Much as we love a good long drive or road trip, there’s no denying that once you hit a long stretch of motorway with no end in sight the monotony can set in fast. That and there’s only so many times you can listen to the same 5 songs on the radio before you’re contemplating pulling your hair out. A good audiobook can be a real life-saver (and a great gift!) in these situations, and with such a huge library of titles to choose from on services like Audible there’s always something to tickle your fancy, whether you’re looking for a good adventure or some real brain food. Try out these top picks if you’re looking for something to listen to as you wile away the miles.
One of a Kind by Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson
The great rags-to-riches tale of the world’s greatest poker player, Stuey “the kid” Ungar. This one is packed with a deck of tall tales from Ungar’s life as presented by authors Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson who were commissioned by Stu to tell his story. From earning the nickname ‘The Comeback Kid’ for winning the World Series of Poker three times, to his challenges with addiction and heartbreak, this is a great tale of a life lived with high stakes.
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
How is it that some people are possessed of talents and abilities that are truly exceptional? Malcolm Gladwell sets out to answer this elusive question in his book Outliers. From Silicon Valley tech moguls, to star footballers and pop icons to today’s Einstein. Gladwell uses the latest findings in the areas of sociology, anthropology, psychology and genetics to paint a surprising new picture of what success is and what factors contribute to it in a person’s life.
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The ultimate classic in fantasy fiction by J.R.R. Tolkien that spawned the equally amazing blockbuster trilogy of films in the early aughts. Join the Fellowship of the Ring on their quest to cast the Ring of Power into the fires of Mount Doom and turn back the forces of darkness under the command of Sauron of Mordor. With incredibly entertaining narration by the inimitable Rob Inglis, who acts as every character as well as the narrator, the whole trilogy on audiobook comes in at around a marathon 54 hours. That should keep you busy.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
A modern classic in the self help and business section, 7 Habits is a masterful mix of life teachings and fascinating anecdotes. Covey outlines an approach for solving professional and personal challenges by way of a holistic, integrated set of principles. From exploring the import of living with dignity, to understanding the necessity for fairness and integrity in one’s actions, Covey outlines what core characteristics are shared by all highly effective people.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Told entirely from the perspective of Buck, a St Bernard/Border Collie cross who is abducted from his easy going life in the San Francisco bay area and sent north to be sold into servitude as a sled dog. You follow Buck as he learns to adapt to the harsh realities of Alaskan life, and navigates conflict and struggle with both men and other dogs. At once a mystical love letter to the harsh beauty of nature and a gripping story following one man and his dog as their battle hardship and deprivation in the Yukon basin, The Call of the Wild is a unique and gripping story.
A Short History of Everything by Bill Bryson
What even is time, and how does one locate the centre of the earth? Join the mighty Bill Bryson, traveller extraordinaire as he tackles the big questions in this hugely entertaining popular science book that takes on the lofty task of giving a cursory history of everything. Packed full with great facts and stories and narrated by Bryson himself, this is one of the curious minded.
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