Discovering Audiobooks

Audiobooks are nothing new. They have been around since the 1980s when book retailers started to display them on bookshelves. As a kid I use to have the Cassette tapes to books and listened to them all the time. Then CD’s came along and well by that time I wasn’t much into reading any books anymore. It wasn’t until I meet my hubby and his family that I got back into reading, but I still wasn’t an audio person. 

Their’s something scary about audiobooks or it felt that way. I follow several bloggers who listen to audiobooks. They love them and share how great they are. I see the posts by these bloggers on audiobooks and I say to myself one day I’m going to give audio a try. I will, yes, I will.

But, I kept putting them off. Why you might be asking? Well I was nervous, afraid, and unsure on how it would feel to take that leap. You don’t know if you are going to like the narrator and the voices they use on the characters. It’s kinda scary jumping into audiobooks. And, then you have the sex scenes. Well only if you like the genre they are in. For me I’m a Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy lover, but I do enjoy a good Erotic Romance and Contemporary Romance now and then. With PNR and UF, you are usually safe and the scenes are nicely done, not over the top, but questions pop up in your head. Like; Do you want to listen to the sexy scene, wither it’s tame or not or do you prefer to read them?

Library Love/Audio Downloads

This year has been a year of many changes and new experience in real life and on the blog. I finally picked up my first audiobook this year, 2017. I deiced to play it safe and listen to my favorites that I’ve reread over and over. I’ve been using my library to try this new experience and totally have saved lots of $$ money.

Which series/books did I pick up in Audio?

Mercy Thompson

  • Moon Called – $23.95
  • Blood Bound – $23.95
  • Iron Kissed – $23.95
  • Bone Crossed – $23.95
  • Silver Borne – $23.95
  • River Marked – $23.95
  • Frost Burned – $20.95

They don’t have book 8 in audio… I h8 that they are missing this one.

Alpha & Omega

  • Cry Wolf – $23.95
  • Hunting Ground – $23.95
  • Fair Game – $20.95

They don’t have book 4 in audio and I requested, but they won’t get it. 

Kate Daniels

  • Magic Bites – $17.95
  • Magic Burns – $17.95

 

Hidden Legacy

  • Burn For Me – $12.99
  • Major wait list on the next two in the series.. I h8 waiting!

 

Charley Davidson – This last series is new to me. Everyone loves the audio version, so I deiced to audio it instead of read.

  • First Grave on the Right – $23.95
  • Second Grave on the Left – $23.95

 

Total Savings by using my library; instead of purchasing outright: $330.29

What I like about Audiobooks:

  • You can save your spot easily. 
  • I can get through a book quicker by listening then reading.
  • You can change the speed.
  • The verity of narrators.
  • I can multi-task. Get more done either on the blog, work, or home stuff.

 

The only downside and trouble I have run into with my library is that I’m finding they don’t have all the books in a series available in audio download. They may have books 1-3 and skip 4 then have 5-7 or something like that. Why? Oh Why? I just don’t know! I can suggest a title for request from my library, but it doesn’t guarantee they will get it. I h8 waiting. And, then if they don’t get it I can’t listen too it unless I buy it in that formate. What can I do? What are my other options?

Audio Subscriptions 

I’ve been thinking about picking up an Audio subscription.

I do all my shopping on Amazon, so I’ve been looking at Audible which is an Amazon company. You can try the service for 30 days free and then pay $14.95 monthly subscription. 

But WAIT, Kobo just introduced Audiobooks on their site. You can try the service for 30 days free and then pay $9.99 monthly subscription.

What’s the upside and downside? Well Kobo doesn’t have as big a selection yet, as Amazon. They are missing titles in a series too, just like my library, but I like that it’s under $10. I wish Audible was under ten instead of under $15. I just don’t know which to go with or if their are other options out their? 

 

Rakuten Kobo U.S
 

 

Audio Lovers. I’m asking you for help!!!

What Audio site do you use? How much does it cost? Do you subscribe or just purchase the audiobook outright? I love my library, but missing books in a series doesn’t help me. And, having to wait on that waiting list is so hard.

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
Guest

I agree that it’s really frustrating when the library is missing books from a series—that happens often with Overdrive and Hoopla. My mom’s library used to use Axis 360, which had an amazing selection and I never ran into that problem—but they just switched to Overdrive. So frustrating! I agree that audible seems to be the way to go for selection.

kimbacaffeinate
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I use Audible, like you I shop at Amazon, have Prime and can often get upgrades to audio for a fraction of the price. For example, I got Stillhouse Lake for free as a Prime member and added audio for less than $3.oo. Have you tried Overdrive for Audiobooks?

Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons
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The only subscription service that I’ve used is Audible. They do have the largest selection and they produce a lot of series that I love, and you can really only get them there. I get a lot of books from my library on CD (more than digital). I copy the files to my iPod to listen to them. I also get a large number from publishers for review. Between that and the library and my Audible membership, I have more than I can listen to. This year, I did buy the annual membership. You have to pay up front, but… Read more »
Kathy Valentine
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Audio books are not my thing,but I agree in checking out your local library!!! I love my library its awesome!! Great article Angela!! Shared on all my socials!!

Samantha
Guest

I get most of mine via my library, then use my Audible subscription to pick up the ones I can’t get via the library. I also review audiobooks for a couple audio publishers so that helps 🙂

Lover Of Romance
Guest

I do love audiobooks, I normally just do whispersync for voice, its way cheaper than a subscription.

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)
Guest
I listen to audiobooks via my library, too. I just started to get into them last year when we were packing for our move. I needed something to take my mind off the boring task of wrapping, packing, and taping boxes for hours on end. I’ve also found that it calms me down while I’m driving and I tend to get less stressed by crazy drivers because I’m so wrapped up in the story that I really don’t mind sitting in traffic or people cutting me off in a rush because I’m in the middle of a good part. However,… Read more »
Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
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Like you, it drives me absolutely bananas when the library or audio service does not have ALL the books in a series. I’m not sure about the Kobo offerings, but I do know the site audiobooks.com is pretty much the same way. There will be books missing from series. Their plan is just under $15 too, so I not sure that is a very good deal. I’m very impatient. If I come up to a certain point in a series, I want that book available now. So if my library doesn’t have it, I will turn to Audible. IMO, the… Read more »