Listening to audiobooks is simply easier when paired with a smart speaker that has the Amazon Alexa voice assistant built-in. To achieve this, however, doesn't necessarily require buying a speaker made by Amazon, as you can see on the list below of the best speakers for streaming Audible books, although having Alexa built-in certainly does help. You can use any speaker to stream audiobooks, but when you want to listen to Audible, Alexa's just going to make it easier.
Like other choices on this list, the flagship Amazon Echo speaker gives you the ability to ask Alexa to play your audiobooks with simple commands such as "Alexa, read my book," "Alexa, what's in my Audible library?" and "Alexa, what are my books?" And you thought Echo speakers were only for music and ordering pizza. This is the mid-range Echo product currently offered by Amazon.
Bundle of joy
You don't need to spend a lot of cash for an Alexa-based speaker. When it comes to reading audiobooks, the entry-level Echo Dot does everything the larger speakers do, just in a smaller package, and it includes a handy clock built right in. Some advice: install one in every room of your home where you plan on listening.
Plug and play
If you don't care about audio quality and just want your Audible books everywhere possible with the least amount of hassle, then the Echo Flex is the one for you. This compact Echo plugs directly into a power outlet, giving you hands-free Alexa without the messy wires, and it also happens to be the cheapest Amazon Echo around.
This one's portable
The portable Ultimate Ears Megablast, along with its younger brother, the Blast, has Alexa built-in. Because it offers both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, it also allows you to use Alexa Voice Service at home or on the go. It's also portable and rated IP67, which means it's waterproof, making it perfect for get-togethers on the go.
Offering the signature Sonos sound, the One speaker is a versatile option that can play your Audible books and more. The Sonos One works with a variety of music services for direct on-device streaming, and it also works with wireless standards like Apple's AirPlay 2. Best of all, this speaker includes Alexa, so you can summon your books or tunes at will.
For the kids
The Echo Show 5 Toy Story Bundle brings a playful approach to the smart display, making it perfect for a child's room. This jack-of-all-trades works as a clock, webcam, intercom, Alexa voice assistant, and yes, it can read your favorite Audible storybooks when it comes to the bedtime routine.
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Listening to your Audible books is now easier than ever with apps on our phones and through Amazon's Alexa. Whether you want the best possible sound, something you can take on the go, or just a device that can fit in anywhere, there are tons of options available, each with the ability to summon your books on demand.
The Amazon Echo 3rd Generation (opens in new tab) combines great sound quality, an affordable price, and voice control convenience all in one slim package. This smart speaker has direct integration with Audible and smart home services, allowing you to dim the lights before you settle in for some relaxing book time.
Looking for a no-hassle way to bring your books to the bathroom, or your garage workspace? The Echo Flex (opens in new tab) is a simple to set up solution that plugs directly into a wall outlet anywhere, without extra cords. Having Alexa in an affordable plug and play form factor makes summoning your books a breeze without having to stop what you are doing.
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Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.
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