5 Audiobooks Under 5 Hours

These 5 audiobooks under 5 hours long are not a huge time commitment. I think of it as being a taste of the wonderful world of audiobooks.

If you are new to trying audiobooks, a short listen might be right up your alley. These 5 audiobooks under 5 hours long are not a huge time commitment. I think of it as being a taste of the wonderful world of audiobooks. They are a way to ease into listening to books. And honestly, they will make your chores go by fast, driving will be less annoying and you will feel a sense of accomplishment. The accomplishment comes in because these audiobooks will likely take less than two days to listen to — depending on your schedule.

5 Audiobooks Under 5 Hours

1. Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Audiobooks Under 5 HoursOuter Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
Also by this author: Better Than Before
Narrator: Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Chris Chalk, David Sadzin, Guy Lockard, Heather Alicia Simms, Jacqueline Woodson, January LaVoy, Jason Reynolds, Kevin R. Free, Shayna Small
Length: 2 Hours 34 Minutes
Published by Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale on March 5, 2019
Genres: Happiness, House & Home, Inspiration & Personal Growth, Personal Growth, Self-Help
Pages: 240
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781984822819
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three-stars

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this lovely, easy-to-use illustrated guide to decluttering, the beloved author of The Happiness Project shows us how to take control of our stuff—and, by extension, our lives.   Gretchen Rubin knows firsthand that creating order can make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative. But for most of us, a rigid, one-size-fits-all solution doesn't work. When we tailor our approach to suit our own particular challenges and habits, we can find inner calm.   With a sense of fun, and a clear idea of what’s realistic for most people, Rubin suggests dozens of manageable tips and tricks for creating a more serene, orderly environment, including:   • Never label anything “miscellaneous.” • Ask yourself, “Do I need more than one?” • Don’t aim for minimalism. • Remember: If you can’t retrieve it, you won’t use it. • Stay current with a child’s interests. • Beware the urge to “procrasticlear.”   By getting rid of things we don’t use, don’t need, or don’t love, we free our minds (and our shelves) for what we truly value.

Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin is another addition to the genre of get your life in order and declutter books. I am here for this — I love those kinds of books. This one is quick. It’s only a little over two and a half hours on audiobook. The information is very easy to digest. I would say Outer Order, Inner Calm does not really add any new nuggets of information on how to organize and get your life in order. However, it did inspire me to shred some big piles of mail that have been sitting in our house for months, so that is great. It also quotes and talks about Marie Kondo, which I loved. I’d say this is a great book to listen to while cleaning and if you want to feel inspired to get rid of and donate items you just don’t need. The audiobook is read by the author and really an easily digestible listen.

2. Red At The Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Audiobooks Under 5 HoursRed at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
Also by this author: Peace, Locomotion, Brown Girl Dreaming
Narrator: Jacqueline Woodson, Shayna Small, Bahni Turpin
Length: 3 Hours 52 Minutes
Published by Penguin on September 17, 2019
Genres: African American, Fiction, Literary, Women
Pages: 208
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9780525535294
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five-stars

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
One of OPRAH MAGAZINE’S "BEST BOOKS OF 2019"
NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE
"An exquisite tale of family legacy….The power and poetry of Woodson’s writing conjures up Toni Morrison." – People
  "In less than 200 sparsely filled pages, this book manages to encompass issues of class, education, ambition, racial prejudice, sexual desire and orientation, identity, mother-daughter relationships, parenthood and loss….With Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson has indeed risen — even further into the ranks of great literature." – NPR  "This poignant tale of choices and their aftermath, history and legacy, will resonate with mothers and daughters." –Tayari Jones, bestselling author of An American Marriage, in O Magazine
An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other, from the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming
  Moving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson's taut and powerful new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child.
As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody's mother, for her own ceremony-- a celebration that ultimately never took place.
Unfurling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions and successes but also the costs, the tolls they've paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. As it explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood, Red at the Bone most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives--even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.

Red At The Bone by Jacqueline Woodson is goddamn brilliant. I mean, every book I have read by Woodson is pure excellence. This book though, is the cream of the crop. Red At The Bone is a multigenerational book that culminates the stories of Melody, her mother Iris, and her grandmother, Sabe. Also, her father, Aubrey and grandfather, Sammy “PoBoy.” This book explores how the past impacts the future. It looks at class, sexuality, race, and gender. Melody is about to have her sixteenth birthday ceremony and is wearing a special custom dress that her mother never got to wear, because her mother was pregnant with her. We see all that had to happen to get Melody to that point, dating all the way back to Sabe’s history. And my goodness, this book is spectacular and emotional. I almost ruined my puzzle pieces with all the tearing up (I did a puzzle while listening which really helped my concentration on this book). I feel like it would be excellent whether you listen to Red At The Bone or read a physical copy. Just get your hands on this book as soon as possible.

3. Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Audiobooks Under 5 HoursLook Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
Also by this author: The Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys, Long Way Down
Narrator: Heather Alicia Simms, Chris Chalk, Bahni Turpin, Adenrele Ojo, Kevin R. Free, Guy Lockard, January LaVoy, David Sadzin, Jason Reynolds
Length: 3 Hours 58 Minutes
Published by Simon and Schuster on October 8, 2019
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, New Experience, Short Stories, Social Themes, Young Adult
Pages: 208
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9781481438308
Goodreads
four-stars

A National Book Award Finalist! Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019 A Time Best Children’s Book of 2019 A Today Show Best Kids’ Book of 2019 A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2019 A School Library Journal Best Middle Grade Book of 2019 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019 A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019 “As innovative as it is emotionally arresting.” —Entertainment Weekly
From National Book Award finalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all the different directions kids walks home can take.
This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. They were all too busy—
Talking about boogers. Stealing pocket change. Skateboarding. Wiping out. Braving up. Executing complicated handshakes. Planning an escape. Making jokes. Lotioning up. Finding comfort. But mostly, too busy walking home.
Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.

I think Jason Reynolds is a genius. No, really, I do. Everything I have read by him has been brilliant and just perfectly captures humanity in all it’s uniqueness, but also similarity. Of course, Look Both Ways does this too. I am not exactly a big middle grade reader as much anymore, but honestly I can’t resist reading something by Reynolds. So, I picked up this audiobook of short stories and eagerly listened. It’s about what happens when a school bus falls from the sky. More than that though, it’s about these kids who live on ten different blocks and so weren’t paying attention to the bus falling. There’s this one story that I liked the best about these kids who steal loose change to buy candy, but obviously, it’s deeper than that. Anyways, the audiobook has multiple narrators. It’s just so well done, hand Look Both Ways to your nearest middle grader. And maybe just also pick it up for yourself to experience the amazingness of Reynold’s writing.

4. A Sin By Any Other Name by Robert W. Lee

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Audiobooks Under 5 HoursA Sin by Any Other Name by Robert W. Lee
Narrator: January LaVoy
Length: 4 Hours 24 Minutes
Published by Crown Publishing Group on April 2, 2019
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Christian Life, Discrimination & Race Relations, Personal Memoirs, Religion, Social Issues, Social Science
Pages: 192
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9780525576396
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four-stars

A descendant of Confederate General Robert E. Lee chronicles his story of growing up with the South's most honored name, and the moments that forced him to confront the privilege, racism, and subversion of human dignity that came with it.
With a foreword by Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King.

The Reverend Robert W. Lee was a little-known pastor at a small church in North Carolina until the Charlottesville protests, when he went public with his denunciation of white supremacy in a captivating speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. Support poured in from around the country, but so did threats of violence from people who opposed the Reverend's message.
In this riveting memoir, he narrates what it was like growing up as a Lee in the South, an experience that was colored by the world of the white Christian majority. He describes the widespread nostalgia for the Lost Cause and his gradual awakening to the unspoken assumptions of white supremacy which had, almost without him knowing it, distorted his values and even his Christian faith. In particular, Lee examines how many white Christians continue to be complicit in a culture of racism and injustice, and how after leaving his pulpit, he was welcomed into a growing movement of activists all across the South who are charting a new course for the region.
A Sin by Any Other Name is a love letter to the South, from the South, by a Lee—and an unforgettable call for change and renewal.

A Sin By Any Other Name by Robert W. Lee is an unflinching look at the South and generational racism. Robert W. Lee is a descendent of Robert E. Lee which means he has some problematic ancestry. I found it striking the instances where people felt like they could share racist thoughts and opinions with him based upon his family name. Lee is a pastor who came to prominence when he had a viral video rebuking racism after Charlottesville. This book tells his story of growing up in the South and removing his rose colored glasses. He realizes that racism is insidious and subtle. And so now he works against it. I just thought this was such an interesting reckoning. Yes, it’s told with a Christian bent, but it’s just so interesting. The audiobook is narrated by Lee himself. I listened at 1.25x speed which helped me really better be able to pay attention.

5. Before The Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Audiobooks Under 5 HoursBefore the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson
Also by this author: Peace, Locomotion, Brown Girl Dreaming
Narrator: Guy Lockard
Length: 2 Hours 15 Minutes
Published by Penguin LCC US on 2020-09
Genres: Health & Daily Living, Young Adult
Pages: 161
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9780593324660
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For as long as ZJ can remember, his dad has been everyone's hero. As a charming, talented pro football star, he's as beloved to the neighborhood kids he plays with as he is to his millions of adoring sports fans. But lately life at ZJ's house is anything but charming. His dad is having trouble remembering things and seems to be angry all the time. ZJ's mom explains it's because of all the head injuries his dad sustained during his career. ZJ can understand that--but it doesn't make the sting any less real when his own father forgets his name. As ZJ contemplates his new reality, he has to figure out how to hold on tight to family traditions and recollections of the glory days, all the while wondering what their past amounts to if his father can't remember it. And most importantly, can those happy feelings ever be reclaimed when they are all so busy aching for the past?

I truly love the books that Jacqueline Woodson writes. Before The Ever After is intended for a middle grade audience, but don’t let that stop you from picking it up. Woodson thoughtfully explores the impact of CTE on the family of a former pro football player. Before The Ever After is told from the perspective of ZJ who happens to love music especially rap. Set during the 1990s, not a whole lot is known about CTE just yet. So, ZJ and his mother are navigating the loss of his father’s memory and personality. Meanwhile, ZJ also spends time playing football with his friends and going to school. There is the difficult parts of life mingled with the ordinary parts of life. The audiobook is narrated by Guy Lockard who sounds authentic in his portrayal of this story. I listened at 1x and 1.25x at various points.

 

These 5 audiobooks under 5 hours long are not a huge time commitment. I think of it as being a taste of the wonderful world of audiobooks.

These 5 audiobooks under 5 hours long are not a huge time commitment. I think of it as being a taste of the wonderful world of audiobooks.

three-stars
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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  1. Under 5 hours is perfect for a road trip! Great list.
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