I used to hate audiobooks, but now I absolutely love them.
Okay, maybe hate is too strong.
Audiobooks are convenient, but they take soooooo long to finish compared to ordinary books.
And let’s face it, you can never read too many books.
I tried listening to them sped up. Quite frankly, I’d rather stay dumb than listen to someone talk that fast for six hours.
But now I really do love audiobooks. I probably listen to them more than I read.
I figured out a way to listen to audiobooks at least 1.5x faster without any vocal distortion.
This system allowed me to speed up the silences between words rather than the words themselves.
So you can listen to entire books in less time without the speaker sounding like he or she is on cocaine.
This is one of my favorite technology hacks, and I had to share it with you. Below you’ll find my step-by-step guide to listening to audiobooks much faster without any distortion.
Step 1: Download Overcast Podcast App
Overcast contains an amazing feature called Smart Speed, which allows you to listen to podcasts with the silences between words sped up. Smart Speed makes listening to podcasts more enjoyable in every way.
This is how Smart Speed is described on the Overcast website:
Pick up extra speed without distortion with Smart Speed, which dynamically shortens silences in talk shows.
Conversations still sound so natural that you’ll forget it’s on — until you see how much extra time you’ve saved.
But there is a small catch:
The Overcast app doesn’t allow you to listen to your own audiobooks.
That’s what the rest of this guide shows you how to solve.
Step 2: Create a Dropbox account
Visit Dropbox.com and create a free account.
This is where you will be store your audiobooks.
Step 3: Sync your Dropbox account with JustCast
JustCast beautifully simple podcast hosting service.
Sign up using the following URL: https://justcast.herokuapp.com
You will upload your audiobooks to your JustCast podcast Dropbox folder and play them through Overcast app, with the glorious Smart Speed feature.
If you have a Dropbox account set up, you can create a JustCast account with the same login credentials.
Step 4: Upload your audiobooks to JustCast Dropbox folder
In your Dropbox, you should have a folder called “Apps.”
Inside “Apps” there will be a subfolder called “justcast.”
Go into the “justcast” folder and create a new folder called “Audiobooks.”
Drag your audiobooks into this folder.
Step 5: Sync JustCast to Overcast
Sign in to your JustCast account and you will see your newly created Audiobooks podcast.
Click the “share” button and you will get a URL. Copy this URL to your clipboard.
Open the Overcast app on your iPhone, go to add a new podcast, and choose the option in the top right “Add URL.”
Paste your JustCast Audiobooks URL here.
You can now download your audiobooks and listen to them with Smart Speed on the Overcast app just as you would a regular podcast.
Bonus: Where to Find Audiobooks
Personally, I don’t like to listen to fiction sped up because I think consuming art should be a timeless experience.
I prefer listening to non-fiction with Smart Speed.
I also love The Great Courses Plus for consuming college-level lectures taught by some of the world’s best teachers such as Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
You can convert Youtube videos to MP3 and listen to them on Overcast too if that’s your thing.
If you have to consume any information via audio, this hack will help you save massive amounts of time.
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