Applications and services for listening to audio books on your mobile phone

Google Play and Apple Books

We start with the alternatives that come preinstalled on all devices: Google Play and Apple Books. The first one, available on Android, allows you to access a huge catalog of books and audio books by means of a single payment, that is, you pay only once and you can access the audio books as many times as you want from any device on which you have configured your Google account. You can see all of them from this link.

More of the same is true for Apple Books. In the iOS reading application, you can access both books and audio books for a one-time fee. As with Google Play, once you pay for a title, it’s saved in your iTunes account, and you can access it from your iPad, Mac, or any device on the block. It’s worth noting, by the way, that on both platforms you can access a sample to see how it’s narrated and whether you like it or not.


Storytel is a kind of “Netflix of audio books”. Through a monthly subscription you can access a huge library of thousands and thousands of audio books in Spanish, Latin Spanish and English. The price of the subscription is 12.99 euros per month and includes a free 14-day trial during which you can listen to any title.

Storytel’s benefits include the ability to download audio books to listen to them offline, the ability to modify the playback speed so that the narrator does it faster or slower, and the option to add a timer that causes the app to close when a certain amount of time passes. It can be downloaded to iOS and Android.


Audible, an Amazon company, is similar to Storytel but slightly different. It’s available in Spanish, Latin Spanish, English, German, French, Italian and Chinese, so you’ll have content to give and give.

Audible’s subscription is $14.95 per month and allows you to get a free audio book every 30 days, although you can also pay annually ($149.50). The most expensive subscription, platinum, is worth $22.95 per month and allows you to get two free audio books per month. It may be slightly expensive, but the positive side is that the books you get while paying for the subscription will be yours forever. It’s available on iOS and Android.