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  1. Alpana Deo
    February 3, 2021 @ 11:22 pm

    You know, before I got into podcasting, I first started with listening Audio books on Audibles. And thats how I convinced myself about the convenience of listening to anything of my choice as per my routine. So, I would say audio books have a crucial role in my podcasting journey..

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:15 pm

      That is truly interesting, Alpana. Audiobooks are a great way to research what works.

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  2. Janaki Srinivasan
    February 4, 2021 @ 8:27 am

    I’m not a great fan of listening to audiobooks. In fact recently wrote a post on why I don’t like them. Somehow, for me reading is an experience I give myself. I can’t give myself to hearing it from someone else. Moreover, the accent of reading matters which means in some cases unless you pay full attention, you cannot really understand.

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:17 pm

      I understand your point. It took me a while to get into audiobooks but now I cannot do without them.

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    • Yashila Barnwal
      February 7, 2021 @ 11:09 pm

      I first started with listening Audio books on Audibles. And thats how I convinced myself about the convenience of listening to anything of my choice as per my routine. So, I would say audio books have a crucial role in my podcasting journey..

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  3. Monidipa
    February 4, 2021 @ 6:10 pm

    I listen to audiobooks when I don’t get time to read. The voice modulations are good. I also want to get into podcasting, and they encourage me!

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:18 pm

      That is why I switched to audiobooks, Monidipa. I wasn’t getting time to read and audiobooks are great for multi-tasking.

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  4. Supriti Garg
    February 5, 2021 @ 7:20 am

    Audio books are meditative. I love closing my eyes, listening to the book at bed time.. it’s an altogether different experience and Amazon audible is my go to partner… Thanks for sharing other recommendations.

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:19 pm

      I do avoid reading audiobooks in bed as I tend to doze off. They are indeed meditative.

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  5. Richa Singh
    February 5, 2021 @ 12:07 pm

    I have always wanted to start on audiobooks in a big way – I had listened in a few on audible last year but I want to make this a bigger thing in my life. This is such a good list to keep track of

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:21 pm

      Thank you, Richa. You are really killing it with the reading challenge. 12 books already!

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  6. Suhasini I.P.
    February 5, 2021 @ 2:12 pm

    I tried Amazon audible. It’s mainly for my child. We didn’t like the voice of the narrator. So we gave up on it. Anyways, thanks for comparing various apps. I will try others sooner.

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:22 pm

      It takes a while to get the narrator and the speed right. I do hope you give it another try.

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  7. Swati Mathur
    February 5, 2021 @ 6:27 pm

    I agree….in fact audio books are more convenient can be read anywhere. I was looking for some good app…thanks a lot for sharing will try all and see what works for me best.

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:23 pm

      My pleasure Swati. I am sure you would be able to select one that works best for you.

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  8. Sonia Dogra
    February 5, 2021 @ 9:37 pm

    I’m listening to my first ever audio book on audible and quite enjoying the experience.

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:24 pm

      I am so glad to read that Sonia. Thank you for stopping by 😀

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  9. Priyanka Nair
    February 5, 2021 @ 9:45 pm

    I have been using Audible for a while, as you rightly pointed out it is convenient when you want to multitask. I use to listen to Judgment Detox Book by Gabrielle Bernstein when I would go cycling, that was my first audio listening experience. I prefer audiobooks over ebooks, paperback remains the first choice though 🙂

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:26 pm

      Paperbacks definitely, Priyanka. But with the number of books I read, ebooks and audiobooks are a lot more convenient. And I absolutely hate unhauling books to make space for new ones.

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  10. Arti Singh
    February 6, 2021 @ 12:23 am

    Thanks for talking about the audio books and the platforms. its been on my mind for a long time

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:26 pm

      Thanks Arti. I am glad you found the post useful.

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  11. Vasumathi
    February 6, 2021 @ 4:32 am

    As they say, to each his own! I agree that it is about the content and not the medium when you are looking to know about stuff. And your post details all the benefits of moving to this new audio-book medium, which is gaining popularity. I still love listening to stories from people – especially of the older generation who reminiscence about the times gone by. However, for a “book-lover” the joy of holding a physical copy, smelling the print on the pages cannot be matched by anything. After putting it off for a long time, I finally bought a Kindle….i HAVE to read everyday so this seemed an easier option than storing physical books. I agree that an electronic or audio medium is more convenient, but according to me the joy of snuggling down in the couch with a book cannot be matched. 🙂
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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:31 pm

      Let’s agree to disagree Vasumathi. For me, it is always the content.

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  12. Harjeet Kaur
    February 6, 2021 @ 10:21 am

    Wow..i never knew there were so many Audible apps. I am surely going to try Amazon or Librivox. Thanks for the recommendations Ritu. I am not reading much at least I can listen to some good ones. Would love to listen to Obama for sure.

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:34 pm

      There are quite a few more, Harjeet. But these are the ones I recommend. Do pick up Obama’s audiobook. It is a treat to hear the man himself.

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  13. Sadvika kylash
    February 6, 2021 @ 5:12 pm

    Amazing recommendations. I love reading and now, as a mother of two, I can only manage time to blog. Reading is something I wish to do but hardly get time. This is such a useful post, I can use it multitasking..

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:35 pm

      Thank you Sadvika. I hope you check them out.

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  14. Raunica
    February 6, 2021 @ 11:33 pm

    I have tried audio books in the past but wasn’t able to set a routine to listen to it so it was kind of a miss for me. I have been wanting to try audible for a while now….good time to start

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:47 pm

      Any time is a good time, Raunica 🙂

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      • Jyoti
        February 8, 2021 @ 2:39 am

        Wow..i never knew there were so many Audible apps. I am not much of a reader but
        i can listen to some good books i guess may be.

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  15. Manisha Garg
    February 7, 2021 @ 1:20 am

    I really wanted to check Audio Books and was thinking how to go about it, this is just the information and help I needed, thanks so much.
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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:35 pm

      My pleasure, Manisha. I am glad you found the post useful.

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  16. Priyanka Chhabria
    February 7, 2021 @ 10:14 am

    Although I have heard a lot about audio books but never thought of giving them a try. Now I am tempted to give it a shot. I will start with storytel. Thanks for recommendations.

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:36 pm

      Do try them out, Priyanka. They are quite a different experience.

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  17. Shahira
    February 7, 2021 @ 12:12 pm

    OO! I love this post and your blog and everything books! So I too fell in love with audiobooks last year and I have finished a few books that way! Elizabeth Gilberts The Big Magic was the first audiobook I listened and loved it.
    I use the Libby/Overdrive app> it is free subscription from my local library so I get to read all the newly published books too and I am a happy bird that way haha

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:46 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Shahira. I am so disappointed that Libby does not work in India. Most libraries are not linked to it.

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  18. Madhu Bindra
    February 7, 2021 @ 12:29 pm

    You have got me hooked to audiobooks. They are great for oldies like me :D. It takes time to find a good narrator and the right speed to listen at.

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:37 pm

      Thank you, mother dear 😀

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  19. Archana Srivastava
    February 7, 2021 @ 12:51 pm

    Wow! You spoke my mind Ritu, I was looking for the best audiobook options, and here your post has come. Though I was so reluctant about audiobooks, sometimes due to some busy days, I started thinking of opting for the audiobook option but totally confused, which app to chose. Thank you for sharing so much in details with the respective prices. I am sorted now!
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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:38 pm

      My pleasure, Archana. I am so glad to read that.

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  20. Shail Thosani
    February 7, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

    Well each to its own! I never have tried audio books and never felt like it for me the feel book in hand the turn of each page and the smell of the books pages is equally enthralling as the content.

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:39 pm

      Like you said, to each its own. 🙂

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  21. Abha Singh
    February 7, 2021 @ 4:54 pm

    Very useful post I must say. I wanted to try audiobook for a long time. Thanks for sharing app list with details. I agree sometimes listening is more convenient than reading. And with music and sound effects it’s an another level of experience.

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    • Ritu
      February 7, 2021 @ 5:40 pm

      Thank you Abha. I am so glad you found the post useful.

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  22. Sindhu Vinod Narayan
    February 7, 2021 @ 10:27 pm

    I’d definitely wanted to get started with audiobook but yes as you’ve written confused about numerous apps. I now know which to use. Thank you for sharing this

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    • Ritu
      February 14, 2021 @ 9:13 pm

      Thank you, Sindhu. I am glad you found it useful.

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  23. Bhawna Shah
    February 7, 2021 @ 10:44 pm

    I have not yet read, but this saves your time, and you can enjoy the book without reading it, just by using the other sense organ. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Ritu
      February 14, 2021 @ 9:14 pm

      That is quite true, Bhawna. And in some cases, audiobooks are all the more fun.

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  24. Aishwarya Sandeep
    February 7, 2021 @ 11:00 pm

    Audio books are the best way to read and to give break to your eyes. They are especially helpful, if you want to multitask and read a book. If you have motion sickness then audio books are your best companions, while travelling

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    • Ritu
      March 3, 2021 @ 5:57 pm

      Exactly Aishwarya

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  25. Amritha Srinath
    February 8, 2021 @ 11:24 pm

    Wow, Ritu, I love audio books and listen to it when I cook or go alone for a walk. While I have heard of Scribd, Storytel, Audible and used the trail versions, I am yet to try LibriVox, which I shall do now after reading your post. As a classic fan, I am looking forward to it.
    Also, the books suggested are all fab and few of them are already in my TBR list.

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    • Ritu
      February 14, 2021 @ 9:16 pm

      That is great Amritha. Hope LibriVox works for you too.

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