Listening To Audiobooks Read By The Author Is Like Having A Mentor In Your Pocket 24/7.

Another game-changing habit.

Listening To Audiobooks Read By The Author Is Like Having A Mentor In Your Pocket 24/7.
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I avoided Audiobooks like the plague for decades. I didn't understand the appeal at all. I thought people who listened to them were nuts. Every time I tried I'd either turn them off or doze off.  Then all of a sudden I had a library filled with audiobooks that I listen to every day while driving or walking.

What changed?

I discovered that certain authors read their books.

Total Game Changer.

  • They add color and context to what they read, allowing you to understand the nuances of every sentence.
  • They'll even give extra context or bonus thoughts on the spot. Grant Cardone made the prologue of his book The 10X Rule almost an hour long just by riffing.
  • They sound 100x more natural than "professional" narrators, who sound far too contrived much of the time.
  • They read sentences the way they were intended to be read. There's no weird emphasis on the wrong syllable.
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My favorite thing about audiobooks, in general, is that you can set them to 2-3X speed. Once you get used to listening at this pace, everything else feels like a crawl.

Try These Authors.

If you've been on the fence about audiobooks, here are some you might try:

  • Alan Weiss: Excellent books on high-level consulting.
  • Grant Cardone: Sales, marketing, and real estate. I've listened to all his books 2-3 times now, this guy is incredible. (Note: I used to be a hater, but this guy permanently changed my life.)
  • Steven Pressfield: Fame author of the War of Art. His self-help books come to life in ways they never could on paper.

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