Are you confused by Audible's new Audible Plus and Audible Premium Plus subscriptions? This post: answers frequently asked questions about Audible Plus and Audible Premium Plus, reviews both subscription services (I have used Audible for several years); and gives my personal picks for best of the Audible Plus catalog.
Frequently Asked Questions About Audible Plus and Audible Premium Plus
Audible Plus is Audible's new "unlimited listening" subscription service, by which members can listen to unlimited audiobooks, Audible Originals, podcasts, and more -- as long as are part of the Audible Plus catalog.
Audible Premium Plus is the new version of Audible's classic subscription service. Members get one credit per month, with which they can listen to any audiobook in Audible's full catalog -- not just the "Plus" catalog. Members of Audible Premium Plus also get access to unlimited listening to the Audible Plus catalog and exclusive discounts, including 30% off additional purchases each month.
The Audible Plus subscription allows unlimited listening -- but only to the Audible Plus catalog. The biggest difference is the Audible Premium Plus also includes one credit per month for an audiobook of the member's choice from the entire Audible catalog.
I believe Audible Plus is worth it if you listen to more than one audiobook per month and you are pleased with the offerings in the Audible Plus catalog. It's a good deal, comparable to similar services if you do not mind that you will not get to choose a book of your choice from the entire Audible catalog each month.
(My top picks from the Audible Plus catalog are below.)
I believe Audible Premium Plus is worth it if you want at least one audiobook of your choice each month at a discounted price. This is what Audible has always offered subscribers, along with the exclusive discounts, and it is comparable to similar services. Access to the Audible Plus catalog for unlimited listening is a new bonus, which now sets Audible apart from its competitors, and may sway you to choose Audible over another similar service.
If you are new to Audible, try these subscriptions for free right now:
Or, if you still need more information, below is my review of Audible Plus / Audible Premium Plus and audiobooks included in the Premium Plus catalog.
Review of Audible Plus / Audible Premium Plus
I have used several audiobook services, including Audible, for years.
My favorite things about Audible specifically are:
- the app, which allows you to fine-tune the speed very narrowly, and
- how easy it is to return audiobooks that you don't like (for whatever reason; just a few clicks).
I don't have any complaints about the service.
The bottom line:
I see the addition of the Audible Plus catalog as a nice bonus for Audible Premium Plus members and as a cheap, alternative service for unlimited listening for Audible Plus members if they are pleased with the catalog offerings.
Personally, I see the catalog as fairly limited right now. However, it's also possible to join Audible Plus for just a month or two and catch up on the audiobooks in which you are interested.
Books in the Audible Plus Catalog
The Audible Plus Catalog can be searched on Audible's menu by clicking "Audible Plus." Books in the Audible Plus catalog are also designated "INCLUDED" in a yellow box under their title on any search. You can also filter any category to display Audible Plus books.
(Note: new titled are added every week)
Many classics, including Audible-exclusive versions, included are:
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn narrated by Elijah Wood
- Emma narrated by Emma Thompson
- Anne of Green Gables narrated by Rachel McAdams
- Anna Karenina narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal
Other popular books included are:
- The Queen's Gambit
- All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
- The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
- The God of Small Things
- Next Year in Havana (one of the top sellers on this blog)
- So You Want to Talk About Race
For even more information, check out my full review of Audible and answers to more FAQs.
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