I didn’t really enjoy my first time listening to an audiobook, and for the next couple of years I never picked another one up. But back in August 2019 I decided to try again, and oh boy did it change my reading experience for the better. Ever since they’ve been my go-to for when I’m in a reading slump or for when I don’t have time to sit down and read — doing housework has never been this fun, let me tell you that.
Even though more and more people are starting to incorporate more audiobooks into their reading, I know that there are those who are still skeptical about it
and those who don’t even consider it reading!. In this post I’ve compiled some of my favourite places to get audiobooks from (and for free if you take advantage of the free trials) as well as some sites I want to try. Additionally, at the end I’m giving you some recommendations to get started in the world of audiobooks!
Where to get them from
Possibly the most well-known place to go to for audibooks. It has a very big selection to choose from and they offer a 30-day free trial. The catch? You get ONE credit for ONE book. If you end up not enjoying the book you picked you can always return it and try another one (if you do, the audibook creators have to pay for it, so be aware of this).
HOWEVER, remember that audible exists in many countries, and thus they all have their own free trials. It’s worth taking advantage of this and having a look around. Especially because some books might only be available in one of the different versions of the site. Price after trial is 9,99€/month.
Works on the same basis as audible. 30-day free trial with ONE credit for ONE book. Very straight to the point. Price after trial is 9,99€/month.
Hands down my favourite site! They offer an considerable catalogue of not only audibooks but also ebooks, magazines, podcasts, etc. They don’t use credits, instead, you get a 30-day free trial and you can read any amount of books you want. OR, you can sign up through someone’s link (mine, for instance) and you get a 60-day free trial, and the person gets 30 extra days of free reading.
There is a slight drawback, as you read more and more books, some of their selection will become unavailable for a while. However, that’s never really been an issue for me, I’ve just simply read something else (and discovered some great books in the process). Price after trial is 9,99€/month.
Just like scribd it works without credits. They don’t limit your reading at all and it has a fantastic catalogue. The only negative is that the free trial is only 14 days long. Price after trial is 10,99€/month, which is slightly more expensive than the rest.
They have quite a big collection of books for free. The only downside for me is that you can’t change the speed.
I haven’t used this one yet. But like storytel it offers a 14-day free trial with unlimited access to their library. Price after trial is 14,90€/month.
1) The Brown Sisters trilogy by Talia Hibbert
Listening to these is like getting a shot of instant serotonin. They’re super fun while still dealing with important themes such as chronic illness or mental health. There are also some quite graphic steamy scenes, so keep that in mind if you’re planning to listen without headphones.
2) Any Alice Oseman book
All great books dealing with different struggles of the teenage (or young adult) experience. My favourites are Radio Silence and Loveless, but all of them are worth the read.
3) Sadie by Courtney Summers
TW: pedophilia, sexual abuse, drug abuse, murder.
This is a tough read, but it is fantastic. Half of it is formatted as a regular novel, and the other half as a podcast. The unreliable narrator on one side and the investigation on the other just add to the creepiness of it.
4) My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
TW: pedophilia, grooming, emotional manipulation.
Like Sadie this is a harrowing book to listen to, but this format does bring the story to life. If you like darker reads, I’d definitely recommend it!
5) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A joy to listen to. The book is formatted as an interview, so listening to it works perfectly. It feels as if you’re listening to a real interview about a real celebrity.
I’ve listened to this twice and both times I thought it was fantastic. I don’t believe that reading a physical copy would have as much impact (although it still is a great read).
Do you listen to audiobooks? What are some of your favourites? Do you use any other side to listen to them?