Audible

I bought a car few months ago, and find myself spending almost an hour commuting to tech park every day, after I moved to downtown. Tried listening to podcasts for a while, but it’s hard to find good ones every single day. Not a big fan of music, either. So, I tried Audible. It is amazing.

I had experimented with Audible before, and used to think that listening to audiobooks is not as efficient and effective as reading them. Turns out, I was wrong. Listening while driving is super efficient, and I find that you retain almost as much, if not more, than actual reading.

I started with Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Antifragile: Things that gain from disorder, which is a giant book. I had previously tried reading the hardcover for a couple of times and gave up as I found it too stimulating and too long to finish. On Audible, it takes more than 10 hours, and I was able to finish the entire book within a week. The narrator is amazing, and is able to bring the emotions of the book alive. Sometimes, I went on drives just to listen to the book.

Currently, I am listening to A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson and Education of a Value Investor by Guy Spier. Both are very intriguing and fascinating to listen to. I must say, my rides have become much more pleasurable, I am taking a longer route to work, and sometimes, I look forward to getting stuck in traffic.