Love audiobooks? Then you know they’re expensive, often selling for anywhere from $15-$30 apiece. There are Chirp. The service offers time-limited deals on curated audiobooks. For example, the Oprah’s Book Club pick An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones, is currently just $4.99. Price at Amazon: $20.95, or $14.95 if you have an Audible membership. Like mysteries? The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes sells for $1.99 at Chirp; it’s $23.95 at Amazon., of course, but get ready for one of the cheapest options yet:
The site adds new books almost daily, and each one is usually available for about a month. (Thus, the titles mentioned above might not be available any longer by the time you read this.) Best of all, there’s no subscription requirement.
Most of the biggest discounts are on lesser-known titles and/or authors. I was hard-pressed to find more than a couple titles I actually recognized. Thankfully, Chirp now collects reviews from readers (er, listeners), so you don’t have to search elsewhere to see if a book is worth your time.Â
The site now sells new releases and New York Times bestsellers as well, though the discounts for those tend to be more in the 10%-25% range. Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing, for example, is currently $13.21, versus $20.95 from Amazon.
To listen to any purchase, you’ll need a web browser or the Chirp app. The latter has nearly all the features you’d expect, including adjustable listening speeds and a sleep timer, though it could definitely use a car mode.
If you can’t get enough audiobooks, you should definitely check out Chirp.
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