Rakuten kobo - Kobo audiobooksRakuten kobo - Kobo audiobooks

What's included in your subscription?

  • The best deal on audiobooks, at only $12.99 a month*
  • Get a free audiobook, included in your 30 day trial
  • Access to Kobo’s library of thousands of audiobooks, including new releases and bestsellers
  • 1 audiobook credit per month after your trial, regardless of price
  • Permanent ownership of your audiobooks forever
  • Access to exclusive content, including Kobo Originals and Kobo Exclusives
  • All of your eBooks and audiobooks available in the free Kobo app

How it works


Start your free trial

Your first 30 days are free. No commitment, and you can cancel anytime.


Pick an audiobook

Choose an audiobook from our collection – it’s yours to keep, even if you cancel.


Start listening

Download the free Kobo App for iOS or Android and enjoy your audiobook.

Start your free trial today

*$12.99 CDN/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime. Quebec residents get a bonus audiobook in their first 30 days instead of a free trial.

** NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Limit One (1) Entry per person. Receive one (1) entry "Entry" when you start a free Audiobooks trial between May 13, 2019 and September 30, 2019. Open only to legal residents of Canada who are 18 years of age or older or who have reached the age of majority in their respective jurisdiction at the time of entry and who are a registered plum® member. Kobo will select one (1) winner per prize period (one winner per month from June 2019 to September 2019) out of all eligible entries. Four (4) prizes available to be won. Each prize consists of: 100,000 plum® points redeemable at any participating Indigo, Chapters, Coles and IndigoSpirit location in Canada and at indigo.ca (100,000 plum® points Approximate Retail Value is $280.00 CAD). Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. To enter the Contest without making a purchase: legibly hand-print (or mechanically print): (i) your full name, complete mailing address (including postal code), telephone number (including area code) and e-mail address on a single piece of paper; and (ii) an original essay of no fewer than two hundred (200) words describing “How would you use your 100,000 plum® points?” (each, a “Mail-In Entry”). Mail your Mail-In Entry to Kobo Head Office at 101-135 Liberty Street; Toronto, ON M6K 1A7 marked “Attention: 100,000 plum® Points Audiobooks Contest” within the Contest period. Each potential winner must correctly answer a skill-testing question to be declared a winner. Please see full Official Rules here.

Audiobooks are gaining popularity—in fact they’re growing faster than any other reading format. If you haven’t tuned into an audiobook just yet, it’s time to get started. Here’s how you can fall in love with this long-lasting trend thanks to the best audiobooks for all types of readers and listeners.

Why should you pick up some audiobooks?

Audiobooks are perfect for when you need to be hands-free and literally can’t hold onto a physical book or eReader. Many love to listen to audiobooks while driving or taking public transit. They’re a great alternative to the radio or podcasts, especially if you need something to capture your imagination on a long commute or car trip. Audiobook apps, such as Kobo, are Carplay compatible, meaning you can listen with ease.

You can also put on audiobooks while completing household chores. Instead of putting off a task week after week, choose a book you’ve been meaning to read and play it while you’re folding laundry, mopping or dusting. It’ll make the time pass by quickly—and who knows? With the best audiobooks playing through your speakers, you might just look for even more chores to add to your to-do list!

However, try to limit distractions when listening to an audiobook. You still need to pay attention to follow along. Audiobooks are not background music—you need to be invested in what’s happening to get the full experience, as the author intended.

What are the best audiobooks?

The best audiobooks are entirely subjective—it all depends on the genres and authors you love to read! But, there are some that stand out from the pack. Here are the best audiobooks to download whenever you get the chance.

Harry Potter

The Harry Potter audiobooks are truly a treasure. Actor Jim Dale uses nearly 200 different voices to play the myriad characters that inhabit the wizarding world. Whether you’ve never been to Hogwarts or return year after year, you’re sure to enjoy J.K. Rowling’s legendary series in this format. These are also wonderful audiobooks for kids.


British actor Simon Prebble narrates this George Orwell classic and introduces listeners to the dystopian world of Winston Smith and Big Brother. The 1984 audiobook is great if you never finished this one in high school—listen to it because this is one story you don’t want to miss.

Lord of the Rings

Long books and series make for great audiobooks, especially if you have a lengthy drive ahead of you! The Lord of the Rings audiobooks fit the bill perfectly. Head off through Middle Earth with Frodo and the rest of the fellowship. If you’re a fan of the movies, you might love the books even more!

Self Help

Self-help audiobooks are perfect for when you need a bit of motivation. Authors often narrate their own self-help audiobooks, meaning you’re getting advice directly from the source. Try new releases and bestsellers like Rachel Hollis’ Girl, Stop Apologizing, Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead and The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson. With these audiobooks, you’ll be well on your way towards a much more fulfilling life!