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Audiobooks: KOBO vs Audible

It’s a showdown, people!!!

I love audiobooks. last thing before bed for about 20 minutes I love to pop on some fairy lights, have a hot drink, lie back in bed, and be carried off to another world.

I always feel so relaxed and refreshed when I wake.

That being said, audiobooks, individually purchased are really EXPENSIVE. you are talking at least £10-£25 for each book. Not purse friendly.

BUT Audiobook subscriptions make it possible for me. There are two contenders for these Audible- an Amazon based company and KOBO – a Ratuken company.

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How do they work?

You buy a credit each month which can be exchanged for 1 audiobook, no matter the price individually. you can then play these via the app on all smartphones, laptop, and computers.

Subscription Price

Audible: £7.99, per month for 1 credits. £14.99 for 2 credits

Kobo: £6.99, per month for 1 title

Availability of titles

Honestly, it’s about the same. I search for titles that appear on Audible and Kobo and they were identical.

App

Kobo

The Kobo app contains eBooks & Audiobooks. The home page I felt was a little underwhelming, BUT the reading activity page made me a happy little reader. I love reading about stats, especially my own. With stats like ‘hours per book’ and ‘pages turned’ I was a happy little book bat.

There are also rewards like the social butterfly, witching hour (wow) and Deep thinker to be won. I do love challenges.

Overall ★★★★

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Audible

When you open the audible app it takes you straight to where you left the app the last time you were there. In my instance, the Library. I like that for two reasons, 1) no-one is trying to sell you more books. 2) the bottom of it has the last played book player, so you can just continue where you left off.

There is also a stats page with reward badges which were quite similar to KOBO, it does give you a ranking depending on how long you listen to them.

Overall ★★★★★

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Other Services

Audible:

  • Although the Audible app does not have the ebooks in the app, you can switch between the eBook and Audiobook, if you have purchased both. If you already own a Kindle book, chances are you will get an offer price on the Audiobook at a really reduced price. you can then switch between the apps, and continue on the eBook, or the audiobook when needed. it will keep your place.
  • Audible has a free service called ‘Shows’ which are like podcasts but by authors and famous people. (Stephen Fry’s one is very good. )
  • Finally, if you are a Harry Potter fan, you can only get the series on audible. although it links to JK Rowlings own Pottermore Website.

 

Verdict

You need to way up how serious you are about audiobooks. If you are starting out I would recommend KOBO, if you are not sure how much time you would have for it. It’s cheaper and easy to use.

If you think you want more credits at a better value for money, the hands down you’ll want Audible. Three extra credits can be purchased for £17.99 So if you feel you need the rest of a series you started listening to you can.

Audiobooks can be addicting. I have 457 Audible titles. (I’ve been with Audile for about 8 years)

KOBO website ♡ Audible Website

 

 

Fantasy, Reviews, YA

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Next Tuesday, A Court of Frost and Starlight is releasing, number 3.5 in the Court of Thornes and Roses series. So I thought in the lead-up, I will post my reviews of the previous books ( No spoilers!!)

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1

Pages: 416

Genre: YA Fantasy, Fairytale retelling

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Review:

WOW!!!

I was about a year late for the hype of this book. I read this book, the first time in January 2017, and it blew me away.

Firstly, the woman on the cover is wearing a very decorative feather outfit, and of course THAT tattoo (if you don’t know what I’m talking about -read it) IMHO, the cover is simple and tells you very little of the story until you have read it.

Prior to this, I hadn’t read any books with Faes in, and what the author calls Fae, I would think elves- like Lord of the Rings.

When you open the book, the first thing I notice is a Map of the magical realm called Prythian. It looks a little bit like The British Isles, with Hybern looking like Ireland. Prythian is broken up into courts, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, day and night courts, with a wall dividing them and the Mortal Realm.

The story begins with Feyre, a Human who kills a ‘Beast’ to ensure her family survive the winter. Her punishment lies on the other side of the Wall. She is brought to the Spring Court, by Tamlin- The High Lord.

Let me make this clear for you, girl: you can either come live at my home in Prythian- offer your life for the wolf’s in that way- or you can walk outside right now and be shredded to ribbons. Your choice. – Tamlin

Feyre is introduced to the cruel, but beautiful world of Prythain, with its strange dreamlike creatures, and curses. But can Beauty survive falling in love with the Beast?

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”

Recommended to: Everyone!!!

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AMAZON UK  KOBO  GOOGLE

Paranormal, Reviews, YA

Review: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Twilight, #1

Pages: 498

Genre: YA Fantasy,

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Bella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her Father, Charlie. She attends the local high school, where she meets Edward Cullen.

Edward is unlike any teenage boys his age, he has ice cold hands, his eyes change colour, he talks like he’s from a different time, and he is super fast. Bella is intrigued by him, but he gives the impression he hates her, and she doesn’t understand why.

Until she finds out that he is a Vampire. As are his family.

“I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”

I read Twilight quite a few years ago, probably about 11 years ago, and it spurned what I call my second wave of book obsession… Previously when I was at school I read Night world, and Vampire Diaries, but they hadn’t fueled my obsession yet.

I was hooked, I consumed every book as soon as they came out, equally I loved the films so much.

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What I connected mostly was Bella’s awkwardness. She was socially inept. So was I. she preferred to read. So did I. I was 19 at the reading the first, and I was just happy that I could identify with a character who was a similar (at the time) age as me.

Edward- well, I loved him too. not so much in New Moon, but that’s for a different review!! Everyone pretty much knows the story now, of how the lion fell in love with the lamb, but as I get older I find myself wanting to re-read Twilight again.

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An amazing phenomenon of books and movies that have had mixed reviews since its inception. I personally love them, both as a teenager and now, and I feel very grateful, that because of this Genre of books, I have found further books, I feel so lucky to have read.

Distopia, Reviews, YA

Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Hunger Games #2

Pages: 391

Genre: YA, Distopia

Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Katniss survived her first Hunger Games. Now she must play victor for the capitol, a distraction to the rebels, to cease a rebellion.

When that fails, Katniss is thrown back into the Hunger Games to prove that even the strongest will bow to the capitol.

You can see my gushing review of Hunger Games here

“We star-crossed lovers of District 12, who suffered so much and enjoyed so little the rewards of our victory, do not seek our fans’ favor, grace them with our smiles, or catch their kisses. We are unforgiving.
And I love it. Getting to be myself at last.”

If you are an oldie like me you may remember watching The Running Man, starring the superb Arnold Schwarzenegger. In many ways, The Hunger Games is a YA complex version of that book/movie.

A sick game is created to control revolution. It works, for a while until the yearning for resistance and freedom becomes too much…

Every Revolution begins with a spark

Suzanne Collins has a wicked ability to write meaningful, relatable characters. Part of that is because she writes in the first person. The entire book is from Katniss’ point of view, and it is heartbreaking.

Her’s is the voice of the revolution and it’s strong, but also vulnerable. A lot happens to Katniss, more friends die than ever before, but that ignites that spark.

I cannot express enough how lucky I feel to have read this author’s work. This is an important book not just for Teens, but for adults as well.

“It must be very fragile, if a handful of berries can bring it down.”

Historical, Reviews, YA

Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1

Pages: 326

Genre: YA Historical

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege, stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

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Review:

Ever since I heard the title of this book I was so excited. If you don’t know the Jack the Ripper story then you really missed out. If you want a little background see my Jack the Ripper Post–> HERE..

I haven’t read many YA historical novels, and I was a little worried that it would be less graphic and more targeted towards YA audience. The cover is genius. It appears the fantasy reader, as well as the historical reader. The Victorian gothic also gives a steampunk feel to.

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Aesthetically, The blood splatter Chapter headings and the accompanying photo’s in the book really add to the horror.

Audrey assisted performing autopsies, something I could hardly imagine that a woman would be interested in the Victorian times. However to actually be encouraged by family members did seem a bit far-fetched to me, but I got over it pretty quick. It did add to the suspense to the novel, as it was illegal for women to perform autopsies.

Thomas was an enigma, and his part in the whole story got me guessing the whole time. I’m not usually a fan of Crime novels, I get really anxious just to find out who is the murder and find I skip pages. Stalking Jack the Ripper, however, drew me in so completely that I wanted to gobble up everything as it was intended.

Such an enjoyable, sometimes tragic masterpiece from an unknown-to-me author.

Recommend to: Crime fanatics, History buffs, peruser of YA novels,