Have an Audible subscription but not sure what to listen to next? I know the feeling well. My credits were starting to pile up to the point I thought about cancelling my subscription – until recently. Have you considered something educational?
Audiobooks are hit or miss for me. I’ve never been a huge fan of them in general, but I drive a lot so an Audible subscription seemed like a good idea. It gives me something to pass the time that isn’t music or one of my podcasts.
But I quickly grow sick of the drama in fiction being read to me by people doing silly voices, and while the subjects of nonfiction always grab my attention, the tone can come across as a bit bombastic at times. What am I to do with all these Audible credits, then?
A couple of weeks ago I found my answer: Lectures. While looking for a good audiobook on the ancient Celts, I came across a lecture series from The Great Courses called “The Celtic World” led by Professor Jennifer Paxton, PhD. I loved it! For only one Audible credit I was able to listen to all 24 lectures (a whopping 13 hours worth of content) and get access to a massive 265-page PDF book that includes everything the lecturer covers. That’s some serious bang for your buck!
There are plenty of other non-history, non-The Great Courses lectures available too, so you’re sure to find something you like to learn about if you search. Interested in astrophysics and space? Check. How about language and linguistics? Yep. Addiction, memory and the brain, oceans, animals, mythology, supernatural occurrences? Yes, yes, yes. And some of the shorter lectures are even free for Audible members, no credits required.
I’m one of those dorks that misses school because I love to learn, so these lectures are like a gift from the universe. I’ve been learning about the Celts, the history of Western philosophy (38 hours long), and the fascinating world of Ancient Egypt (24 hours long). I listen while I drive, I listen while I run, and I even listen while I play some video games. Learning about Ancient Egypt while exploring Ancient Egypt in Assassin’s Creed: Origins is amazing. I’m both entertained and intellectually stimulated – my favourite state to be in.