How do I make huge savings on Audible books – without a trial subscription?

huge savings on Audible books
Hear this: there are big savings to be made on standard Audible prices

Audiobooks are great for those of us with a dog to walk, but little time to sit and read. The only thing that sucks about them is the price. However, there’s a way to make huge savings on Audible books – and that’s without committing to a free trial that you’ll inevitably forget to cancel.

How to make huge savings on Audible books

Look at the Amazon listings for many of the major titles, and you will see prices for Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook and audio CD versions.

If you click on the audiobook version, Amazon will push hard to get you to sign up for a free trial of Audible, as you can see from the “£0.00” price listing on the right-hand side. Buying the audiobook outright often costs the thick end of twenty quid, or £18.37 in this case:

Bill Bryson At Home on Amazon

Now look more closely at the small print in that Read & Listen section at the bottom of the screenshot.

Bill Bryson At Home on Amazon

If you buy the Kindle book, which is priced at £5.49, you get the audiobook for £3.99. That’s £9.48 in total, or just over half the price of the audiobook alone.  Even if you don’t want the Kindle book, even if you don’t own a Kindle, it’s far cheaper to buy them both.

This applies to many other titles, too. Here’s Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diaries:

Princess Diaries on Amazon

£15.74 for the audiobook alone or £4.98 for the Kindle book and audiobook combined. That’s a saving of 68% – and you get the benefit of being able to read or listen, and picking up where you left off in either format.

In short, don’t buy an Audible audiobook before you’ve checked what the combined price is when you buy the Kindle book first.

Read this next: Where can I find free audiobooks?

About the author

Barry Collins

Barry has scribbled about tech for almost 20 years for The Sunday Times, PC Pro, WebUser, Which? and many others. He was once Deputy Editor of Mail Online and remains in therapy to this day. Email Barry at

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