Audiobooks are an increasingly popular way of experiencing literature, especially for people with long commutes or those that are simply seeking for a new way to “read” books. As audiobooks become more and more mainstream, the quest for the greatest audiobook player app continues and we are here to help. I have compiled a list of what I consider the top 5 offerings in the field but there is obviously room for argument. There is a fair chance your favorite app will not be listed here so please share it with us in the comments if you can.
If you have even searched once for audiobooks and audiobook players, Audible was probably at the top of most lists. And there are plenty of good reasons for that. The Amazon-owned company has helped establish audiobooks as a respectable medium almost as much as Amazon has helped establish eBooks. It is probably the most polished app you can find in the field both in terms of the offered utilities and the interface. Although the offered audiobooks are a bit on the expensive side, there is a good reason for that as well. The company hires professional actors for all of its titles and you will even see quite a lot of titles with big name celebrities narrating them, including but not limited to Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Samuel L. Jackson, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman and more. It truly is a great place to start as you will find mostly quality titles that will then fuel the rest of your audiobook journey.
Smart AudioBook Player (Free and Premium)
Another incredibly polished offering with a beautiful interface and tons of features. Any and all audiobooks have to be provided by the user as there is no library to choose titles from but that is also the appeal for most of its users. Pretty much every aspect of Smart AudioBook Player seems to be well designed like saving book progress independently so that you can listen to any number of books without having to find your place all over again. The developers have decided to make the full version available free of charge for the first month, after which users are reverted to a basic version. The full one can be purchased through the app for $2 which is well worth it for what you get.
Listen is an incredibly good looking app that offers insane functionality for a single dollar. The developers have focused a lot on customization, including home screen and lock screen controls that work perfectly. Users also have full control over the audio playback and there is even great integration with apps like Tasker. If you are one for customization then I very highly doubt you will find an app to suit your needs better than this.
Librivox Free and Premium
Librivox is an app for the adventurous as it offers completely free audiobooks by amateur enthusiasts. You can probably understand the advantages and disadvantages of this but if not, then know that you need to have a lot of patience if you are planning on using this app for anything other than your own audiobooks. If you still want to go down this road, Librivox’s features are fine indeed and no less better than the other apps in the list. The free version of the app can be used indefinitely but has ads while a premium version can be unlocked for $2.
I am going to end the list with a twist as OverDrive offers something completely unique and pretty amazing if you ask me. If you have a library card (either from a local library or from a university), OverDrive allows you full access to the entire eBook and audiobook files while taking care of everything else like returns. Your account can be synced across multiple devices so that you can always have access to your library’s (probably) massive list. Of course, whether or not you will enjoy OverDrive depends completely on the content that your library offers but I am pretty sure everyone can find something to like in their local library.