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The Audible Service Conditions of Use

THE AUDIBLE SERVICE

Audible Limited and its affiliates (“Audible”) are pleased to offer a service that permits users to discover, purchase, receive and play digital spoken word audio entertainment (“Audible Content”) through Audible's websites, including audible.co.uk, and its applications for mobile devices (collectively, the “Audible Service”). If you use the Audible Service, you accept these conditions of use (“Conditions of Use”). Please read them carefully. In addition to the Conditions of Use, you will also be subject to (1) the Audible Purchase Terms & Conditions, which govern any purchase you make through the Audible Service, (2) the Audible Plan Terms, which govern your enrollment in any Audible membership plan, and (3) any other policies, guidelines, terms and agreements posted on, or otherwise made available to you through, the Audible Service (collectively, the “Terms”). If these Conditions of Use contradict such Terms, the Terms will control.

PRIVACY

Please review our Privacy Notice">Privacy Notice, which also governs your visit to Audible.co.uk, to understand our practices.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS

When you use the Audible Service, or send e-mails to us, you are communicating with us electronically. You consent to receive communications from us electronically. We will communicate with you by e-mail or by posting notices on or through the Audible Service. You agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. This condition does not affect your statutory rights.

COPYRIGHT

All content included in or made available through the Audible Service, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations and Audible Content, is the property of Audible or its content suppliers and protected by United Kingdom and international copyright laws. The compilation of all content accessible through the Audible Service is the exclusive property of Audible and protected by United Kingdom and international copyright and database right laws.

TRADEMARKS

Audible, audible.com, audible.co.uk, AudibleListener, AudibleManager, AudibleReady, Audible Studios and other graphics, logos, page headers, button icons, scripts, and service names included in or made available through the Audible Service are trademarks or registered trademarks of Audible in the European Union and other jurisdictions. Audible's trademarks and trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not Audible's, in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among customers, or in any manner that disparages or discredits Audible. You may not use any Audible logo or other proprietary graphic or trademark as part of a hyperlink without express written permission from Audible. All other trademarks not owned by Audible that appear in the Audible Service are the property of their respective owners, who may or may not be affiliated with, connected to, or sponsored by Audible.

PATENTS

One or more patents owned by Audible apply to this Site and to the features and services accessible via the Site. Portions of this Site operate under license of one or more patents. Click here">Click here to see a non-exhaustive list of applicable Audible patents and applicable licensed patents.

LICENSE AND ACCESS

Subject to your compliance with these Conditions of Use and your payment of any applicable fees, Audible or its content providers grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable license to access and make personal and non-commercial use of the Audible Service. Additional license terms may be found in the Terms. This license does not include any resale or commercial use of the Audible Service or its contents; any collection and use of any product listings, descriptions, or prices; any derivative use of the Audible Service or its contents; any downloading or copying of account information for the benefit of another merchant; or any use of data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction tools.

All rights not expressly granted to you in these Conditions of Use or any applicable Terms are reserved and retained by Audible or its licensors, suppliers, publishers, rightsholders, or other content providers. Neither the Audible Service nor any part of it may be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, visited, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without express written consent of Audible. You may not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) of Audible without express written consent. You may not use any meta tags or any other "hidden text" utilizing Audible's name or trademarks without the express written consent of Audible. You are granted a limited, revocable, and nonexclusive right to create a hyperlink to the home page of audible.co.uk so long as the link does not portray Audible, or its products or services in a false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise offensive matter. You may not use any Audible logo or other proprietary graphic or trademark as part of the link without express written permission.

You may not misuse the Audible Service. You may use the Audible Service only as permitted by law. The licenses granted by Audible terminate if you do not comply with these Conditions of Use or any applicable Terms.

YOUR ACCOUNT

As a registered user of the Audible Service, you may receive or establish one or more passwords and accounts ("Audible Account"). If you open a new Audible Account and you have an account with Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk using the same email address, your account information from your Amazon account will be used to establish your account at Audible. If you register a Kindle tablet device and do not already have an Audible Account, you will automatically be assigned an Audible Account using your Amazon credentials. If you use the Audible Service, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Audible Account(s) and for restricting access to your computer(s) or device(s), and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under any of your Audible Accounts. Audible does sell products for children, but it sells them to adults, who can purchase with a credit card or other permitted payment method. If you are under 18, you may use the Audible Service only with the involvement of a parent or guardian. Audible reserves the right to refuse service, terminate accounts, remove or edit content, or cancel orders in its sole discretion.

REVIEWS, COMMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS, AND OTHER CONTENT

We may permit visitors to post reviews, comments, photos, and other content; send messages and other communications; and submit suggestions, ideas, comments, questions, or other information. You agree that any content you contribute and any communications you send using means we provide will not be illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, infringing of intellectual property rights, or otherwise injurious to third parties or objectionable and does not consist of or contain software viruses, political campaigning, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings, or any form of "spam." You may not use a false e-mail address, impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise mislead as to the origin of a message or other content. We reserve the right (but not the obligation) to remove or edit such content, but we do not regularly review posted content.

If you do post content or submit any material to us, and unless we indicate otherwise, you grant us a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content throughout the world in any media. You grant Audible and its sublicensees the right to use the name that you submit in connection with such content, if they choose. You represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content that you post; that the content is accurate; that use of the content you supply does not violate this policy and will not cause injury to any person or entity; and that you will indemnify Audible for all claims resulting from content you supply. We reserve the right (but not the obligation) to monitor and edit or remove any activity or content. Audible takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any content posted by you or any third party.

COPYRIGHT COMPLAINTS

Audible respects the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please follow our Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS

Audible attempts to be as accurate as possible. However, Audible does not warrant that product descriptions or content available through the Audible Service is accurate, complete, reliable, current, or error-free.

AUDIBLE SOFTWARE TERMS

In addition to these Conditions of Use, the terms found here apply to any software (including any updates or upgrades to the software and any related documentation) that we make available to you from time to time for your use in connection with the Audible Service (the "Audible Software").

OTHER BUSINESSES

We may offer content from parties other than Audible and may permit parties other than Audible to provide services or sell products through the Audible Service. We may also provide links through the Audible Service to the websites of affiliated companies and certain other businesses. We are a distributor, not a publisher, of any materials we offer from third parties and are not responsible for examining or evaluating, and we do not warrant the offerings of, any of these businesses or individuals, the content we obtain from them or the content of their websites. Audible does not assume any responsibility or liability for the actions, product, and content of any third parties. You should carefully review their privacy statements and other conditions of use.

REMOVAL OF AUDIBLE CONTENT OR OTHER MATERIALS

We reserve the right to remove or disable access to any Audible Content or any other materials posted to or otherwise displayed through the Audible Service, including any Audible Content that violates or otherwise allegedly infringes on the copyright or other intellectual property, proprietary, or other rights of any person, company or other entity. We will not be liable for the removal of or disabling of access to any Audible Content or materials.

TERMINATION

Your right to use the Audible Service will automatically terminate if you violate these Conditions of Use or any other Terms. In case of such termination, we may terminate your access to the Audible Service without notice and you will not receive a full or partial refund of any fees already paid. Our failure to insist upon or enforce your strict compliance with the Conditions of Use or any other Terms will not constitute a waiver of any of our rights.

TERMINATION OF AUDIBLE SERVICE

Our business may change over time and we reserve the right to modify the Audible Service. We also reserve the right to suspend or discontinue the Audible Service or your use of the Audible Service, in whole or in part, at any time with or without notice and without liability to you. In the event that we exercise such right, you may be entitled to a full or partial refund, in our sole discretion, if you are a member of an Audible Plan (as defined in the Audible Plan Terms) or with respect to any purchase you've made.

LOSSES

Audible will be responsible for any losses you suffer as a result of us breaching these conditions if the losses were reasonably foreseeable to both you and us when you commenced using the Audible Service, or a contract for the sale of goods by us to you was formed. We will not be responsible for any business loss (including loss of profits, revenue, contracts, anticipated savings, data, goodwill or wasted expenditure) or any other indirect or consequential loss that is not reasonably foreseeable to both you and us when you commenced using the Audible Service or when a contract for the sale of goods by us to you was formed. Audible does not limit in any way our liability by law for death or personal injury caused from our negligence or breach of duty or caused by our gross negligence or wilful misconduct.

APPLICABLE LAW AND DISPUTES

By using the Audible Service, you agree that these conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales, and the application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is expressly excluded. You agree, as we do, to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

SITE POLICIES, MODIFICATION, AND SEVERABILITY

Please review our Terms. We reserve the right to make changes to the Audible Service, these Conditions of Use and any Terms at any time. Your continued use of the Audible Service following any changes will indicate your acceptance of such changes. If you do not agree to a change, you must immediately stop using the Audible Service. If any Terms or these Conditions of Use are deemed invalid, void, or for any reason unenforceable, that condition or term shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining condition or term.

DEFAMATION CLAIMS

Because Audible lists thousands of products for sale on the Audible Service and hosts many thousands of comments, it is not possible for us to be aware of the contents of each product listed for sale, or each comment or review that is displayed. Accordingly, Audible operates on a "notice and takedown" basis. If you believe that any content on, or advertised for sale on, the Audible Service contains a defamatory statement, please notify us immediately by following our Notice and Procedure for Notifying of Defamatory Content. Once this procedure has been followed, Audible will make all reasonable endeavours to remove the defamatory content complained about within a reasonable time.



Audible Purchase Terms and Conditions

Any user may purchase Audible Content on an "A La Carte" basis. Audible members also may purchase content using membership credits in accordance with the terms set forth in the Audible Plan Terms. By making a purchase through the Audible Service you agree to be bound by these Audible Purchase Terms and Conditions.

Purchases of Audible Content

  1. Audible Content License. When you purchase Audible Content, Audible grants you a limited, revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to download or stream such Audible Content to your computer and/or other device(s) solely for your personal, non-commercial use. You agree to not otherwise copy, reproduce, distribute or use the Audible Content other than as expressly set forth herein. You will not sell, transfer, lease, modify, distribute or publicly perform the Audible Content in any manner and you will not exploit it commercially. You agree to not modify, reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the Audible Content, or otherwise tamper with the Audible Content or create any derivative works therefrom.
  2. Pricing. With respect to all A La Carte purchases, except where noted otherwise, any list price displayed represents the full retail price listed on the Audible Content itself, as determined by Audible, or as suggested by the manufacturer or supplier, or estimated in accordance with standard industry practice; or the estimated retail value for a comparably featured item offered elsewhere. Prices are subject to change at any time in Audible's sole discretion. Audible cannot confirm the price of an item until you order. Despite our best efforts, a small number of the items in our catalog may be mispriced. If an item's correct price is higher than our stated price, we may at our discretion cancel your order.
  3. Delivery of Audible Content. All Audible Content you purchased will be delivered to your Audible Account.
  4. Risk of Loss. Once we have made Audible Content available to you, you will bear the risk of loss for completing any download of Audible Content after purchase and for any loss of Audible Content you have downloaded, including any loss due to a file corruption or a device or hard drive crash. Purchased Audible Content will generally continue to be available in your Audible Account but may become unavailable due to possible content provider licensing restrictions or other reasons, and Audible will not be liable to you if Audible Content becomes unavailable for further download. You will not receive a full or partial refund of any fees already paid in such situations. Accordingly, we encourage you to download Audible Content promptly after purchase and to make a back-up copy. If you are unable to complete a download after having reviewed our online help resources, please contact Audible customer service.
  5. Payments. You must have a valid payment instrument, such as a credit card or other permitted payment method, on file in your Audible Account in order to use the Audible service. If you are using your Amazon account to access the Audible Service, your default payment instrument will be the default payment instrument you use for purchases from Amazon. If you want to designate a different payment instrument, you must change your authorized payment instrument information online at the "My Account" section of the Audible Service.
  6. Payments. You may cancel your order for purchase of Audible Content within 14 days from the date of your purchase for a full refund by contacting Customer Care, unless you have started to download, stream, or listen to the Audible Content. Once you start to download, stream or listen to the Audible Content, you cannot cancel your order, and you will not receive a full or partial refund for your order. By placing an order to purchase Audible Content, you acknowledge and agree to this.
  7. Subscriptions. Any user may purchase subscriptions to recurring content such as newspapers and magazines on a monthly basis or other recurring basis depending on the recurrence of the content ("Subscriptions"). If you purchase a Subscription, you will be charged the full price of the Subscription at the beginning of the Subscription term. Subscriptions may be purchased on an A La Carte basis or by members with credits. With respect to any Subscriptions purchased on an A La Carte basis, if you cancel your Subscription within 14 days, you will be entitled to a full refund. After 14 days, you may be entitled to a refund before the initial term has expired depending upon whether there is a shorter Subscription available for the relevant Audible Content. You will be obligated to pay based upon the Subscription term length closest to the number of months your Subscription was active. For example, if you signed up for a 12 month Subscription and wish to cancel after 5 months, then: (A) if a 6 month Subscription term is available, you would be charged for a 6 month Subscription and refunded the difference between the 12 month and 6 month Subscriptions, or (B) if only a 12 month term is available, you would be charged for the 12 month Subscription.


Audible Terms and Conditions for Gift and Promotional Codes and Vouchers

Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates, Gift Memberships and Promotional Claim Codes are subject to the following additional Terms and Conditions. By purchasing any Gift Audiobook, Gift Certificate or Gift Membership, or by redeeming a Promotional Claim Code, you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.



Audible Gift Audiobooks
  1. Term and Uses. Audiobooks purchased as gifts ("Gift Audiobooks") will be presented to the recipient in the form of a claim code redeemable for the Gift Audiobook. Gift Audiobooks must be redeemed at www.audible.co.uk or its mobile store ("audible. co.uk" or the "Site") and may be used only for the applicable audiobook given. Claim codes for Gift Audiobooks do not expire and are not subject to any dormancy fee or other fees for non-use. If the recipient already has the Gift Audiobook in his or her My Library or the Gift Audiobook is not available in the recipient's country, at the time the recipient redeems the claim code for a Gift Audiobook, the recipient will receive a credit good towards the purchase of a different audiobook of equivalent value on audible.co.uk. If the Gift Audiobook has a value of more than one credit, the recipient will receive the number of credits equal to the Gift Audiobook's value. Credits given to the recipient in exchange for the claim code for a Gift Audiobook do not expire and are subject to the Audible Purchase Terms and Conditions. Recipients must have or open an Audible account to redeem a claim code for a Gift Audiobook. Audible may, in its discretion, advise the purchaser when the claim code for a Gift Audiobook has been redeemed by the recipient in the purchaser's "Account Details" section of the Site.
  2. Limitations.
    1. Redemption codes for Gift Audiobooks may not be redeemed at audible.com, audible.de, audible.fr or any other website operated by Audible, Inc., its affiliates, or any other person or entity, except as indicated by these Terms and Conditions.
    2. Redemption codes for Gift Audiobooks cannot be exchanged for other Gift Audiobooks, Gift Cards or Gift Memberships.
    3. Redemption codes for Gift Audiobooks cannot be resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other Audible account, except where required by law.


Audible Gift Certificates
  1. Term and Uses. Gift certificates ("Gift Certificates") will be presented to the recipient in the form of a redemption code or in the form of a physical card containing a redemption code. Gift Certificates have no expiration date and are not subject to any dormancy fee or other fees for non-use. Gift Certificates must be redeemed at audible.co.uk and may be used towards A La Carte purchases of audio content only. From time to time, Audible may allow you to redeem Gift Certificates for other products and services, in Audible's discretion. The full amount of any purchase will be deducted from the Gift Certificate balance, up to the total funds available on the Gift Certificate. If a purchase made with a Gift Certificate exceeds the amount of the Gift Certificate, the balance must be paid by another payment method accepted on the Audible Service. Gift Certificate recipients must have or open an Audible account to redeem a Gift Certificate. To view Gift Certificate balances, Gift Certificate holders should visit the "Account Details" section of their Audible account on the Site. If a Gift Certificate purchaser has an Audible account, Audible may, in its discretion, advise the purchaser when the Gift Certificate has been redeemed by the recipient in the purchaser's "Account Details" section on the Site.
  2. Limitations.
    1. Gift certificates may not be redeemed for the purchase of products at audible.com, audible.de, audible.fr or any other website operated by Audible, Inc., its affiliates, or any other person or entity, except as indicated by these Terms and Conditions.
    2. Gift Certificates cannot be used to purchase other Gift Certificates, Gift Audiobooks, Gift Memberships, or Promotional Codes (each as defined below).
    3. Gift Certificates cannot be reloaded, resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other Audible account, except where required by law. Unused Gift Certificate balances in an Audible account may not be transferred.


Audible Gift Memberships
  1. Term and Uses. Memberships purchased as gifts ("Gift Memberships") will be presented to the recipient in the form of a redemption code redeemable for the Gift Membership. Redemption codes for Gift Memberships must be redeemed at audible.co.uk and may be used only for Audible memberships. Prior to being redeemed by a recipient, redemption codes for Gift Memberships do not expire and are not subject to any dormancy fee or other fees for non-use. Once redeemed, Gift Memberships expire at the end of the applicable membership term. For example, if the Gift Membership is a three month membership, the Gift Membership will expire three months from the date the recipient redeems the membership. Gift Membership recipients must have or open an Audible account to redeem the Gift Membership. To view Gift Membership balances and status, gift members should visit the "Account Details" section of their Audible account on the Site. If a Gift Membership purchaser has an Audible account, Audible may, in its discretion, advise the purchaser when the Gift Membership has been redeemed by the recipient in the purchaser's "Account Details" section on the Site.
  2. Limitations.
    1. Redemption codes for Gift Memberships may not be redeemed for memberships at audible.com, audible.de, audible.fr or any other website operated by Audible, Inc., its affiliates, or any other person or entity, except as indicated by these Terms and Conditions..
    2. Redemption codes for Gift Memberships cannot be used to purchase other Gift Memberships, Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates or Promotional Codes.
    3. Redemption Codes for Gift Memberships cannot be resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other Audible account, except where required by law. Unused Gift Membership balances in an Audible account may not be transferred.
  3. Applicability of Audible Plan Terms. The Audible Plan Terms appliy to Gift Memberships and is hereby incorporated into these Terms and Conditions. The terms and conditions of a Gift Membership are the same as those of Audible's other membership plans, with the following exceptions:
    1. After a Gift Membership ends, any unused credits included in the Gift Membership that are not used during the Gift Membership period do not roll-over, unless the member joins a regular Audible membership plan prior to the expiration of the Gift Membership. Only gift membership credits that have accrued as of the date the gift member joins a regular Audible membership will roll-over. If a gift member joins a regular Audible membership prior to the end of the Gift Membership period, any credits included in the Gift Membership that have not have yet accrued will not roll-over.
    2. Gift Memberships may be cancelled by calling 0800 496 2455 or +44 (0) 203 356 6218 (International). Unused balances and credits on Gift Memberships will expire upon cancellation.


Audible Promotional Claim Codes
  1. Term and Uses. Promotional claim codes ("Promotional Codes") are for promotional use only and are void where prohibited by law. Promotional Codes must be redeemed at audible.co.uk. Promotional Codes expire as indicated on the terms transmitted with the Promotional Code. If redeemed for an audiobook credit, the credit may expire after a certain period of time, as indicated on the terms transmitted with the Promotional Code. Promotional Codes may be subject to additional terms and condition presented with the Promotional Code. Promotional Codes recipients must have or open an Audible account to redeem Promotional Codes.
  2. Limitations.
    1. Promotional Codes may not be redeemed at audible.com, audible.de, audible.fr or any other website operated by Audible, Inc., its affiliates, or any other person or entity, except as indicated by these Terms and Conditions.
    2. Promotional Codes cannot be used to purchase other Promotional Codes, Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates or Gift Memberships.
    3. Promotional Codes cannot be resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other Audible account, except where required by law. Unused Promotional Codes in an Audible account may not be transferred.


Vouchers
  1. Term and Uses. From time to time, Audible may, in its sole discretion, give rewards in the form of vouchers to existing Audible account holders ("Vouchers"). Vouchers may only be redeemed at audible.co.uk and are redeemable for Audible content only. Audible will deposit a Voucher directly into the account holder's account and will send the recipient an email stating that the Voucher is available. When the recipient makes a purchase on the Site without using membership or other credits, Vouchers will be the first payment method used towards the purchase amount. The full amount of any purchase will be deducted from the Voucher amount, up to the total funds available. If a purchase made with a Voucher exceeds the amount of the Voucher, the balance will be automatically charged to the credit card Audible has on file for the account holder. Vouchers expire as indicated on the terms transmitted in the notification e-mail. The value of a Voucher will be determined by Audible in its sole discretion.
  2. Limitations.
    1. Vouchers may not be redeemed for the purchase of Audible content at audible.com, audible.de, audible.fr or any other website operated by Audible, Inc., its affiliates, or any other person or entity, except as indicated by these Terms and Conditions.
    2. Vouchers cannot be used to purchase Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates, Gift Memberships, or Promotional Codes.
    3. Vouchers cannot be resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other account, except where required by law. Unused Voucher balances in an Audible account may not be transferred.


General Terms
  1. Losses. audible.co.uk will be responsible for any losses you suffer as a result of us breaching these conditions if the losses were reasonably foreseeable to both you and us when you commenced using the Site, or a contract for the sale of goods by us to you was formed. We will not be responsible for any business loss (including loss of profits, revenue, contracts, anticipated savings, data, goodwill or wasted expenditure) or any other indirect or consequential loss that is not reasonably foreseeable to both you and us when you commenced using the Site or when a contract for the sale of goods by us to you was formed. audible.co.uk does not limit in any way our liability by law for death or personal injury caused from our negligence or breach of duty or caused by our gross negligence or willful misconduct.
  2. Fraud. Audible will have the right to close customer accounts and bill alternative forms of payment if a fraudulently obtained Gift Audiobook, Gift Certificate, Gift Membership, Promotional Code or Voucher is redeemed and/or used to make purchases on the Site.
  3. Resale. Resale of a Gift Audiobook, Gift Certificate, Gift Membership, Promotional Code or Voucher or use for unauthorized advertising, marketing, sweepstakes or other promotional purposes is strictly prohibited.
  4. Other. Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates, Gift Memberships, Promotional Codes, and Vouchers and their use on the Site are subject to the Site's Conditions of Use, available at www.audible.co.uk/terms, and Privacy Notice, available at www.audible.co.uk/privacy. Audible reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions from time to time in its discretion. Generally, changes to these Terms and Conditions will apply to products issued after the date the changes take effect, as indicated at the top of these Terms and Conditions; however, changes to comply with applicable law may apply retroactively to products issued before such date. Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates, Gift Memberships, Promotional Codes, and Vouchers are subject to verification. For any questions concerning your Gift Audiobook, Gift Certificate, Gift Membership, Promotional Code, or Coupon Voucher please call 0800 496 2455 or +44(0)203 356 6218 International or visit audible.co.uk.


Audible Plan Terms

Audible offers various membership plans ("Audible Plans") for using and paying for the Audible Service. Audible Plans are subject to the terms below and those disclosed through the Audible Service. Membership in an Audible Plan is nontransferable.

  1. Audible Membership Plans. Audible Membership Plans are automatically renewable on a monthly or yearly basis, depending on the plan, until terminated by you or us in accordance with these Audible Plan Terms. Audible will charge your default payment instrument the applicable membership fee on your renewal date. If your default payment method is declined for any reason, Audible may charge any payment instrument on file with your Amazon account.
    1. Number of Audiobooks. The 1 Book Monthly, 2 Book Monthly, 12 Book Annual, and 24 Book Annual Plans are generally the same except that the number of Credits (defined below) that members receive under certain plans is greater.
    2. Annual or Monthly. Each of these membership plans is available either on a monthly or annual basis. Audible will charge the applicable monthly or yearly fee for such membership plan on the member's monthly or yearly renewal date, depending on which plan the member selects. Annual members will receive the entire year's credits at the start of their membership and upon any renewal. Monthly members will receive the applicable amount of credits each month.
    3. Rollover Members are allowed to rollover a certain number of unused Credits ("Rollover").
      1. Monthly Memberships. 1 Book Monthly members may rollover up to 6 unused Credits to the next month of membership and 2 Book Monthly members may rollover up to 12 unused Credits to the next month of membership. If in any given month a monthly member has more than the permitted number of Rollover Credits, the additional unused credits will automatically expire.
      2. Annual Memberships. 12 Book Annual members may rollover up to 6 unused Credits to the next year of membership and 24 Book Annual members may rollover up to 12 unused Credits to the next year of membership. If in any given renewal date a member has more than the permitted number of Rollover Credits, the additional unused credits will automatically expire.
  2. Committed Membership Plans. Certain members may receive a gift for joining in exchange for their commitment to remain a member for the period of time specified at the time of enrollment. Members who sign up to a committed membership plan and receive the gift benefit will have 14 days to cancel their membership plan, however, we will only issue them a full refund for membership fees if they have not used any Credits or used the gift benefit during those 14 days. If they have redeemed Credits or used the gift benefit within 14 days of signing up for a membership, we may withhold from their refund the value of the redeemed Credit(s) and the value of the used gift benefit. After 14 days, members will not receive a full or partial refund for any membership fees already paid and will not be able to cancel the plan prior to the expiration of the initial term of the plan. By signing up for a Committed Membership Plan, you acknowledge and agree to this.
  3. Trial Offers. Audible may, in its sole discretion, make available free or paid trial offers for a monthly or annual membership plan, the terms of which will be more fully explained on the Audible Service (a "Trial Offer"). You must have a valid payment instrument, such as a credit card or other permitted payment method, on file in your Audible Account in order to initiate a Trial Offer. Audible may request a temporary authorization from the financial institution issuing your credit card or other payment instrument in order to confirm the validity of the credit card or other payment instrument to verify your eligibility to participate in any Trial Offer. Any Credits issued in connection with a Trial Offer or Audible Content purchased with such Credits are issued and provided subject to such verification and may be revoked by Audible in the event that such verification fails. Upon expiration of the trial, you will automatically be joined into the related membership plan and Audible will charge your default payment instrument the relevant monthly fee or annual fee, as applicable. If your default payment method is declined for any reason, Audible may charge any payment instrument on file with your Amazon account. YOU MUST CANCEL YOUR MEMBERSHIP PRIOR TO THE END OF THE TRIAL OFFER TO AVOID CHARGES. Trial Offers are limited to one per household.
  4. Credits. Audible Plan members receive credits that may be used to purchase Audible Content on the Audible Service ("Credits"). Credits may only be used to purchase Audible Content. If you purchase Audible Content in excess of the number of available Credits under your Audible Plan, your default payment instrument will be billed the price for the applicable Audible Content. Credits include Membership Credits, Rollover Credits, and Complimentary Credits, as described below. Credits are nontransferable. Credits that do not rollover, expire in accordance with their terms.
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A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies (Unabridged)
 
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This book says outright what many have merely hinted at: that President George W. Bush knowingly misused the findings of the erroneous and incompetent U.S. intelligence community to provide a pretext for war with Iraq. The author hones in on the systematic weaknesses of the intelligence agencies that caused them to ignore the crucial signs leading up to the attacks of 9/11. Incompetence, deception, and misinformation from these agencies simply left the door open for President Bush and his cronies, who were less interested in the capture of Osama bin Laden and the destruction of his terror network than in following a dubious agenda in Iraq. The missing "weapons of mass destruction" are merely the latest by-product of Bush's co-optation of intelligence for political ends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The power of lies: we all were wrong 30 Mar 2006
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This book contains the analysis of two events: the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq. In both cases the evaluation of the intelligence community is devastating: the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq could eventually not be prevented; the first one because of incompetence, and the second one because of the cowardice of the CIA chief, who didn't fight or resign in protest, but chose simply to go along with all the lies.
The step by step description of the 9/11 events follows the official version. E.g., the collapse of Tower 7 of the WTC is due to blown debris which set the steel building on fire. Some official sources spoke of 'demolition'.
For a more critical evaluation of the events I recommend the works of N.M. Ahmed and D.R. Griffin.
Concerning the war in Iraq, the intelligence community knew that Saddam had no WMD and that there was absolutely no link between Saddam, Al-Qaeda and 9/11. But the Bush administration put the CIA under tremendous pressure to find 'something' that could justify a preemptive war. The administration didn't need serious intelligence reports. They wanted the CIA to serve their own agenda: rearrange the map in the Middle East by overthrowing Saddam and put a pro-Israel regime in his place.
When the bogus evidence became available, a massive disinformation campaign was launched in the gagged media in order to deceive the Americam people.
The author's description of the Iraq quagmire is a horror story.
Militarily, the poor, the young, those with the least education, those from small and rural towns paid with their lives, although they tended to vote for Bush.
In Iraq, the use of cluster bombs in residential neighbourhoods is leaving ten of thousands of live bombs in the backyards.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive review of manipulation 1 April 2006
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Bamford undertakes a thorough investigation of America's intelligence agencies and their failings in the run up to 9/11. Merely presenting the facts it is difficult to argue against the picture that is revealed. He takes care to prevent a vitriolic and bias attack on the Bush administration or America's intelligence agencies and thereby rarely offers opinion, except in summary at the end of the book. A damning web of misinformation and mistakes are evident.
The book does plod along slightly at the start as Bamford attempts to frame his discussion and paint a vivid image. However, the second half of the book is exceptional and left an impression. Recommended reading for anyone interested in the 'real' reasons for the war in Iraq.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An important book 3 July 2004
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Like one of the other reviewers here on Amazon, I am an intelligence analyst for the US government. Unlike that reviewer, I personally witnessed how the Bush administration fabricated, twisted, distorted, "cherry-picked" and otherwise misused intelligence to justify the war in Iraq. Many of us on the inside pretty much knew that this war was already a done deal more than a year before it actually happened - Final decisions technically may not have been made, but it was obvious from observing what went on on a day-to-day basis that the war was going to happen. If it had not been for Colin Powell, it probably would have happened much earlier. It was my personal experience in the run-up to this war that led me to read Bamford's book. I was curious to see how right he would get it. In the end, I feel he did a decent job. He has gathered good information, and he has been fairly thorough.
The only issues I really had with the book were that it seemed to meander or repeat itself in parts - a slight lack of organization, at least when you hold the body of the book up to his thesis - that we went to war in Iraq based on a pretext. I also was a little bored, personally, with the first two-thirds of the book, dealing with the events surrounding 9/11. Not that he didn't have good information there or that it wasn't well written, it just wasn't the reason I picked up the book. I was expecting more Iraq, less 9/11. I also felt that Bamford could have gone into more detail on the myriad of reasons that the administration actually had for invading Iraq. As Paul Wolfowitz acknowledged after the war, WMD was simply the easiest one for all the decision makers at the NSC to agree on. I also think Bamford gave a little too much credence to the idea that the President was motivated by the earlier Iraqi assassination attempt on his family.
I have seen reviews saying that Bamford approaches anti-semitism in his discussion of neoconservative ties to Israel and the question of Israeli pressure on the US to go to war. What Bamford presents here, however, are facts. It is a fact that many neoconservatives who are now in government have, previously, worked for organizations that basically put them on Israel's payroll. Many have worked for Israel-sponsored groups lobbying the US government on behalf of Israel. They have pushed to sway US foreign policy in directions that are very pro-Israel and very anti-Palestinian. It is clear that these individuals have Israel's interests at heart. What is not clear to me is whether they have the same loyalty to the United States. The Israeli government was also very enthusiastic for the Bush administration to go to war against Iraq, and was very emphatic in urging us not to delay the invasion. They also contributed at least some of the bad intelligence which helped support the administrations's push for war. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was publicly quoted (in the Israeli press) before the war as saying he intended to talk to President Bush and request that we move on to deal with Iran and Syria once we were done with Iraq. It is a fact that some US troops on the ground in Iraq, toward the "end" of the initial fighting, were under the impression that they would be moved to the Iranian border in preparation to invade Iran. In the end, it is a fact that our invasion of Iraq was more clearly in Israel's national security interests than it was ours.
Is this a "Bush-bashing" book? No. The author presents the facts, and the President just doesn't come off looking very good. Sorry about that, but the truth hurts sometimes. The President may not have been the one that made a conscious decision to mislead the American public, but it happened on his watch, and he bears the ultimate responsibility for it. He is not the only one responsible, of course. Many in the upper level of the intelligence community simply rolled over and let this happen. And then of course there's the case of Ahmed Chalabi and friends, who knowingly fed false information to US intelligence in order to manipulate US foreign policy. This war was a result of poor leadership, bad intentions and sloppy intelligence work.
What I find particularly disturbing are the reviews here on Amazon who pan this book not for its substance but its politics. These reviewers display the typical knee-jerk defensive reaction of the right (I'm an independent, just for the record) in attacking the author's politics instead of attempting to refute his arguments.
Read the book and form your own opinions.
129 of 145 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The one book to read if only one, not a substitute for many 27 Jun 2004
By Robert David STEELE Vivas - Published on Amazon.com
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I know Jim Bamford personally, and consider him to be one of the most capable of researchers and most objective of writers on intelligence matters. His deep personal relationships across the U.S. Intelligence Community make him the best possible reporter.
For those of us steeped in the literature, that routinely read both the daily reporting and the regular books, much of what Jim has put together here will be repetitive. This is, however, the very best book to read if you only have the time for one book on the topic of 9-11, the failure of U.S. intelligence, and the corruption of U.S. policy in using 9-11 as a pretext for invading Iraq and giving Bin Laden the best possible (i.e. most stupid) strategic response to 9-11.
This is the ideal book for any citizen who wants a professional "once over" tour of the various intelligence and policy pieces that broke down and allowed 9-11 to happen, and then allowed the entire "balance of powers" construct from our Founding Fathers to fly out the window. If you want to go deeper, see my thirteen Lists and 479+ other reviews of national security non-fiction.
The book is especially strong on the Rendon Group being used to illegally propagandize American citizens with U.S. taxpayer funds, on the abject failure of George Tenet in revitalizing U.S. clandestine operations, on the failure (treated more kindly) of Mike Hayden to bring the National Security Agency into the 21st Century, and on the very unhealthy merger of the U.S. neoconservatives that captured the White House, and well-funded Zionists in both America and Israel who essentially bought themselves an invasion of Iraq--a remarkable coincidence of interests: Jews paying to invade Iraq, Iranians using Chalabi to feed lies to the neo-cons so they would be deceived into thinking Iraq would be a cake-walk, and Bin Laden never daring to dream the entire U.S. population and all arms of government--including a passive media--would "sleep walk" into what this book suggests is one of the dumbest and most costly strategic errors in the national security history of the USA.
This book is not, despite some of the ideologically-motivated reviews below, an attack of George Bush Junior, as much as it is an appalled and informed review of how a complex government collapsed in the face of 9-11, and a handful of ostensibly patriotic and very myopic individuals were able to abuse their personal power because all of the professional counter-forces: the diplomats, the spies, the military professionals, the Congress, the media--every single one was not sufficiently competent nor sufficiently motivated to mandate a more balanced policy process that could understand the many global threats (terrorism and Iraq are actually two of the lesser ones), devise a comprehensive long-term strategy, and execute that strategy using *all* of the instruments of national power, including strong global alliances that lead all governments to fight all gangs in the most effective fashion possible.
We let kids play with matches, and they burned down the house.
110 of 128 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An American horror story 8 Jun 2004
By Luan Gaines - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
Lest we forget, the first 60 pages of A Pretext for War give a harrowing replay of the hijackings of 9/11, as seen first from the Air National Guard's Northeast Air Defense Sector, tracking the planes on radar as they pursue their deadly course. The personal details, conversations and horror-struck impressions are a reminder of the shock felt by all caught in the glare of this monstrous enterprise.

During the attacks on the World Trade Towers, President Bush remained in the classroom photo-op in Florida and General Myers, the acting military commander, spent forty-five minutes in the office of Senator Max Cleland, interviewing for the position of top brass in Cent Com, unaware that the worst attack in this country's history was occurring. The extent of our lack of preparation is shocking at this point, inexplicable. The missing third plane was not yet located. One hundred and ten minutes after takeoff, the forth plane, American Flight 11, came to a fiery end and the attacks were over at last.

In the meat of the book, Bamford covers the spy apparatus in this country, from the Cold War efforts of the NSA to George Tenet's meteoric rise as the head of the CIA during the Clinton Administration and the importance of Presidential Daily Briefings. Piece by piece, Bamford builds a solid structure of information, moving toward his conclusion: we are not much better off now, two years later, in the area of surveillance in other countries. Then he segues into the parallel growth of Osama bin Ladin's efforts to establish an anti-American legion of American fighters, in spite of active interference by Saudi Arabia and the freezing of bin Ladin's assets. Critical to his cause is the continuing support of America for Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. The May 1996 Israeli "Grapes of Wrath" Invasion of Lebanon and the massacre at Qana gave bin Ladin his battle cry, but the incident was barely covered by the American press.

This book addresses certain specific issues that are pertinent to the direction of the country since the Iraq War, namely the current condition of our government agencies: CIA, DIA, FBI, NSA, etc., and whether they have incorporated the drastic changes necessary since the end of the Cold War. Some of the topics covered, thoroughly, I might add, are: manufactured intelligence in pursuit of a vote for war in Iraq, bypassing Congressional oversight of major policy decisions, Chalabi's part in supplying information and the money he received for that information, the Niger uranium connection, the pro-Israeli Neo-Cons, Bush's connection with Sharon, and redrawing the geopolitical map of the Middle East.

The COG, or Continuity of Government, has existed since its inception during the Eisenhower Administration. In its current form, a decision was reached not to reconstitute Congress, but to operate without this branch of government. A critical element in the balance of power, Congress is excised from the shadow government, including those next in line for succession, Majority Leader Dennis Hastert and President pro-tem Robert Byrd. Within a few hours after the decision, senior officials quietly disappeared from Washington, turning up in selected "doomsday" sites in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

After carefully reading Bamford's A Pretext for War, my main concern is the balance of power between the branches of government. Without Congressional oversight, there is no release of public information and no control of abuses that may arise. There is still a credibility gap in terms of what public information is accessible. The condition of our intelligence gathering agencies is critical and if they have been inept or remiss, these problems must be faced, even if the agencies are exposed to public scrutiny. As well, the continuing lack of Congressional oversight is troubling.

Bamford doesn't pull any punches in his assessment of the problems facing America in the current state of crisis. After reading Woodward's Plan of Attack and Dean's Worse Than Watergate, I am even more concerned about the state of our nation and the lack of transparency in the current administration. In addition, Richard Clarke and Paul O'Neill's assertions make more sense when viewed in context with all the information recently published. Certainly, 9/11 permanently changed our world, but the blanket use of discretionary powers to protect us from the terrorists has created a host of other issues that must be discussed and exposed to the light of day and the democratic process. Luan Gaines/2004.
33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INDICTED: the Bush Gang, the Neocons, the CIA and NSA 22 Jun 2004
By Autonomeus - Published on Amazon.com
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Bamford's "A Pretext for War" is a solid indictment of the Bush Administration's lies. I find it hard to imagine that anyone who actually reads it would vote for Bush this November.

The title of the book is somewhat misleading in that the longest section is not on Iraq, but rather on 9/11 and the failure of the intelligence agencies. There is not a lot new here for anyone who's been paying attention, and especially with the official investigation now reaching a conclusion, but it's still invaluable documentation. Bamford's coverage of the CIA's "Alec Station," which focused exclusively on Osama bin Laden (UBL) after the Kenya bombing of 1998, is shorter than Coll's in "Ghost Wars" (see my review), and is more critical. Bamford seems to side with the FBI against the CIA, criticizing the UBL unit for focusing on paramilitary covert operations, none of which came to fruition, and not systematically gathering intelligence. This led directly to 9/11 when the CIA failed to notify the FBI when some of the future 9/11 operatives entered the U.S. Another group of 9/11 operatives lived just miles from the NSA HQ in Laurel, Maryland and used internet chat groups in Kinko's to communicate with Atta, the 9/11 plot leader!

This leads to Bamford's indictment of the intellligence agencies:

1) The NSA is no longer effective with the rise of the internet, the widespread use of encryption, and the rise of transnational networks instead of centralized governments as the enemies.

2) The CIA is no longer effective, partly because it was shaped by fighting the USSR, and has not adapted to the new threat environment, but mainly because it has no HUMINT -- human intelligence. Bamford makes the point that John Walker Lindh managed to join Al Qaeda, but the CIA has had absolutely noone inside it or any other Islamic terrorist groups.

Pages 283-381, the chapter called "War Room", is the most important part of the book, the part focusing on the systematic abuse of intelligence that created the pretext for the invasion and occupation of Iraq. This story too has been told before (notably in "The Lie Factory" in Mother Jones), but is conveyed here at length in an accessible form. As Richard Clarke emphasized, Rumsfeld, Cheney & the Bush NSC focused on Iraq immediately after 9/11, despite the lack of evidence. As Rumsfeld said (in transcribed meeting notes): "get best info fast; judge whether good enough to hit S.H. at same time. Not only UBL. Go massive. Sweep it all up. Things related, and not."

Then unfolds the story, grounds for impeachment, of the creation of the Office of Special Plans in the Pentagon, manufacturing bogus intelligence, much of it from Chalabi & the INC, to do an end run around the CIA & State Department. Douglas Feith, David Wurmser & Abram Shulsky were the operatives who ran this op, reporting to Wolfowitz & Rumsfeld at the DOD, Libby & Cheney in the White House, and Perle's neocon advisory group. This led to the creation of the WHIG (White House Iraq Group) in August 2002 which led the selling of a war on Iraq to the American people and the world. Bamford dissects and exposes every detail of the lies, from Niger uranium to aluminum tubes, etc, etc, and also reveals an interesting detail most Americans don't know -- there was a parallel disinformation effort in Israel, and in March of 2004 there was a Knesset investigation which found that as in the U.S., the pretext for the war on Iraq, WMD, was all based on speculation, and not on facts.

The final part of the book turns again to the failings of the CIA and NSA. The CIA under Tenet caved to political pressure and failed to oppose the OSP/neocon lies. The NSA shamelessly spied on Blix, the U.N. and U.S. allies in order to gain intel to sway their U.N. votes.

An important fact is noted more than once by Bamford, a fact that I doubt many Americans are aware of -- the CIA only controls 15% of the "U.S. Intelligence Community." The DOD controls the other 85%, including the NSA (National Security Agency, charge of computer SIGINT), the NRO (National Reconnaissance Office, in charge of spy satellites) and the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency). So if intelligence is going to be reformed, and heads are going to roll, it's not enough to replace Tenet, responsible for 15% of the problem -- Rumsfeld's 85% responsibility head should roll too.

Regime change this November!
40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a riveting and disturbing read 11 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
bamford provides a riveting and gravely disturbing picture
of how ideology blinkers the critical evaluation of the world
as it is and leads to the propagandistic abuse of a trusting populace. this is, of course, a general theme with reliably anti-democratic consequences for every politically and theologically monolithic ideology. it happens that america is presently experiencing the predictably unhappy consequences of ideological leadership, so it is a story of american opportunities missed and american lives imperilled (to terrorism
and war in iraq) because of the adoption and craftily calculated propagation of the neo-conservative agenda by the present administration. this book is, among things, a compendium of detail for those who doubt the reach and effect of this ideology. it also provides enormous insight into american intelligence gathering communities with respect to their own intrisic,
historical failings as well as to how these failings have been compounded by bush administration desires and policies.
those who were confronted with a moral dilemma concerning how to explain clinton's wagging finger and televised lies about his sexual dilliance(s) to their children, should be absolutely stupified by the task of explaining to a new generation the catalogue of orchestrated talking-points recited by dozens of people in the bush adminstration who wittingly led americans to sacrifice their children and the lives of others in a war
known to insiders to be indefensible on the basis of evidence, but declared all the same, because its adherents sincerely believed it was necessary, despite all credible evidence. if this is not frightening, then you're probably incapable of being scared. if this book doesn't encourage you to re-evaluate your support for the present adminstration, as have numerous lifelong republicans in the intelligence community, then the administration's propaganda as described by bampton has no better example of its success. i'm sure that administration apologists will trash this book (after all, they are ideologues), as they've done to many recent investigative books, but don't let them discourage you from a captivating and mind-opening read.
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