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How to Listen to an Audiobook

Updated on October 8, 2019
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Davie is a Project Coordinator in a leading IT-service company in Scandinavia, who is also a passionate consumer of nonfiction literature.

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 began to pick up the habit of listening approximately 5 to 6 years after that. Audiobooks saved my journey of knowledge consumption due to my speed of reading - and by speed I mean the same pace as a snail trying to sprint.

Audiobooks also calmed me down and transformed my focus solely on one thing. 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 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 books and audiobooks, and the occurrence is in a linear expansion.

Have you only quickly listened through an audiobook only to gain yourself an achievement or have you genuinely craved for the content for the enrichment of you life? Either way I'd like to provide a few tips for efficiency on learning from the books in terms to save you time and money...time is money, right?


  • Find a quiet room or area for each session.
  • If you are listening to 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 to 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 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 of amount of words consecutively, usually 80 times in a row so I can taste the bitterness for 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 a repetitive motions. Both processes can progressively wield a specimen into something very special.


I hope these tips would 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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