Several years ago Amazon and Audible launched “Whispersync for Voice,” where you can begin reading the Kindle version, then pick up in just the right spot in the audio version, then next time you open the Kindle book, it will take you to where you left off in the audio version, all automatically. Pretty nifty stuff.
But, what I wanted to let you in on, is that they currently have a “Whispersync for Voice” deal for those books where it is enabled. There are a handful of classics that you can get for free on Audible (professional, high-quality, $30-or-more recordings) if you first buy the Kindle version, including the free copy. Seeing as how I love audio books and prefer the high-quality recordings of Audible (all digital, no scratched library CDs, with good sound quality), I thought I’d share the links to the deals that I had to scrounge for.
I already had an Audible account that was linked with my Amazon account; I think you have to have that, first. But, they have a deal where they’ll give you a free audiobook and a free month’s membership. Then you can always cancel. Or, like mine is right now, put your membership on “hold.” They’ll give you that option when you try to cancel. :) So, join up with Audible, getting that free credit:
Then “buy” the free Kindle version of the books below, looking for the box to the side that looks like this:
and “purchase” the free (or very cheap) Audible book.
After you’ve downloaded the Audible audio book, it shows up under “Audiobooks” not “Music” or “Playlists” in iTunes. That took me about 15 minutes to figure out myself.
Here are the titles available for free or under $5 total:
- Wonderful Wizrd of Oz (free)
- Jane Eyre (free)
- Gulliver’s Travels (free)
Alice in Wonderland (50c)
The Black Arrow ($1)
Legend of Sleepy Hollow ($1.50)
Christmas Carol ($1.50)
The Jungle Book ($2)
The Lost World ($2)
Secret Garden ($2.50)
Moby Dick ($3)
- Pride and Prejudice ($3)
Little Women ($3)
Bleak House ($3)
- Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court ($3.45)
- Idylls of the King ($3.50)
Captains Courageous ($3.50)
Wind in the Willows ($4.50)
- Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ($4.50)
- Brothers Karamazov
And, here are a few that might be worth the $10-ish price, I thought:
I don’t know how long the free books will be free or how stable these prices are, so snatch these up quickly if you’d like them!
The links in this post are affiliate links, so if you end up purchasing anything through them, I’ll get a small percentage, which I will use to grow my own physical and audio library. Thanks!