I’ve tried to get into audiobooks in the past, but never found them enjoyable.
That changed earlier this summer ahead of our epic road trip to Wyoming to see the total solar eclipse (oh hey, I never wrote about that experience). I saw an offer for new Audible memberships that sounded like a pretty good deal, so I jumped on it.
The first book I ended up download was The Power Broker, which ended up totaling over 60 hours of audio! And you know what?
It. Was. Awesome.
I think I’ve finally found out why I could never get into audiobooks in the past. It’s because I listened to them at normal 1x speed. The narrators read the stories so so so slow. If I speed things up to 1.5x or 1.75x, it sounds much more interesting to me and I find that I’m able to keep focus.
Plus, it turns a 66 hour story into a 50 hour story. Saves time (for more audiobooks). I really recommend it. It’s been a nice break from listening to my standard array of podcasts, which have focused on depressing news as of late.
Since I subscribed in August, I’ve now listened to:
- The Power Broker (66 hours)
- Al Franken: Giant of the Senate (12 hours)
- An Odyssey: A Father, a Son and an Epic (10 hours)
- Hyperion (20 hours)
- American Gods (20 hours)
- Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (7 hours)
And I’m currently working through Washington (41 hours) by Ron Chernow (he wrote the recently popular biography about Alexander Hamilton, which the musical is based on).