits! For the 12 credit plan you must spend at least 6 credits or you will lose all 6 credits. These options are the cheapest credit wise. If you already know which books you want then I would suggest you go with this option.
How It All Works
So let’s put all this together. You have all these cool deals and plans and stuff but what happens after you buy an audiobook. Where does it go?
Buying an audiobook is easy. You have the option to view a preview of the audiobook, save it to a wishlist, or add it to your cart just like an amazon order. If you have more than one credit it will, by default, use that credit. There is also an option to just straight up pay for the book. You only need to give Audible your credit card information once and it will continually use that credit card unless you state otherwise.
Once you have bought the book you can listen to it straight from your library on the website. You can also listen to it straight from your Audible app on your mobile device which is what I do almost every time. This app is super convenient and I just leave it on while I’m driving. The app will back track the audiobook by 1 second if it gets interrupted by a notification, call or GPS – Which is very nice. You can also bookmark important parts of the book with only 1 key stroke, so it won’t distract you if you are driving. You can also backtrack 30 seconds or go forward 30 seconds to skip around. As soon as you download the audiobook you should see it on the app instantly. You will need to refresh the app first so that it can fetch the current library. All in all I have had no trouble with the app whatsoever. It is a 5 star app and works perfectly.
What’s also nice is that many of the audiobooks has thousands of reviews. Since Audible is really popular since it is an amazon product after all – You can expect a lot of audiobooks to be reviewed already. Audible will also recommend books for you based on your wish list and purchased books. Mousing over books shows a brief review of it also.
My Little Secret
So remember when I mentioned a little Audible ‘trick’ that Audible doesn’t want you to know about? This trick isn’t on the list of features when you buy the plans and its not exactly in your face either. If you go under your account details. At the bottom left, there is an option to return any audiobook you want! That’s full refund including credit or cash. So even if you don’t like a book or even if you listened to a book and you don’t plan on listening to it in the future. You can just return it, get your credit back and spend it on another book.
This does have an unofficial limit to it. If you return too many books it will tell you, you can’t return books anymore. But if you wait a month or two the notice will go away and you can start returning books again. I think I got the notice when I returned around 10 books. This in itself, I think is worth the subscription. No other audiobook site allows you to do this!
I personally have never had any issues with the customer service for audible. And I have cancelled my membership twice with no problems at all. Reason being is I felt like I listened to all the self-development books I wanted to. But I always found more I wanted to listen to so I kept coming back.
I also want to mention that not only have I had no problems canceling my subscription and resubscribing I also thought audible’s customer service was nothing but perfect. I even called them up to return books for free after I hit the 10 book limit. Do you know how many books I wanted to return? SEVEN. I returned SEVEN books and the guy was super nice and he didn’t even care. I got all my money back, all my credits back in about 10 minutes. And that’s not even the crazy part. I returned these books without even calling them!
I had run out of credits and I wanted to return a bunch of books to get some credits back. Unfortunately I had done this so many times already I got a notice saying I couldn’t return any more books. I was going to call them but I noticed they had an instant chat option – That’s right an instant chat option. I thought this was awesome. No other company that I heard of does this.
In any case I decided to check it out. I sent a message and the guy probably took maybe 5-10 minutes to respond. Here was the message exchange (from what I can remember):
Me: “Hi I would like to return some books”
Rep: “What books would you like to return?”
Me: […Listed books]
Rep: “All your books are returned, your credit and money has been refunded. It may take a few days for you to see it in your bank account. Is there anything else I can help you with?”
Me: “No thanks. Thank you for your help!”
That’s it. That’s how I returned 7 books and got all my money back. This was probably close to $200. So I wanted to just emphasize that not only is Audible’s customer service really good – I would go so far as to say it is the best.
Audible is an amazing service. I have learned so much from my audiobooks it’s insane. I actually would say that most of my knowledge about self development, NLP, human psychology and whatnot is mostly because of just listening to audiobooks in my car over and over again. I absolutely recommend Audible. Audible has the biggest library of audiobooks. Any book you can imagine, Audible probably has it. It has amazing customer service. You can return books. It’s free to start and the pricing is completely reasonable. Audiobooks are often a bit more expensive than regular books because you are paying for that extra effort of converting an entire book to audio format.
To start you do get a free book. What book do I recommend? My favorite self-development book; Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. Absolutely amazing book! Really changed my view on what the self image is about and the affects your self image has on your own life.
- The biggest Library of books on the market
- Owned by a trustworthy brand – Amazon.
- You can return books for free.
- You get a free book to start.
- It has its own app.
- Audiobooks are instantly transferred onto said app.
- 30% off all audiobooks plus daily deals and many other exclusive sales.
- The ability to bookmark important points in your audiobook.
- Very helpful customer support.
- The website library is very easy to navigate, subdivided and gives useful recommendations
- It’s hard to use Audible without subscribing.
Have you used Audible? Do you agree with my review? Tell me what you think in the comments below!