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AND LIFE LIGHTS UP Moments that Matter

Earphones Award Winner

by Alice Taylor | Read by Jennifer Fitzgerald

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Irish writer Alice Taylor offers a heartwarming meditation on the beauty to be found in the world around us. Taylor's natural optimism makes voice pro Jennifer Fitzgerald a wonderful choice to perform this inspiring writing. Her relaxed tone and audible love of Taylor's message conjure memorable conversations we've had with close friends--warm interactions that touched our... Read More


THE BOOK OF HOPE A Survival Guide for Trying Times

by Jane Goodall, Douglas Abrams | Read by Douglas Abrams, Jane Goodall

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Douglas Abrams's resonant voice sounds peaceful and strong as he interviews the 87-year-old naturalist in this invitation to take action against the perils of our time--global warming, terrorism, attacks against democracy, widening gaps between haves and have-nots, and the threat of more pandemics. In tone and focus, he makes this an intimate audio that offers many personal... Read More


FEEDING THE SOUL (BECAUSE IT'S MY BUSINESS) Finding Our Way to Joy, Love, and Freedom

by Tabitha Brown | Read by Tabitha Brown

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Tabitha Brown's rural North Carolina accent will be a challenge for listeners not familiar with the dialect. But 10 or 20 minutes into this production something else becomes more prominent--the heartfelt and hard-won perspectives of a wise person. The popular foodie and Instagram/TikTok star narrates with unassailable sincerity, and as the goodness of her heart takes center... Read More


FOUR THOUSAND WEEKS Time Management for Mortals

by Oliver Burkeman | Read by Oliver Burkeman

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

British journalist Oliver Burkeman's latest audio is more a contemplative essay than a work of time management advice. The opening sections move slowly, holding attention because of the relaxed elegance of his speaking voice rather than anything he's talking about. But listeners will soon become absorbed with his insight that we worry too much about the roughly 4,000 weeks of... Read More


HARD TO BREAK Why Our Brains Make Habits Stick

by Russell A. Poldrack | Read by Tim Fannon

Recorded Books | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Listeners will have to slog through a lot of neuroscience before the author, a psychologist, begins to offer specific advice on how the esoteric research he cites can be used to develop or break habits. Narrator Tim Fannon brings it all down to earth with his highly accessible performance. His intelligent articulation and buoyant phrasing make this a friendly audiobook. Though... Read More



by Laurie Rosenwald | Read by Laurie Rosenwald

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Too much perfectionism in our culture results in generation after generation of people who are too afraid of making mistakes to create anything original, says the creativity guru Laurie Rosenwald in this fast-moving audio. She narrates with exuberance and dramatic flair that occasionally upstage her message--but she sounds so sincere that her likable vocal personality overcomes... Read More


LOVE PEOPLE, USE THINGS Because the Opposite Never Works

by Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus | Read by Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The Minimalists invite listeners to go beyond the clutter and look for deeper meaning in the saying that "less is more." Joshua Millburn's tone is sincere and self-effacing as he shares hard truths from his personal life and discusses how our relationships with "stuff" directly affect our relationships with ourselves and others. As Ryan Nicodemus cheerfully chimes in with his... Read More


PEAK MIND Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day

by Amishi P. Jha | Read by Xe Sands

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Xe Sands has a wonderful voice to listen to--it is deep, sexy, and conveys emotion. However, it is a mismatch for the content of this well-researched nonfiction audiobook on how to improve your attention. The cadence, tone, and pace of Sands's delivery make it challenging for the listener to concentrate on the content, an ironic development in light of the author's... Read More


TENACITY Penciling the Journey and Inking the Destiny

by Veena Sharma | Read by Subhadra Newton

Veena Sharma | Unabridged
Personal Growth

In clear, careful tones, Subhadra Newton narrates this intriguing memoir. The author beat the odds of her impoverished upbringing in Fiji and the demands of her family's Hindu culture to achieve a successful nursing career. Newton's youthful timbre initially feels mismatched to the memoir's point of view--that of an older woman who is recounting valuable lessons in resilience.... Read More


TICKLED A Commonsense Guide to the Present Moment

Earphones Award Winner

by Duff McDonald | Read by Sean Pratt

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Being stimulated into a delightful state--tickled--always happens in the moment and is different from the counting and analyzing we do every day, says business author Duff McDonald. In this moving account he describes how last year's Covid isolation inspired him to change the way he lives. The author's charm and calm thought processing are captured by narrator Sean Pratt. His... Read More


WHEN WE BECOME STRANGERS How Loneliness Leaks into Our Lives, and What We Can Do about It

by Maggie Hamilton | Read by Christopher Brown

Bolinda Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Social researcher and speaker Maggie Hamilton takes an intelligent look at how Western culture discourages connecting with others. Though we evolved to be part of a tribe, prosperity and technology have allowed us to become too independent, to stay home and hire others for tasks we used to share with neighbors. Fellow Australian Christopher Brown performs with earnest respect... Read More

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