Audible is and remains the place deer in the field of streaming audiobooks. Thanks to the high level of comfort and numerous exclusive titles on offer, there is hardly a way around the Amazon subsidiary. We reveal how to be a new customer in the Audible subscription in the first quarter – and also give you four audiobook tips.
Alternative: If you are not a new customer, i.e. already have an Audible account with a dormant subscription, you can use the Audible Flexi subscription and then only pays, also cheap, 4.95 euros per month for the first three months.
Audible – how the service works
Unlike direct competitors or the music streaming services with their quite good audiobook offer in some areas, you do not have full access to all audiobooks with an active Audible subscription. Instead, you pay 9.95 euros a month and receive a credit for an audiobook of your choice. With an active subscription, you can also buy additional audiobooks at this price at any time, so you are not limited to one audiobook per month.
Sounds like a disadvantage at first, but Audible has by far the best audiobook offer on the market and numerous exclusive titles. In addition, the app is much better suited for audiobook use than the applications of the music streamers – the reading level is saved, you can even sync it with the Kindle app and its Kindle eBook reader if you read the eBook in parallel. You have setting options for reading speed and much more. In addition, you have to put the price in relation. Even paperbacks are usually more expensive than a single audiobook, not to mention the versions on CD.
If you want to test Audible, you can do it for free for one month and get 1 audiobook for free. It is also great that you can save additionally – with the Audible Flexi subscription. This means that in the first three months you pay only 4.95 instead of 9.95 euros per month. So you get three audiobooks (one per month) for a total of 14.85 euros. A great offer that I can only recommend. If you no longer feel like the subscription, you can cancel Audible at any time, the audiobooks can be heard even if you are at a resting subscription. It may even be possible to re-enter the Flexi subscription, i.e. to continue to benefit from the discounted offer.
My tips: These Audible audiobooks are worth it
As a long-time Audible customer, I have heard many audiobooks about the platform. Here are four recommendations for set-up works that I liked very much recently:
Jon Krakauer: Into icy heights
A susworking factual report on the 1996 Mount Everest ascent, which resulted in a disaster. Fantastic reading to understand what drives people to the highest mountain in the world. How irrational decisions in “mountain fever”, but also accidental extreme weather changes, make the supposedly safe ascent to the “roof of the world” a danger, which to this day costs lives almost every year.
Andy Weir: The Martian
Mark Watney, who is probably the loneliest human in the universe, is stranded alone on Mars and struggles daily with limited means and gigantic creativity for survival and his return to Earth. This science fiction novel puts the emphasis on science, it’s basically a contemporary Robinson Crusoe novel and so exciting that you almost get heartbroken. I had first seen the film, then read the book in parallel and heard the audiobook. In terms of content and suspense, the book is in no way inferior to the film, and the audiobook is also formidably presented.
Alina Bronsky: My grandmother’s braid
History of Russian immigrants who come to Germany in the 80s and try to establish themselves socially. But also a family portrait, which shows how an ultra-neurotic grandmother makes her grandson’s life hell and how this grandson tentatively emancipates himself. Insanely good tragicomic novel, also beautifully performed in the audiobook by Sophie Rois.
Delia Owens: The Song of The Crayfish
The story of a girl who grew up alone in the marshes of the US East Coast in the 1960s after being abandoned by her family. How she grows up, what relationship she has with nature and how she slowly approaches people. The book is portrait, social study, court drama, crime and romance in one. The story is brutal and empathetic at the same time, the narrative is incredibly well composed. I really liked it and kept me mentally busy for a long time, although I can’t really do anything with crime novels or romancenovels.
If you have any other audiobook recommendations, please write them in the comments! And if you want to test Audible, just walk along here:
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