Why Audible is the best gift for 2020 holiday season? You may ask!

Let me be upfront and ask you if you like listening or reading stories? If you say ‘No’ then you might not be able to fully understand my reasoning but if you said ‘Yes!’ then you’re in for a treat.

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In this blog post, I will let you know about
– What is Audible service
– It’s features, cost, additional tips
– Why it’s the perfect gift for every age and occasion with real-life examples

Finally, I hope you will give it a try and gift to all the loved ones in 2020 holiday season.

I am a homemaker with two kids. This Covid-19 pandemic has been very stressful. I’ve always worked hard and managed to get some “Me” time but now, it’s somehow subsumed in this horrible catastrophe.

Audible is helping me sail through this tough period!

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1.How I discovered Amazon’s Audible?

Full disclosure, I love reading books. Well, I used to love reading books in my teens and college days. I was an avid reader. Though more than reading I used to enjoy the stories. The quality of knowledge and their vast variety is what always fascinated me.

Then job, marriage, kids happened and now I am a full-time homemaker. I lost touch with my books.

Now, you might think I am complaining, I am not. I am very happy and have a very fulfilling life. I am today’s woman, I make my own choices and enjoy the full support of my family in all the decisions I make.

As Captain Raymond Holt from Brooklyn Nine-Nine tv series would put it “Any basic bitch would be lucky to be like you” and I agree 🙂

Somewhere in mid of April 2020, I needed to shut down and relax. I needed to get my “Me” time. So I picked up a novel but couldn’t get too far with it. I was not able to maintain a flow. It was not clicking… If you know what I mean.

Then for our wedding anniversary, my sweetheart husband gifted me a Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphone (check out the product on Amazon) and Amazon’s Audible service.

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2.What is Amazon’s Audible service?

Amazon.com Inc owns Audible which is an online audiobook and podcast platform. You can hear your favourite audiobooks. They have more than 2,00,000 audiobooks. Available in English, Hindi and many other languages.
You can find your favourite audiobooks, stories, talk shows, life lessons, etc over there.

This was a game-changer for me!

If you’re interested in reading about Audible and its History then click the Wiki link here.

2.1.What do you get from Audible?

You get more than 2,00,000+ audiobooks in English, Hindi and many other languages.

Following are the details:

  • There are more than 2,00,000+ audiobooks to choose from
  • Audiobooks are in English, Hindi and many others
  • You get 1 free credit every month
  • Use your credit to buy an audiobook of any cost or length (I used mine to buy one audiobook that costs ₹ 5,243)
  • Keep your bought audiobooks, even after cancellation of subscription
  • There are free audiobooks also.
  • Podcasts, interviews, Audible Suno are also available
  • There are also audible original audiobooks (best quality)
  • Swap your audiobook, if you don’t like it or for any reason
  • You can connect your Amazon Echo Device and use Alexa to listen (my cooking sessions are now Amazing)

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Great gifting option for 2020 holiday season!

2.2.What is the cost of Audible subscription?

You can join for free and try it out for 30 days. If you like the experience then you can buy the subscription for ₹199 per month.

The Best thing is that you can cancel your subscription anytime, for any reason. You will get to keep all the audiobooks that you have bought.

Pro Tip: If you’re an Amazon Prime Member you get 90 days free trial. If you’re not already a prime member then become one. The benefits outweigh the cost of members by a huge margin.

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2.3.How to join Audible?

Download the app and get a subscription

Follow these steps:

  • Download the Audible app from your app store.
  • Create or Login securely with your Amazon account
  • Sign-up for your free trial
  • Use your credit to buy any audiobook and
  • Start Listening!

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Try yourself first, If you like it then share Audible with everyone.

2.4.Additionally tips for improving your Audible experience

The following tips have the potential to make your experience 10-folds. They are not necessary by any means. It’s a good-to-have thing but it’s a pleasurable experience even without it.

Your first audiobook – Make it your favorite one

This is critical. Since it’s your first audiobook, pick something that you like. Pick your preferred topic and an audiobook that will keep you hooked. Other’s suggestions are exactly what they sound, they are other peoples’ suggestions.

Sample an audiobook for its narration

This is another critical one for me. Listen to the sample of the audiobook and get a feel of the narrator’s voice. Their pace, diction, pronunciation, clarity, tonality, etc make a huge difference. Buy only if you like what you hear. After all, you’re the one who is doing all the listening.

Get a comfortable pair of headphones, preferably wireless

Comfort is the key while choosing your headphone. Your ears will thank you since you would be wearing it for the entire duration of the audiobook. Make them wireless as the wired ones are prone to causing tangles and accidents. I learnt it the hard way 🙁

Set the Narration Speed

Set the speed of narration or the speed at which the audiobook is being read to your preferred pace. I find it makes the experience more dialled in.

Build a habit to listen daily

If you’re not used to it, then putting on a headphone and listening might feel tedious at first. Trust you me, it gets to feeling normal pretty soon and it becomes a habit before even you know. Some chores are now impossible to complete without my Audible.

Use it for unwinding/relaxing

Here’s what I would suggest. Get a warm beverage (if it’s winter) or something cold, find a nice cosy spot (my garden balcony works perfectly for me). Select an interesting audiobook, close your eyes, and relax. Let others take care of the house for an hour or two 🙂

Pro Tip: Sometimes when I play an audiobook that I had bought a long time back, the audiobook plays but the audio doesn’t come. If you face this issue, then just delete the audiobook from your app and download it again. Works perfectly!

3.The holiday season is upon us, do you have your gift ideas ready?

I got the perfect gift and this season I will share it with everyone.

3.1.Top 7 reasons

  • Increases your capability to focus and listen
  • Increases your vocabulary and pronunciation skills
  • Podcasts are interesting, they increase your knowledge
  • Stories. They are the best
  • It’s not expensive, just ₹199 per month
  • The perfect way to make your time pass productively this season
  • It’s for all age groups, kids, teenagers, adults, seniors

Be it Dussehra, Diwali, Birthdays, or any other occasion, Audible is a perfect gift.

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3.2.4 real-life examples of gifting and their feedback

Example 1: My gift

You have already read about how I was gifted with this perfect gift.

My first audiobook was Scion of Ikshvaku (link to the audiobook) by Amish Tripathi and narrated by Sagar Arya

It was a perfect start for me as I am fond of Mythology based stories. It was an interesting story by Amish and beautifully narrated by Sagar. His voice modulation with a nice soothing narration made the experience great.

Example 2: My Dad’s gift

It was my parents’ anniversary, so I gifted my 72-year-old dad an audible membership. He prefers Hindi literature.

Last audiobook: Godaan (link to the audiobook) by Munshi Premchand and narrated by Sameer Goswami

Current audiobook: Yoddha (link to the audiobook) with Neelesh Mishra on Audible Suno

Feedback: “wish this was there 40 years earlier”

Example 3: My Niece’s gift

She is a 17-year-old teenager. I gifted her the membership when she got a perfect score in her Mathematics exam (I know, some people huh!)

Last audiobook: The Modern Scholar: Ethics: A History of Moral Thought (link to the audiobook) by Professor Peter Kreeft and narrated by Peter Kreeft

Current audiobook: Like a Girl: Real Stories for Tough Kids (link to the audiobook) by Aparna Jain and narrated by Suchitra Pillai, Varsha Varghese, Tisca Chopra, Aparna Jain, Ritu Dalmia, Malishka Mendonsa, Kirti Jayakumar, Rasika Duggal

Feedback:doesn’t replace a nice book but it’s sometimes good to listen to others

Example 4: My Sister-In-Law’s gift

I gifted her the membership not on any occasion, it was more like, WOW! see what I have discovered. You’re not familiar with this concept? Try it out sometimes, it’s so fulfilling. Sharing/gifting without any occasion, just simply sharing your discovery/happiness with your loved ones. Amazing!

Last audiobook: A Suitable Boy (link to the audiobook) by Vikram Seth and narrated by Ayesha Dharker, Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal, etc

Current audiobook: searching for the next one to listen

Feedback:Great experience, especially listening on portable speakers

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4.Conclusion

So this holiday season Amazon’s Audible is the perfect gift that I would be sharing with everyone. I would encourage you to try it out yourself first. If you feel good about it then share it with others.

  • It’s a perfect gift for everyone
  • Not expensive at all so light on your pocket.
  • A gift that guarantees a variety of amazing adventures and journeys to the listener.
  • It improves one’s subconscious mind.
  • Helps in enhancing your focusing skills.
  • It rejuvenates you.
  • Gives you a vast pool of knowledge about any topic that you might like.
  • Most of all, it makes ours a better and more informed society of individuals.

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4.1.Few things that can be improved

  • They should add new books like Amish’s Shiva Trilogy at a faster pace
  • The Audible Original has a great narration quality, somehow the quality should be enforced on other audiobooks also
  • More audiobooks in other languages should be added at a faster pace

4.2.Finally

What do you think? Will you give it a try?
If you have already tried, then will you be sharing/gifting it this holiday season?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. Also if you have any questions, I would be happy to answer.

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6.Enjoy with a nice cup of herbal tea

Headphones, favorite audiobook and nice cup of herbal tea. Now what’s better than that?

Add half a lime and some honey to boost your immunity.

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I am a homemaker and now a blogger. I have a passion for trying out different things, love to talk and travel.
My Area of expertise - I am a fast learner and can play guitar
My Area of philosophy - "Live and let live" ― proverb

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