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I have recently started to hear audiobooks in my daily commute, giving me 40 minutes a day of "book listening". However, though it's my first time on the audiobook world, I have started noticing some advantages and disadvantages and I would like to be prepared for these in the future.

Still, I want to extend my scenario of car-driving to any other situation where we can use audiobooks, probably while doing something else. So, what advices can you give regarding audiobooks to boost up our productivity while listening to them?

Example of the advices I'm looking for:

Things I haven't figured out yet:

{ asked by Alpha }


First of all I would recommend listening to books that are unrelated to your main line of work. This is a great way to expand your horizons, and to keep your mind off work while you are driving. This might actually enhance your creativity and problem-solving abilities when you do get to work.

In short, don't take it so seriously. Listen for pleasure. Listen to fiction.

On the other hand, if you insist on this being a productive activity in itself, then I would recommend audio courses. Humanities, such as history, philosophy, literature, and psychology work best. Maybe very high-level science courses, which gloss over the math. Such courses typically include a course guide book, which you can use to take notes or even as notes after you drive. There is usually even a final exam on the web that you can take.

{ answered by Dima }