A Voice Made for Audiobooks

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Day 7 of #100DaysToOffload

In 2019 or 2020 (I honestly can't remember if this was before or after the pandemic hit), I took to listening to a lot of podcasts. I mostly listened to This is Love and Criminal, both podcasts hosted by Phoebe Judge. Judge has an incredibly soothing yet engaging voice. I loved how she narrated love and crime stories.

Once the pandemic hit, Judge started yet another podcast: Phoebe Reads a Mystery, where she reads one chapter a day from a mystery novel. The first book she read was The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie. When I first heard of it I thought that it just made so much sense and I didn't know how she hadn't done it earlier. Her voice is just made for audiobooks. While it's still technically a podcast, it may as well just be a serialized audiobook.

There was a period in university where I listened to a lot of audiobooks, taking them out from the library. Unfortunately, the narrator was always a hit or miss for me. If I didn't like their voice, I was turned off by the book. Judge, however, is just so easy to listen to.

I actually stopped listening to Judge's podcasts at one point. I don't really remember the reason why. Lately though, I've been trying to get my life in order and I've been looking for ways to make cooking and cleaning easier for me (two things that are a sore spot for me). One thing that Atomic Habits by James Clear suggests is pairing activities with something you have a positive association with. I was reminded of when I listened to podcasts often. I was just about to subscribe back  to This is Love or Criminal but then I remembered my other goal: to consume more books. It felt like a perfect way to kill two birds (in this case, actually three!) with one stone.

I've also never really read mystery before and now that I'm two books in (around one month of listening), I think I'm hooked. I've even downloaded a few mystery novels in the public domain from StandardEbooks to try to read my with eyes and not my ears. Of course, I want to keep listening to  the books Judge reads because they make cooking and cleaning a lot less painful for me!

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