I had been umming and ahing about signing up to an Audible subscription for a couple of months, torn between not wanting to add to my somewhat endless-feeling list of subscriptions; Netflix, Stan, Spotify, my annual Calm subscription (gotta prioritise the chill you know), and wanting to tick more books off my reading list, while I’m doing other stuff!
I finally did it, I finally signed up for a monthly Audible subscription and I’m already so glad I did.
For those who don’t know, Audible publishes and distributes the world’s largest selection of digital audiobooks and spoken-word content.
You can listen to it anytime and anywhere, you just download the app on your phone and your library is there ready for you. There are thousands of professionally narrated audiobooks across a wide range of genres, including bestsellers, new releases, sci-fi, romances, classics, non-fiction, self-help books and more.
The main reason I wanted to download Audible, is because I’ve been dying to read Sapiens for ages, and I thought this would be such a good way to make the information actually sink in to my fragile little brain!
I already have a physical copy of the book (as you can see below), but because it’s obviously got so much information (literally the whole history of humankind squished miraculously into one book) in, so I thought if I listened to the audiobook it might help me absorb some of the knowledge and obviously hopefully come out the other end a more intelligent and well rounded person. One can hope!
I love reading anyway, obviously, so I actually plan on reading the book too, but I probably stand a better chance of taking in the info in this way!
I like the idea of using Audible for listening to non-fiction, as I think it’s useful to be learning new information and facts while I do other things. Just feels so productive, which I’m craving at the moment as I’m currently living in Melbourne lockdown 2.0.
I’m also really into self-help books and business books, and I thought this would be such a good way to listen to things I’ve been meaning to read for ages while I work, or go for a walk, or just generally get stuff done.
Here are a few books on my Audible reading list, to potentially spend my next credit on:
- Becoming – Michelle Obama (Which is narrated by Michelle Obama herself!!)
- Gotta Get Theroux This: My Life and Strange Times on Television – Louis Theroux (Which is also narrated by Louis Theroux!)
- Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow – Yuval Noah Harari (From the same author as Sapiens: “Sapiens showed us where we came from. In uncertain times, Homo Deus shows us where we’re going.”)
Initially, you can get a 30-day Audible free trial, which offers a great way to try audiobooks out first. In your free trial, you receive:
- One free audiobook of your choice
- The chance to choose from 200,000-plus titles, including bestsellers, new releases, sci-fi, romances, mysteries, classics, and more
- After 30 days, if you choose not to cancel, you will receive one book each month for just £7.99/month
- You can also cancel easily, at anytime; audiobooks already purchased are theirs to keep, even if you cancel!
When you do sign up for a membership, you’ll get all these benefits too:
- One audiobook of your choice each month, regardless of length or price.
- Free Audible Original Podcasts. Unlimited listening to episodic documentaries, comedies and more.
- Your own library to build. Every audiobook is yours to keep. Even if you cancel.
- Get up to 80% off selected audiobooks with member-only deals.
- Exchange for free. Swap an audiobook for any reason.
I am obsessed, and Sapiens is like, 17 hours long, so one book credit per month included in your subscription is perfect for me. I’m aiming to get through one a month – that’s 12 extra books I’ll be able to say I’ve “read” (or at least absorbed) within a year!
It’s been so relaxing to put my headphones on and go for a nice morning walk with a coffee, listening to a brief history of the whole of humankind. It’s lush.