We tried listening to an audiobook and you won’t believe how much more we read

We’ve been dabbling with audiobooks for a while now, but this week we got serious.


We wanted to know if it made us read more than just reading a physical book.

When we began this little challenge, the state of our current audiobooks were:

‘Middlemarch’ by George Eliot – 4 hours and 26 minutes remaining.

‘The Little Friend’ by Donna Tartt – 20 hours and 45 minutes left to read.



Managed to sneak in 40 minutes of ‘Middlemarch’ while working in the morning. Then we listened to ‘The Little Friend’ in the evening when we we were too pooped from YALC to read properly.

Read: 130 pages


Only managed two chapters of ‘Middlemarch’ in the morning – far too much concentration required… But we made up for it by listening to about 60 pages of ‘The Little Friend’ later in the day.

Read: 80 pages



Read: 0 pages


We finished ‘Middlemarch’! This is quite possibly our biggest bookish achievement of the year, you know. Have SEEN how big that book is. We listened to the final 90 minutes while writing reports.

Read:  40 pages



We haven’t listened to anything today – we’re still revelling in the triumph of taking down ‘Middlemarch’.

Read: 0 pages

‘Middlemarch’ by George Eliot  – Start: 4 hours and 26 minutes; End: 0

‘The Little Friend’ by Donna Tartt – Start: 20 hours and 45 minutes; End: 16 hours and 20 minutes.

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We think listening to an audiobook was a total success! We read 250 pages/9 hours more than we originally would have by listening when we were too tired to read, doing chores and filling the silence during boring admin-y tasks. That’s all on top of reading physical books!

Do you listen to audiobooks? Tell us your favourites at @maximumpopbooks!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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