AudioFile - Find your next great audiobook
Get our Newsletter

New Reviews: Personal Growth

Home»Reviews»New Reviews by Category

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



by Alice Taylor | Read by Jennifer Fitzgerald

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Jennifer Fitzgerald brings her Irish accent to Alice Taylor's evocative memoir of living in social retreat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Offering a gentle yet non-idealized version of all the great and small changes in her own life and that of her village, Taylor describes a way of rural Irish living that seems to hew close to what she describes in her novels. Trading... 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


THE EXTENDED MIND The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain

by Annie Murphy Paul | Read by Annie Murphy Paul

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Though its message is decidedly philosophical, this audiobook offers a broad selection of neurological and behavioral studies to show how mental processing is not isolated to the confines of the skull. The author argues that our brains work best when the thinking we do is coordinated with the wisdom of our physical bodies, the spaces we live and work in, and the influence of... 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


HUNT, GATHER, PARENT What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans

by Michaeleen Doucleff | Read by Michaeleen Doucleff

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

NPR reporter Michaeleen Doucleff narrates this audiobook--part memoir and part guide on contemporary parenting. She is honest, clear, and thoughtful as she presents a wide range of research on parenting theories from many cultures. For those seeking new ways to connect with or better understand their children, this will be a welcome listen. Doucleff creates the feeling she is... 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


MAKING SPACE How to Live Happier by Setting Boundaries That Work for You

by Jayne Hardy | Read by Pearl Hewitt

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Boundaries, Jayne Hardy argues in this audiobook, are key to freedom and are also the cornerstone of healthy relationships. Maintaining them makes the difference between feeling stuck and relishing our lives. Narrator Pearl Hewitt's encouraging British voice showcases Hardy's insights and exercises, designed to help listeners negotiate boundaries with others. This work is... Read More


NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THEY'RE DOING The 10 Secrets All Artists Should Know

by Lee Crutchley | Read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Matthew Lloyd Davies's narration blends casualness and candor in this unusual motivational audiobook for creatives. In an easygoing, nonjudgmental tone, Davies conveys Crutchley's frank advice about moving beyond obstacles in creating art: Know that your work sucks--and so does everyone else's. While he is sincere in his encouragement to be authentic and fearless in producing... Read More


RADICAL CURIOSITY One Man's Search for Cosmic Magic and a Purposeful Life

by Ken Dychtwald | Read by Chris Andrew Ciulla, Ken Dychtwald

Audible, Inc. | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Chris Andrew Ciulla steps into renowned aging expert Ken Dychtwald's persona to deliver this intimately detailed memoir. Dychtwald's delivery of the introduction reflects his own talent as an experienced speaker. Ciulla performs the remainder of the audiobook in a voice that is well suited to the story of a kid from Newark who grows up exercising his radical curiosity... Read More


THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS The six principles of a happy life and the seven strategies for achieving it

by Brendan Kelly | Read by Sam O'Mahony

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Sam O'Mahony is an earnest narrator who enhances this exploration of factors that influence happiness. His delivery is crisp, clear, and fluid as he explains the range of genetic and situational variables that can affect people's moods across the general population. With his confident yet relaxed delivery, O'Mahoney wins listeners over. He inspires confidence in the research of... 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

Search by Range

The latest audiobook reviews, right in your inbox.

Get our FREE Newsletter and discover a world of audiobooks.


AudioFile Newsletter

Let us recommend your next great audiobook!

No algorithms here!
We pick great audiobooks for you.
Sign up for our free newsletter with audiobook love from AudioFile editors.

If you are already with us, thank you! Just click X above.


Thank you for signing up.



Thank you for contacting us!

Our group will review and follow up within 72 hours.
Thanks for your interest!

Back Home ×