Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Do You Audible.com?

57/365: Audio BooksHave you ever listened to an audiobook that you downloaded from the internet? Unless I'm remembering incorrectly, I hadn't until a few weeks ago when Joe Sorge recommended a certain audiobook he thought I would benefit from listening to. Consequently, I've signed up for another affiliate program, this time it's audible.com (and in case you didn't guess, the rest of the links in this post are affiliate links).

I associate Audible with audio books, and I assume that's the bulk of their business. Anyway, like I said earlier, I just became an audible customer a few weeks ago and enjoyed the two books that I acquired from them, Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding the Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty and Trust Agents Revised and Updated: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust. For the record, Getting Naked is the book Joe recommended to me (and it turns out that Joe himself is mentioned in the second book). Getting Naked is an excellent audiobook because it's a fable, it's a story. It teaches you lessons, but it's narrative. Trust Agents isn't boring by any stretch of the imagination, but it's also a book I wish I could see with my eyes. There's stuff I want to highlight, copy and paste into Google Docs or into Evernote, and websites I want to visit, so I'm pretty tempted to ALSO buy Trust Agents in the Amazon Kindle format if not in paperback.

You can buy those two titles above ala carte, but you can also sign up for audible.com membership, and there are two ways to do so.

Here is the first way: Try Audible Now and Get A Free Audiobook Download with a 14 Day Trial. Choose from over 100,000 Titles.


Here's the other way: Download and Listen to any Audiobook for only $7.49. Save 50% for 3 months on over 100,000 Titles.

I find that I'm doing most of my audiobook listening in the car, especially on car trips between Wisconsin and Saint Louis. But even if you don't have a substantial commute, one of the benefits of audiobooks is that you can speed up the reading so that a six hour book can be read in 4 hours, 3 hours, or even 2 hours, and your comprehension will suffer little (in fact, if you listened to the book three times at the 3x speed, you'd probably retain MORE than if you just listened to it once at the regular speed). Audible.com works great on my iPod touch, and probably elsewhere, too, but so far I've only used it on my iPod touch.

If you signed up for audible.com, what's the first book you would want to listen to?