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AGELESS The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old

by Andrew Steele | Read by Andrew Steele

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Author and narrator Andrew Steele is a specialist in the "new science of getting older without getting old." No one dies of old age, Dr. Steele argues, and as we reduce the underlying causes of death, we increase average longevity. Putting aside the question of where we'll put all these additional old folks, Steele offers a fascinating survey of contemporary medicine and the... Read More


BEGINNERS The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning

by Tom Vanderbilt | Read by Tom Vanderbilt

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Taking a cue from his young daughter's curiosity and enthusiasm for trying new things, author Tom Vanderbilt embarks on his own journey to learn new things. Narrating himself, he describes how his outlook was transformed as he learned to play chess, sing, draw, surf, and juggle during adulthood as a novice, asserting that this beginner status for hobby-type activities is often... Read More



by Ethan Kross | Read by Ethan Kross

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Psychologist Ethan Kross compellingly narrates his advice on how to control the sometimes negative effects of introspection. Kross explains why we have an inner voice and the importance of taming negative thoughts, and provides scientific tips on how to develop a healthier internal dialogue. In a soothing tone, he sympathetically recounts examples of how unhealthy self-talk... Read More


A CRY UNHEARD New Insights into the Medical Consequences of Loneliness

Earphones Award Winner

by James Lynch | Read by Charles Henderson Norman

Bancroft Press | Unabridged
Personal Growth

This audio publication of a 2000 print book is still relevant today. An uplifting work, it explains how and why consistent human contact is important to good health. It's full of concise research summaries and moving anecdotes about those with social lifestyles associated with premature death--people without partners, folks who are widowed, people who don't connect with others... Read More


THE DECISION Overcoming Today's BS for Tomorrow's Success

Earphones Award Winner

by Kevin Hart | Read by Kevin Hart

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Personal Growth

This audiobook, written and narrated by comedian Kevin Hart, addresses issues that a "life coach" might cover relating to making decisions, knowing your strengths, and executing your plans. There has never been a more enjoyable and entertaining self-help book. While salty language may be a turnoff to some listeners, this audiobook includes real nuggets of wisdom, encouragement,... Read More


ENOUGH ABOUT ME The Unexpected Power of Selflessness

by Richard Lui | Read by Richard Lui

Zondervan | Unabridged
Personal Growth

MSNBC news anchor Richard Lui is easy on the ears as he narrates this thoughtful overview of why giving to others is good for us. He sounds happy presenting--as if he's discovered a life principle that works for him and that he wants to share. True to form, the audiobook is selfless. It's less about his generosity toward others (in particular, he curtailed his work and career... Read More


FEAR IS FUEL The Surprising Power to Help You Find Purpose, Passion, and Performance

by Patrick J. Sweeney II | Read by Lou Marloni, Patrick J Sweeney III

ODIN Air Productions | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The core message in this high-energy audio guide is that embracing our fear allows us to implement habits and mechanisms that help us to conquer it. Boston baseball radio personality Lou Merloni delivers this lively assemblage of neurology, performance studies, and personal anecdotes. His sports-announcer tone works well despite occasional glitches with phrasing or pacing. He... Read More


FRIENDSHIP IN THE AGE OF LONELINESS An Optimist's Guide to Connection

by Adam Smiley Poswolsky | Read by Adam Smiley Poswolsky

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Author/narrator Adam Smiley Poswolsky takes listeners through the ins and outs of friendship and loneliness in the digital age. Delivering his guide on how to make new friends, he reintroduces playfulness and more intentionality into the lives of adults. For those who may have felt isolated during the current pandemic, this is a treasure trove of wisdom and insights. Poswolsky... Read More


HELLO, HABITS A Minimalist's Guide to a Better Life

by Fumio Sasaki, Eriko Sugita [Trans.] | Read by Brian Nishii

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Minimalist Fumio Sasaki (GOODBYE, THINGS) shares insights on making and maintaining habits. Narrator Brian Nishii adopts a reflective, musing tone that matches Sasaki's thoughtful material. This is not a peppy call to self-improvement manual--it's a quieter reflection on habit making (and keeping) that takes into account what helps and hinders habit forming. Nishii's... Read More


JUST EAT One Reporter's Quest for a Weight-Loss Regimen that Works

Earphones Award Winner

by Barry Estabrook | Read by Jonathan Todd Ross

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Jonathan Todd Ross's breezy performance makes this survey of weight-loss programs as fun to hear as it is enlightening. His friendly tone and obvious delight with the material make him sound exactly as we would expect the author to sound if he were reading this entertaining guide. The contradictory nature of the programs Barry Estabrook surveyed is fascinating:... Read More



by Maartje Willems, Laura Vroomen [Trans.] | Read by Kate Mulligan

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Kate Mulligan is an energetic and sincere narrator for a title that touts the value of doing nothing. She explains the Dutch philosophy of "niksen," which exhorts people to clear their minds as a way of increasing their happiness. Mulligan sounds like an excited friend who has found a new theory she can't wait to explain. She sounds warm and engaging, all the while maintaining... Read More


MINE! How the Hidden Rules of Ownership Control Our Lives

by Michael A. Heller, James Saltzman | Read by Rene Ruiz

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

This audiobook, expertly narrated by Rene Ruiz, gathers dozens of striking examples of the contentious nature of ownership. Authors Michael A. Heller and James Saltzman, both law professors, show ownership to be highly unsettled and fluid in everyday life. You think you're not possessive, or territorial? Think about airline legroom and who owns that space behind each seat. The... Read More


PASS IT ON Work Hard, Serve Others . . . Repeat

by Deshaun Watson, Lavette Lavaille, Dabo Swinney | Read by James Shippy

Thomas Nelson | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Pro quarterback Deshaun Watson writes about his successes in life and how he developed a process called servant leadership, which he uses to help himself stay focused. James Shippy adds his narration skills to help others learn from Watson's beliefs and values. Shippy's phrasing and cadence as he delivers Watson's many examples give listeners a clear understanding of Watson's... Read More


THE PATH TO SELF-LOVE AND WORLD DOMINATION Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Embrace Your Power

by Heidi Green | Read by Marni Penning

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Marni Penning is the narrator of this mental health guide aimed at people who suspect they're holding themselves back in life because of negative emotions they've internalized from being emotionally deprived, traumatized, or developmentally impaired. She delivers a technically perfect performance that makes everything clear, though without capturing the pathos of author Heidi... Read More



Earphones Award Winner

by Luvvie Ajayi Jones | Read by Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Author and podcaster Luvvie Ajayi Jones narrates her second manual for authentic living with the flair that she brings to all of her social media and publishing ventures. According to Jones, to be a professional troublemaker is to have a clear sense of personal identity and the ability to act without fear. Her straightforward approach and conversational style will have... Read More


READY FOR ANYTHING Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small

by Kathi Lipp | Read by Kathi Lipp

Zondervan | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The author sounds friendly and self-assured narrating this eye-opening guide to preparing for any calamity--from hurricanes and fires to job loss, medical surprises, and even the death of an older pet. Framing many of her ideas with biblical references, she says trust in the Divine or our instincts is no substitute for having a plan when the unexpected happens. Kathi Lipp blogs... Read More


THAT SOUNDS FUN The Joys of Being an Amateur, the Power of Falling in Love, and Why You Need a Hobby

by Annie F. Downs | Read by Annie F. Downs

ChristianAudio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Annie F. Downs gives a smile-worthy performance filled with exuberance as she encourages listeners to reclaim what brings them joy. Downs believes we have lost the foundation of our lives that once allowed us to have real fun. Here, with intoxicating honesty and enthusiasm, she shares her journey to rediscover "Eden." Downs's big voice has a raspy quality that highlights her... Read More


WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

by Oprah Winfrey, Bruce D. Perry | Read by Oprah Winfrey, Bruce D. Perry

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

A psychiatrist and veteran researcher on early abuse and loss combines his clinical knowledge with the personal experiences and observations of a well-known survivor of such trauma: Oprah Winfrey. They are both capable, likable narrators who are sincerely engaged with their subject matter. Their informative audio is an easily digestible blend of sections they have written and... Read More


WISER The Scientific Roots of Wisdom, Compassion, and What Makes Us Good

by Dilip Jeste | Read by Roger May

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

This examination of the facets of wisdom has the tone of both an absorbing TED talk and a social science research paper. It is a multilayered consumer guide to a common human trait, as well as an inside look at how a painstaking researcher might define a neurobiological or personality construct. Roger May narrates with slow and thoughtful pacing. His pleasing voice and... Read More


YOU RECHARGED How to Beat Fatigue (Mostly), Amp Up Your Energy (Usually), and Enjoy Life Again (Always)

by Polly Campbell | Read by Laura Jennings

Vibrance Press | Unabridged
Personal Growth

This absorbing audiobook addresses a lot of negative personal habits--poor eating, exercise avoidance, poor time management, to name a few--so it needs a narrator like Laura Jennings to hold it together with enthusiasm and a pleasing vocal style. Bad habits and rheumatoid arthritis were defeating author Polly Campbell. As a result, she felt chronically overwhelmed, a state of... Read More

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