This week Audible has a big sale going on (pretty much all their audiobooks are on sale right now!).
If you’re looking to bulk up your audiobook collection, there isn’t a better time to buy than now.
Here’s what you need to know about the Audible sale.
- You need to be an Audible Premium Plus subscriber to access the sale prices. If you aren’t a current member, you can sign up for their holiday deal which is $5.95/month for four months.
- The sale ends Friday night! Do not wait if you want to snatch up some titles – they’ll all go back up at midnight on Friday night!
- Calculate how much your Audible credits cost to decide if a sale price is good enough to be worth it. The most expensive that a monthly credit ever is, is $14.95, so anything more than that is probably not worth buying outright. If you got an Audible deal, you might have credits that cost more like $10 each. I haven’t included any titles on this list that are more than $7.
- You’ll need to purchase the sale titles either on Amazon or on the Audible.com site. You won’t be able to make purchases within the Amazon app unless you’re spending credits, so you’ll want to go to a browser instead. If you’re on Amazon, it’s going to default to wanting you to spend a credit, but if you scroll down just a bit, you’ll see the option to buy with cash instead. It looks like this:
Anyway, with those things out of the way, here are some of the titles I’m excited about (but truly – take a look at any audiobook you’ve been eyeing and see if it’s worth buying on sale).
The Best Audiobooks in Audible’s Annual Sale
The Last Mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat – $1.87
7 hours 21 minutes
Christina Soontornvat made a big splash by nabbing not one Newbery Honor but TWO – one for A Wish in the Dark and one for All Thirteen, both of which I loved. As soon as I saw she had a new fantasy middle grade novel, I knew it was one I wanted to read to the girls (and it’s also one of the books on the 2022 Everyday Reading Book Club list!)
All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat – $2.47
4 hrs and 4 mins
Of all the books I hoped would be majorly discounted in this sale, All Thirteen is the title I was MOST excited to see. (Full review here)
Whatever After: Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski – $1.49
3 hours 20 minutes
Ella listened to this whole series of fairytale retellings and LOVED them so much that she begged me to listen to one of them. I got through 2/3 of this one before it automatically returned to the library, but it was quite charming and a quick listen.
Framed! by James Ponti – $3.43
19 hours 16 minutes
Ella has loved the City Spies books, so when I discovered this mystery series by the same author, I snagged them all for Ella who blew through them in a week. This book follows Florian Bates who is the only kid that the FBI Director has on speed dial (and a kid that a whole lot of criminals want taken care of). After a move to DC, Florian and his new friend Margaret uncover a mystery that involves a major crime ring, the FBI and the National Gallery. It’s up to them to solve the mystery AND get their homework done.
Narwhal and Jelly Books 1-5 by Ben Clanton – $6.00
1 hour 5 minutes
This full cast audio version of the first five books in this beloved series is INCREDIBLY well done and the girls and I have all listened to it on repeat for the past several months. It’s just SO good and not an exclusive audiobook for kindergarteners – a crowd pleaser for all who listen in!
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan – $2.39
10 hours 31 minutes
Echo is such a spectacular middle grade book that follows four different narrators through different periods of history with a whisper of magical realism in it. Magical realism doesn’t always work for me but this one? I’m all in. Definitely pick up the audio version – it is a masterpiece. (Full review here)
Frindle by Andrew Clements – $3.36
1 hour 40 minutes
Andrew Clements is just a master of the school story, and this is his most popular one, about a boy who wants to get his whole school calling pens “frindles.” Andrew Clements is just a MASTER of the short middle grade novel.
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer – $6.00
I’m pretty sure I didn’t see Ella for a month when she blazed through this entire series. Alex and Conner, sister-brother twins, open up a beloved book of stories only to find themselves sucked into the book. In a mysterious land where magic runs rampant, they find themselves interacting with fairy tale characters they’ve heard about all their lives. The real question is. . . can they ever get home?
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary – $4.74
2 hours 17 minutes
Have I mentioned before that I love Beverly Cleary? This one is just as good as any of her other books, but totally different, with a little mouse who meets a boy staying at his hotel and starts riding his toy motorcycle. This is the first of three book in the Ralph S. Mouse series.
Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker – $2.56
6 hours 56 minutes
This one snagged a Newbery Honor last year and I’ve been meaning to pick up a copy since then! At this price, now is the time.
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser – $5.99
5 hours 40 minutes
We love this fun story about five siblings who are about to lose their beloved brownstone home in Harlem, thanks to a cantankerous (and mysterious) landlord who refuses to budge. All the books in this series are at this rock-bottom price.
I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 by Lauren Tarshis – $2.43
1 hour 12 minutes
If you have a non-fiction lover, these short middle grade books about big historical events are really fun and high action. They’re a perfect fit for reluctant readers, especially those with low patience for made up stories. (All the books in the series are on sale!).
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park – $5.62
3 hours 12 minutes
When I was working more seriously on reading all the Newbery winners, I picked this one up, knowing exactly nothing about it. A story about potters in 12th century Korea might not sound thrilling but this book is PHENOMENAL. I listened to it again with my girls this and we all were entranced. I may have gotten teary in the driver’s seat multiple times. Her book, A Long Walk to Water, is less than three hours long too! (Full review here).
The View from Saturday by – $4.48
4 hours 41 minutes
This is the first book I remember reading as a child and thinking “This is a really well written book.” I think my girls were a BIT too young for this one – it’d have been better to wait another year or two because it was hard for them to keep track of the four main characters and how their families and stories intertwined. For my part, I definitely enjoyed reading it again.
The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket – $6.00
2 hours 30 minutes
This wildly popular series is even more hilarious when it comes to life as a full cast audiobook – just be warned that when you listen to the first, you’ll probably have no choice but to listen to them all. Such a great audiobook series for 3-6 grades!
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by This was one we listened to recently and I was just completely overwhelmed by how GOOD this story about siblings that run away from home and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is. This woman is a master.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull – $5.22
9 hours 13 minutes
This is a great series about two kids, Seth and Kendra Sorensen who go to spend a few weeks with their grandparents on their very remote property. It doesn’t take them long to figure out not everything is as it appears. The butterflies and dragonflies in the garden are actually fairies! That is only the beginning of the magical creatures that inhabit Fablehaven. I thoroughly enjoyed this series, and you know that isn’t something I say often about fantasy! (Full review here)
Ghost by Jason Reynolds – $5.62
3 hours and 29 minutes
Ghost is a very fast runner – starting with a run from his dangerous father when he was a little boy. Now, he mostly runs away from his problems until an Olympic-runner-turned-coach sees Ghost’s incredible raw talent and wants to help him harness it for the Junior Olympics. But Ghost will have to stop running from his past in order for that to happen and that might be the hardest thing he’s ever done. Jason Reynolds is a big name in the world of children’s literature for good reason – this book is FIRE. Each book in the series is under $7 right now too.
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by James Howe – $3.38
1 hour 34 minutes
This is such a perfect Halloween listen – it’s not too long, and it’s not overly scary, just the right amount spooky. The ideal Halloween read alouds or listens!
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling – $6.88
5 hours and 27 minutes
My big girls listened to this one on repeat. Moving is never fun, but it’s especially unpleasant for Aven who was born without arms. A new town and school means she’ll have to explain herself repeatedly to a bunch of strangers. But in her new town, she make friends with Conner, who also feels like an outsider in their school. And together, they embark on solving a mystery at the dilapidated theme park her parents are running.
Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin – $1.49
3 hours and 16 minutes
If you read and loved Bomb by this author last year for Everyday Reading Book Club, this is another one of his that’s a winner!
The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera – $2.98
8 hours and 33 minutes
This is the 2022 Newberry Medal winner – Petra wants to be a cuentista, a storyteller, like her abuela, but Earth has been destroyed by a comet. Petra and her family were chosen to journey to a new planet to carry on the human race, but hundreds of years later she wakes up to realize she is the only one who remembers Earth. Will she be able to carry on the stories of the past?
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard – $0.72
I’ve professed my love for this book before (including with a full-on double costume) and I don’t think I’ll ever outgrow it. It’s so fun as a reader when you’re in on the secret that the book characters aren’t.
Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West – $2.12
Clocking in at almost an hour, this fantasy adventure is perfect for an afternoon at home or a lot of errands around town in the car. Most of the books in the series are this incredible price!
City Spies by James Ponti – $6.74
6 hours and 50 minutes
This is a super fun read aloud and I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. Sara Martinez is a twelve-year-old hacker who landed herself in jail after she hacked into the NYC foster care system to prove that her foster parents are using their foster funds for their own gain. But then a British spy shows up just before her hearing and after posing as her lawyer, springs her free and invites her to come work with four other child spies. Well, she’s not going to refuse that offer.
The Adventures of Nanny Piggins by R.A. Spratt – $5.72
4 hours and 7 minutes
If Ella had to pick a favorite book, I’m pretty sure this is the one she’d choose. It was so funny that she requested I read it and then I promptly included it in the 2017 Summer Reading Guide.
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty – $3.04
1 hour 9 minutes
If your child loves Rosie Revere, check out the new chapter book series featuring your favorite characters from the picture books!
Seeking Persephone by Sarah M. Eden – $2.13
7 hours 25 minutes
I have LOVED Sarah M. Eden’s books lately. They have been my most recent historical romance titles (specifically the Savage Wells series, which I couldn’t put down). This one is a regency romance and I am all about it!
Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer – $2.34
12 hours 58 minutes
Fantasy isn’t my normal genre, so for a fantasy book to snag a spot on my favorite books of 2021? You know it’s good. This one isn’t full-on fantasy – there’s no magic or powers – but it’s set in a fictional world where the kingdom is splintering under the pressure of a mysterious sickness that’s spreading through the kingdom and the only cure is in short supply. The king and his brother took over running the kingdom after their parents were assassinated and they’re holding the kingdom together basically by brute force. Naturally, there are those in the Wilds who are determined to undermine the king’s iron grip on the kingdom. The sequel Defend the Dawn is also on sale for $3.08! (Full review here)
The Lost Husband by Katherine Center – $2.98
8 hours 20 minutes
One of my reading goals this year is to read all of Katherine Center’s books, and this is one of them I have not yet read. This is the perfect time for me to snag it because it is under $3!
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – $2.55
7 hours and 2 minutes
This is the September book for the 2022 Everyday Reading Book Club. AJ Fikry is a grumpy bookshop owner who is losing money, has his rarest book stolen, and then finds a baby left on his doorstep. This book is a reader’s DELIGHT. (Full review here)
The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz – $1.53
2 hours 30 minutes
A quick listen based on ancient Toltec wisdom which reveals four principles to personal freedom, true happiness, and love. It’s spent more than 7 years on the New York Times bestseller list and I’ve had so many people recommend this one to me!
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah – $10.85
8 hours 44 minutes
This audible original is a must to add to your list. You might have seen Trevor Noah on The Daily Show, but his life began as a crime. He was the son of a multiracial marriage which during South Africa apartheid was illegal. This witty and honest memoir is the perfect book to add to any book club.
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison – $6.48
This is the most ridiculous British YA series ever and also one of my favorite things I’ve ever listened to. (Full review here)
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – $1.58
10 hours and 3 minutes
This is a WWII story like you’ve never heard before. I almost had to pull over when I was listening to this in the car because I was sobbing so hard. (Full review here)
I Like Me Anyway: Embracing Imperfection, Connection & Christ by Brooke Romney – $7.48
3 hours and 37 minutes
I read this book and absolutely LOVED it. Brooke is such a terrific writer and so warm and real. I only let myself read one chapter a day because I didn’t want to blow through it too fast!
The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson – $6.74
7 hours and 30 minutes
This was probably the most popular pick on my 2020 Summer Reading Guide Chick Lit category. It’s DELIGHTFUL and 100% closed door.
Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most by Cassie Holmes – $6.74
This was the January book for this year’s Everyday Reading Book Club and couldn’t stop talking about it. I love a self-help book and this one has so many good practical tips for making your life happier, no matter what your current life looks like.
Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci – $6.74
I really enjoyed this memoir about Stanley Tucci. This is not at all about his acting career, but about how food has impacted his life. It is laugh-out-loud funny, but also sweet and tender. He reads it himself and just a warning: don’t listen on an empty stomach.
And if you have questions about the Audible sale, please let me know – I’m happy to help!