Readers, “reading with your ears” is a great way to tackle the huge tomes on your TBR and get the most out of your audiobook credits. (Thanks to John Lee’s excellent narration, I finally read The Count of Monte Cristo this year, as well as this behemoth of a modern novel. Both were great!)
But for readers who are just getting acquainted with the audio format—or who just want to build some momentum in their reading life—short audiobooks provide a low stakes, low-commitment way to enjoy a good story and perhaps get acquainted with the format. You can try a wide variety of genres and listen to the end of the book, without spending much time doing so.
Shorter audiobooks also provide just the right amount of story for a week of quick commutes or a few hours of chores on the weekend.
Today I’m sharing a varied collection of audiobooks that clock in at four hours or less—the perfect amount of time for you to test the audiobook waters or finish a whole book in one week’s worth of walks.
This list includes a mix of sci-fi novellas, conversational nonfiction, and bite-sized literary fiction to suit any reading mood. I hope you find your next great (and quick) listen among today’s assorted titles.
15 audiobooks you can finish in one sitting, one short road trip, or one laundry marathon
Have you listened to any great audiobooks lately? What’s your sweet spot for listening time? Share your recommendations and thoughts in the comments.
P.S. Keep track of your audiobook TBR with my new reading journal, out September 21! Pre-order My Reading Life: A Book Journal today to get bonus book lists, bookmarks, and more! If you’d like a signed copy, place an order from my local indie Carmichael’s Bookstore and include a note in the order comments for personalization.
P.P.S. Check out 20 extra long audiobooks to make the most of those credits or find a new favorite narrator among these 10 stellar voices.