Is Audible Worth It? Check Out Our Honest Review!

By | February 1, 2017

Have you found this huge company called Audible? The largest provider of audiobooks in the world. Are you wondering if it’s worth your money? In this review, I am going to answer Audible worth it or not. So, spend 2 minutes with this honest article, and you will get answers to your questions.

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is Audible Worth itName: Audible
Opened: 1995
Price: 30-Day Free Trial, then $14,95/month
Overall Rank: 90 out of 100

What Is Audible?

Audible is a part of the world’s largest online store Amazon. It is an enormous online library of more than 200,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers,  entertainers, magazine and newspaper, broadcasters, publishers and business information providers.

Audible members downloaded more than 2 BILLION hours in 2016. In other words, it’s easily the world’s biggest audiobook provider.

I found the world of audiobooks when a few very successful man recommended me to listen to them. I found that to be a very powerful advice.

Why Are Audiobooks So Powerful?

One of the biggest assets is your mind. How you feed your mind determines your whole life. By listening right audiobooks, you can easily feed your mind with valuable “food.”

If you get one practical idea from a book which sticks to your mind and becomes flesh in your everyday life, it can change your whole life. I can give you some examples of my life. I always thought that after graduating from the University, I would get an average job near my hometown, get a mortgage and live there for a long time.

I started to listen to some powerful teachings that opened my eyes. I realized that the world is full of opportunities if I am just willing to see them. The vision for my life totally changed, and now I am wondering how I ever thought such a boring plan for my life. Now I feel that the whole world is open for me and everything is possible if I am just willing to put in the efforts.

Listening to audiobooks and teachings can be life-changing. I am still every day listening and reading lessons from different people to grow as a person. My favorite book of all time is still and will always be the Bible.

How to Use Audible for Learning Languages?

I have talked in several posts the incredible technique of learning a language without using any time. It goes basically like this:

Listen to something in your target language while you are doing something else, for example, going to work.

You can download your favorite audio books in a foreign language that you are learning. Then there are two benefits at the same time:

1.You are learning a new language
2.You are learning from a great audiobook

When I was studying Spanish, I listened to a lot of teachings from a motivational speaker Camilo Cruz. I also listened to the Bible in Spanish. One book I also listened over and over again in Spanish was El Poder del Pensamiento Positivo by Norman Vincent Peale. It’s the same as the power of positive thinking in English. The audiobook lasts about 6,5 hours and I listened to it at least 3 times or more.

But I didn’t use anytime for that. Because always when I was moving somewhere, for example by bike, I started listening to it. Imagine that while listening to that book I practice more than 20 hours of Spanish without using anytime in front of books. It was very enjoyable, relaxing and empowering. I listened to thoughts that gave me energy and happiness. Does it sound much better than studying long grammar lists?

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Listening to audiobooks is fun!

Do Audiobooks Help for Learning a New Language?

The short answer is: yes. I have noticed a significant improvement in my language skills when I have listened to audiobooks in different languages. The other question is how could you get the most benefit of audiobooks for your language proficiency. Here are some guidelines:

1.Choose books that interest you. I am interested, for example, self-development, becoming a better person and Jesus. Then I choose books related to these subjects. That’s critical principle to keep you motivated. If you are listening to something that is not interesting, you may more easily quit.

2.Choose books suitable for your level. If you, for example, a beginner with Spanish it’s not recommended to use an audiobook where they are speaking very fast with an Andalucian accent. If you understand 70-90% of words, it’s superb for you. Even though you would only understand a word here and there, it also benefits you but not so much.

3.Listen regularly. This principle helps you to progress faster. Even though you would be 15-30 minutes, it already makes progress. When you hear daily, you are also building a positive habit that’s hard to break.

How Much Do Audiobooks Cost on Audible?

When you start in Audible, you get a 30-day free trial. During that trial, you get one credit that gives you the right to buy one audiobook for free.

There four different membership plans on Audible (see the picture below)

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Audible Pricing

Each month you will get new credits. With one credit you can buy any book on Audible. With Platinum monthly plan you get 2 credits each month and it costs $22,95. With all those plans you will also get 30% discount off regular price of all credit card content purchases. If an audiobook typically costs $10, with a premium membership it costs only $7 for you.

You can also buy audiobooks individually without having a premium membership. The price of different books vary widely, and they cost between $2 and $65. You can find some very powerful and valuable books for a very low price, even for $5.

Imagine that you use $5 for a book which changes your life. Let’s say that you buy a book about stock market investing that makes you $500 more profits in a coming year and $10,000 more profits in the next 10 years. Is that audiobook then worth it? I think it is. 😉

Pros & Cons


  • The biggest library of audiobooks in the world
  • Very reliable company
  • You can find almost any book
  • 30-Day free trial
  • Audible app is ultimately user-friendly


  • Not so many audiobooks in the smaller languages like, for example, Finnish

Conclusion – Is Audible Worth It?

It depends on how you are using Audible. If you buy the membership and you are never listening anything, it’s not worth it. But if you get a membership and dive into learning material, it can be worth 100 times the price that you have paid.

I recommend taking a 30-day free trial on Audible. Then you will see in practice how Audible service works and if you enjoy using it. There is 0 risk, but you can have a great benefit to your language and other skills.

Have you already tried Audible?

Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

8 thoughts on “Is Audible Worth It? Check Out Our Honest Review!

  1. KeldynFrancis

    I was recently listening to a podcast and audible was mentioned as a great way to break up long drives, or the drive to work each day. Never even thought about listening to them in other languages, it has me thinking I would love to learn Spanish. Decided to try the 30-day trial and hopefully I like it.

    1. Roope Kiuttu Post author

      Hi Keldyn,

      It’s a good to listen something useful when you are going to work and coming back. I also listen to audiobooks and sometimes I read a real book. In my opinion, audiobook is much more relaxing and sometimes a message sinks into a mind powerfully when a narrator reads it with passion.

      Let me know then what did you like about Audible 🙂


  2. Anh Nguyen

    Hey there Roope,

    As a long time member of Audible, I have to say it’s one of the best service I’ve subscribed to. They have such great books and the refund policy is just to dream for, you basically can return any book you don’t like it’s a steal! On top of that, the amount of sales are incredible, just a few days ago Audible was giving away 2 books for 1 credit.

    If you love listening to books on the go, or without having to read, Audible is for you.

    Thanks for sharing!


    1. Roope Kiuttu Post author

      Hi Anh,

      wow, it seems that many successful people including you are listening to audiobooks regularly. It is said that, “We are the average of 5 people we mostly hang around.” And if we connect ourselves with the best teachers and minds in the world, great results will come out of our own lives too.

      Thank you for sharing your great experiences with Audible!



  3. Eris

    I’ve used subliminals before and they work amazing for ingraining an underlying message. I could probably learn new things by listening to actual targeted lectures, but I’m always thinking. I do still want to learn Spanish and loved Rosetta stone. I think I personally do better with more focused listening. Thanks for the motivation to pick my language studies back up.

    1. Roope Kiuttu Post author

      Hi Eris,

      I have tried Rosetta Stone only a little but I will take a closer look at it later. Then I’ll publish a full review on

      I am sure that everybody learns more if they are focusing on what they are doing. The same applies to language learning. But every progress is progress. Even though you wouldn’t be focusing 100%, you may still learn a new language while you are cooking ;). I am not a fan of multitasking but why not to take full benefit of our time? 😉


  4. Malinda

    I am a senior citizen, and this seems to be great thing. Since am not tech savvy, have a question.=: When you obtain the book to your computer do you own it and can you download it to other devices such as a phone or Mp3/4 player? Do Amazon Prime members get a discount?

    1. Roope Kiuttu Post author

      Hi Malinda,

      thank you for your questions. Yes, you can download books to other devices as well. I am listening to audiobooks from Audible with my phone.

      I believe that they have some discounts for Amazon Prime members. You can anyway take a 30-day free trial so you don’t need to pay anything to try their services.


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