Listen Audiobook Player for Android

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I like audiobooks a lot and prefer to listen to them instead of listening to music. While there is nothing wrong with music, (mostly) non-fictional audiobooks not only entertain me but also educate me at the same time.

I used to play audiobooks with the built-in Android music player and while that works just fine, it is lacking in several regards.

There is for instance no option to remember the play position of multiple audiobooks which often resulted in me having to use the position slider to find the position I stopped listening the last time.

Listen Audiobook Player for Android is not free -- it costs €0.99 -- but it is reasonably priced in my opinion. Plus, the app itself as a consequence does not feature ads or any form of in-app purchases for monetization.

When you first start the application it asks you to pick a root audiobook folder on your device. It is recommended that each audiobook is in its own directory in that root folder, and if you want, you can exclude the books from being picked up by other media players on the system.

All audiobooks are then displayed in the main interface afterwards. For each, the total playtime, current position and percentage are displayed.

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Covers get picked up automatically if stored in the same folder. The first time you tap on an audiobook without cover, you get the option to download it from the Internet.

This displays image search results that you can select an appropriate cover from with a tap.

The controls are basic but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The current position, play time and remaining play time is displayed at the top. You can long press here to jump to another position. The controls at the bottom allow you to go back and forward, while a tap anywhere else on the screen toggles play and pause.

Chapter navigation needs to be enabled in the settings before it becomes available. If you enable it, you find chapters listed under the forward and backward buttons then.

The options menu displays features related to the current audiobook. Here you can enable sleep mode which stops playback after a set period of time, change playback speed or playback volume.

The sleep settings alone fill more than a screen and include interesting options such as resetting the timer by shaking the device, enabling auto-sleep or setting the sleep time itself.

Especially the speed option can come in handy as you can speed up playback slightly to decrease the time it takes to listen to the audiobook.

The author of Listen Audiobook Player has built several other features into the application that improve playback. You can save bookmarks for example or access a position history which get synced across your devices. For that, it is necessary to link a Dropbox account as it is used by the app for the synchronization.

Automatic behaviors are available as well. The app will rewind automatically if the book has been on pause for a specific amount of time, or start to play automatically when it recognizes a bluetooth headset connection. It will furthermore pause if the headset is disconnected and displays options to configure auto resume (or not) after phone calls.

Verdict

Listen Audiobook Player is a great audiobook player for Android that ships with a rich set of features that leaves little to be desired.

In fact, there is only one feature that I can think of that it does not offer yet, and that is the ability to set multiple root folders for audiobooks.

Summary
Author Rating
5
Software Name
Listen Audiobook Player
Operating System
Android
Price
EUR 0.99
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Responses to Listen Audiobook Player for Android

  1. mazling May 25, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    I've been getting along fine with the free version of Smart Audiobook Player for android.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ak.alizandro.smartaudiobookplayer

    I'll also point out that I fall asleep listening to audiobooks, and sometimes half-remember bits of story after jumping back 30 minutes or so ;)

    • Jared May 25, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

      Hello,
      I'm the author of Listen Audiobook Player. I also listen at night, which may explain why I have so many sleep setting options. One option is to set a custom amount to rewind after using the sleep timer. I personally use a 10 minute countdown timer, so that I have to be awake enough to shake the device for it to keep playing more that 10 minutes. And I use a 13 minute rewind after sleep (customizable), so the next morning when I press play it automatically rewinds 13 minutes and is usually pretty close to the last I remember from the night before.
      I have nothing against Smart, it is a very good player and if you don't use any of its pro features it is also free. However, if you listen to a lot of audiobooks, it might be worth to keep an open mind and check out my app as well. If you don't like it, I have a generous refund policy. I've put over two years of work into it so far and feel like I'm still just getting started... my todo list is longer today that when I first started.

  2. Scott Elsdon May 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    Smart Audiobook for me also, i tried around 10 of these others, and settled for Smart.

  3. Michlin May 25, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    Ditto Smart Audiobook. I tried a number of them and found it the best

  4. Dwight Stegall May 25, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    The big problem with non-fiction is most of it is nonsense. People write about topics they don't have a clue about or get others that don't have a clue to write their books.

    A good example of that is I read 50 books on Web Design. Only 2 were worth buying. One from HTML Goodies had half of its pages missing (not torn out) and none of the examples worked. I bet Dr. Joe Burns was hotter than a firecracker when the book he had someone else write was released.

    Fortunately I got these books through our local library's book borrowing program...free. They can borrow books from any library in the world. Look how much money I would have wasted if I had bought them. :(

  5. Scott Elsdon May 25, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Scrub my last, this is great, tried it loaded it, love it, uninstalled Snart, this is a go go AUdio book player.

  6. Jared May 25, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

    Hi Martin, I'm the author of Listen Audiobook Player. Thanks for your great review!

  7. adam May 26, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    Jared, since you're watching this article. I just purchased your app. and can't get a book into my android 4.2.2. Into android it downloaded by default into social media folder and can't be retrieved. Into PC it downloaded as zip and can't be opened. What book source do you recommend that is suitable with your player? I was trying booksshouldbefree.com

    Maybe my Vista operating system is damaged such that I can't unzip?

    • Jared May 26, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

      The end goal is to get the unzipped files into your audiobook folder on your Android. If you can't unzip the file on your pc, then it is likely that the zip file is corrupt. If you're having trouble opening any zip files, then I'd recommend trying to install a new zip program, I use 7-zip.org. I've recommended to people librivox.org, bookshouldbefree.com, or even using the local library to check out mp3 audiobooks (if in the U.S., I'm not which other countries have audiobook lending libraries).

      Unzip the book on your computer, then name the folder how you wish it to show in the app's library, and copy it to the folder you designated to be your audiobook folder when you first ran the app. This is the folder the app will auto scan for new or deleted books to show in the library. If you have any follow-up questions you can contact me directly. support@acme-android.com.

  8. Jared August 17, 2014 at 3:36 am #

    "In fact, there is only one feature that I can think of that it does not offer yet, and that is the ability to set multiple root folders for audiobooks."

    Multiple root folders support was added in version 4.1.0. :)

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