5 Tips for Fitting in More Audiobooks

This post is part of the paid Audible Ambassador program but I love Audible all the time. I’m pretty sure that without Audible, I’d never make dinner, fold the laundry, iron, or exercise.

When people ask how I get so much reading in, my answer basically boils down to two things.

First, I’m a very fast reader. I never learned speed reading (and the idea doesn’t particularly appeal to me), but my natural reading speed is pretty high.

Second, audiobooks.

With my regular life going on all day, every day, my reading time is super fragmented and audiobooks are perfect for filling those holes with more reading time and over the years, I’ve gotten better at incorporating more audiobook listening into my daily life.

fitting in more audiobooks

Here are five tricks I’ve picked up for squeezing in more audiobooks:

  1. Have a couple downloaded and ready to go. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve started an audiobook and for whatever reason, whether it’s the narrator, the storyline, or something else, it just doesn’t grab me. So then I just don’t listen to anything because I don’t want to listen to that one. Or I finish something and have nothing queued up and so days go by where I could have been listening to something but there was nothing ready for me. Now I try to always keep at least two or three audiobooks downloaded so that if one of them doesn’t appeal to me or when I finish something up, I have lots of options ready to go.
  2. Choose a series. On paper, I find series to be a little intimidating – do I really want to commit to reading three or four or five books? But on audio, I love a series. After Star was born, I listened to the Burn for Burn trilogy and it was such a nice feeling to know that as soon as I finished the first, I could move right on to the second and then the third. This month The X-Files: Cold Cases is being released (it’s narrated by Grammy-winning actors, and if you know anything about audiobooks, you know that the narrators make or break it). It’s set after the events of The X-Files: I Want to Believe and if thrillers, sci-fi or mysteries are your thing, this series is for you.
  3. Listen with your children in the car. Most of the books I listen to are ones I wouldn’t listen to with my children, so I try to keep separate ones that we listen to together in the car. It keeps them all super happy as we run errands and it’s fun to be able to talk about the storyline together. Right now, we’re listening to Wednesdays in the Tower, and Ani talks to me non-stop about griffins, which is just so cute. Plus, it makes the driving a lot more interesting to me too.
  4. Listen to an audiobook while you exercise. I find that music just does not really help me when I exercise – I need something that really engages me and distracts me from the fact that my lungs want to explode (after I’ve run approximately ten steps because I’m a wimp). Audiobooks are the perfect solution for me. When I was listening to My Lady Jane last month, I was dying to go exercise just to squeeze in another 25 minutes of listening.
  5. Turn up the speed. I know, I always say this. But truly, I think one of the best things about Audible is that you can crank up the speed. I usually listen at 1.75 or 2x, depending on the narrator, but Audible is also the only audiobook service I know of that goes up to triple speed (I don’t listen on this speed, but Bart listened to The Way of Kings series at triple speed when he was driving back and forth to Las Vegas from Arizona a few summers ago during his internship). Even just bumping up to 1.25x will help you get through a lot more books than you would otherwise and you’ll be amazed how fast you stop noticing the faster talking.

Any other tricks for squeezing in more audiobooks?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Audible. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  • Reply April July 20, 2017 at 5:21 am

    I listen while I’m doing chores, cooking dinner, walking the dog, any time when I’m not interacting with others. I also keep my bluetooth headphones around my neck so when I have time I don’t have to go look for them.

    Your tip for speeding up is what got me hooked on audiobooks! I hated how slow they were since I read so fast. I consume more books by audio than by print lately! I can’t imagine 3x though. 2x is about my limit, and 1.75x is mostly my sweet spot.

  • Reply Sherry July 20, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I’m working on crocheting a blessing dress for my baby right now, and I am plowing through audiobooks. It makes up for a really unimpressive reading month in June.

  • Reply Julia Janssen Vidani July 20, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I love long car rides because I can get a big chunk of a book in. Last weekend I drove back to Green Bay from Minneapolis and I knew my book was timed perfectly to be finished when I got home. Unfortunately, I got on the wrong highway after getting gas and didn’t notice for an HOUR! It added 2 hours to my trip and I was out of book. I did have a second one downloaded, but it’s hard to get into a new book when you just finished a good one.

  • Reply Emily July 21, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Have you played around with Overdrive’s new app Libby yet? It has 3x playback speed capability (if you drag down on the speed button, not tap it–which took me ages to figure out). I admit 2x is about perfect for me. And I love how it really is just a conversational pace–when you hold a conversation with people no one talks as slow as narrators do. As for Libby, one of my favorite features is how much easier it makes switching between different libraries that are using Overdrive.

  • Reply Mikayla Stucki July 21, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    My husband and I just bought a house and we repainted the entire interior and replaced the floors (we did half of the flooring part ourselves). Between the house being 20 minutes away from where we live now and the vast amount of time I spent there alone taping and painting while my husband was at work, I’ve read more via audiobook in the last three weeks than I normally would in a couple of months’ time! I love it!

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  • Reply Emily J July 24, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    I listen while I make dinner, water the garden, clean, or take a shower. I have a Bluetooth speaker and Bluetooth headphones, so I can catch snippets whenever I can. I love the idea of downloading multiple books. Finishing a book and not having another can be so frustrating. I tend to listen only to books that are kid appropriate, so I was glad to find the Amelia Peabody series by Bernadette Peters (which has at least 20 books!).

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