The Audiobook Service I Love and Hate Simultaneously has been serving up audiobooks since 1995, so it’s hardly new. I remember checking it out when it first came out, thinking it would be something cool to try out and then realizing, “Oh dang, that’s crazy expensive.” Well, guess what, now that I’m older and wiser, it still seems crazy expensive, but I am about to pay for it.

Membership plans start of $14.95 per month, for which price you will get 1 (that’s right, 1) lousy credit. If you pay $22.95 per month, you can get 2 credits. A credit is essentially worth 1 audio book download. So there you have it. You can also pay for annual plans that are much more expensive at around $150-230 per year for 12-24 credits.

Here’s the thing though: as I contemplate doing more exercise in the morning and the length of my soon-to-be commute, I figure these are great times to pack my head full of knowledge. I also do a fair amount of traveling so I decided to give Audible a chance, via their free trial offer, to show me what they got. On a long trip up to Wyoming, I plugged my iPhone into the rental car’s AUX input, fired up the Audible app and started listening to Who Stole the American Dream? by Hedrick Smith (very interesting book by the way, ...

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