Does anyone know of any software or solution I can use to listen to Audible audiobook files in Ubuntu? I'd rather not have to use Wine but I'm just wondering what other people have come up with.
If the internet sources I found are correct, Audible uses a DRM solution known as "Apple FairPlay" (which is everything but fair play, of course...).
There seems to be no way to listen to Audible .aa files in Ubuntu directly, but some other disappointed customers have found solutions to convert them to something usable:
Note: Audible says it actively works on linux support, but from what I read on-line they have been saying that since forever. Maybe you need to remind them about it... ;)
Audible made available a cloud player allowing subscribers to listen to their audiobooks library from a web browser.
I tested it on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with Firefox 42.0 and it worked nicely. In order to open the cloud player, from the homepage, just go to your Library. There you will find the list of your books. Under the cover of each book you will find the Play button, just click on it.
Note: as cloud player, you cannot use it when offline. Hence, not an ideal solution but it is an improvement.