A common question we get at Macmillan Audio goes something like, “I love the idea of audiobooks, but…what do you do when you listen to them?” It’s a fair question, especially if you’re the kind of restless cosmopolitan who simply cannot fathom sitting still and staring into space for an extended period of time. So we decided to take a little office poll and see how the “‘professionals” enhance their lives with audio.
Get Cookin’ Good Lookin’
A few of our staffers are avid cooks and bakers. What’s the best way to relax after a long day of work? Crack open a bottle of wine, get your stir-fry sizzling, and put on a lighthearted, audiobook comedy. We suggest I’m Judging You by Luvvie, and I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella. For those who are culinarily ‘challenged,’ this works equally well with ramen noodles — just make sure that the volume of your audiobook exceeds the volume of your microwave.
Learn While You Burn
Fitness nuts will testify: self-improvement is a hell of a drug. Our sportier staffers find that physical exercise is best accompanied by mental stimulation. After all, once you get in the habit of working towards goals, your appetite for knowledge can be as insatiable as your thirst for electrolytes. For enlightened post-workout conversation, we suggest The Influential Mind by Tali Sharot, and Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo. Couch potatoes (we’re not judging) may opt for Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi.
Fight Grime with Crime
No one looks forward to deep-cleaning, but sometimes, it must be done. Our staffers find that the right thriller audiobook can provide the necessary fuel for tedious scrubbing and scraping. So the next time you find yourself facing an oven catastrophe or a window that should not be opaque, why not boost your spirits with a little mystery and suspense? We suggest Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris, and Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker.
Want to hear more? Listen to excerpts to help you choose the audiobook to keep you busy.