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Listenable: Learn via Audio

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Self-improvement mini-lessons are sometimes solid.

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These crowd-sourced mini lessons include some interesting topics as well as a good number of flops. Although five-minute lessons can't get too in depth, hearing little tidbits about stimulating topics can be a fun way introduce teens to new ideas. It can also be satisfying to set aside just a small part of the day to listen to something new and interesting. The topics covered in Listenable: Learn via Audio are heavily biased toward self-improvement type topics (e.g., time management, more effective reading, enhancing creativity) and are probably more likely to appeal to adults, though some teens may find something they want to learn about. Unfortunately, however, because the lessons are designed, written, and recorded by anyone who wants to, it's really difficult to guarantee a standard level of quality, utility, or accuracy. Though the developers do have some standards for audio quality and lesson format, there doesn't seem to be any review of the lesson content. Some lessons may be great; others not so much. It would also be nice to see lessons in text for those who prefer to read, but the text-based lessons are available only through a different platform at a separate subscription price. Given the high subscription price, families should definitely take full advantage of the seven-day free trial before deciding whether Listenable: Learn via Audio is right for them.

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