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How to Listen to an Audiobook?

Updated on April 20, 2020
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Davie is a passionate consumer of nonfiction literature and knowledge distributor for the purpose of enhancing people's lives.

Audiobooks represent the latest trend. I’m not certain about the born date though. The phenomena became apparent to me around 10 years ago and I picked up the habit around 6 years ago. Audiobooks have saved my journey of knowledge consumption due to my speed of reading - and by speed I mean the same pace as a snail...being a snail. They are adorable nevertheless.

Audiobooks also calmed me down and changed my way of focusing on doing one thing at time. That was a valuable shift from not being able to sit around for a task. I used to listen to fictional stories and my favorites included tales regarding heroes saving the world or their loved ones.

I was rejoiced when I found out that the phenomenon of nonfictional literature was about to become more popular, meaning the market of informative reads are going to extend. As I have mentioned before in my previous articles - people are switching over from reading an actual (text) book to visual and audiobooks, and the occurrence is in a linear expansion.

From what I have observed, people listen to audiobooks for a purpose of entertainment or new knowledge (You don't say?). Nevertheless, I'd like to provide a few tips for efficiency to save you time and money...time is money, right?

  • Find a quiet room or area for each session.
  • If you are listening indoors, make sure to have an optimal lightning. Only dimming the light is not enough. Some people's concentration is depending on the color of the light.
  • If you are listening outdoors, I’d recommend getting yourself a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and some reading music on the background.
  • Make yourself comfortable. Find a comfy chair or even lie down somewhere.
  • Slow down the audiobook. There are a lot of apps that allow you to slow down the pace, so you can either let the author to enunciate or to let yourself jot down notes.
  • Make merciless amount of notes. It’s easier to find essential points from written notes than browsing your audiobook app.
  • If possible, try to influence a friend or family member to do the same. Brainstorming afterward may rack up your creativity beyond the captive boundaries.
  • "Repetition is the Mother of Learning". Have you ever been punished by your teacher in elementary school? I haven’t but my mom used to punish me for my evilness of coming home with muddy clothes and other undisciplined behaviors. She has a very educational yet excruciating way to penalize me to compensate for my doings – I had to write the prearranged amount of words consecutively, usually 80 times in a row so I can taste the bitterness of not committing the same mistake twice. Later I came to notice that she has taught me one of the most efficacious ways to learn new things when the eagerness to study is close to zero. My mom was and still is such a sneaky educator.
  • Last but definitely not least - speed up the pace. Speeding up the pace allows you to finish a book sooner. By reflecting the previous rule, recurrently listening to a book is in a straight comparison to a blacksmith forging a metal by punching in repetitive motions. Both processes can progressively wield a specimen into something very special.

I hope these tips improve your way of learning from audiobooks. We are limited to 24 hours daily, so why not take advantage of every moment.

Thank you for taking your time off to read my article. Until next time!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Davie Chen


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