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.
Coming soon: Access Ideas podcast begins January 18, 2022
January 03, 2022x
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Coming soon: Access Ideas podcast begins January 18, 2022

Are you an ideas enthusiast or collector? Our new podcast, Access Ideas, expands on a few familiar areas of interest and explores questions you didn’t know you had, such as can Jane Austen novels serve as escapist fantasy, why is sleep science so controversial, and what drives our obsession with HBO...

Top 2021 Reviews: Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman
December 28, 2021x
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Top 2021 Reviews: Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman

My favourite audiobook of 2021! 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 makin...

Top 2021 Reviews: Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe
December 21, 2021x
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Top 2021 Reviews: Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty by Patrick Radden Keefe

Looking for a gripping TRUE story that's impossible to put down? In his 15-hour audiobook published in April 2021, Keefe captures a family saga that spans the twentieth century and leads up to 2020. Members of the Sackler family founded Purdue Pharma, the infamous maker of OxyContin, a prescription ...

Top 2021 Reviews: High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out by Amanda Ripley
December 14, 2021x
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Top 2021 Reviews: High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out by Amanda Ripley

“This is one of the most important books that will be published in 2021. The Covid vaccine will soon free humanity from a biological pandemic, and this book, if widely read, could free humanity from an equally deadly scourge—high conflict.” — Jonathan Haidt, Social psychologist, Professor of Ethical...

Top 2021 Reviews: Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind by Judson Brewer
December 07, 2021x
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Top 2021 Reviews: Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind by Judson Brewer

One of my top audiobook listens for 2021. Dr Judson Brewer is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at Brown University. As an addiction psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for treating addictions, Dr. Jud has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit ch...

Top 2021 Reviews: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need, by Bill Gates, read by Wil Wheaton
November 30, 2021x
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Top 2021 Reviews: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need, by Bill Gates, read by Wil Wheaton

One of my top audiobook listens for 2021. Gates identifies the Five Grand Challenges of climate change as manufacturing (31%), electricity (27%), agriculture (19%), transportation (16%), and buildings (7%). Since there’s no single solution for any of these sectors, Gates proposes we speed up the cyc...

Top 2021 Reviews: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, read by Carey Mulligan
November 23, 2021x
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Top 2021 Reviews: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, read by Carey Mulligan

“Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever…” Ultimately, stories have emotional power over us, and great stories stay with us for a lifetime. Haig’s charming style made this listen impossible to put down. And, although it covers some heavy subject ...

Top 2021 Reviews: You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters by Kate Murphy
November 16, 2021x
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Top 2021 Reviews: You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters by Kate Murphy

One of my top audiobook listens for 2021! One Goodreads reviewer gave this book three stars out of five, criticizing it as a “Love Letter to Listening” (but lacking tips of how to listen better). This same rationale is exactly why I’m giving this title five out of five stars. The fact is, most of us...

Review of There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century by Fiona Hill
November 09, 2021x
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Review of There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century by Fiona Hill

Fiona Hill is director of the Center on the United States and Europe, and senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. Growing up in England’s coal-mining country, Fiona Hill knew that she was in a forgotten place. The last of the local mines had closed, businesses were ...

Review of The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall & Douglas Abrams
November 02, 2021x
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Review of The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall & Douglas Abrams

Dr. Jane Goodall DBE is an ethologist and environmentalist. From infancy she was fascinated by animal behavior, and in 1957 at 23 years old, she met the famous paleoanthropologist Dr. Louis Leakey while she was visiting a friend in Kenya. Impressed by her passion for animals, he offered her the chan...