Most of you likely already know this, but I just discovered Podcast Addict app which allows you to select the audio speed of any podcast so that you may listen to it in a shorter amount of time. Apparently there are other apps that do the same with other features, but Podcast Addict is the one I choose. A speed of 1.5x is very understandable.
I just downloaded Audipo for that very reason but it seems that Podcast Addict has some more features that makes it a better app. I'm going to download it today and see how much better it is! I agree with you on on the 1.5x also --very understandable and helps to listen to more podcasts in a shorter time period.