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December 29, 2013 “Emotional Review”

reading is magic audible review

For months I’ve been hearing about Audible…yet it never interested me. I love the allure of reading and Audible didn’t connote that same allure in me. Every review I read or watched about Audible talked about the convenience of the audiobooks. Of course Audible is convenient. Listening is much easier than reading. Reading takes time.

The convenience didn’t convince me. I grew tired of people raving about convenience in their reviews. Reading is special, it brings magic to life. When I read, the world dissolves around me and I’m transported into another mythical land. Reading brings to life places where vampires exist and zombies can fall in love. Amazing and creative worlds where He Who Shall Not Be Named is destroyed and love is the strongest magic. Reading is better than the movies. It always will be.

Listening can’t possibly bring to me the same feelings as reading. It can’t possibly engross me the same way that reading does…

Yet it did. I couldn’t believe it.

After starting to work full time and then with our move, I felt like I had no time for anything. Reading wasn’t a priority anymore and I didn’t have time for that magic. free book when joining review

So when I kept hearing about the book Divergent and seeing trailers for the movie based on it, I finally decided to try Audible. I’ll go with the convenience this one time. Everywhere I would go I was hearing about their first book free promotion. So I figured I would use the free book on Divergent and then unsubscribe before I could be charged for the monthly subscription.

That changed within the first 10 minutes of listening. Somehow, even though I was cleaning and listening at the same time, I still went to that magic place. I felt like I was in dystopia with Beatrice Prior, about to decide my fate.

I immediately became hooked and am now a happy monthly member. It is actually difficult to not add on extra credits. Each month is $14.95 (after the initial free month) and that price gives you a “credit” that can be applied to a book. You aren’t limited to one book a month though, you can add on more credits for more books. I’m on a budget so I’m attempting not to do that.

Moral of the story: Give audio books on Audible a chance. Sure, it is not as beneficial to the mind as reading but to my happy surprise it can still bring you the joy of a good book.

How do you feel about audio books? Will you be getting a free book on Audible?


{Image source: Evelyn Flint}

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  • Holly Ann-AeRee

    yay glad you liked it! if you act like you are going to cancel on the site it will offer you 3 months for $7.49 and you can also push back your subscription for a few months (ive done that before as well) both offers are only good once though.

    December 29, 2013 at 1:56 pm Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

      Oh that is so helpful! Thanks for the tip Holly. I was very pleasantly surprised with how much I love it.

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      December 30, 2013 at 7:31 am Reply
  • Johanna

    I absolutely love audible! I’ve kind of been used to audiobooks for a long time though, because my mum always downloaded a couple when we went on long car journeys, and I always found when they had a good reader, I got really really engaged in the books! I also love real books, but sometimes audiobooks just come in really handy, like when you’re doing something that doesn’t take a lot of mental effort but that doesn’t allow you to read a book (like driving, ironing etc). I’ve also given a subscription to my boyfriend as a present before, for his long commutes every day, and sometimes the deals on audible are incredible! Glad you got to like it too :)

    December 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

      That’s a really nice gift for your boyfriend! I’m sure he must have loved it. Thank you for commenting.

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      December 30, 2013 at 7:32 am Reply

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