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Top 11 Best Audible Alternatives 2021

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Comparing with the declining of reading ebooks and printed books, listening to audiobooks becomes the new fashion of time pass. According to the survey, more and more people prefer listening to audiobooks for pleasure rather than reading eBooks. Audible.com, as one of the biggest audiobook producer and retailer, is loved by most audiobook listeners.

Just because Audible is the most popular dedicated audiobook provider doesn't mean they are the best, It's hard to argue with their overall set of features and the convenience of Audible's listening ecosystem, but there are alternatives to Audible that are great for listening audiobooks. We can always find the audiobooks with chapter price and better service over there.

Here I have picked top 10 Audible alternatives for your choice.

Pro tip: Before switching to audible competitors, please backup your audible books at first.

Audible Audiobooks

Do you really want to give up Audible? I have to say that Audible is really the best. Let me show you the basic features of its service at first.

Title: There are over 200,000 audiobooks on Audiblemany of which are classics or bestsellers.

Subscription Plans:

Audible Plus (Price $7.95 a month)--includes unlimited listening from the Audible Plus Catalog of select audiobooks and podcasts. There are about 11,000 audio files in the Plus catalog.

Audible Premium Plus (Price $14.95 a month)-- includes unlimited listening from the Audible Plus Catalog + premium selection credits.

overdrive audibooks

Available on: Windows|Mac|iOS|Android

Free Audible Alternatives

Although you can find the free audible books in Audible.com, but for there are few titles and not the best-sellers. Is there anyway I can get free audiobooks? If you are looking for some websites to listen to audiobooks for free. Here I want to introduce two free Audible alternatives that you can listen to audiobooks without paying a penny.

1. OverDrive

overdrive audibooks

OverDrive enables you to borrow thousands of ebooks and audiobooks from your local library and listen for free at any device. There are over 30000 libraries support Overdrive, so all you need is your library card and a library in your community supports this service. It also provides two different apps to download and listen to audiobooks which is Overdrive and Libby. The Libby is modern-designed, pretty, user-friendly. If you want to listen to audiobook from OverDrive, I will recommend you use Libby. Libby will automatically download your rented audiobooks, remember where you left off, your books marks and even enables you sync between your different devices. Although OverDrive libraries have over 2 million ebooks, audiobooks and videos, but you can only see and rent audiobooks that available in your library.

Available on: iOS|Android|Windows 10(Libby)

Pros:
1. All audiobooks can be rented for free;
2. The Libby app is flexible and user-frendly;
3. Easy to access the latest release or even best sellers.

Cons:
Limited to the library that you own the library card.

If you are looking for ways to borrow free audiobooks from OverDrive, you can read the complete guide on How to Borrow and Listen to OverDrive Audiobooks.

2. Librivox

Librivox audiobooks

Librivox provides the free public domain audiobooks to listeners around the world. You not only can listen free audiobooks on this website, but also can be the volunteer to record the public domain book. Although Librivox has a large collection of free audiobooks in different languages, the quality of them may be varied because they are recorded by volunteers around the world. However, all audiobooks from the Librivox are totally free. If you are looking for free audiobooks, Librivox is a good place to go.

Pros:
1. All books are totally free;
2. Be able to access the classic works;
3. Easy to find audiobooks in different languages.

Cons:
1. Audiobooks are very old;
2. The quality of the audiobooks are not as good as Audible.com.

Available on: No apps, listen and download audiobooks from website directly

The Cheapest Audible Alternative

Beyond the free audiobook service, there are some Audiobook service that are with very low subscription fee. That is Audiobooksnow.com.

3. audiobooksnow

audiobooksnow

Audiobooksnow can be assumed as the cheapest Audible alternative. Club pricing plan is the best deal on digital audiobooks you'll find. Compared with the Audible subscription service fee--$14.99 per month, the Club pricing plan is $4.99. What's more, Club Pricing Plan gives you 50% off your first audiobook each month and 35-40% off everything else. It offers like more than 80,000 titles, including classic and bestselling titles. Its app is available on both iOS and android device so that you can download the audiobook via their apps and listen to audiobooks offline. You can also stream your purchase to your computer through your web browser without installing any apps on your computer.

Pros:
1. The subscription plan is much cheaper than Audible's;
2. Some audiobooks are not protected by DRM.

Cons:
Some DRM-protected audiobooks are not downloadable.

Available on: iOS|Android|web browser

DRM-free Audible Alternative

It is universal known that all Audible books are protected with DRM and only can be played at Audible compatible devices and apps. Another Audible competitor-- Downpour, which offers the DRM-free audiobooks.

4. Downpour

Downpour audiobooks

The most important feature of Downpour is that audiobooks purchased from this website are DRM-free because Doupour thinks their listeners should enjoy the audiobooks whenever, wherever, or whatever they are doing. It allows you to listen to the audiobooks at any software or devices as there is no DRM protection. Its monthly fee is $12.99 which is cheaper than Audible Premium Plus. In this website, you can rent or purchase the audiobook according to your own requirement. As the competitor of Audible, Downpour has around 70,000 titles available for downloading. Although you can purchase the extra credits for exchanging the audiobooks, some audiobooks on this website may cost two credits which is higher than Audible.

Pros:
1. Subscription fee is cheaper than Audible's;
2. Audiobooks are available for renting;
3. Audibooks are DRM-free.

Cons:
The Downpour app is very simple and can not let you browse for new titles.

Available on: iOS|Android|web browser

Unlimited listening Audible Alternative

Different from other Audible alternatives, the audiobook subscriptions listed in this part will enable you to enjoy the unlimited listening service. They are Scribd and Playster.

5. Playster

Playster audiobooks

Playster is the all-in-one subscription with unlimited access to books, audiobooks, music, movies and games. It is the truly unlimited audiobooks service, with no credits requirement, not access limitations. All what you have to do is to purchase the audiobook subscription service which is start at $1.5 per month. What a surprise! By patterning with the world's biggest publishers, Playster owns more than 100,000 titles and offers the audiobook lovers unlimited access to the best selling titles. If you listen to more than 1 audiobook every month and do not want to keep the audiobook permanently, you should try Playster as its membership includes unlimited-streaming and audiobook downloads.

Pros:
1. Unlimited access to more than 100,000 audiobooks;
2. Subscription fee is very low.
3. Beyond the audiobooks, it contains the books, music, movies and games.

Cons:
1. You will not be able to access any audiobooks if you cancel the subscription.

Available on: iOS|Android|web browser

Updated 7/17/2019: The start subscription fee for Playster is up to $17.50 per month. We appreciate @Sarah who shares this news with us in the comments.

6. Scribd

scribd audiobooks

Scribd’s unlimited service launched on February 6, 2018 and it focuses more on the ebook rather than audiobook. I tried to find out how many audiobook titles it contains, but there is no exact data. But the Scribd did mention that it has hundreds of thousands ebooks, audiobooks, and News & Magazines from over hundreds of publishers on its FAQ. If you have a premium membership($8.99/month), you are able to access to the premium collection without limitation. Please remember that not all titles are always available at any time. If you only see a preview of a specific title, you should also see a notification of when this title will become fully available to you.

Pros:
1. Unlimited access to both ebooks and audiobooks;
2. Subscription fee is lower than audible.

Cons:
1.  Restrictions on some titles may apply.

Available on: iOS|Android|web browser

No subscription requirement Audible Alternatives

Talking about audiobooks, almost all websites have their membership plans, but here are two websites enable you to purchase audiobooks without subscription service requirement.

7. Google play Audiobooks

google play audiobooks

As the competitor of Amazon, Google Play also launched the audiobook service at the beginning of 2018. The biggest difference from the Audible audiobooks is the Google play does not have any subscription plan. That means you do not have to pay for a membership that gets you hooked with one audiobook per month, but you can choose to purchase the Google Play audiobooks any time you want with the Google special discount. For listening to Google Play audiobooks, Android, iOS, web, home speakers and devices that use google assistant are all supported. We do not have any official report from Google to show how many titles does Google audiobook have, but I can assume that its titles are fewer than Audible's as it is still a newbie in the audiobook industry. If you are not planning to listen to one audiobook every month, Google Play audiobook is a good choice. What's more, every book you purchased will be safe in your account for as long as want.

Pros:
1. No subscription requirement;
2. Audiobooks can be listened at multiple devices.

Cons:
1.  The titles are much less than Audible.

Available on: iOS|Android|web browser

8. Nook Audiobooks

nook audiobooks

Different from the new entrant Google Play, it has been few years since Nook started to sell audiobooks. Nook doesn't have any audiobook membership plan, so you do not have to pay for the monthly fee. As the audible alternative, it has a collection of about 60,000 titles which is also much fewer than other Audible alternatives. Since it offers pay-as-you-go model, you will not be hooked by the subscription service. Nook Audiobook is really good choice if you listen to audiobooks infrequently.

Pros:
1. No subscription requirement.

Cons:
1.  Nook audiobooks cannot be listened with Nook app for Android, iOS.
2. Nook audiobooks cannot be returned and are non-refundable once they have been downloaded to your device. 

Available on: iOS|Android

9. Chirp

chirp audiobooks

Chirp is dedicated to helping you discover new books and audiobooks at affordable prices. Different from other audiobooks service, it doesn't charge a monthly subscription fee. To access the Chirp audiobooks, you just simply buy your books and get access to them via the Chirp audiobooks app. If you have signed up for their email, you'll receive the daily emails which has pointed out the best deals for you.

Pros:
1. No membership fee;
2. It offers a lot of really Low prices on popular audiobooks, but the deals are changing constantly;
3. You are not able to view the audiobooks on the Chirp app before purchasing them which is a little bit inconvenience.

Cons:
1. The titles are much less than Audible.
2. It is only available in US and Canada only for now.

Available on: iOS|Android|Web browser

General Audible Alternatives

10. Kobo Audiobooks

kobo audiobooks

Kobo can be assumed as the most Audible-like alternative. It added audiobooks to its offering from 2017 and already has a large collection of over 5 million of the world's best eBooks and audiobooks. Like Audible, it also has audiobook subscription service which costs $9.9 per month. You can get 1 credit which can be redeemed for one audiobook. A big drawback of Kobo audiobook is that the audiobooks only can be listened with Kobo app for Android and iOS which means you can not listen to audiobooks on your computer.

Pros:
1. Membership is cheaper than Audible's.

Cons:
1.  Audiobook titles are fewer than Audible;
2. Kobo audiobooks can only be listened with Kobo app for Android, iOS;
3. Special discount for students.

Available on: iOS|Android

11. Audiobooks.com

audiobooks.com

Audiobooks.com is focusing only on audiobooks, and has over 100,000 audiobook titles available now. The price of Audiobook.com membership is the same as Audible's which is $14.95. But Audiobooks.com enables you to purchase additional credits at the this price for treating additional audiobooks. You can purchase as many credits as you like without any limitation. I know this price is extremely high when compared with Playster or other audible alternatives, but if you want to keep your audiobooks for ever and build your own library, Audiobooks.com is a good alternative to Audible.

Pros:
1. Gift plan enables you to surprise your loved one.

Cons:
1.  Audiobook titles are fewer than Audible;
2. The price is extremely high due to the credit system.

Available on: iOS|Android

I have write down the most important features in the following sheet. You can browse the following table and select the one you like most.

  Price Titles Supported system
Audible Audible Plus ($7.95/month)
Audible Premium Plus ( $14.95 /month)
Over 11000 ebooks, audiobooks and vidoes for unlimited listening( Audible Plus
Over 200,000 audiobooks
iOS, Android, Windows 10(Libby)
OverDrive Free Over 2 000,000 ebooks, audiobooks and vidoes iOS, Android, Windows 10(Libby)
Librivox Free Over 15,000 No apps, listen and download audiobooks from website directly
audiobooksnow $4.99/Month+50% off for every purchase Over 80,000 iOS, Android, web browser
Downpour $12.99/Month for 1credit+buy or rent audiobooks Around 70,000 Android, iOS, Web browser
Playster starting at $1.50 per month for unlimited access to audiobooks More than 100,000 Android, iOS, Web browser
Scribd $8.99/month for unlimited access to ebooks and audiobooks Around 70,000 Android, iOS, Web browser
Google play Audiobooks No subscription required no data from Google Android, iOS, web, home speakers and devices that use google assistant
Nook Audiobooks No subscription required Not clear Android, iOS
Chirp No subscription required 60,000 Android, iOS, Web browser
Kobo Audiobooks $9.99/Month for 1 credit+buy audiobooks with credits or money over 5000,000 of audiobooks and ebooks Android, iOS
Audiobooks.com $14.95/month for 1 credit+purchase additional credits any time over 1,000,000  Android, iOS

After checking so many Audible alternatives, which Audible competitor will catch your attention? If your choice is still Audible.com, but you may feel frustrated sometime because the Audible audiobooks are protected by Audible DRM and only can be played on limited MP3 players or devices.If you are also in this dilemma, it's time to introduce a very powerful tool to help you break through the DRM restriction and enjoy Audible on any device. Please meet Epubor Audible converter which can help you convert audible to DRM-free MP3 file with original quality. Splitting audible into chapter is also supported. Just download the free trial today to liberate your Audible books today!

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08/17/2018 11:23:56
Thank you for sharing.
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02/15/2019 16:03:06

Audible service and staff attitude is a clear indication that Amazon is getting closer to the end of its life cycle!

They are so arrogant and you have to beg them to activate your membership while they promise somebody will contact you in 24 hours.

I can bet the Amazon will be phased out in 5 years or even less!

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02/16/2019 11:07:10
Then you may consider these also terrific audiobook sites.
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09/16/2020 03:34:07
There are a lot of choices in audiobook purchases. When Audible started they were not affiliated with Amazon. I was a member at that time and was concerned about how it might change. I have never had a bad experience with any of their support staff in almost 20 years of being a member. I have tried some of the others, and like most things some are better than others. One not mentioned here is called Chirp. They are new and you buy the audiobooks at as little as.99 cents.There is no membership and the only drawback is it can only work on mobile devices.For a lot of people that is what they want.
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09/16/2020 08:40:46
Thank you for sharing your experience on Audible. Audible is the first choice for many audiobook lovers.
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07/4/2019 08:28:17
Thanks for this. Adible is terrible at marketing. They think everyone who uses their service is far left. I've twice tried to contact them to ask them to offer even one or two titles in their free monthly offers that would appeal to conservatives. Nothing. In fact the following months they chose titles that were even more insulting. I will be switching for sure. Just need to figure out which is best for me. Thanks again.
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07/5/2019 08:37:48
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09/16/2020 03:20:12
They may have less demand. I know that I am not interested in reading heavy books or political ones because when I read I want escape. There is enough unpleasantness in life right now. If you want Christian books they have plenty. I have never noticed a lack of conservative books and I have been an Audible member for almost 20 years.
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07/17/2019 04:30:38
Playster is no longer 1.50 a month but 14.95. Sadly the alternatives
to audible keeps shrinking.
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07/17/2019 09:45:53
Thank you for sharing this with us. Yes, Audible takes the biggest share in Audiobook and still expands it.
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03/27/2020 06:51:31

I appreciate all your research.  Thank you.

But...I. Did not see Hoopla mentioned.  Depending on your library a person can rent movies, ebooks, audio books from 4to 10  titles each month for 21 days at no cost.

It is odd though that Palm Harbor only allows 4 per month but Clearwater library about 3 miles south allows 10!  So check to see how your local library is set up and apply for your card at the most generous library.  

Regards

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03/27/2020 09:59:57
Yes, Hoopla is a good place to get rented library books and audiobooks.
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07/14/2020 07:49:16
TY so much!!
This info is priceless to me!
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07/14/2020 08:30:53
You are welcome.'
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08/27/2020 21:18:11
You didn’t mention Hoopla - I get to check out 12 audiobooks a month For free by using my library card with them!
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08/28/2020 09:01:38
Yes, Hoopla is a free online library where you can get free audiobooks.
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09/23/2020 01:03:50
I have been an Audible member for years.  I have tried various other audiobook services over the years but there really is nothing that compares.  Their service and staff have never failed me.
I do still use OverDrive and Librivox for some things and I occasionally look to see if another audio service has entered the racebut I aways go back to Audible.
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09/23/2020 08:45:13
Thank you for sharing your own experience. Yes, Audible is the best, but there are more choices than Audible.
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05/3/2021 16:45:42
I’m searching for alternates to Amazon‘s Audible. If they don‘t pay tax, I‘ll find a service that does. Thanks for the list!!!
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05/6/2021 09:42:14
Glad to know you like it. Have a nice day.
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07/6/2021 10:45:47
I've never had an issue returning books on Audible until today. Now they say only 3 can be returned daily & at their discretion if they'll allow a return. The only reason we still have Audible since 2018 was because of the ability to make returns. I thought the customer service person was wrong & asked to speak to a supervisor. The condescending twit tells me she's "going to educate me on the return policy". I have a masters degree & don't need someone to reiterate something that's not on their website. Time to look for alternatives. I know people are cutting back due to COVID but it looks like they'd want to retain the customers they still have.  
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09/19/2021 23:54:19
How disappointing, this article is just one big infomercial
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10/25/2021 11:53:23
So what are your suggestions?
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10/25/2021 11:52:10
Thanks! Two questions. What's the best option for privacy? Which service is not owned by big tech giants? By that I mean black rock and friends are not their main investors.
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