If there’s a hill I’m going to die on, it’s that listening / watching stuff at 2-3x speed is the way forward.
I’ve been a podcast and YouTube-video 2xer for years, but I recently discovered the incredible power of treating audiobooks in the same way.
Before, I used to think ‘oh I’m savouring it more if I listen at normal speed, the way it was intended to be listened to’. But having spent the past 2 weeks on Audible
at 2-3x, I can say at least for me, listening to long fantasy books at 2-3x is a much nicer experience than at 1x. The story (literally) becomes more fast-paced, and if there are boring bits (which every book has), I get through those 2-3x faster.
While approaching the final chapter of book #6 of the Wheel of Time
series, I did slow things down to 1.3x to savour the ridiculous epicness of the climax. But I’m very glad that I listened to the rest of the book at 2.5x, and I’ve gotten through 30% of book #7 in the past few days by continuing at that pace (whereas before it would’ve taken, well, 2.5x longer).
Naysayers would say ‘what’s the point in rushing? Why not just enjoy life at a slower pace?’. Honestly, the main reason is that there’s so much good stuff in the world, it’s a net positive for me to experience more of it quickly, rather than less of it slowly.
At least that’s my current stance on things. I’m open to changing my mind on this. If you’re thinking ‘nah he’s got it all wrong, 1x is the way to go’, then please do <reply> to this email and share your thoughts.
If you haven’t tried listening / watching stuff at higher speeds, I’d suggest giving it a go. It takes a bit of trial and error to find that sweet spot where the things are fast enough that you can *just* keep up with what’s being said, but it’s totally worth it.
Have a great week!