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what is your choice of android app for audiobooks
#1  abbynormal52 10-13-2019, 11:45 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm reading about a lot of apps (preferably free or one-time purchase of app) and would like to see what folks here prefer to use?

I started this search because I realized sometimes I am to tired to read, but really like to "listen" to stories. So I do have Overdrive, and have a few books in audio from both my library, and another free membership at a larger library in my State, Sonoma County Library if anyone is interested. Signs you up for 3 months I think it is! Very, good deal

I am looking for an app for my android phone though as it has the best sound.

Any ideas for me to try? I just downloaded one called Audio Books from Audible from the Googe Play Store so far, to try out

Thanks in advance for any feedback

Edit: forget the Audio Books from Audible, it's Amazon and I am trying to be done with them. I just opened the app and sure enough, it's Amazon behind it.
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#2  issybird 10-13-2019, 12:36 PM
Quote abbynormal52
Hi everyone,

I'm reading about a lot of apps (preferably free or one-time purchase of app) and would like to see what folks here prefer to use?

I started this search because I realized sometimes I am to tired to read, but really like to "listen" to stories. So I do have Overdrive, and have a few books in audio from both my library, and another free membership at a larger library in my State, Sonoma County Library if anyone is interested. Signs you up for 3 months I think it is! Very, good deal

I am looking for an app for my android phone though as it has the best sound.
I am perfectly content listening to OverDrive books with the OverDrive Android app on my Android devices. The controls are satisfactory if not quite as good as Audible's and I don't see what else you'd need. It's certainly good enough not to be worth the nuisance of downloading an OverDrive Book and then sideloading it to an app.
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#3  latepaul 10-13-2019, 12:38 PM
I mostly use Audible but for those files that are not from there I Voice Audiobook Player which has a simple minimalist interface that I like and can play a variety of formats.
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#4  abbynormal52 10-13-2019, 12:39 PM
That is certainly a good app I use everyday on my Kindle, but sometimes the books aren't available at the library. So I am thinking something else to be a sort of backup app I do have Overdrive on my Android though, it's number 1 for me as well.
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#5  CRussel 10-13-2019, 01:20 PM
I also use Voice -- it works well, but does require you to load the book onto the device first. I'd prefer something that could do its own load from a Cloud provider -- on my iPhone I use Bound, which allows me to load directly from my OneDrive. Of course, my first and primary audiobook reader on both Android and iPhone is Audible.

ETA: Another one I've used is Smart Audiobook Player. Works well, with a full-featured trial, and then $1.99 or revert to a somewhat stupider version. Even the stupid version works well, but if you're on a device that doesn't have the Google App Store, it's your only choice -- the $1.99 can only be done through the App Store.
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#6  issybird 10-13-2019, 01:53 PM
I think I must have misunderstood you. Where else are you getting audiobooks? I thought you were looking for a way to play your OverDrive books, but it seems you're looking for an audiobook store that's not Audible?
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#7  AnotherCat 10-13-2019, 06:08 PM
I don't read a lot of audiobooks but I have used the paid (non "stupid" ) version of Smart Audiobook Player for years on a number of different phones and tablets over that time.

It does the job, is well maintained with frequent updates and is widely used, so probably worth having a look at.
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#8  haertig 10-17-2019, 12:39 AM
Smart Audiobook Player is an excellent app for Android. It is free. No ads. No bothersome popups trying to get you to pay anything. You can pay $2.00 to add a few extra features that you probably don't really need (an equalizer, speed adjustment, etc.) It is worth paying this small amount just to support the developer, as this is really an excellent app.

This is a great app if you already have audiobooks as MP3 files. Just transfer those to your device and Smart Audiobook Player will play them. Many of the audiobook apps tie you into their specific store so that you have to buy your audiobooks from them (e.g., Audible). Smart Audiobook Player does not tie you in like this however.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ak.alizandro.smartaudiobookplayer&hl=en _US
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#9  AnotherCat 10-17-2019, 07:11 PM
Your post reminded me to correct the app's name in my post .

I did the same and supported the developer, it is well worth the couple of dollars.


Quote haertig
Smart Audiobook Player is an excellent app for Android. It is free. No ads. No bothersome popups trying to get you to pay anything. You can pay $2.00 to add a few extra features that you probably don't really need (an equalizer, speed adjustment, etc.) It is worth paying this small amount just to support the developer, as this is really an excellent app.

This is a great app if you already have audiobooks as MP3 files. Just transfer those to your device and Smart Audiobook Player will play them. Many of the audiobook apps tie you into their specific store so that you have to buy your audiobooks from them (e.g., Audible). Smart Audiobook Player does not tie you in like this however.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ak.alizandro.smartaudiobookplayer&hl=en _US
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#10  Paperbackstash 11-22-2019, 02:12 PM
I use it based on source. I used to have an Audible account so use that when want to play my several unread books. I have Scribd account now, and use that app when I listen to theirs. On the other hand, I have Smart Audiobook Player for when listening to other sources.
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