Read A Book Faster By Listening To The Audiobook At The Same Time

There's a lot of benefit to reading regularly, but it can take a while to get through a book. To speed up the process, try listening to an audiobook simultaneously, at twice the speed.

YouTube user FightMediocrity recommends this method. He listens to the book while following along visually. In the video, he explains the advantages of reading this way:

First of all, it combines two senses…so you end up with really good comprehension while being really efficient at the same time. ...Another possibly even more important benefit is…it keeps you going. So you're not going back and rereading things, you're not taking all kinds of unnecessary breaks and pauses, your eyes aren't running around all the time, and you're not getting distracted every two minutes.

One important thing to keep in mind with this tip: comprehension very much depends on the purpose of your reading (which he points out).

For example, fiction writing is full of nuance. You need to go back and reread things. You need to take breaks to mull over the details. Really, this isn't limited to creative writing either. Even when I'm reading a practical, nonfiction book, I often have to go back and reread excerpts to fully understand concepts. Depending on the purpose of your reading and how complex the topic is, your mileage will vary with this method.

But with the right book, it's certainly worth a try. Check out the full video to learn more.



    Hmmm, Pretty sure this would just annoy the crap out of me, very quickly.

    For me, I find it better to choose a specific music album and have it play on shuffle and repeat until I finish the book. It paces your reading and at the same time kind of adds a soundtrack to the visuals you create in your mind (works especially great with sci-fi novels for me).

    As for reading faster, why do you want to read faster? just read at your own pace. If the book is engaging, you'll keep reading.

    Thank you for the great tip because I would not have thought about it because audio books put me to sleep so I avoid them. I am a visual person, so I think reading the book while listening to the audio will be useful, and as you say, I will be engaging two senses.

    I'm afraid this would slow me down considerably! Not a good idea.

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