"Reading" Audiobooks while doing sports - ProductiveShow.com

Last week we went skiing with my wife, my brother and his fiancee. Great times. I love skiing - it's a great mixture of speed, fresh Alpine air, beautiful views, etc... and this time I added something else to the mix - I bought two audiobooks: Rework and Swtich and installed them on my iPhone... wondering if I manage to "read" them while skiing. The results surprised me:

As you can see, I "read" two books during a week-long holiday. Effortlessly, and with lots of ideas for my business, life and blogging... cool. I'll post my review of Switch later this week on this blog.

This week I bought two new audiobooks and while I was driving around my city running Errands I almost read the first one already! Cool. 

Check out my other 2-minute productivity videos on my other blog: Productive! Show 

P.S. This was my fist productivity video recorded in HD, hope you like the improved quality :-)

Question: Do you "read" books by listening to them? Did you ever try? Do you like someone reading stuff to you?
--> me I'm Michael Sliwinski and I'm an entrepreneur who's also the...
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Posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 (audio,books,iphone,productivity,video)

Jess
Mar 23, 2010 13:21
I did this a few weeks ago when I went skiing - and I listen to audiobooks all the time when I'm working out at the gym.
Michael Sliwinski
Mar 23, 2010 13:50
Now I'm listening to audiobooks in the gym, too. Also while driving and walking... great way to consume content. Thanks for your comment Jess!
tonyjaygee
Mar 24, 2010 06:31
For me the best thing was when The Economist created their audio version. I download this each week and burn to a CD to listen in the car on the drive to work & back. Great productivity tool, but I occasionally need to backtrack as the driving conditions require single rather than multi-tasking.
Michael Sliwinski
Mar 24, 2010 07:14
The cool thing about driving the car and listening to audio content is that driving doesn't require too much thinking... and even better yet - if you're driving and listening, you're not in a hurry anymore. You're not bored, you're not rushing... because you're "reading" a great book in the meantime.

Just "read" another audiobook yesterday while driving and running errands. It's incredible how much audio content you can absorb while moving from A to B.

Thanks for your great comment tonyjaygee!

Nejc
Mar 24, 2010 08:33
Yes, it's great while driving or cleaning the house > it becomes a fun time! :D
Michael Sliwinski
Mar 24, 2010 10:32
Exactly my point! Audiobooks make boring tasks like cleaning stuff, driving, waiting for someone pure fun! No stress, no problems, you're listening to cool stuff anyway!

Great comment Nejc!