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Audible Subscription Review & Answers to FAQs

If you're curious about the Audible subscription in general or have specific questions, this post reviews the Audible subscription and answers an array of frequently asked questions.

I listen to 5-10 audiobooks per month from a variety of sources, and I have been an Audible subscriber for many, many years, so I have a lot of personal insight on this topic.

(Check out my favorite audiobooks of all time.)

First, I provide a quick review of the Audible subscription, and then I answer tons of very specific frequently asked questions about it.

Audible Subscription Review

My Audible subscription is called Premium Plus monthly, and I get one audiobook credit per month for a book of my choice plus access to "The Plus Catalog," which includes a selection of thousands of Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts. This costs $14.95 per month.

The price is spot on, and I have never had a problem using my Audible subscription. It's also easy to return a book you don't like and to pause or cancel your membership if you need to, in just a few clicks.

It's especially helpful when books are exclusive to the Audible subscription. As far as "The Plus Catalog" goes, while I can find books on it, especially classics, I wouldn't call it an exceptional bonus for me personally. However, it all depends on what you want to read. At the end of the day, it's more of a "nice to have" than a "must" for me.

I also love getting access to exclusive sales. The only thing I truly dislike is not supporting independent bookstores with Audible; however, I do that through other audiobook and book purchases each month.

Pros

  • Competitively priced, with lots of exclusive options, freebies, and sales.
  • Easy to use and I have never experienced technical issues.
  • Easy to return books and make changes to your account with just a few clicks.

Cons

  • Supports a large company versus independent bookstores.
  • "The Plus Catalog," which includes an ulimited selection of thousands of Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts is fairly limited in its selection compared to other similar "unlimited" audiobook services. So, your ability to choose exactly what you want to listen to may generally depend on how many credits you have for books of your choice.

Audible Subscription Frequently Asked Questions

NOTE: I did my best to make these answers as accurate as possible; however, things like technology and prices do change. I will do my best to continue to keep it updated.

How does the Audible membership work?

There are currently five total Audible membership plans (both by month and by year) available by which you can buy credits to choose your own audiobooks to listen to and/or access to the "The Plus Catalog," which includes a selection of thousands of Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts.

The five membership plans and their costs are discussed in more detail below.

How much does an Audible monthly subscription cost?

The cost of an Audible monthly subscription depends on which of the three monthly plans you choose:

- $7.95 for zero credits but access to "The Plus Catalog," which includes a selection of thousands of Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts;
- $14.95 for one credit for an audiobook of your choosing PLUS access to "The Plus Catalog;" or
- $22.95 for two credits for two audiobooks of your choosing PLUS access to "The Plus Catalog."

Details of Audible's annual subscriptions are below.

What plans does Audible offer?

There are currently five total Audible membership plans (both by month and by year) available by which you can buy credits to choose your own audiobooks to listen to and/or access to "The Plus Catalog," which includes a selection of thousands of Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts:

Monthly plans (cancel anytime):
- $7.95 for zero credits but access to "The Plus Catalog;"
- $14.95 for one credit for an audiobook of your choosing PLUS access to "The Plus Catalog;" or
- $22.95 for two credits for two audiobooks of your choosing PLUS access to "The Plus Catalog."

Annual plans:
- $119.50 for your first year, $149.50 a year thereafter: 12 credits upfront PLUS access to "The Plus Catalog;" or
- $229.50 a year ($9.56 per book): 24 credits upfront PLUS access to "The Plus Catalog."

How many books can you read a month with Audible?

Technically, you can read thousands of books a month with Audible. This is because all current membership plans offer access to"The Plus Catalog," which includes an unlimited selection of thousands of Audible originals, audiobooks, and podcasts.

However, it is fairly limited in its selection compared to other similar "unlimited" audiobook services. So, your ability to choose exactly what you want to listen to and how many books you want to listen to may generally depend on how many credits you have for your book of choice.

How do I buy more Audible credits?

If you need more Audible credits, sign in to your account and look at the top right of your screen, near the shopping cart. There, Audible offers you 3 Extra Credits
for $35.88 (only $11.96 per credit).

You can also upgrade a monthly membership to an annual membership, by which you can purchase 12-24 credits upfront at a discount.

Full details of Audible's annual membership are listed above.

What devices does Audible work on?

The Audible app is free and available on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 and Fire Tablets

You can also listen to audiobooks on the following; however, Audible no longer offers support on these devices:

-Windows and Mac computers (you can also stream via Cloud Player on these devices)
-Kindle Paperwhite (10th Gen)
-Kindle Oasis (10th Gen)
-Kindle Oasis (9th Gen)
-Kindle Oasis (8th Gen)
-Kindle (8th Gen)
-Alexa devices
-Fire Tablets running OS 5 or above
-Sandisk Clip Jam
-Bones Milestone 312
-Victor Reader Stream

What is the Audible 2 for 1 sale?

Occasionally, Audible offers "2 for 1" sales by which you can choose 2 audiobooks from a specific list of audiobooks on Audible for the price of 1 credit.

Is there an Audible Daily Deal?

Yes, Audible has a Daily Deal page where you can find rock bottom prices on a rotating selection of books for limited-time offers.

What is Whispersync on Audible?

Whispersync is a feature that allows you to continue listening to your Audible audiobook across a variety of Whispersync enabled devices without losing your place. Further, you can also switch between listening to your Audible audiobooks and reading the Kindle ebook version at the same time.

How do I know if a book has Whispersync?

On both Audible and Amazon, the product details for a book are branded with the below icon to show that the audiobook and/or ebook are compatible with Whispersync:
whispersync

How do I enable Whispersync?


Log in to Amazon.com and hover over "Account & Lists" at the top right of the screen. Go to "Content and Devices." Select the "Preferences tab." Select "Device Synchronization (Whispersync Settings)" and make sure the feature is turned ON.

Is Audible free for Prime members?

Audible is not free for Prime members; however, Prime members can get any 2 titles free with an Audible Premium Plus trial. 

Is Audible Premium Plus free with Amazon Prime?

Audible Premium Plus is not free for Prime members; however, Prime members can get any 2 titles free with an Audible Premium Plus trial. 

Can you get free Audible books with Prime Reading?

Yes, Amazon Prime members can get free Audible books with Prime Reading.

Prime Reading is a benefit of the Amazon Prime membership. It allows unlimited access to a rotating catalog of ebooks and audiobooks. At the time of posting, Prime Reading has 441 books with Audible narration available for free for Amazon Prime members.

Browse the current selection.

Is Audible free with Amazon Prime Student?

At promotional times, Prime Student members can subscribe to Audible Premium Plus for up to three free months, which means they download three free titles to keep forever.

Otherwise, Amazon Prime Student members have access to certain Audible books for free through the Prime Reading program.

(Prime Student offers a free six-month subscription to new members. Prime Student members with an annual membership renew at the rate of $59/year. Monthly Prime Student members continue to pay $6.49 per month. This is about a 50% discount.)

Join Amazon Prime Student.

Does Audible come with a student discount?

Audible does not come with a student discount. However, at certain promotional times, Prime Student members can subscribe to Audible Premium Plus for up to three free months, which means they download three free titles to keep forever.

Additionally, Amazon Prime Student members have access to certain Audible books for free through the Prime Reading program.

(Prime Student offers a free six-month subscription to new members. Prime Student members with an annual membership renew at the rate of $59/year. Monthly Prime Student members continue to pay $6.49 per month. This is about a 50% discount.)

Join Amazon Prime Student.

Is Audible free with Kindle Unlimited?

Audible is not totally free with Kindle Unlimited. However, Kindle Unlimited includes over 2,000 free Audible audiobooks. Additionally, these audiobooks have Whispersync so you can switch between reading and listening to the Kindle eBook and the audiobook.

What's the point of an Audible membership?

The point of an Audible membership is to choose audiobooks of your choice to listen to on-demand. There are five memberships currently available to best suit your needs.

Do Audible members get free audiobooks?

Audible members get "free" audiobooks if they have a monthly or annual membership that includes credits. Essentially what this means is that you pay for your credits, by which you can choose any audiobook you want, PLUS as a free bonus, you get access to "The Plus Catalog," which includes a selection of thousands of Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts.

Audible members may also get free audiobooks if they are also Amazon Prime members and/or Kindle Unlimited members. Amazon Prime offers Prime Reading, which allows unlimited access to a rotating catalog of ebooks and audiobooks. Kindle Unlimited includes over 2,000 free Audible audiobooks.

Are Audible books yours to keep?

Yes. The Audible books that you purchase from Audible are yours to keep. Even if you cancel your Audible membership, your Audible account remains active. The Audible books you purchase may also be downloaded across multiple devices.

Can I return a book on Audible?

Yes.

On the mobile app:
Sign in to your Audible account and navigate to your Library. Tap the three dots on the right side of the screen for the book you want to return, and then tap "Return this title." Then tap "Confirm."

On desktop:

Sign in to your Audible account and navigate to your "Account Details." Click "Purchase History." Find the book you want to return and click "Return this title."
Click "Confirm."

How can I share my Audible books with my family?

You can share Audible books with members of your Amazon Household (up to two adults and four children at the same address) through the Family Library feature.

Log in to Amazon.com and hover over "Account & Lists" at the top right of the screen. Go to "Content and Devices." Select the "Preferences tab." Next, select "Households and Family Library," and then select "Manage your Household." Click "Add" and follow the prompts to invite family members to your Amazon Household. Thereafter, you will need to "Manage Your Family Library."

Can I transfer my Audible books to someone else?

You can share an Audible book by opening your Audible app and tapping “My Library” at the bottom of the screen. Find the Audible book that you want to share and tap the three dots to the far right of the book. Tap “Send this Book.” My understanding is this only works if the person you share the audiobook with has never received one through this sharing feature. 

How do I gift a book on Audible?

You can share an Audible book by opening your Audible app and tapping “My Library” at the bottom of the screen. Find the Audible book that you want to share and tap the three dots to the far right of the book. Tap “Send this Book.” My understanding is this only works if the person you share the audiobook with has never received one through this sharing feature. 

Or, you can purchase a gift membership for Audible in increments of 1, 3, 6, or 12 months here.

Can two people listen to Audible at the same time?

Yes. Two people may sign in to Audible with the same log-in credentials and listen on multiple devices at the same time. However, this can get tricky if two people are trying to listen to the same audiobook.

How long do Audible credits last?

Audible credits expire 12 months after they have been issued.

Do I lose my Audible credit if I don't use it?

Audible credits expire 12 months after they have been issued.

How do I purchase a gift membership for Audible?

You can purchase a gift membership for Audible in increments of 1, 3, 6, or 12 months here.

Give the gift of Audible.

Can I use a gift card to buy an Audible book as a gift?

You can only buy an Audible gift membership to give as a gift. You cannot use an Amazon gift card on Audible.

How do I pause my Audible membership?

To place your membership on hold for three months, log in to Audible and navigate to your "Account Details" Click "Pause Membership." If you want to pause your Audible membership for one or two months, contact customer service.

Will I lose my books if I cancel Audible?

Any books you already purchased on Audible are yours to keep forever, even if you cancel your membership.  However, when you cancel, Audible tells you when your unused credits expire, so be sure to use all of your credits before they expire upon canceling your Audible membership.

How can I cancel my Audible membership?

To cancel your Audible membership, log in to Audible and navigate to your "Account Details." Click "Cancel Membership" and enter the reason why you are canceling. Follow the screen prompts from there.

How do I cancel my Audible account without losing credits?

When you cancel your membership, Audible tells you when your unused credits expire, so be sure to use all of your credits before they expire upon canceling your Audible membership.

Can you cancel Audible and rejoin?

Yes, you can absolutely cancel Audible and rejoin! I have done this several times when I needed a break for whatever reason, then wanted to start up again.

How many books can you get with an Audible free trial?

You can get at least one free audiobook of your choice with your Audible free trial, plus unlimited access to "The Plus Catalog," which includes a selection of thousands of Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts. It is also worth it if you want access to member-only sales and discounts.

Is Audible worth it?

Audible is worth it if you want to listen to any audiobook of your choice, on-demand, at less than the retail price. It is also worth it if you want unlimited access to "The Plus Catalog," which includes a selection of thousands of Audible Originals, audiobooks, and podcasts. It is also worth it if you want access to member-only sales and discounts.

Those are all the details of the Audible subscription I could think of! I hope it's helpful to you.

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