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                           [AUDIBLE INC. LETTERHEAD]

April 23rd, 1998

Mr. Foy Sperring

Dear Foy,

I am delighted to offer you the position of Vice President, Marketing, at
Audible, Inc. The Audible managment team and Board of Directors are impressed
with your credentials, your creativity, your work ethic and your passion for
Audible's unique opportunity and the thrill of being in a fast-paced Internet
startup. And I am personally looking forward to the opportunity of working with
you again on this exciting opportunity.

Here's a summary of our employment offer, with details following after:

 . You will be paid $130,000/year with an annual bonus of $40,000 paid quarterly.
 . You will have the right to purchase 250,000 shares of common stock at
 . You will receive a cash signing bonus of $10,000 in recognition of the
  stranded options from your previous employer.
 . You will be enrolled in the company's benefits programs.
 . You will agree to commence work full time no later than June 15th, 1998.
 . We'd like your acceptance by close of business on April 24th, 1998.

And here are the details:

Stock purchase: the stock purchase offer is subject to our standard stock
purchase agreement with its attendant tax and Rule 144 advantages over a stock
option plan. You have the right to purchase the shares immediately on
employment, and the price of the shares is payable in cash, by a company-held
promissory note or by a combination of both. The agreement gives the company a
dwindling repurchase right, which is effectively equivalent to a conventional 50
month cliff vesting program, such that the company loses the right to repurchase
12% of the stock six months after you commence employment, and 2% each month

Accelerated vesting: our standard stock purchase agreement provides for
automatic vesting of 50% of unvested shares in the event of a sale or merger of
the company prior to full vesting. It also provides that, at the time of the
transaction, additional accelerated vesting can be approved by the Board.

Quarterly bonus: we believe in a strong, results-oriented company culture and to
emphasize that, we have a performance-based, cash compensation plan for
executives and senior managers. Every quarter you will propose, for approval by
me, a set of measurable objectives. At the end of the quarter, and based on
accomplishments against those objectives and approval by the Board's
compensation committee, you will be paid a bonus.

Benefits: the company has a standard health plan and will cover 100% of your
premium and 50% of your dependents' premiums. The time-off policy is 15 days of
paid leave a year (sick, mental health or vacation time) and 7 holiday days. The
company will also pay 25% of your annual membership at a health club close to
our offices.

Non-disclosure agreement: our various preferred stock agreements require that
all employees sign the company's standard non-disclosure agreement.

Severance: the company has no standard severance policy, but in your case will
provide for up to 2 months salary and benefits continuation in the event of
termination without cause.

That's it. We can't wait for you to get started and your signature below
indicates you feel the same way.

/s/ Andrew J. Huffman
Andrew J. Huffman
President & CEO
Audible, Inc.

So agreed:

/s/ Foy Sperring
Foy Sperring

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