If you're a reader and audiobook person at all, then this might be the most amazing sale you've ever seen. Audible just announced 200+ titles for $4.95 each. That's nuts. There's some good ones in there, too.
Here's what I bought -
Catch Me If You Can $4.95
War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning $4.95
Hughes: The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire $4.95
Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul $4.95
Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China $4.95
The Iliad & The Odyssey $4.95
Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba...and Then Lost It to the Revolution $4.95
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires $4.95
Hunting Eichmann: Chasing Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi $4.95
Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800 $4.95
Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else $4.95
How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes $4.95
Influencer: The Power to Change Anything $4.95
Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets $4.95
The Lessons of History $4.95
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator $4.95
The Law of Success: From the Master Mind to the Golden Rule (in Sixteen Lessons) $4.95
Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand $4.95
Empire of the Summer Moon $4.95
Crime and Punishment $4.95
Gilgamesh: A New English Version $4.95
Man's Search for Meaning $4.95
The Dream of Reason: A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance $4.95
The Prince $4.95
China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power $4.95
Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City $4.95
The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind $4.95
The Ultimate Sales Machine $4.95
The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything $4.95
The Road to Serfdom $4.95
Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda $4.95
You Paid: $158.40
I actually own several of those already on Kindle or paper, but I got audio copies of the ones I like since it's so cheap and such a good deal.
If you're ever thinking of doing the audio thing, this is the time to get started.
Seriously, it's $7.95 to join Audible and that gets you any book in their catalog for free. This sale is absolutely crazy and wonderful, you really should take advantage of it. You could grab 5-10 audiobooks for 25 to 50 dollars... that's nuts. There's some really good ones in there too besides what I got - I already had 20 of them.
I've given ridiculous amounts of money to Audible and this is the best sale I've ever seen. It's only for a few days so go get everything you might want to read, books are so ridiculously good for your life and they're cheap even at the $15 to $45 price point that audiobooks are normally at. $4.95 per title is just ridiculous, I spend more than that on all kinds of stupid stuff.
Strongly recommended -
Yeah, it is doable. There are a number of solutions, but it's not possible to do it both quickly and for free, and this kind of defeats the point of getting cheap audio books in the first place.
Oh well, I'll keep looking out for another place.
If anyone knows of a place to buy DRM-free audiobooks please let me know. I want to take Sebastian's advice and start listening to more!
A great offer, and I signed up and paid before I discovered the following:
WARNING: the audiobooks are DRM encoded and there's no easy way to listen to them on linux.
Fooled by Randomness is one of my favorite books of all time. I'm actually curious as to how it flows on audio, because if you haven't read it, the authors writing style is awkward and kind of hard to pick up. He even mentions it.
Anyway if you think twice about it, let us know.
Audible will make me poor, unemployed, and divorced... ;)
I could spend all day listening to audio books, and I have! You've found great deal there thanks for the info!
I joined audible the other day on your reccomendation, and happend to get my first book free- I love it so far. Currently listening to the E-Myth Revisited and really looking forward to grabbing some of those on sale! Thanks for the list you posted!
I love Audible. They get it.
They're doing the $5 book sale thing again, so I'm basically copying my "Amazing. I just bought 32 audiobooks for $158" post from a few months ago here.
If you're a reader and audiobook person at all, then this might be the best sale you've ever seen. Audible just announced 200+ titles for $4.95 each. There's some good ones in there, too.
Last time, I got 32 of them. Most of those are on sale again, I just found 11 more I like and bought them for $55 -
I, Claudius $4.95 Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History $4.95 Mere Christianity $4.95 The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable $4.95 Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1 $4.95 Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant $4.95 Seven Events That Made America America: And Proved That the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along $4.95 A Confederacy of Dunces $4.95 The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral - and How It Changed the American West $4.95 The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World $4.95 The Free World $4.95
Audible.com has a very mature customer acquisition and retention strategy. I originally signed up for Audible after they sponsored of one of my favorite podcasts, This American Life. Audible was offering a free audio book, just to try the service. I decided to try it.
Little did I know that I was entering the Hotel California of software subscription services. I'm not upset with them -- it's more that I'm in awe of their ability to keep me as a customer for a year longer than I expected.
The reality is that Audible is expensive -- around $15/month to be able to purchase one audio book per month. After using up my free month, and then paying for two additional months, I realized I wasn't going to use it enough to justify the cost since I'd only listened to one audio book in a three-month span, and I went to cancel it.
Audible then offered me a deal: Just $5 for me to keep my existing credits for the next year. Since I had two audio books I hadn't read, I took the bait. But I never used those credits so when the renewal came up, I knew I really wanted to cancel.
Here's what the process was like when I just tried to cancel the account: