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Audiobook Lovers Listen Up! Audio Samples Now on Goodreads

Posted by Abhinav Athreya on April 20, 2015
Do you love listening to audiobooks? Now it’s even easier to choose your next audiobook thanks to the new Goodreads "Listen" feature, which will be rolled out in the coming days. We've added free audio samples for 180,000 Audible titles to the Goodreads website, where they're available to all of our members.

The new Listen feature is easy to use. Simply look for the Listen icon on the Goodreads book page.


Click on the Listen icon and the audio sample will start to play. You can listen, pause, and resume the sample. There is no need for any special software – the sample will play within your browser.

If you like what you hear, you can add the title to your “Want to Read” shelf. For Goodreads members in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, or Australia who are not yet Audible members, you can take advantage of their free trial! Once you click on the Listen icon, you will see a link to the trial. Sign up and you’ll receive two free audiobooks plus a 30-day free trial of Audible.

The new Listen feature is only available on the Goodreads.com website on your computer or laptop. It is not yet accessible via mobile web or our apps. But as always, we’re working on getting to that as soon as we can!

Happy listening!




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message 1: by Rania (new)

Rania very good idea (Y)


message 2: by Lauren (new)

Lauren This is fantastic, thanks!


message 3: by Tharmeegan (new)

Tharmeegan gooooooooooooooooooodd


message 4: by D.G. (new)

D.G. I've been in the tester group for a while so I thought this had been rolled out already! Awesome feature.


message 5: by Marga (new)

Marga OMG!!! This is sooo cool! Especially since I'm just trying out audiobooks for the first time! :) YAY!


message 6: by Karim M.Z. (new)

Karim M.Z. Thanks Goodreads.


message 7: by Beyonder (new)

Beyonder Great feature. Thanks for giving us listeners some love!


message 8: by me (new)

me Great idea


message 9: by Diana (new)

Diana R. Love it :) :)


MaryannC.Book Fiend Need to give this a try


message 11: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine awesome!!!


message 12: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Great idea, been waiting for audio samples to become more accessible!


message 13: by Joood (new)

Joood Hooligan huzzah!


message 14: by aya (new)

aya Abdalaziz good


message 15: by Liz (new)

Liz Great new addition alongside with the previews some books have! :)


message 16: by Yani (new)

Yani Daniele i love that idea <3


message 17: by Andrez (new)

Andrez noticed this before noticing the announcement itself. A very good idea, congrats to all the staff who just keep on innovating :)


message 18: by Wendy T (new)

Wendy T Love this new addition for us audio book lovers.


message 19: by AmberBug (new)

AmberBug *shelfnotes.com* Is this feature only available on the "audiobook" or "audible" format page? I tried it out and didn't see the listen button (tried checking the "The Girl on the Train" page and still nothing). It would be great to have the option to listen no matter what, so I hope that is the way goodreads set it up.


message 20: by Nica (new)

Nica Really good!


message 21: by Jane (new)

Jane I really like the opportunity, but I think we have Amazon to thank you for that, and I hope that this doesn't mean that there will be only moves to the Audible-Platform and not to the publishers of the audio(book)!


message 22: by Deborah (new)

Deborah That's fantastic!


message 23: by Nikita (new)

Nikita Yes, this is awesome!


message 24: by Diana (new)

Diana great can we also review audiobooks? I currently have a sub folder for "auddio".


Mac Dubista Keso The Bibliobibuli v(=∩_∩=) awesome!

^^,

also in mobile version???


message 26: by Livia (new)

Livia This is a fantastic idea, thanks!


message 27: by Nimrodel (new)

Nimrodel I enter to read this awesome new and the picture shows "The Girl on the Train", a.k.a. the book I enjoyed the least among the books I have read during this year. Irony?


message 28: by Allison (new)

Allison Barilone This is a great idea!


message 29: by Abhinav (new)

Abhinav Athreya AmberBug wrote: "Is this feature only available on the "audiobook" or "audible" format page? I tried it out and didn't see the listen button (tried checking the "The Girl on the Train" page and still nothing). It w..."

Hi AmberBug,
Thanks for letting us know. We're rolling this feature out to all our members over the course of the week. You can expect to see it by Friday (April 24th).


message 30: by Judy (new)

Judy Collins Love the new feature, since I am an audible member!


message 31: by Apurva (new)

Apurva Pattela thats so cool


message 32: by Sparrowlicious (new)

Sparrowlicious Funny enough I've seen this feature some months ago on some books already. I guess that was the test phase or something?


message 33: by Maria (new)

Maria Jubay this is amazing! thank you


message 34: by Hellen (new)

Hellen Mezvrishvili wow! great


message 35: by Kamala (new)

Kamala awesome!


message 36: by Lee (new)

Lee Howlett Glad to see this feature!


message 37: by V Nerd (new)

V Nerd wahoo !!!


message 38: by ☼♄Jülie  (new)

☼♄Jülie  Excellent!


message 39: by Ann (new)

Ann Mock My audio book just went live on audible.com. Will it have this feature? The Union of the North and the South by Ann Mock


message 40: by S.E. (new)

S.E. Lindberg Nice feature. It is not clear how to enable this for all audiobooks. Some do not have the feature enabled


message 41: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante Does anyone know how long these 'samples' run? Is it just a teaser, first chapter, or something more significant?

Thanks in advance!


message 42: by Beth (new)

Beth How Awesome! I never know if I'll like a narrator I've never heard before & I'm picky! LOL


message 43: by Carly (new)

Carly Nicholas Thank you finally! Could you also include an option to add what audiobook(s) that you are listening to to to add mutiple versions of a book. (Audiobook , digital version or physical copy of the book to your want to read/want to listen to list) I have been using audible.com a lot recently, so it would be nice to add what I am currently listening to!


message 44: by Rachel (new)

Rachel When will you add a "Listening to" option for audio books?


message 45: by Carlyn (new)

Carlyn Craig This is wonderful! Will Goodreads eventually add audio samples for all titles that have corresponding audiobooks? How can a smaller audiobook publisher ensure that their audio samples will be available through Goodreads? I'd love to see samples of our audiobooks here, too!

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