Great Service but Not Great App 3/5
Loving the available content and the unlimited feature but I have to say the app is lacking. I’ve found without the ability to bookmark, see what books i’ve previously finished and when in the player, if I want to go back a chapter I have to go back the the book page and pick the chapter. If those were fixed then I would give Hibooks 5 stars! Hoping these changes are in the works!
Great concept 3/5
I love the concept. The books might not be the greatest yet but it’s worth the money for me. Main concern is to be able to bookmark my location. Sometimes I have to restart a whole chapter just because I forgot where I left off. Also if we can have the option to mark some books as finished and unfinished it would be great. Then it makes it easy to select the next book to listen to from the library instead of going through it all the time. I’ll definitely keep using this app! 😉
Great audiobook addition 5/5
By Crystal McNeil
Nice selection, I'm not cancelling my other subscriptions yet. Looking forward to a broader selection.
Really great selection; Needs major update!! 3/5
I heard about this site and while I love my Audible account and utilize Libby too, I was wanting to get more selections in my month. This app is worth the money and has current NYT Bestsellers available right now to listen to. While I love it and have downloaded a lot; the search categories are clunky and need major updating. When I select my genre (example is "Literature/Fiction"), it takes me to the first of many pages of mixed types of this genre. Books such as, "Big Little Lies, Mr. Mercedes, and War & Peace". There is no sorting to help find authors or specific types of fiction. Instead, you must search through the many pages of what seem like random books to find what you are looking for. It is very frustrating. If you are like me and find a book in the middle of this search you will get kicked back to the start. Ughhh! While overall this app has awesome books and is much more user accessible than audible. I will likely use it only until my downloaded books are finished since searching for books is far to frustrating for me!
I love it 4/5
I listen to books while I drive, cook, sew, and paint. Audible really adds up! I rarely listen to a book twice, so this is great for me. $10.00 a month and I can listen away! This is a much better plan for me.
Awesome Find ! 5/5
I have a Kindle and also my library app on my cell , this is a fantastic alternative! Lots of book options , quick down load and I dont have to wait for a book ! All for one small fee a month!! I love this !
Amazing app that has saved me a TON of money 5/5
I listen to several books a week as I am on the road extensively for my job and stay in hotels several nights a week. I was spending well over $100 on Audible and had decided I was going to have to give up my love of audio books on my long drives. Then, Hibooks popped up as an ad on my social media account. I’m SO glad I decided to click on this. What an amazing app and an even better value! Thank you for this app!!!!
Great Value 5/5
I love this app!!! Much better value than Audible!
Eh eh 2/5
You can only read it if you pay for premium. It will give you a sample but still.
Great Selection, Frustrating App 3/5
By Sarah P. W.
This app worked great for the first few weeks, and I had very little trouble out of it. As for the service itself, it’s a great subscription. I love the selection of audiobooks for such a low price as compared to if I had t buy them all separately. However, this last week has proved frustrating. I use it almost constantly because I listen while I clean the house, but I’m having a lot of trouble with it skipping ahead a few chapters or restarting the chapter or going back a few chapters. It’s confusing because I don’t always know the exact chapter I’m on because I don’t often pick up my phone to actually look. I also am unable to download the books. They’ll get a quarter of the way through and then just stop. I’m actually debating cancelling my subscription entirely because of this issue. Please fix!
Great idea - could use some work 4/5
I really love this app and concept. I have audible but it’s so expensive to buy books on it constantly so I loved this idea since it’s so cheap and unlimited! Love love love the concept but I wish there was a way to see your total progress jn the book.. instead you can only see where you are in that chapter. Not total time listened or total left in entire book. Sometimes it misses my place too and I end up listening to the same thing a couple times. I don’t think they have a book mark feature. I also wish it had more info about the book like how audible has a list of the characters and what not. Also, the chapters are kind of choppy in some books. Definitely recommend though.. I think it’s pretty new so for such a cheap subscription I’m willing to tolerate for now :)
By Danse en France
Don’t ever ask me for my iCloud password again.
App keeps forgetting my place in the chapter and starting at the beginning. :(
Finally, an audiobook app that works like Netflix! I’ve been searching for a service like this for a while. I consume so many audiobooks while I commute and while I’m at work. The traditional audiobook subscription services with credits and the necessity to purchase books beyond the one free credit monthly gets TOO expensive. Thank you for this app.
The Netflix of books 5/5
Satisfied with my subscription but please more exclusive titles. The reason people are joining is because they love reading..
With the most recent iPhone update you can set up a maximum spent time on certain applications. I put a one hour maximum on my Netflix account, and just so happen to have downloaded hibooks the same week. Now instead of watching Netflix on my free time, I listen to my hibooks! Love this application – excited to see more books come in!
I’m recommending this to everyone who loves to read. 5/5
We just bought this app about 2 weeks ago. My wife usually listens to books with kindle unlimited while I usually read ebooks.
I didn’t like audible because of the credits or cost of buying every book I want to listen to.
With hibooks I listen to a book almost everyday.
I’m an avid sci-fi and epic fantasy reader.
I’m currently listening to the stormlight archive.
My wife likes mystery thrillers.
My daughters like books about animals.
They’re listening to who was Jane Goodall and Dr. Dolittle.
There’s something here for all of us.
Selection is good.
I like that they have speed adjustments and I can download several books at the same time. It remembers where I am in each book so the kids can listen to one thing on car rides and I can listen to my stuff while I’m working.
The only thing that could make this better is having profiles like Netflix where separates my books from my kids or wife and suggests things that I might like based on my history.
I’m recommending this to everyone who loves to read.
The best!!! 5/5
I love this app! I commute to work for a 2 hour trip 3 days a week and this app is the best companion! I wish they had Harry Potter, (textbooks would be cool too) but otherwise, my favorite app by far!
Great service mediocre app 3/5
Great service. Actually has a pretty nice selection of books to listen too. The app this is clunky and needs a lot of work. I have come close a couple time just switching back to audible. Nothing more frustrating than getting ready to dive back into the book to have the app restart the chapter or just go back. I have no clue where exactly I was so I spending more time trying to get back to it than enjoying the book. Most of the time it works fine but maybe every other day it’s jumping back. Frustrating. Other than that, I’m enjoying it.
Like Netflix for books! 5/5
By Shadow lolly
Really great app!!! Sure there is a little lag trying to load a book when not on WiFi but nothing that can’t be handled!!!
Love this! 5/5
I have audible and love to listen to books constantly. I’m a traveling nurse so I drive quite a bit. I still have my audible account and have kindle unlimited but those are limited by what they choose that month. I also had scribd but they limit how many audible books I can listen to a month, and that is incredibly frustrating when your listening to a series. So I gave this a try and so far I love it. I dropped scribd the second day! No restrictions and they have a huge selection of books/ newer ones too. A lot have whole series and the price is definitely comparable to other services.
Great, but need more features 3/5
Love that this is the Netflix of audiobooks.
I was discouraged on my few initial searches when I couldn’t find certain books, Jurassic Park and The Haunting of Hill House to name a couple. Yet, I was able to find new releases fairly easily.
The labeling of chapters tends to be a bit confusing. The narrators will say chapter 4, but the app will have the section listed as chapter 21. This may be confusing for people who may use this to listen to books for a class or for a book club.
A feature I wish the app had was a percentage completed. I will know how far I am in a specific chapter, but not the book itself. I won’t know if I’m halfway or near the end.
A quick tutorial of the app would be nice to have available in settings. It took a couple of days to understand what the check mark was for.
Can’t wait to enjoy this app more!
So far so good 4/5
I like the book availability. I love the play speed. I don’t like that it doesn’t keep my place and I have to start the chapter over when I reopen the app. This is the first book I’ve listen to on this app, and maybe audible spoiled me, but I do like it better than playster
No bias here. 1/5
By Mike Lay💩
It’s painfully obvious just by looking at the titles that are here, and those that are not. There are ZERO Thomas Sowell. ZERO Mark Levin. No new books. Dan Bongino. Even the new Clay Travis book. Why? I think I know. Actually, I know I know why. Canceling my account.
Great App!!! 5/5
I’ve been a member of Audible for 7-8 years and it’s a great app also, but bye bye Audible !!
HiBooks costs less and unlimited books -WHAT!!! I haven’t had any problems and I didn’t use the bookmark much so, not missing it. Otherwise the two are the same.
You guys are awesome!!!
App holds promise- needs a few tweaks to be great 3/5
An app that is cheaper than audiable and offers unlimited audiobooks holds a great promise. Even when trying this app I could see all the potential. Unfortunately, there are some things holding me back from subscribing.
-searching for books is difficult on the app. As another user noted, searching for Stephen king produces hardly any books and you have to sift through most all available books to find any. Most users don’t want to take the time to do this and it makes it seem like you don’t have these audiobooks even when you do.
- to further the search-ability of books, having links to author and series pages from the main book page (I.e the stand by Stephen king) to show the available books by the author (all books available by Stephen king) and the series( book one of two etc) would be beneficial.
- an option to select the chapter list while in book, allowing you to seamlessly jump between chapters in case you miss one. It also shows users how many chapters are left and how long they are.
- a timer showing how much time is left in the entire book. Its nice to see if I have two hours or nine left in the entire book.
-more ways to sort your saved books such as sort by author name.
These are only the few for me (I’ve seen bookmarks being mentioned by another user, but I don’t normally use these) and if these are added in time, your app could become a great competitor for audiable. 9.99 is a fair monthly price for unlimited audiobooks, but since the app is still in development, a few more tweaks are needed to make it worth it. I really hope to come back to the app after these things have been, hopefully, fixed and added.
Better than Audible 5/5
Seriously, I really like this app. I am listening to several different books at a time with the same price , it’s great.
Love it 4/5
By Kiwi Ninja18
So far i love it. Just need to expand the library bit. Rick Riordans Kane Chronicles for example.
Fantastic Product. Just needs more 5/5
By GL Flash
Love this so much, the library of books is still in need of a little growth, but the player is great and the books that are available are wonderful.
By Meya C.
I just love this app!
Good concept! 2/5
By Pro 60
The concept is great but the actual app needs help. There is no way to find books in a series. Some authors can have very long series and you have to look up order of books elsewhere. It’s very frustrating. Selection is ok without Nora Roberts ok is as good as it gets. It will never replace audible but it does work to keep my audible cost down.
No interesting books 1/5
By YY GOMEZ
No interesting books
Cheaper than most audiobooks I’ve had. unlimited the way it should be!!
Great App but scope for Improvement 5/5
I love this app! I love listening to audiobooks and find Audible expensive (for the number of books I’ve listened to). The collection is nowhere close to that of Audible’s, but you get what you pay! Since there is no limit on the number of books I can listen to, I don’t mind compromising on the collection.
The biggest issue I have with the app is that I can’t see a history of all the books I have read and the progress. The interface is not as neat as Audible. As rightly pointed out in another review, the chapters are oftentimes too small, much smaller than the actual book chapters. This makes it frustrating, specially if there are 40-60 chapters in an audiobook that lasts for 6 hours.
All that being said, the app is affordable and I get to listen to a large number of books, with no limits. For this reason, despite some small issues, I rate it 5/5.
Password issue 2/5
I just downloaded this app and finished two books and it logged me out and it won’t let me back into the app. I have changed my password twice and it still won’t open. Very disappointed.
love this app 5/5
I am an avid reader/listener and can consume a book every 3-5 days! Audible is overpriced and the selection here just keeps improving! I am a very satisfied customer!
Not g 2/5
Not a great selection: for $10 a month I was hoping to get a lot better selection. I compared it to Hoopla (Free library App)
And there is little to no difference.
The app is very extensive in topics and books. I listen to mostly sales and business books, but have enjoyed several of the biographies and also health books. It was easy to download and navigate. It does have some of the newer titles, but some of oldies are very much goodies! I’d recommend to anyone!
What the app needs to keep me going. 4/5
By Darth Graybeard
The App needs Terry Goodkind a sword of truth and Harry Potter
Love Everything About It! 5/5
By Mandy Boi
Love the ease of using app! So many “good” books to choose from! Absolutely love everything about it!!!
Great service 4/5
By Corlan Robinson
I just switched from audible. Listen to several books a month. I love the price, and the unlimited streaming. I miss the catered book suggestions based off of what I’ve listened to previously though, and I’m hoping this app gets tons of support so they can keep increasing the selection!
Great books, awful service... 1/5
This app is terrible...who performs updates that are days long without notifying the customer and then switches from a streaming subscription service to a regular audiobook service in the MIDDLE of my subscription? This is AFTER I had to contact iTunes and get them to waive a charge when HiBooks billed me twice. Then when you want to talk to someone from HiBooks?? No contact info or response for days. Love the books, but bad business, pure and simple.
Mad listener 2/5
I thought I could listen to as many books a month as I wanted, this however isn’t allowing me to. First it couldn’t find my subscription, now it won’t let me listen to books. Deleted my library and won’t let me send a message to support...very upset right now. Have had my subscription for almost a month now and have it set to automatic renewal 😠
What happened?? 1/5
I was happily listening. Suddenly, my library disappeared, and the app can’t find me. Funny, the book I was listening to is still there. Where is my library?
Torn emotions 5/5
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this app for the past month. However, out of nowhere it no longer lets me log in, and when I was able to try, it said I didn’t have an account. I’ve deleted and reinstalled this app multiple times since, with no change. I’m incredibly irritated, and will be happy to change to a 5 star review if this ridiculous issue would resolve quickly. This app definitely cuts down on my road rage during my long commute.
I can’t get into my profile 1/5
I can’t get back in my account when I open the app it says my profile is empty and now it’s making me connect. But I can’t get back into my account. I delete the app and tried again and still can’t get get. So now I’m paying for a subscription and can’t get access to anything
Library lost 1/5
I was fairly happy with this app until my library and my account disappeared after my payment was taken from my account last week. Now I have paid for your service. Library is gone and I can’t restore or even open my account. I’m not found this was very disappointing
Doesn’t work 1/5
Was gonna subscribe, but not even 24 hours into the trial period it stopped working.
Locked me out 3/5
I can not get back into the app even though I have a membership already. I put in my username and password and it will not let me go through