Audible is the world’s largest producer and provider of audiobooks. You can try Audible for free for 30-days and experience the world’s largest library of audiobooks with the Audible free trial offer.
In this guide, we cover everything you need to know about the Audible free trial, including how to try either of Audible’s two membership options – Audible Plus and Audible Premium Plus – for free.
- How Audible Works
- What is Audible?
- How Audible Plus Works
- How Audible Premium Plus Works
- Audible Plus vs. Audible Premium Plus
- Why Audible
- Audible Free Trial
- What You Get with the Audible Free Trial
- How the Audible Free Trial Works
- How To Start an Audible Trial Membership
- Audible FAQ
- Is Audible free?
- Is the Audible free trial really free?
- Is Audible free with Amazon Prime?
- What is the Audible Prime deal?
- Can I cancel Audible free trial?
- What other membership plans does Audible offer?
- How can I listen to Audible books?
- What are Audible Originals?
- What is an Audible credit? Do Audible credits expire?
- Can I listen to Audible on Alexa?
How Audible Works
What is Audible?
Audible is an online audiobook service owned by Amazon. Audiobooks and other forms of spoken word content can be purchased individually, or under a subscription model where you receive credits with an Audible membership.
Audible membership grants you access to a number of exclusive benefits that add value to your listening experience (we cover these in detail below). Benefits vary by membership plan.
As an Audible member, you have a choice of two main types of membership: Audible Plus and Audible Premium Plus. Both memberships offer a 30-day free trial. When your trial is over, you’ll be automatically charged a monthly subscription fee.
How Audible Plus Works
Audible Plus is a monthly membership that includes access to unlimited streaming and listening from the Audible Plus Catalog. Look for the “included” tag and hit “play now” to instantly stream from the app. You can also save these titles to your Library or download to listen offline.
How Audible Premium Plus Works
Audible Premium Plus includes everything in Audible Plus, with the added bonus of 1 credit per month to be used to redeem any title from Audible’s Premium selections. These titles are yours to keep forever! Premium Plus also unlocks a 30% discount for any additional content you purchase from the Premium catalog.
Are you an Amazon Prime member? If so, you can get 2 titles from the entire premium catalog with the Audible Prime deal for Premium Plus (a standard trial includes 1 title). After the trial, all members receive 1 credit per month.
Audible Plus vs. Audible Premium Plus
Audible Plus Membership
|Audible Premium Plus Membership||Audible Premium Plus Membership 2 credits|
|Access the Audible Plus Catalog|
Unlimited listening (streaming or download) to select audiobooks, Audible Originals, podcasts, and more.
Get a credit(s) good for any title in our entire premium selection—yours to keep.
|1 Credit per month||2 Credits per month|
|No Wasted Credits|
Keep hold of your credits for up to a year.
30% off all additional premium selection titles you want, plus access to exclusive sales.
Exchange titles if you don’t love them.
|Cost||$7.95 per month plus applicable tax||$14.95 per month plus applicable tax||$22.95 per month plus applicable tax|
I’m a big Audible fan. As you can see in the below screenshot, I have been a member since March 14, 2008:
Why I have been an Audible member for so long? Simply because an Audible membership provides incredible value for audiobooks listeners. Here is the full story on what benefits you get with an Audible membership:
- Listen to Audible Originals, audio titles that are exclusive to Audible.
- Never pay full price. Used up your monthly credits? Members can buy additional titles at any time for 30% off the list price, plus get access to exclusive sales and daily deals.
- Build your audiobook collection. When you purchase an audiobook, it stays in your Audible library for you to access forever — even if you cancel.
Flexibility and Exceptional Service
- Quick and easy exchanges. Not loving a listen? Members can exchange Audible books and choose another.
- Rollover unused credits. Still deciding on your next audiobook? Members can keep their credits to use the following month, for up to a year.
- Flexibility. You can easily cancel or pause your membership any time, hassle-free.
- Superior quality. Audible audiobooks are either read by professional narrators or by the author.
- Huge selection. Audible has an ever-expanding library of more than 400,000 audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, and podcasts.
Convenient Listening with the Audible App
- Listen anytime, anywhere. Always pick up where you left off. Enjoy while jogging, driving, working out, or taking a walk.
- Offline Access. Download your audiobooks to your app so you can listen without using data or Wi-Fi — at no extra cost.
- Customizable Narration Speed. Pick the pace that works for you. Vary the listening speed from 0.5x to 3x.
- Sleep Timer. Don’t lose your place when you fall asleep. Set a timer for up to an hour, or until the end of the chapter.
Are you ready to try Audible for free?
Audible Free Trial
What You Get with the Audible Free Trial
The Audible free trial comes with a 30-day membership which includes:
- Choose your free Audible books from an unmatched library of audiobooks and spoken word content.
- Easy exchanges. If you don’t like your audiobook you can swap it free for another.
- Exclusive guided wellness programs to help you achieve your meditation and fitness goals.
- No obligation. You can cancel anytime, and your audiobooks will be yours to keep forever. You’ll even get a friendly email reminder before your trial ends.
How the Audible Free Trial Works
Your Audible membership is free for 30 days. If you enjoy your Audible trial, do nothing and your membership will automatically continue.
Audible will even send you an email reminder before your trial ends, that way you won’t have any unexpected charges. You can cancel Audible online anytime before your trial ends and you won’t be charged.
How To Start an Audible Trial Membership
You can try Audible for free with the Audible Free Trial with the following links:
Alternatively, you can sign up for the trial as follows:
- Go to the Audible Free Trial page on the Audible desktop site.
- Sign in to Audible using your Amazon account information or create a new account if you don’t already have an Amazon account.
- Click TRY AUDIBLE FREE.
- Download the free Audible app and start listening on your iOS or Android device. You can also listen on compatible Fire tablets, Kindles, Sonos devices, and more.
Still have more questions about Audible? Here are some answers to common questions about Audible:
Is Audible free?
No. Audible is primarily a subscription service and some content may be heavily discounted or free for members. Members receive credits each month or year that can be used to purchase any audiobook on the site – regardless of price. All audiobooks available on Audible can also be purchased without a membership for the regular price.
Is the Audible free trial really free?
Yes. This is a zero-risk way to try Audible for free. If you find you enjoy the service, Audible hopes you remain a member.
Of course, you can always cancel your membership before the end of the trial, end up paying nothing, and walk away with a free audiobook. I’m confident, though, that once you have tried Audible you will want to keep your membership based on my experience of being a member since 2008.
Is Audible free with Amazon Prime?
No. An Audible membership is separate from a Prime membership. However, there is an Audible Prime deal (see next question for details).
What is the Audible Prime deal?
Currently, there are two deals for Amazon Prime members:
First, Audible has an ongoing promotion where Amazon Prime members can start a trial with 2 credits (1 credit = 1 title) that can be used on any titles from the premium selection. A standard trial includes 1 credit. After trial, all members receive 1 credit per month.
Second, for a limited time, Amazon Prime members can get an Audible Annual Membership with 12 credits upfront for just $99.50. After the first year, the cost is $149.50 per year. This offer ends October 14, 2020.
Can I cancel Audible free trial?
Yes, you can easily cancel Audible anytime before your trial ends and you won’t be charged. We have written a guide to this here: How to Cancel Audible. Note: Audible will even send you an email reminder before your trial ends, that way you won’t have any unexpected charges.
What other membership plans does Audible offer?
In addition to the plans covered above, you may also want to consider an annual Premium Plus subscription. Subscribe for $149.50 a year to unlock the Plus Catalog and get immediate access to 12 credits for any premium selection titles.
Note: for a limited time, Amazon Prime members can get an Audible Annual Membership with 12 credits upfront for just $99.50. After the first year, the cost is $149.50 per year. This offer ends October 14, 2020.
How can I listen to Audible books?
You can listen to Audible with just about any device you can think of. The free Audible app can be downloaded on iOS, Android, and Windows, and you can also download and listen on compatible Fire tablets, Kindles, Sonos devices, and more.
What are Audible Originals?
Audible Originals are audiobooks and other spoken-word content produced by Audible that aren’t available anywhere else. Examples include the audiobook of Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.
What is an Audible credit? Do Audible credits expire?
As an Audible member, you’ll receive credits as part of your membership benefits. The number of credits you get depends on your membership plan. You can use a credit to purchase any audiobook regardless of price.
From time to time, Audible members will receive special offers to purchase additional credits at a discounted rate.
Credits do expire. You have up to one year after the issue date to use any credit you receive.
Can I listen to Audible on Alexa?
Yes, if you own an Audiobook, just say “Alexa, read [Title] from Audible” and your Alexa-enabled device will begin to play your title.
Would you like a free premium audiobook?
Audible has the world’s largest selection of audiobooks and spoken word content. Try Audible free for 30-days and get:
-Choose one title from Audible’s entire premium selection to keep.
-Unlimited listening on select audiobooks, Audible Originals, and podcasts.
-You will get an email reminder before your trial ends. Cancel online anytime.
– Listen anywhere on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.