I used to listen to a lot of audiobooks in addition to reading a lot of books. Now I primarily fill that aural space with podcasts, though I do still like to keep an audiobook or two on my phone, just in case.
When I was listening to them avidly, Audible was my service of choice. They have a great selection, decent value in their monthly memberships, and a great app complete with “achievement badges” for frequent and taste-diverse readers. For older books, I frequented LibriVox, which has a huge database of free audiobooks from the public domain (namely Project Gutenberg). The quality varies; it seems a lot of the readers are either actors practicing their recording voices (good) or advanced ESL learners fine-tuning their fluency (not so good), but I found it to be a great way to passively absorb many of the classics I’s never been able to get around to reading.
UI is nice enough, but hardly worth even $2.
The Audiobooks HQ app by Inkstone Mobile, is a paid iOS app that plays and organizes these free LibriVox audiobooks. It also draws from another database, Globe Radio Repertory, which as of this writing had a whopping 4 titles to choose from, albeit good ones. That’s it; I couldn’t find a way to load an audiobook from an outside source, or to add some other database to draw from.
I’m not sure why you would spend money for this app unless you are a sucker. The UI is nice enough, I’ll give them that, but I’ll go ahead and save you $2 and recommend you just get these free books straight from LibriVox, open them with iTunes (whose UI is better), and bypass these middleman vultures altogether.
[A review was requested and a review copy provided.]