Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Idea for Literature Lovers - The Only Audiobooks Service to Offer Streaming / Download Options -- #Win a 3-Month Subscription (Review and Giveaway)

Disclosure:  I was sent a free trial subscription from the vendor to try out the services, and help facilitate me in an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

" is offering a subscription gifting option, so you can give your favorite book lover a Valentine’s Day gift that keeps on giving all year long. is the only audiobook service that allows you to stream material straight to your smartphone or tablet. Start a book on your smartphone, pick up where you left off on your laptop and even fall asleep while listening on your tablet! Over 40,000 titles can be streamed from Apple or Android devices via the app, without a wait. You can also personalize your gift!"

With only  a few days left until Valentine's Day, are you still searching for the perfect gift, especially for that hard to shop for person in your life?  Ever considered giving an gift subscription?  


" provides the first on-demand streaming and downloadable service for audiobooks, delivering access on any Internet-enabled smartphone or PC, including Apple iPhones and iPads and Android smartphones or tablet devices. The company is the first and only provider of Cloud Bookmarking, its proprietary technology that synchronizes users’ last listened-to bookmark position across all devices. 

Just as digital downloads once displaced physical media like CDs, streaming is replacing digital downloading as the media consumption technology of choice across multiple media platforms, as the success of streaming platforms like Netflix and Pandora demonstrate. Streaming doesn’t require the user to save content on a device hard drive like downloads do; instead, users just select content and watch or listen instantly from a cloud-based service., the only service that allows members to stream and download audiobooks, is poised to capitalize on streaming’s marketplace momentum as new technologies spring up to support consumers’ appetite for streaming on demand.

To better support both streaming and downloading on the go, just announced the release of updated versions of the company’s free iOS and Android apps. Featuring an intuitive new user interface, the newly released apps are available at Apple’s App Store for iPhones, iPod Touch and iPads or at Google Play for Android devices. Members can use the apps to stream content on demand, choosing from tens of thousands of audio book titles like The Hunger Games trilogy and the Twilight series as well as popular best-sellers such as Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman and Hidden Order, a thriller by Brad Thor.

Today, travelers and commuters often download audiobooks for listening during a road trip or on the way to work, but emerging technology is expanding access to streaming platforms on the go. A recent Consumer Reports article noted that “in-car electronics is the fastest-growing area of auto technology,” with sophisticated “infotainment centers” delivering access to an array of media platforms for drivers and passengers, including media streaming capabilities.

The new versions of the apps are available now for free at the Apple App Store or Google Play, providing an improved user experience for members to stream audiobooks on demand or download content. To learn more, please visit"


Now I know what you are probably saying?  Who wants to get audiobooks as a gift.  Well, I know for me personally, my life is crazy busy trying to raise two toddlers, maintain the house, blog, etc.  I don't have the free time I used to, where I could grab a good book and a hot cup of coffee or tea and sit for hours, getting lost in the pages of a good book.  Now, I am lucky if I can squeeze in a few pages throughout the day.  With naps almost obsolete in our house, I am on entertainment duty from 6AM-10PM most days.  And, while the thought of picking up a book as a way to unwind at the end of a busy day with the girls, oftentimes my eyes are tired, and I just want to veg out on the couch before heading off to bed.  

But, thanks to some great audio books from my husband for Christmas, I have been able to get back into enjoying books.  Being a busy mom on the go, I am always in the car running errands with the girls, taking them to different classes or running to the market.  During these car trips, the girls are usually watching a DVD in the back seat, rather than fighting over what music CD or song to listen to.  Luckily with my car's radio, I am able to mute out the audio to their movie, and listen to radio in the front seat.  Thanks to my husband's Christmas gifts, I have been taking the audio books in the car to listen to.  Who knew that in just one month, I would be able to get through 5 books?  I can't tell you the last time I was able to read a book in a month's time.  And, if I did, I probably didn't remember half the plot, as I put the book down too many times.

With audio books, I have found that after the girls go to bed, I can relax on the couch, sip a glass of wine or hot beverage, and put my ear buds in to listen to a great book.  Autobiographies and memoirs are my favorites, as they are always inspirational and let you into the world of those people you admire, as you learn about adversities they have faced, or struggles they have gone through.  There is nothing better than being able to enjoy a good book -- either reading it yourself, or listening to it in audio book format.  I personally find it relaxing.

Like most holidays, I was not surprised to find my husband asking me what I wanted for Valentine's Day.  Yes, he is taking the girls and I away for a weekend getaway to Boston...but, he also wanted to get me something just for me.  I told him about and how I was recently given the opportunity to try out their website.  I couldn't stop raving about how easy it was to navigate the books, and how great the selection was.  I used my free audio book credits to download a couple Michael J. Fox books I have been meaning to read.  

Lucky Man, Michael J. FoxA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned, Michael J Fox

My husband asked about the audiobooks he had bought me for Christmas, and couldn't believe that I had already listened to them all.  Now familiar with the website, I couldn't resist grabbing the iPad and showing him all that this streaming/downloading audio books site has to offer, including the two Michael J. Fox books I had recently downloaded to the iPad to listen to wherever and whenever I wanted. :-)

I had another credit available for use, and ended up giving it to my husband use.  He is more into business and self improvement books, so he opted for a Jack Canfield book.  

Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, Jack Canfield, Janet Switzer

He is a fan of audiobooks as he has an hour commute each way to work, and can never seem to find music on the radio during his drive that he likes.  So, instead, he will download audiobooks to his MP3 player (which lacked good audio output) and listen to them in the car.  This is also great, as he was never a book lover, and could never sit still to read a book.  But, with a book being read to him, especially during his long, boring commute, it makes for a more peaceful drive, as he learns new things.  And, he loves the ability that offers, so that he can download books right to his smartphone or iPad, and listen in the car, at work, or at home.  

Are you a fan of audiobooks? Or, are you like me and find yourself too busy to pick up a good book nowadays to read?  If you answered "yes" to either question, then you will want to check out  I have only been using this site for a few days, but love the book selection, and the entire ordering and downloading process is a breeze.  My husband asked me yesterday if I had gotten him a gift for Valentine's Day.  If I hadn't, he said he would love his only monthly subscription to :-)  At only $14.95/month you can't go wrong for the price. Find yourself wanting to listen to more than just one book a month?  Not to worry as you can buy additional book credits whenever you feel like it for only $10.00 each.  Still cheaper than ordering a book online, or picking up at a local bookstore (if you can find one).

Book lovers will go crazy for this site, and those looking for a way to learn new things, get back into reading, or looking for a new hobby will find themselves getting lost in the 40,000+ great books available for download and streaming from  They even offer a selection of children's books for young readers through the teen years.  Next month I plan to download a few books to my smartphone for the girls, so that we can listen to them together on our trips to visit Nana and Papa.  First up, my childhood favorite:

Bear Called Paddington, Michael Bond

---Surprise Your Sweetie with a Gift Subscription for Valentine's Day---

Click here to visit, and sign up for a monthly subscription for yourself, or surprise that special someone with a gift subscription for Valentine's Day.  

Gift Subscriptions Include:
  • 1 audiobook credit per month to listen to more than 40,000 titles
  • Additional credits for just $10 if 1 book a month isn't enough
  • Exclusive member-only promotions
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3 months Subscription

Thanks to the kind folks at, one lucky reader will win a 3-month subscription, with 1 book a month credit to use at  To enter this giveaway, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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Disclosure:  I was sent a free trial subscription from the vendor to try out the services, and help facilitate me in an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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