Every couple reaches a point when they have run out of things to watch on TV.

You’ve seen every DVD or digital download in your library several times. You’ve watched all the movies playing on your premium channels (‘Do we have to watch “Deadpool”, again?!’). You binged “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards ”on Netflix. You flip through the guide on the cable box, in hopes that something new might pop up.

Maybe it’s time to turn off the TV. Put down the remote. Do something new, something different. How about audio book and chill? There are so many good audio books out there. You can be entertained and learn something at the same time.

 

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Think of it: You and your partner are at a dinner party. There’s a break in the conversation. You lock eyes, and one of you says, “We are listening to this great book about….”  You will sound so smart and interesting.

Not only are audio books full of fun facts, but they can be hugely entertaining. Here’s a list of some good ones:

DadisFat

“Dad is Fat”
by Jim Gaffigan

If you are a parent, this is the book for you. This laugh-out-loud memoir about raising children in New York City will make you appreciate your kids and the crazy vocation called parenting.


SherlockHolmes

“Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1”
by Arthur Conan Doyle

It’s a classic! And, who doesn’t love Sherlock Holmes, honestly? These tales will take you back to Victorian England when things were simpler, but crime and murder still captured the imagination.


TroubleMaker

“Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology”
by Leah Remini

Recently, Leah Remini has been very outspoken about how much she doesn’t like The Church of Scientology. In her audio book, which she reads, she highlights her childhood and early life with the church, too.


 AsYouWish

“As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride”
by Cary Elwes

Any child of the 80s or 90s watched this movie at least 17 times. The book tells the insider story. Dinner guests will be so impressed with your vast knowledge of Andre the Giant and his legendary drinking.


TheFireman

“The Fireman”
by Joe Hill

When a virus starts spreading and making people spontaneously combust, the world goes to hell. Some characters try to help one another, but as in real life, some don’t. The narrator’s voice has a husky, smoky quality that may or may not be influenced by the subject matter.


DowntheRabbitHole

“Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny”
by Holly Madison

Most people would be lying if they said they didn’t care what goes on inside the Playboy mansion. And most people wouldn’t root for Holly Madison, until you hear about everything this woman went through. She even became successful despite it.


ADirtyJob

“A Dirty Job”
by Christopher Moore

Usually, books about death make you want to cry. This book makes you want to laugh. A pawn broker ends up with a unique job, and his life spins out of supernatural control.


ThePowerofHabit

“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business”
by Charles Duhigg

Have you ever wondered why we do what we do? Our habits can be explained. There is even a way to break the cycle of habit, if you choose to.


“The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference”
by Malcolm Gladwell

After listening to this book, you will feel infinitely more intelligent. It will give you loads of facts that you can bust out at cocktail parties or discuss endlessly with your partner, like how Brooklyn went from crime ridden to trendy haven.


BadMonkey

“Bad Monkey”
by Carl Hiaasen

This story starts with a fishing trip and a human arm. Somehow, the narrator gives humor to the whole outlandish, South Florida tale. Anything by Carl Hiaasen is sure to please.


SinCity

“Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for American Souls”
by Karen Abbott

Did you ever wonder where the phrase “I’m going to get laid” came from? Well, it’s an expression from the Everleigh Club in Chicago, the most famous brothel in the U.S. This book chronicles the Everleigh sisters and all the men who tried to take them down.


AtHome

“At Home: A Short History of Private Life”
by Bill Bryson

The author, with his corky British/American accent takes you through all the rooms of your house. You will come to understand how the most trivial things in your everyday life became a fixture in your home.


ASongofIceandFire

“A Song of Ice and Fire Series”
by George R. R. Martin

This series is over 200 hours long! That gives you so much time to enjoy the plot twists and turns. There are kings and queens and dragons. Some of it is brutal, but always addictive.

Give audio books a try and chill with someone you love. You might find you like it.