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Make Your To-Do List a Dream with Audiobooks

Make your to-do list a to-done list with the help of audiobooks. While these listens can’t help you dust or polish the silver, they can wipe away the feeling of dread that comes with having to do your chores. For each chore that makes you go “blergh,” we’ve come up with little fantasies to escape into, complete with audiobook picks that extend the daydream.

Folding Laundry
Pretend you’re bringing in the wash from your beach house clothesline on a warm yet breezy summer’s day. There’s still laundry in this fantasy, but now it’s escapist.

Four older women have a lifelong friendship of the best kind: loving, practical, frank, and steadfast. But when Sylvie dies, the ground shifts dangerously for the remaining three. Without Sylvie to maintain the group’s delicate equilibrium, frustrations build, lies are uncovered, and painful memories press in over the course of one life-changing weekend trip.

Cleaning the Bathroom
Envision that you’re taking a trip to a far off place, one you’ve never been to before. Because when you’re cleaning the bathroom, you really would rather be anywhere else.

Author: Wade Davis
Read By: Wade Davis and Xandra Uribe

Travelers often become enchanted with the first country that captures their hearts and gives them license to be free. For Wade Davis, it was Colombia. Only in Colombia can a traveler wash ashore in a coastal desert, follow waterways through wetlands as wide as the sky, ascend narrow tracks through dense tropical forests, and reach verdant Andean valleys rising to soaring ice-clad summits. This rugged and impossible geography finds its perfect coefficient in the topography of the Colombian spirit: restive, potent, at times placid and calm, in moments explosive and wild.

Washing the Dishes
Your biggest, realest dream is to be the top chef in a boutique restaurant. But you’ve gotta start somewhere. Dishwasher it is.

French-born American chef Sophie Valroux had one dream: to be part of the 1% of female chefs running a Michelin-starred restaurant. But just when Sophie finds herself on the cusp of getting everything she’s dreamed of, her career goes up in flames. Sophie flees to France to be with family, where she comes to understand the lengths people will go to for success and love, and how dreams can change.

Sweeping & Mopping
Is there any fairytale that doesn’t start with a lot of sweeping and mopping? Yours is no exception, you secret royal.

When her warrior father mysteriously dies, Princess Amarande of Ardenia is given what would hardly be considered a choice: Marry a stranger at sixteen or lose control of her family’s crown. In an attempt to force her choice, a neighboring kingdom kidnaps her true love, stable boy Luca. With her kingdom on the brink of civil war and no one to trust, she’ll need all her skill to save him, her future, and her kingdom.

Running Errands
You’re a celebrity personal assistant who never drops the ball, and is always one step ahead. You make all your friends wonder how you do it all.  Go on, get that fondue kit, just in case.

Hollywood powerhouse Jo is photographed making her assistant Emma laugh on the red carpet, and just like that, the tabloids declare them a couple. The so-called scandal couldn’t come at a worse time—threatening Emma’s promotion and Jo’s new movie. As the gossip spreads, it starts to affect all areas of their lives…but is the rumor really so off base after all?

Looking for more ways to tackle your to-do and TBR list at the same time? Browse our complete Ways to Listen series for fresh ideas and recommendations.