Sure, you’ve heard of binge-watching shows on Netflix, but how about binge listening?
Netflix has a category of programs that it offers audio descriptions for, where a voiceover explains to you what characters are doing in a scene. With it you can listen to shows rather than watch them, essentially transforming them into something like an audiobook or podcast you can stream while you’re out for a walk or when you’re in bed at night trying to fall asleep.
Audio Descriptions is actually a category within the Netflix app. You can find it by typing ‘audio’ into the search bar and selecting ‘Audio Descriptions In English’.
Not everything on Netflix has audio descriptions but there are a decent number of options to choose from, including TV shows with a good amount of episodes. The latest season of Stranger Things is available with audio descriptions as is Boss Baby, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mad Men, Daredevil, Finding Dory and more.
You turn on audio descriptions within the same menu where you would traditionally turn on subtitles. For movies and televisions shows where the feature is available it will be the last option labelled “English – Audio Description.”
I’ve tried it out with a few shows and the descriptions are actually pretty great. Stranger Things may have just become the soundtrack to my morning dog walks.