Listen Up! Get Two Free Months of Audiobooks from Audible
I know it’s en vogue right now to accept boredom, embrace boredom, even seek out boredom. (If you love boredom so much, pundits, why don’t you marry it!) But you know what? Boredom sucks! And it sucks the most when you’re behind the wheel, with nothing to do except fight the road rage that’s building inside you because you’re so insanely bored.
Audiobooks to the rescue! For long commutes and road trips alike, there’s nothing better than a book–especially when it’s a free book.
For a limited time, LivingSocial is offering a free two-month subscription to Audible, the Amazon-owned audiobook service. And within that subscription you’re entitled to two totally free books–one per month.
Before I go any further, I must note the one big caveat: This offer is good for new Audible customers only. If you’re a current subscriber or subscribed in the past, you’re out of luck. (Unless, of course, you sign up using a different e-mail address. Is that gaming the system or just good business sense? I’ll let you decide.)
In case you’re not familiar with it, Audible offers a mammoth library of digital audiobooks, which can listen to any number of ways. You can download them to your PC and listen there (not exactly ideal for commuters), burn them to CDs for listening in your car (kind of a hassle, if you ask me), or just install the Audible app that’s compatible with your smartphone or other mobile device. It’s available for Android, iOS, Kindle, Windows Phone, and so on.
That’s the best route, because you can download your books directly to that device, then listen on the go (via headphones or your car stereo).
The LivingSocial deal effectively buys you two months of Audible’s $14.95 plan, which is good for one free book per month and a 30-percent discount on any additional books you decide to buy. You even get to exchange books you don’t like, a kind of amazing guarantee.
Do take note that you’ll need to supply a credit card, and your subscription will automatically renew at the $14.95 after the first two months. No worries: just mark your calendar so you remember to cancel–assuming you want to. If you do, you still get to keep the two books. Not too shabby!
The only really tricky part about this is deciding what books to get–though I can certainly recommend a couple of my favorites. The first is the Pearl S. Buck classic “The Good Earth,” an epic and thoroughly engrossing rags-to-riches tale of agrarian China. The second: “The Fault in Our Stars,” which may be classified a Young Adult novel but is really a beautiful modern-day love story, one for listeners of nearly all ages. What books would you choose?
Veteran technology writer Rick Broida is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC World and Wired.