Audiobook Reviews in Five Minutes

Janna

Janna

Looking for your next Audiobook listen, but not sure where to start? The Audiobook Reviews in Five Minutes podcast covers highlights of my latest non-fiction audiobook recommendations; topics include culture, ideas, history, and communication.

Classic literature as audiobook: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, read by Maggie Gyllenhaal
October 19, 2021x
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00:07:1313.23 MB

Classic literature as audiobook: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, read by Maggie Gyllenhaal

Can the audiobook format add something of value to classic literature? Leo Tolstoy's epic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature and famously begins with the line “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Goodreads: https://ww...

Repeat listen: Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times, written by Katherine May and read by Rebecca Lee
October 12, 2021x
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00:06:0411.11 MB

Repeat listen: Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times, written by Katherine May and read by Rebecca Lee

One of my top audiobook listens for 2021! All of us have experienced unforeseen circumstances like an abrupt illness, the death of a loved one, a breakup, or a job loss. These experiences can be deeply lonely and confusing. I’m reviewing this book because I’m thinking of all the people I know living...

Review of Drink? The New Science of Alcohol and Your Health, written and read by Professor David Nutt
October 05, 2021x
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00:08:3115.62 MB

Review of Drink? The New Science of Alcohol and Your Health, written and read by Professor David Nutt

Professor David Nutt is a neuropsychopharmacologist and researcher at Imperial College London. In 2009, he was infamously dismissed from his role as Chair of the United Kingdom’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. The reason was his public stance that illicit drugs should be classified accordi...

Review of Projections: A Story of Human Emotions by Karl Deisseroth, read by Karl Deisseroth, Natalie Naudus, Karen Chilton
September 28, 2021x
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00:06:4512.36 MB

Review of Projections: A Story of Human Emotions by Karl Deisseroth, read by Karl Deisseroth, Natalie Naudus, Karen Chilton

Karl Deisseroth has spent his life researching the human mind, both as a renowned clinical psychiatrist and as a researcher creating and developing the revolutionary field of optogenetics, which uses light to help decipher the brain’s workings. Projections is promoted as a work that combines his kno...

Review of Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization by Edward Slingerland, read by Tom Parks
September 21, 2021x
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00:06:5712.76 MB

Review of Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization by Edward Slingerland, read by Tom Parks

Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Philosophy Edward Slingerland makes a bold claim in his new book in that overall and over the course of history, alcohol has produced net positive benefits for both individuals and cultures, or our taste for it would have been eliminated by genetic o...

Review of Things I Learned from Falling by Claire Nelson
September 14, 2021x
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00:09:5118.05 MB

Review of Things I Learned from Falling by Claire Nelson

Things I learned from Falling is promoted as a memoir by Claire Nelson, who shares how she fell over 25 feet after wandering off the trail in a deserted corner of Joshua Tree Park. The fall shattered her pelvis, rendering her immobile. She lay in a canyon for the next four days, exposed to the relen...

Review of Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence by Dr. Anna Lembke
September 07, 2021x
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00:07:1713.35 MB

Review of Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence by Dr. Anna Lembke

Anna Lembke is the medical director of Stanford Addiction Medicine, program director for the Stanford Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She is the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding research in mental illness, for excellence ...

Review of The Comfort Book by Matt Haig
August 31, 2021x
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00:06:1211.38 MB

Review of The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

Matt Haig is an author for children and adults. His memoir, Reasons to Stay Alive, was a number one bestseller, staying in the British top ten for 46 weeks. His children’s book A Boy Called Christmaswas a runaway hit and is translated in over 40 languages. It is being made into a film starring Maggi...

Review of Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman
August 24, 2021x
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00:06:2411.73 MB

Review of Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman

Oliver Burkeman is the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking (2012) and Help! How to Become Slightly Happier and Get a Bit More Done (2011), a collection of columns for the Guardian newspaper. Four Thousand Weeks is about making the most of our radically fini...

Review of This Is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan
August 17, 2021x
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Review of This Is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan is an American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism. Pollan’s 2021 book, This is Your Mind on Plants, features three essays about...