See, I have an average of 40 minutes commute to and from work. In 2014, I started using Audible application on my mobile while driving, and it was one of the smartest things I have done. My library consists mainly of self- development, psychology and business books. My life has changed with all those books. They were my companions during travel that I barely listen to radio anymore
I tried to listen to short fictional story once, the narration was great but I prefer this genre on paper and kindle. Audible is fully packed with the best seller novels nonetheless if interested.
If you haven’t heard of it before, Audible is a company owned by Amazon with the mission to “Unleash the power of the Spoken Word” where you can find over 180K titles narrated by world-class narrators.
With my schedule, which is mostly like yours, the best way to get so much reading done is audible and I’m happy to have few friends and family members take my advice to use it.
New to audible? or thinking about joining? Here are my tips for a great and lifelong experience:
- The first book is free. If you like the experience you can subscribe for 14.95$ monthly which gives you one credit that allows to buy any book on audible no matter the price. If you see books much cheaper you can also buy them directly and enrich your library and save your credit for something else.
- Read book reviews before buying an audio book. Not just on audible, but also on goodreads to see if the content is worth your time not just the narration quality.
- Browse your favorite subjects and top rated books in your preferred genre and start with them first then experiment with not so famous books to get the habit going rather than getting discouraged by some titles. (I highly recommend to start with any book by Seth Godin or Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability)
- Speed up or slow the narration according to your preference and how you perceive the narrator. Many books felt much better when I sped up the narration by 1.2X
- Add audible shortcut to mobile home menu so you’ll start listening as soon as you get into the car
- If you don’t like a book you can return it. I did it only once because I thought the topic of the book would be different when I bought it.
- When you finish a book (self-development or business type books), don’t start a new one immediately. I recommend to do a quick re-listen. It has to be a fast one (1.1 or more) to review the key concepts and get them to stick, especially that you sometimes get distracted and paragraphs get read that you don’t even remember going through the first time. I didn’t do this until a couple of months ago and it made all the difference. Usually, I can’t wait to start another book after listening to one book for couple of weeks but trust me, this would do wonders to help you learn new ideas.
- Subscribe to audible’ s daily deal to get notified about discounted books for the day. So you can get books without waiting for your monthly credit.
- Add books to your wish list and audible will notify you if it’s on sale by email.
- Their customer care chat is very helpful, use it if needed.
- Ask for titles on audible that you can’t find and maybe they will consider your request. For example , I had all Zig Ziglar series and one was missing ( I think it was the goals program) so I asked about it. Few weeks later I found they added it. I’d like to believe i had something to do with it.
- Try the great courses series, lectures by great professors on various interesting topics. my favorites topics are business and psychology.
- If you have a book on kindle and you’re so into it that can’t stop reading it you have the option to buy the audible version at a reduced price if you see “whispersync for voice-ready” and the narration will start where you left off in your kindle
- You can also listen to podcasts, news on your audible. Choose your favorite channels and you can listen to nuggets of wisdom or humors segments everyday like HBR ideacast and TED talks. There are even audible original series which I still haven’t got the chance to listen to.
- You can bookmark audio segments you like and share them with your friends. I particularly do that for parenting books.
- I recommend not getting carried away by purchasing many books and take it one book at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed.
- I enjoy listening while doing some mundane house chores, that way I’m always learning.
- Getting a Bluetooth headset also really enhanced my listening experience.