Audible Review

Audio Books

Road trips have always served the purposes of relaxation and daydreaming and self-education and edification. During my formative 20s I always looked for opportunities to listen to audiobooks. After one visit to California, I remember stopping at the Pasadena Border’s, eagerly looking for my next title.

I stopped listening to audiobooks once road trips were fewer. Since I worked from home for nearly 10 years, I rarely drove. Then I took on a project with a 2-hour daily commute. While most would complain about the drive, for me it was the perfect opportunity to get away from the rest of the world and to learn.

Audible stepped up big time. Audible is a digital audio book company. Instead of lugging around CDs, you download the audiobooks to your mp3 player or smart phone.

Special Offer – Get Your First 3 Months at Audible for $7.49/month!

Since my car is old, I rigged up an iHome system to ride shotgun. I finished 2 more books a month than I would have finished. I recently finished Mastery and Walter Isaacson’s biography of Benjamin Franklin (highly recommended). Next up is Arnold’s autobiography.

I am also a avid walker. Walking is a low-intensity form of fat burning that also helps you recover from harder workouts as walking encourage blood circulation and lymph flow. Walking is a great way to unwind. With Audible, I upload some books and listen do an hour of “reading” each day.

As regular readers know, I only link to products that I personally use. I’ve been a member of Audible for almost two years. I’m on the “gold” plan that entitles me to one new book a month.

AudibleListener® Gold Membership

  • Details: Get 50% off your first 3 months of the AudibleListener┬« Gold membership plan and receive your free audiobook credit each month.
  • Pay only $7.49/month for 3 months, $14.95/month thereafter.
  • Cost: $7.49/month for the first 3 months and $14.95 each month thereafter

What’s great about audible, among other things, is that you can suspend your membership if you build up too many credits. I read a lot of books on my Kindle, too. When I get a bunch of credits built up, I sent Audible an email. I’ve done this twice and never had an issue.

If you don’t like a book you can bring it back for a full refund. The narrator of Thus Spoke Zarathustra didn’t resonate me. I asked for a refund. No problems.

Audible gets my highest recommendation. You can join audible by clicking on this link.

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Audiobooks at!

Don’t miss: Mastery.

  • Liam

    You find you absorb the information as good as when reading a book?

    • Danger & Play

      Some are audio learners and some learn better from reading. I am pretty good at both. Listening to audiobook is like reading. Sometimes you get to bottom of page and say, “What did I just read?” Same with audio. Sometimes you zone out and gotta rewind.

  • sfer

    The teaching company lectures are very good as well. I like them better than books on tape.

    “You find you absorb the information as good as when reading a book?”

    People read at about 250-300 words a minute and speak at about 100 words an minute. It takes you 2-3 times longer to listen to a book than to read it. You generally are able to absorb the info pretty well even when driving; often to a greater extent than if you read the book. Boring sections last 2-3 times as long on tape and can’t easily be skipped though, so book selection makes a big difference.

    • Danger & Play

      Yep. I’ve run through 10-15 courses.

  • Dan

    Road trips are limited now for me as well. One of the more memorable ones was through Quebec and the maritimes. I checked out “Champlain’s Dream”, only because I would be camping at Lake Champlain on the way.
    Knew nothing about the guy other than he was a French explorer. Trip turned out to be a driving tour of nearly his entire adult life, as he was the founder of New France (later Quebec). Talk about a single minded passion, that guy. Recommended.
    Nearly finished with Isaacson’s Einstein, will be sure to check out his Ben Franklin one.

    Side note: started drinking fruit/veg juice due to your past articles. Still just blending though. Yes it felt weird to purchase, puree, and drink kale, previously labeled as a buffet garnish, but change is weird.

    • Danger & Play

      What’s your take on the Einstein bio? Worth listening to?

      • Dan

        Though the author made a great effort to explain Einstein’s theories, I will admit large sections went straight over my head.
        The chapters on his work in the patent office and struggle to get a professorship were interesting, as was his relationship with the US government during WWII, but I’d go with a shorter read unless you have a particular interest in Einstein or modern history of science.

      • Dan

        Would go with a shorter one, unless you specifically dig Einstein or the history of science. I will admit many sections explaining his theories went over my head, but I did enjoy his initial attempts at getting a professorship, and his relationship with the US government during WWII.

  • BA

    Howdy, has a bunch of public domain audiobooks in MP3 format. A lot of classics are available on that site. Nothing current is there so an sub will give you the current stuff.

    However, the readers are volunteers so sometimes the accents are heavy or the audio quality isn’t the best.

    Though it was cool to listen to a John Carter of Mars story being told by a lady with a southern accent.

    • Danger & Play

      Yeah I tried that. Paying for a pro reader was more than worth it.