Bible + Book Reviews
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Do you wish you had more time to read? I sure do! I've spent so much money on books that have been sitting on the shelf collecting dust. "Maybe one day I'll read them," I tell myself.
I found a solution to this problem about four months ago... Audible!
Did you know if you sign up for audible you get free books? It's true! Every single month that you renew your subscription, you get a credit to choose any book you want! So instead of having to buy books, I just pay the monthly subscription ($14.99), and wait for a new credit each month. I have paid for audible for three months now (I've had it for four, but first month is free), and out of the $45.00 I have obtained four books with four credits. One of these book was priced at over $20 for a copy, and the other books were between $10-15. I actually spent less paying monthly to obtain the audio copies then to buy paperbacks.
If you're a heavy reader, Audible might be a good choice for you as well. More often then not the audio version is the same price or cheaper then the book copy. If you are trying to save on books, maybe get an audio copy to listen to for now. Sometimes the author is the one who reads the book to you; this is super cool if you always wondered what your favorite author's voice sounded like.
Now, personally, when I hear an audio book and it's really good, I plan to go and buy a copy to keep. I like having a collection of books, even if they are sitting on a shelf. That's just me. But audible has become so useful! I was able to finish a 600 page book by listening to 1-2 hours of reading a day for two weeks. It was a fantastic audio! And after listening to an audio of a book, you don't lose the book. You get to keep it forever on your account so that you can listen to it anytime.
It's super useful having all of your books saved on the Audible cloud to listen to on any device. This way I am able to share my books with my girlfriend just by letting her sign in. I also haven't used it personally, but I know there is a family sharing feature for books that you want to share. I haven't tried it (because I haven't needed to), but I am sure it would be a good option for multiple listeners in the house. With this feature, if another family member is also paying the monthly subscription, you can be getting two books by sharing with each other and you only had to pay the price of one!
They have a wide variety of book selections and many speakers. The readers are usually trained for this kind of stuff, so you don't have to worry about getting a boring voice. They also have five minute samples of books to listen to the reader. This comes in handy if you are pretty picky with speakers.
So for me, to get the most out of Audible, I usually try to listen to one book a month (I also aim to read at least one book a month as well). This way, when the month is up, I pay for my next subscription and receive another credit. I can then search for authors or keywords that I want the book to be about and find what I am interested in. I use my one credit for that book, and now I own another book in my library. There have been very few times I have searched for a book and they didn't have it. I can only think of one book at the top of my head that they didn't have an audio for, and I have searched for many books.
I usually search in advance for books on Audible. When I hear a friend talk about a good book, or I find out about a book an author wrote, I will go on Audible and add it to my wish-list. This way, when my new credit rolls around, I don't have to worry about searching for a book; I already have 10-15 books in my wish-list I can choose from.
When using Audible, you simply just download your book to your device to listen to it. The nice thing about this is that you do not have to worry about needing internet access to listen to your books. You just download it from the library. Any books you finish you can simply uninstall from the device so that they don't take up too much space. They will be waiting in your cloud library for the next time you or a family member want to download and listen to it.
As a Christian, this is a great tool for sermons and heavy theology studies. For example, right now I am listening to the exegetical preaching of the book of Hebrews by John Piper on Audible (if you are interested you can buy this message series by clicking here). John Piper took all of his messages on Hebrews and compiled them into a library. He then uploaded the large library of sermons onto Audible as an audio book. For me, I am studying Hebrews in my devotions right now so this book was perfect! I can listen to messages on each and every verse as I go through the book to help me grasp Hebrews more.
The next book I plan to by is Systematic Theology. The reason I plan to buy the audio version is because this is a HARD read. It is not something that is easily grasped. The audio will come in handy because I can listen to a chapter one, two, even three times to get a better understanding of what is being spoken about. With an audio version, it also helps to listen and read along if you have a copy of a book. This will help you comprehend what the writer is saying much easier.
Listen, even if you do not want pay the $14.99 a month, you can easily opt out whenever you want and opt right back in at any time. This is awesome! If you don't want to spend the money right now, no problem. Simply opt out. You can still listen to books you already own, and whenever you want to opt back in, you will receive another credit to get another book. Think of it this way: "Anytime I want a book it will cost me $14.99." That's not a bad deal; and if you're not a good reader, this will help you finish books a whole lot faster. Average book lengths is about a 4-hour read (150-200 pages).
Honestly, my plan was to sign up for the 30-day free trial, get one free book, and then opt out. You can actually do that! But then I saw the potential and how worth it this could be. I could listen to a book while at work, or at the gym, or doing whatever. I can learn, hear a story, or contemplate the writer's words while going about my day. I'd encourage you to give it a try. I mean, you might as well since you can get one free book!
-Can Become A Little Pricey If You Buy Multiple Books A Month
-Some Books Are Not Found On Audible
-Downloads Can Take Up A Lot Of Space If You Have Multiple Books Downloaded On One Device
-30 Free Trial Includes A Free Book
-One Credit A Month
-Lifetime Account (Never Lose Your Books Even If You Opt Out Of Paying Monthly)
-Most Books Are Half The Price Of Physical Copies
-Professional Readers And Voices Keep You Interactively Listening To Books
-Audio Books Make Multitasking Easy
These are the four books I have so far: