Audiobooks are the most underrated form of quarantine entertainment — these are the best apps for listening

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Audiobooks are an underrated form of entertainment. They’re an easy way to soak up information, whether you’re jogging, taking a bath, or doing the dishes.
I listen to audiobooks using Scribd, Libby, and Audible, as well as the audio from MasterClass classes. It’s boosted my happiness by helping me stay productive without feeling burned out.
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I spent the summer of 2015 with perpetual grime underneath my fingernails. For 13 hours a day, I was paid to fill tiny nail holes with putty on a construction site, as solo as Tom Hanks in “Castaway.” 

Despite performing a job so boring it sounds imaginary, I enjoyed myself because I got into audiobooks. I cried inside thick goggles listening to “Miracle in the Andes”, and marveled at Roxane Gay’s prose in “Bad Feminist” whilst wearing my brother’s least-favorite pair of straight-leg jeans. 

Without trying, I learned so much. I finally read the classics — “Wuthering Heights,” “Pride and Prejudice,” and “The Importance of Being Earnest” among some of them — and listened to old favorites like “Eragon” twice. Through my Scribd subscription, I dabbled in topics that interested me, like linguistics, when the desire struck.

Audiobooks are convenient, low-lift tickets to another world. 

Now, six years later, I find myself in a similar tear. A year of isolation and stress, it turns out, can manifest itself in a perpetual state of exhaustion — to me, it feels like a listless (yet impatient) energy. At the end of the day, when my eyes are tired, a paperback can feel more like a stationary exercise in self-improvement than viable escapism. 

Audiobooks are convenient, low-lift tickets to another world. And they allow me to pack more activities into a single day without burning out.

Sometimes I lounge in a bath listening to “Bad Blood,” or crank out some endorphins on a walk while a British narrator reads me a new mystery thriller or an author provides her first-hand experience researching extremism. And when I run out of baths to take or walks to go on, I find useful tasks to justify listening for longer — like doing the dishes or re-organizing the kitchen drawer — that otherwise feel too tedious to tackle. It actually helps me remain productive without feeling pressure. (Right now, I’m marveling at Roxane Gay’s prose in “Hunger’ while I clean out my …read more

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