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Know someone who’s impossible to shop for? You can’t go wrong with an Audible membership.

Winter is coming and so are the holidays. Why not get a chunk of your shopping done in one click with an Audible membership?

The process is simple, and pretty much everyone is guaranteed to love it. College students, for instance, won’t have to read Beowulf (or whatever confusing yet brilliant text their literature professor assigns) because they can listen to it instead. School-age kids can practice their reading comprehension skills without any adult assistance. And as for your dad? He is sure to appreciate being able to rest his eyes on the train ride home without having to postpone a chapter or two.

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How does Audible work?

When you gift an Audible membership, you’re gifting access to the world’s largest library of audiobooks. So what books the recipient downloads is completely up to them. There are no gimmicks and no tiered membership plan–all memberships include one credit per month, good on any audiobook and two Audible Originals per month. Here’s how it works:

  1. You pick the plan. Just like any other gift certificate, you get to choose the value of the voucher. Currently, Audible allows you to gift four options.audible membership Audible
  2. Choose how you’d like to send it. You can either email a gift card and personalized note directly to the recipient or choose to print and deliver it yourself.
  3. Customize your gift. Seriously, who likes receiving a plain and boring notecard? Pretty sure the answer is no one. Do yourself a favor and pick a design from one of Audible’s themes and you’ll be fun and festive in minutes.

And once the gift is given, the recipient can choose to apply to the credits to an already existing Audible account or sign up for a new one (which is also eligible for a free 30-day trial). Then they can download Audible on their phone, tablet, computer, or even their Apple Watch. They can also access the service via Kindle. So easy!

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Best Kindle audiobooks

To give you a taste of what Audible has to offer, listed below are some of the best Kindle audiobooks you can download according to reviewers. And if you want to make your gift feel a little more personal, it’s not a bad idea to include a few book recommendations in the notes on your card!

Oh, and if you’re interested in trying out Audible before you gift it, you can do that too–for free, might we add. As with all other Amazon services, new subscribers can try it out for 30 days without paying a cent.

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1) Then She Was Gone: A Novel by Lisa Jewell

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From the publisher: Fifteen-year-old Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers. She and her boyfriend made a teenage golden couple. She was days away from an idyllic summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her. And then she was gone.  Now her mother, Laurel Mack, is trying to put her life back together. It’s been 10 years since her daughter disappeared, seven years since her marriage ended, and only months since the last clue in Ellie’s case was unearthed. So when she meets an unexpectedly charming man in a cafe, she is surprised at how quickly their flirtation develops into something deeper. Before she knows it, she’s meeting Floyd’s daughters – and his youngest, Poppy, takes her breath away. Looking at her is like looking at Ellie. And now the unanswered questions she has tried so hard to put to rest haunt her anew…as well as some new ones about Floyd and Poppy…

Price: $11+ (free with Audible) 

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2) 30 Days of Night by Steve Niles

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From the publisher: The isolated town of Barrow, Alaska, is plunged into darkness for a month each year when the sun sinks below the horizon. As the last rays of light fade, the town is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires bent on an uninterrupted orgy of destruction. Only Barrow’s husband-and-wife sheriff team stand between the survivors and certain destruction. By the time the sun rises, will they pay the ultimate price – or worse?

Price: $0.99+ (free with Audible) 

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3) Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis

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From the publisher: In this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the 20 lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore. With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be. With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle – and how to give yourself grace without giving up.

Price: $12.99+ (free with Audible) 

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4) The Reckoning: A Novel by John Grisham

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From the publisher: In a major novel unlike anything he has written before, John Grisham takes us on an incredible journey, from the Jim Crow South to the jungles of the Philippines during World War II; from an insane asylum filled with secrets to the Clanton courtroom where Pete’s defense attorney tries desperately to save him. Reminiscent of the finest tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, The Reckoning would not be complete without Grisham’s signature layers of legal suspense, and he delivers every minute.

Price: $14.99+ (free with Audible)

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5) This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps

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From the publisher: Busy Philipps’ autobiographical audiobook offers the same unfiltered and candid storytelling that her Instagram followers have come to know and love, from growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona, and her painful and painfully funny teen years to her life as a working actress, mother, and famous best friend. Busy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actress is equally matched by her storytelling ability, sense of humor, and sharp observations about life, love, and motherhood. Her conversational writing reminds us what we love about her on screens large and small. From film to television to Instagram, Busy delightfully showcases her wry humor and her willingness to bare it all.

Price: $12.99+ (free with Audible)

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6) Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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From the publisher: For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.

Price: $12.99+ (free with Audible) 

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7) Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brené Brown

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From the publisher: Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead. Leadership is not about titles, status, and power over people. Leaders are people who hold themselves accountable for recognizing the potential in people and ideas and developing that potential. This is a book for everyone who is ready to choose courage over comfort, make a difference, and lead.

Price: $14.99+ (free with Audible) 

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8) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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From the publisher: Past the rusted gates and untrimmed hedges, Hill House broods and waits…Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House. At first, their stay seems destined to be merely a spooky encounter with inexplicable noises and self-closing doors, but Hill House is gathering its powers and will soon choose one of them to make its own.

Price: $11+ (free with Audible)

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9) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

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From the publisher: Manson makes the argument, backed by both academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited – “not everybody can be extraordinary; there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault”. Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.

Price: $12.99+ (free with Audible)

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10) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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From the publisher: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does-or does not-say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life

Price: $11.99+ (free with Audible)

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Marisa Losciale

Marisa Losciale

Marisa Losciale specializes in NSFW culture, audio gear, and photography. A former editorial and photo director for Spoon University at SUNY New Paltz, her work has been featured in the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, Post-Trash, the New Paltz Oracle, and the Legislative Gazette.