Audible On Alexa: All 26 Voice Commands + FAQs [2021]

Audible and Alexa make it easy to turn books into easily consumable audio

Updated:  March 11, 2021

I love to learn.  But I don’t quite have the patience to sit down and read a book.

So what is one to do?

For me, the solution has been audiobooks while driving and on Alexa devices.

If you’re looking to get started, this guide will take you through both set-up and voice control:

  1. How do I set up Audible on my Amazon Echo devices?
  2. What Alexa Audible commands can I use with my Echo device?

The Basics

Using Audible On Your Alexa Device

Audible is the largest audiobook and podcast service on the web.

Since Amazon owns Audible, listening to audiobooks on Amazon Echo devices is a seamless process.

Beyond audiobooks and podcasts, you can also ask Alexa for bedtime stories, quotes, and more.

FAQs On Using Audible With Alexa

Before we get to the commands, let’s knock out some quick, common questions about using Audible on Alexa.

Yes!  To listen to your most recently-played audiobook, say, "Alexa, read my audiobook."


To hear another title within your Audible library, say, e.g., "Alexa, read [Fooled By Randomness]."

Audible has one of the largest sets of voice commands you'll find.


You can control playback, change narration speed ("Alexa, read faster"), purchase a new book ("Alexa, buy [book name]"), and much more. See below for the full list of commands.

Connecting your Audible account to your Alexa devices is a breeze. 


As long as your device is registered to the same Amazon account as your Audible account, you should be all set.

Yes!  There is no charge for listening to Audible content on Alexa-enabled devices.


Audible is mostly a paid service, but it has some free content available, which changes monthly.  To find out which content is currently free, ask Alexa: "Alexa, what’s free from Audible?"

Voice Commands

Alexa Commands For Audible

Without further ado, here is the full list of Alexa voice commands for Audible, broken down by type of request:

  1. Play Audiobooks
  2. Navigate Audiobook Chapters
  3. Playback Controls
  4. Playback Settings
  5. Play Podcasts
  6. Navigate Podcast Episodes
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Alexa Audible Commands

1. Play Audiobooks

  • Alexa, read my book.
  • Alexa, read [book title].
  • Alexa, read [book title] from Audible.
Alexa Audible Commands

2. Navigate Chapters

  • Alexa, next chapter.
  • Alexa, previous chapter.
  • Alexa, go to chapter number [#].
  • Alexa, go to last chapter.
  • Alexa, restart.
Alexa Audible Commands

3. Playback Controls

  • Alexa, pause.
  • Alexa, play.
  • Alexa, resume.
  • Alexa, go back.
  • Alexa, go forward.
  • Alexa, go back [#] minutes/seconds.
  • Alexa, go forward [#] minutes/seconds.

Audible Alexa Commands

4. Playback Settings

  • Alexa, read faster.
  • Alexa, read slower.
  • Alexa, read at normal speed.
  • Alexa, stop reading in [#] minutes.
  • Alexa, set a [#] minute sleep timer.

Audible Alexa Commands

5. Play Podcasts

  • Alexa, play my podcast.
  • Alexa, play the podcast [name].

Audible Alexa Commands

6. Navigate Episodes

  • Alexa, next episode.
  • Alexa, previous episode.
  • Alexa, go to episode 5.
  • Alexa, play episode 15 of the [name] podcast.


And that should do it for this guide!
If you’re interested in some other great uses for voice commands, check out our many Alexa commands guides via the drop-down menus at the top or bottom of the page.
(The ones on the Google Nest thermostat, iRobot Roomba vacuum, and Amazon Fire TV Stick are particularly popular!)
Finally, if you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send us an email.
Otherwise, enjoy your productive multi-tasking with these Alexa Audible commands and we hope to see you back here soon!
Warm Regards,
The Commands Guru


  1. “Listening to Audible” Help page
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