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Opinions Wanted: Best Monthly Subscription Audiobook Service

Easton Press Collectors

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1GOBOGIE
Jul 20, 4:10pm Top

As many of us do I spend a fair amount of time in my car and really enjoy listening to audiobooks. I’ve bought a fair amount over the years to listen to on road trips and back and forth to work (I drive a lot) and have been thinking of looking into one of the many services out there.

I’ve seen that there are several out there. Opinions please on which is the best in your experience.

Thanks

2hamletscamaro
Jul 21, 7:22am Top

>1 GOBOGIE:, I too like listening to audio books, and find that I can increase my reading rate by using my driving time to my advantage, as you suggest.

One thing that you should not rule out is your local library. My library has a vast collection of ebooks, which are all of course free. This includes both traditional audio books as well as academic instructor led classes from the Learning Company, which I also highly enjoy. Many library systems have also partnered with online content providers to offer even more content and flexibility.

I do have several friends and coworkers that swear by Amazon's Audible subscription. I do like the feature to change the playback rate, to 1.25 times speed for example, to go through the books even faster if desired. You can also use Audible across multiple devices and pick up where they left off no mater which device you are using.

I have checked out online content providers but as there is so much local content at my library, I find it pointless to pay for a service when I can get much of the same content for free, and spend that money towards more books! I can usually go through 2-4 books or classes a month, so at that rate I also start getting into real money when looked at annually.

3GOBOGIE
Jul 21, 5:08pm Top

That’s such a good reminder about the library. I’ve use ed that in the past but have not used an audiobook from the library in a few years.

Im going to stop by my local libabry tomorrow and do some investigating!

I have looked into Audible. I get a portion of it free for being an Amazon Prime member, tut it doesn’t include audiobooks in that free area. Audible does have a huge selection which of course I like!

4Roccosem
Jul 21, 9:39pm Top

I second the library. Mine has an app where I just type in my card number and then I can download audiobooks not checked out yet. Nine times out of ten, the books is available, or available soon.

5treereader
Jul 22, 12:25am Top

Wait, I thought we were all in a contest to build our own libraries specifically to compete with the local libraries. You can't go off joining them now!

6GOBOGIE
Edited: Jul 22, 10:24pm Top

Lol - this is just for when I’m driving... I promise 😁

7sdawson
Edited: Jul 23, 10:05am Top

I second (or third or fourth) the local library option. I have CloudLibrary and another app (i forget the name just now) installed and both are connected to my local library, where I can check out digital copies to read as well as audiobooks to listen.

>5 treereader: Regarding competition with local libraries, it's more of a collaboration, as they are a great source as suppliers of books for my library. Decided to read the LA Quartet, as I have never read any James Ellroy. Stared with The Black Dahlia a few weeks ago. I picked up an ex-library hardcover, with dustjacket, 1st edition for something like $3.97, including shipping from one of those huge book resellers on ebay. Yes, the book is worn and used and stamped and abused, worth nothing to a collector, but it is not falling apart, and was a good enough read that I will go back for the 2nd book in the series. So yay for the ex-library books, cheaper than paperbacks and easier to read.

8treereader
Jul 23, 3:33pm Top

>7 sdawson:

Well, I always thought that a large part of the appeal of owning my own library was being able to avoid stepping into a noisy public space, without need for travel, to pick out my next book.

I buy ex-library books, too, but there's always an intermediary or two involved...eBay, Amazon, AbeBooks, etc...

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