I’m an avid audiobook listener, but if given the choice between a 40-hour epic and half a dozen shorter tales, I’ll go for the shorter audiobooks almost every single time. Why? For the same reason a lot of people enjoy one-sitting books—I love the satisfaction of experiencing an entire audiobook in an evening spent running errands, cooking dinner, and folding my laundry. Plus, when I’m listening to a short audiobook, I never think about speeding up the narration to finish faster so I can start a new one—instead, I’m able to savor every minute.
Here are five of the best audiobooks under five hours that I’ve listened to.