The featured image is a screen shot of the last chapter of “Soft Skills: The software developer’s life manual” on Audible. It was an indication that I had just finished my first audible book!! Honestly, I never thought I would be listening to books; it always sounded weird to me.
It all started a couple of weeks ago when Philippe suggested that I listen to this book in parallel to the other books I am reading (The Power of Full Engagement and Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code). Knowing Philippe, it has to be worth a try if it something he is suggesting 🙂 After our discussion, I directly logged-in to my Amazon account and noticed that I had two free Audible books!! It was a matter of minutes to have both the book and the Audible application downloaded on my phone.
It turned out I was wrong. It was an exciting and enjoyable experience and here is why:
- It is more accessible than reading books. Unlike reading a hard copy of book, you can play Audible at almost any time and place (while driving, jogging, onboard a plane, etc.)
- It is unlikely to be exhausted to listen. I was on a night flight back home, after spending the first thirty minutes of the flight reading a book I reached a point where I wasn’t able to digest the words anymore. So I switched to my phone and started listening to the book, I was surprised that the remaining two hours of the flight passed quickly. It was then that I noticed that even if you are too tired to read you still can listen and learn.
- You can finish books faster. The above two points have a significant role in speeding up the process. I managed to finish this book in 15 days; it might not be a great timing, but it is definitely faster than reading the book.
- Audible is a great application. I haven’t explored each and every feature of this tool yet, but I think it is a great one for the following reasons:
- You can quickly add bookmarks with notes if needed
- Synchronization between the web and phone applications makes it easy to switch between the two
- It motivates the listener by rewarding badges and suggesting bragging about it on social media
- It has an excellent playback system especially when you get interrupted by a phone call or notification
- Soft Skills was a good selection. Probably the book I picked to be my first audible experience helped to build this positive feedback. The book itself is excellent, and a must read for all developers. The narrator, as well, being the author added a unique taste by improvising and sharing his personal experience from outside the book.
I highly advise anyone to give Audible a try. Personally, now am looking for the next book to listen to! Any suggestions? 🙂