A year on Audible – was it worth it?

A year on Audible – was it worth it?

Last year I made the decision to properly join the world of audiobooks. During the pandemic, I started delving into self-help books (didn’t we all?) and found that I could never finish them as they were generally very long and fairly tedious. I previously took advantage of a free trial on Audible and downloaded a couple of excruciatingly boring books that took me forever to finish listening to (even on fast forward). But I decided to persevere, and as a huge fan of multi-tasking, I believed that this was probably the only way I could scrape playdoh off the carpet and enrich my mind at the same time. So in December 2022, I decided that one of my new year goals would be to expand my mental horizon and empty my purse by signing up for a monthly audible subscription.

At £7.99 a month, it’s not extortionate, but added to all the other £7.99 a month costs things can quickly spiral out of control.

So a year on, was it worth it? And which books would I now recommend? Read on to find out!

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Put simply, YES it was absolutely worth signing up to audible. I have listened to 17 books in one year, which to some people may be hardly anything but to me, it’s quite something. Moreover, I feel like I’ve been educating myself a lot on topics that I am really interested about – education, neuroscience, how to get rich (!) and more. Each month you get one free credit to spend on any audiobook you like so even if you only use your membership to listen to that one book, that £7.99 is well worth it considering most audiobooks are more expensive. Now and again I purchase books from the audible sale and will often combine my credit listen with a book from the audible plus catalogue, which offers thousands of audible originals, podcasts and audiobooks to listen to for free.

So far, all the books I have listened to have been non-fiction (apart from the children’s audibles). I prefer to physically read fiction books myself, and become totally absorbed by the stories. I use audible so that I can multi-task and take in factual information so I don’t think I’d enjoy listening to a fictional story as much, as I often have to stop and start and this might ruin it for me. However, this could be something for the future!

Below are four audibles that I found particularly interesting.

 

PROOF OF HEAVEN

I have always been interested in the afterlife – and this book is perhaps the best one I have read (so far). Below is the blurb.

Internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon Dr Eben Alexander always considered himself a man of science. His unwavering belief in evidence-based medicine fuelled a career in the top medical institutions of the world. But all this was set to change.

One morning in 2008 he fell into a coma after suffering a rare form of bacterial meningitis. Scans of his brain revealed massive damage. Death was deemed the most likely outcome. As his family prepared themselves for the worst, something miraculous happened. Dr Alexander’s brain went from near total inactivity to awakening.

He made a full recovery but he was never the same. He woke certain of the infinite reach of the soul, he was certain of a life beyond death. In this astonishing book, Dr Alexander shares his experience, pieced together from the notes he made as soon as he was able to write again. Unlike other accounts of near-death experiences, he is able to explain in depth why his brain was incapable of fabricating the journey he experienced. His story is one of profound beauty and inspiration.

 

UNDOCTORED

 

I loved Adam Kay’s first book, and this follow-up was equally as hilarious. However, there were some sections that I found more depressing than I thought I would, and might be triggering for some people. Below is the blurb.

Undoctored is about what happens when a doctor hangs up his scrubs, but medicine refuses to let go of him.

It’s about an extraordinary medical school education.

It’s about opening old wounds and examining the present-day scars.

It’s about hospital admissions and personal ones.

It’s about blowing up your life and stitching it back together.

It’s about being a doctor and being a patient.

Undoctored is Adam Kay’s funniest and most moving book yet—an astonishing portrait of a life in and out of medicine, from one of Britain’s finest storytellers.

 

RAISING BOYS


As a mum to two boys (and one girl) I do see a massive difference between them, and I think that today’s educational system could be set up differently to enhance and encourage boys’ inherent qualities rather than trying to stamp them out. As an extra note, I also listened to ‘Raising Girls’ which I didn’t enjoy as much. Below is the blurb.

Steve Biddulph shares and gives practical and honest advice to parents so they can recognise the different stages of boyhood and learn how to raise happy, confident and kind young men.

Boys need to be parented in a different way from girls, with their own very special psychological and physical makeup. Home, society and education have failed boys badly – and these failures lead to unhappy men who cannot fully become happy, responsible, emotionally confident adults.

 

THE WORLD’S WORST TEACHERS

Love him or hate him, David Williams has a great voice and his books are more funny when actually read by him. My children enjoyed listening to his tales, although I have definitely had my fill now! Below is the blurb.

Think your teachers are bad? Wait till you meet this lot. These 10 tales of the world’s most splendidly sinister teachers will have you running for the school gates.

Dr Dread teaches science and is half man, half monster. Watch out for the ghastly Miss Seethe. She is always furious and she’s on a detention rampage.

And as for Pent, he’s a teacher with a real difference. He is bone-shakingly terrified of children!

 

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If you follow me on Instagram, I have a ‘Book Club’ highlight reel where I post reviews of any books I’ve read or listened to, if you need some inspiration. Please do comment below if you have any recommendations yourself and whether you are an audible fan! Happy listening everyone! xo

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