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Now that we're all living in a social distancing world, a lot of us have what I have come to call QuaranScreen Brain — basically what happens when your Netflix marathoning, working from home, and endless games of trivia on Zoom all add up and do a number on your poor eyeballs.
While it's hard to resist the siren song of screens while you're looking for ways to occupy yourself, you should probably give your eyeballs a much-deserved break. Enter Audible, which — if you haven't already been on that audiobook beat — is here to save your eyes from themselves.
Here's the sitch: Audible is an audiobook subscription service with a ~free 30-day trial period~ that gives you access to over 20,000 (!!) recorded books, from currents to classics, plus a whole slew of other treats for your ears.
For instance, Little Fires Everywhere, the book that inspired the new Hulu Original series that I injected directly into my veins this past weekend? Audible's got it.
All seven Harry Potter books narrated by the iconic award-winning Jim Dale? Audible sees you hovering on the edge of that rabbit hole, and it's like, "C'mon, ya Muggle, jump."
They've even got original content that rotates every month — right now you can listen to The Messengers, a dark sci-fi comedy that takes place in the aftermath of a plague that incites of an intergalactic war (woof), or all of James Taylor's new self-narrated memoir, Break Shot.
Aside from the fact that your eyeballs need a break, another perk about signing up is my primary motivator for most things in life, which is saving a bucketload* of money.
After the free 30-day trial period, membership is $14.95 per month, and can be cancelled at any time.
With each month of membership, you get a credit for one audbiobook (any audiobook in the library!), and two credits for Audible Originals — that's around 10 hours of sweet content for your ear cavities, y'all.
Also, if you're picky as heck (it ... me?) and you don't like a title you've used a credit on, you can swap it out for another one. It's like Tinder for audiobooks!
Oh, and you can listen to it anywhere, on pretty much any device you can think of. Netflix & Chill, meet Audiobook & Shower.
But Audible's not just for book nerds. (I'm allowed to say that, cuz I am one.)
The subscription also grants you access to guided wellness programs — I'm talking meditations to help you sleep, guided yoga, motivational runs, even something I'm too scared to hit play on called an "ab blaster." Basically an arsenal of every type of workout you need to get your zen or your sweat on indoors.
It also has an entire stage library that will make you flip your inner theater kid's lid — Audible hosts performances, live staging, and all kinds of experimental theater on the platform.
And, of course, PODCASTS on podcasts on podcasts that cover everything from little-known uncovered historical gems to stand-up comedy to career tips and lectures from experts across every field.
Plus, for those of us keeping up with the news (read: anyone who wasn't on a season of Big Brother recently), Audible also conveniently comes with free news audio content from the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.
Basically, Audible is a one-stop shop for all your eardrums' needs right now, whether you're looking for a way to pass time on the treadmill, something to occupy your brain while you're cleaning or baking all that social distancing bread, or want a disembodied voice to (gently) boss you around during your at-home workouts.
Sign up for Audible with a 30-day free trial ($14.95 per month after that). Happy ear-bingeing!
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