My experience using two free trial offers

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Why in the world would anyone listen to audio books? That’s a question I asked myself when I was younger. But back then, I had plenty of time to read. Things changed as I became an adult, and nowadays, I do quite a bit of driving. Listening to the radio is great while driving, but sometimes I want a bit more mental stimulation as well. That’s when I first began to discover the value of audio books.

stack of booksI found Audible quite by accident many years ago. At the time, I was trying to increase my vocabulary in preparation for a graduate admissions test. Since repetition is the only way I can memorize things, I decided it would be a good idea to have audio of vocabulary definitions playing in the background while I do other things. Once I found Audible, I purchased a couple vocabulary audio books. For the money I paid, I was quite happy with my purchase.

Since then, I have branched out to purchasing all sorts of other audio books. Nonfiction is a great category to browse, and I love playing nonfiction titles while I’m driving to and from work. I’m still getting used to fiction, but when I find a novel that is well-read by the speaker, I find I sometimes enjoy myself a lot more than I usually do simply by reading.

The only gripe I have about Audible is that the selection, while large, is not comprehensive. I only find about half the books I want to read in audio format. With that being said, Audible does do a good job of offering popular titles. Any book that appeared on a bestseller list will almost definitely be available in audio format at Audible.

The way Audible works takes a bit of explaining. You could go to the site and purchase books individually; however, this is almost always a bad idea. As a non-member, you’ll end up paying quite a bit more than members do. This means that even if you only intend to buy one or two books, it’s in your best interest to get yourself a membership. This can be done at no cost, as there is a free trial for Audible that lasts for 30 days. The Audible free trial also allows you to download one free book for every month that you are a member.

Over the long run, if you download quite a few audio books like I do, it pays to remain a member of Audible. On the other hand, if you only listen to a few books a year, you should use the Audible trial offer from, then turn your membership off. You can reactivate it every time you want to purchase another audio book, and this will save you some money over keeping your membership perpetually active.

Audible can be used on multiple devices. The video below shows you how to use Audible on a smart phone:

Another free trial offer I took advantage of not too long ago is Gamefly. Like Audible, Gamefly is an online service. But instead of allowing you to listen to audio books, Gamefly allows you to play video games. In most cases, they will send the games to you through the mail. You can expect any games you “rent” to be delivered within a couple days.

With an impressive library of over 8000 games, with new ones being added regularly, you should have no issues finding a great game to play, regardless of the platform you use. You can check out Gamefly’s selection by visiting their site. However, a much better idea is to use a Gamefly coupon for a free trial so that you can actually use the service and judge for yourself how good the service is. The free trial lasts for 30 days, and that is ample time to determine whether Gamefly is a service you would liked to subscribe to.

Gamefly does a good job of making available all the popular new releases. Because of this, even if you are only interested in recently-released games, you will discover that Gamefly is a more cost-effective way to play such games instead of buying them on your own.