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BEGINNERS

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

CHANGE YOUR SCHEDULE, CHANGE YOUR LIFE

CHANGE YOUR SCHEDULE, CHANGE YOUR LIFE How to Harness the Power of Clock Genes to Lose Weight, Optimize Your Workout, and Finally Get a Good Night's Sleep

by Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, Michelle D. Seaton | Read by Lesa Lockford

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The advice in this audiobook is influenced by long-standing Eastern medical traditions like Ayurveda. But narrator Lesa Lockford's pleasing performance--at once friendly and intelligent--delivers the material as empowering suggestions rather than rules. Her near-perfect phrasing and pleasing tonal patterns will engage listeners by softening the certitude in the writing. During... Read More

CHATTER

CHATTER

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

THE DECISION

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

DUSK, NIGHT, DAWN

DUSK, NIGHT, DAWN On Revival and Courage

by Anne Lamott | Read by Anne Lamott

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Author/narrator Anne Lamott's delivery sounds relaxed, even low energy, at first. But as this audiobook unfolds and listeners come to know how she sees the world, her tone and pacing and everything about her reading begin to sound beautiful. She's a snappy storyteller who charms with her self-effacing perspectives and humanitarian sensibilities. The unexpected requirements of... Read More

THE GET TO PRINCIPLE

THE GET TO PRINCIPLE How to Get Happy, Get Going, and Get To It in Life

Earphones Award Winner

by Ted Larkins | Read by Kaleo Griffith

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Kaleo Griffith's playful tone and youthful timbre convey a cheerful optimism that's essential for a message like this to hit home. He makes listeners want to answer yes when the author asks if they are ready for a change. The audiobook is compact, compared to similar works on happy productivity, and this aspect of the production is also served well by Griffith's tone.... Read More

GETTING STARTED WITH SOURDOUGH

GETTING STARTED WITH SOURDOUGH From Flour to Levain to One Great Loaf

by Chad Robertson, Jennifer Latham | Read by Chad Robertson, Jennifer Latham

Random House Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

If you're looking to rise to the challenge of creating naturally leavened bread, these two able companions will instruct, entertain, and accompany you. Self-confessed bread nerds Chad Robertson, cofounder of the esteemed bakery Tartine, and Jennifer Latham, Tartine's head bread baker, lead listeners through the process of making Tartine's exceptional country loaf. After sharing... Read More

THE GIFT

THE GIFT 12 Lessons to Save Your Life

Earphones Award Winner

by Edith Eva Eger | Read by Tovah Feldshuh

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Tovah Feldshuh's mature voice and acclaimed acting skills make her an excellent choice to perform this heartfelt advice from a 93-year-old Jewish-Hungarian clinical psychologist and Holocaust survivor. Feldshuh's lilting phrasing is incredibly varied, beautiful to hear in itself, and finessed to match every nuance in the shifting themes of this work. Her performance really... Read More

HELLO, HABITS

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

MISSING EACH OTHER

MISSING EACH OTHER How to Cultivate Meaningful Connections

by Edward Brodkin, Ashley Pallathra | Read by Kylah Williams

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Kylah Williams's slow pace and precise enunciation are notable at first--but soon fade in significance as listeners begin to appreciate her optimistic tone, lyrical phrasing, and pleasing timbre. The two authors, a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist who study the neuroscience of autism, draw on research and their clinical experience to explain how authentic connections... Read More

OLD SCHOOL LOVE

OLD SCHOOL LOVE And Why It Works

by Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, Justine Simmons | Read by Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, Justine Simmons

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, former member of the hip-hop group Run DMC, and his wife, Justine Simmons, deliver an inspiring audiobook about true love and marriage that follow the Christian tradition. Rev Run, as he's better known, does not shy away from describing the time in his life when his behavior was less than Christian, but he's quick to point out how God helped him find a... Read More

PASS IT ON

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

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

PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER

PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER The Fear-FIghter Manual

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

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

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

WAKE UP GRATEFUL

WAKE UP GRATEFUL The Transformative Practice of Taking Nothing for Granted

by Kristi Nelson | Read by Kristi Nelson

Workman Publishing | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Twenty-six years after being diagnosed with Stage IV cancer (at age 33), Kristi Nelson presents her approach to meeting the disease with a grateful attitude. Listeners hear how she was inspired by Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, who encourages gratefulness as a transformative influence. Nelson, executive director of the Network for Grateful Living, deftly guides... Read More

YOU RECHARGED

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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