Audiobooks have changed my life.
I’m not exaggerating! The ability to listen to books while I drive, mow, walk, or even clean has given me the chance to “read” so many more books than I ever would have at this point in my life.
Through audiobooks, I’ve plowed through dozens of novels, biographies, mysteries, and non-fiction reads over the years. By listening to them at 1.5x the speed, I also get through them much faster than I would a hard copy!
This is why I’m so excited to introduce you to my new best friend: Audiobooks.com.
If you want to try out listening to books before you commit to a membership anywhere, they are the place to start.
Reason is, when you sign up, you get a 30 day free trial plus THREE free books. (Two of your choice, and one from a VIP list.) After your free 30 days, you get TWO books a month for $14.95.
What Books Should I Start With?
With catalog of 150,000+ premium titles, it can be a bit daunting to know where to start. Fear not, we have rounded up some choices to help you get started.
Not only are we sharing our personal choices, but we asked our husbands to share their favorite books that you can get through audiobooks.com too. Both of these guys read A LOT.
- Where the Crawdads Sing – A novel I couldn’t put down. An especially lovely read if you like nature.
- The Help – I read this YEARS ago and it is still one of the best novels I’ve ever read. Two seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town.
- Unbroken – A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. Not an easy read by any means but one that will stick with you.
- The Great Alone – A desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.
- The Alice Network – I LOVE historical fiction. Two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
- Open: An Autobiography By Andre Agassi: This starkly honest and redemptive coming of age story about Andre Agassi kept me up late many nights in a row.
- Wonder: This award-winning story isn’t just a kids book, although my children loved listening to it with me. It’s truly one of my favorite audiobook reads ever.
- The Hiding Place: The amazing story of Corrie ten Boom, a heroine of the Dutch Resistance who helped Jews escape from the Nazis and became one of the most remarkable evangelists of the 20th century, is told in her classic memoir.
- The Boys in the Boat: An incredible historical account of nine working-class boys who make it to the 1936 Olympics in Hitler’s Germany. If you liked Unbroken, this book is for you.
- Little Women: It’s a toss up between this classic and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen for my favorite novel of all time. The good news is that both are on Audiobooks!
Recommendations from Polly’s husband, Austin…
- Shoe Dog: A memoir by the creator of Nike.
- Educated: A memoir by Tara Westover. Westover was raised, along with her siblings, by survivalist parents in Idaho. She didn’t go to school or have a birth certificate or a social security number. In her memoir, she tells the story of her loving but crazy family and how she ended up with a PhD from Cambridge.
- The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s fight against terrorism from Al Qa’ida to ISIS told through the memoir of former CIA director Michael Morell.
- Beneath a Scarlet Sky: Based on the true story of Pino Lella’s experience in Italy during World War 2. He landed a job as the assistant to a top Nazi general and became a spy. With almost every chapter I found myself saying, “No way.” If you enjoyed Unbroken (and how could you not?), you’ll love this one.
- Tiger Woods: If you thought you knew Tiger Woods but haven’t listened to this…then you don’t really know Tiger Woods. His life is the definition of complexity as you’re taken through his fascinating, heart-breaking, and cringe-worthy life.
Recommendations from Rachel’s husband, Nathan…
- Grant: Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.
- The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien is the giant on whose shoulders all other fantasy novels stand. Our family is in the middle of listening to these captivating classics. Remember, the book is always better than the movie.
- The Way of Kings: The beginning of a fantastic epic fantasy series by a one of the genre’s best contemporary authors. When you’re left wanting more at the end of a very long book, you know it’s been worth it.
- NIV Bible: The NIV translation of the Bible is accessible yet faithful, and David Suchet’s narration is tremendous. This is also a good version to listen to with your kids.
- The Rise of Roosevelt, Theodore Rex, and Colonel Roosevelt: I found Theodore Roosevelt to be one of the more fascinating historical figures I’ve ever encountered. As an outdoorsman, cowboy, naval historian, police chief, military leader, politician, and explorer: his life fairly bursts with noteworthy experiences.
How Do I Give a Subscription as a Gift?
Great question! Because giving a digital gift can be a little anticlimactic, we’ve created a free printable “gift card” for you to use.
You can wrap it up, put it in a gift bag, or stick it in a card.
Whatever is normal gift giving behavior for you.
Is It Easy to Sign Up and Unsubscribe?
I have personally gone through the signup and unsubscribe process and can testify to how easy it is to do both. The free credits are also automatically applied to your first books, so it’s a headache-free process.
Getting this up and running seriously takes less than 5 minutes. Maybe less than 3 if you don’t have any distractions. Start your sign up by clicking below!
STEP 2: FILL OUT YOUR INFO
If you are making this a gift, I’d put in your own email address so the receiver won’t see the registration confirmation come through. You can change it to his/her email address later.
Yes, you do have to put in your credit card info when signing up for the free trial. Boo, hiss. But, I can assure you from personal experience, no charge will go through until you free trial is done.
STEP 3: DOWNLOAD THE APP
My guess is the gift receiver will listen to the book through his/her phone. If that’s the case, you can get the app super easily right after signing up. It’s free and easy to navigate. I even chose to have the website text me a link to the app so I didn’t have to search the app store.
STEP 4: START LISTENING!
Here is what the app looks like on your phone. Pick from one of our recommendations above and get listening!
How Do I Cancel My Audiobooks.com Account?
Make a note in your calendar to re-evaluate if you want to keep subscribing to Audiobooks. If you don’t, use your desktop (not a phone app) to unsubscribe. Simply go to your account information and find the cancel button. Just to be sure you aren’t getting duped into something, I went through the process to make sure it’s easy. It is!
I’m so excited to give you the tools to start listening to more books. I hope our recommendations give you a jump start towards some great reading (or great gifting)!!