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I Read 143 Audiobooks in 2022, Here’s My Top Picks – Review Geek



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Audiobooks are an enormous a part of my life. I take heed to books the identical manner many individuals take heed to podcasts and music. I can undergo two or three titles every week. As of this writing, I’ve completed 143 audiobooks in 2022. Listed here are those that I loved probably the most this yr.

Be aware: The titles I’ve chosen aren’t essentially audiobooks that have been launched in 2022.

Chip Warfare by Chris Miller

I picked up this ebook as a result of I wished to grasp “provide chain points” concerning electronics. Evidently each week or so, there’s a narrative about some producer elevating costs, delaying product launches, or experiencing another situation as a consequence of a bottleneck in microchip manufacturing.

Like most books I purchase, it wasn’t a precise match for what I used to be attempting to be taught. However I positive realized much more than I anticipated. Along with having my provide chain situation query answered (a single manufacturing facility in Taiwan manufactures nearly all semiconductors on the earth), I realized an excellent deal about how important semiconductors are to our on a regular basis lives.

It’s not one thing most individuals take into consideration. However with out semiconductors, virtually not one of the conveniences we take pleasure in at the moment could be potential. Semiconductors rival oil because the world’s most essential useful resource. And the producer and distribution of those small silicon chips are an rising level of rigidity, not simply economically however geopolitically.

In Chip Warfare, Chris Miller explains the historical past of semiconductors, how the expertise got here to play a crucial position in fashionable life, and why they’ve grow to be the focus of geopolitics. It’s a must-read for these within the history of technology, world economics, and worldwide relations.

Find out how to Struggle a Hydra by Josh Kaufman

Certainly one of my greatest pursuits is psychology and private improvement. So, I learn a good quantity of self-help books. And I’m not alone in that. The self-help style routinely churns out best-sellers for individuals who need to enhance themselves. One other space of nice curiosity to me is storytelling. As a hobbyist filmmaker, I’m at all times searching for methods to deliver my ideas and emotions to life. I’ve realized through the years that allegory is likely one of the most potent instruments out there to any storyteller.

Once I stumbled throughout Find out how to Struggle a Hydra, I used to be intrigued. It’s the allegorical story of a peasant in search of journey and heroism by searching a hydra that lives close to his city in japanese Europe through the Center Ages. All through the story, the hydra hunter encounters many hurdles and setbacks and should be taught by means of expertise tips on how to slay the hydra and take care of the celebrity and fortune afterward. Utilizing the allegory of slaying a hydra as a automobile for self-improvement impressed me each as a storyteller and a scholar of psychology.

Find out how to Struggle a Hydra is an Audible unique audiobook. And it’s fairly brief–simply an hour and a half at 1x pace. Should you hear at 1.5x pace, you possibly can end the ebook in slightly below an hour. Should you resolve to select up this ebook, I like to recommend paying money somewhat than spending an Audible credit score for the reason that money worth is lower than half of your month-to-month Audible subscription.

Rationality by Steven Pinker

I’m a giant fan of Harvard College professor of psychology Steven Pinker. I first found him again in 2019 when a good friend beneficial the ebook The Better Angles of Our Nature. That ebook is a whopping 36 hours lengthy, most likely the longest audiobook I’ve ever learn. However Pinker’s writing fashion, skilled evaluation, and deep analysis hooked me on his work. I started studying by means of his whole catalog, with a number of titles turning into books I might take heed to over and over.

Highlights from his bibliography for me embrace The Blank Slate, The Language Instinct, and The Sense of Style. The latter is a writing fashion handbook that has helped me enhance my writing craft tremendously.

So, when Rationality turned out there on preorder in late 2021, there wasn’t a query that I might spend one in every of my Audible credit on it. I can’t bear in mind if I completed the ebook earlier than the top of that yr. Nevertheless, it’s a ebook that requires a number of readings to retain all the good data it has. It’s an enlightening and entertaining hear that guides you thru tips on how to suppose, frequent fallacies, and why purpose is so important to our on a regular basis lives. I’ve listened to it a minimum of 3 times in 2022. And Pinker’s new Audible providing, “Think With Pinker,” is presently on my to-read stack.

Mythos by Stephen Fry

One other level of deep curiosity for me is faith, delusion, and spirituality. And the myths and legends of historical Greece and Rome have at all times fascinated me. Nevertheless, I’ve by no means been capable of get into the traditional poetic sources as a result of my fashionable mind simply doesn’t course of them proper. That each one modified once I found that English comic Stephen Fry had penned a reimagining of the basic gods, together with Zeus, Pandora, Prometheus, and extra. I downloaded it instantly.

I wasn’t disillusioned. In Mythos, Fry does an excellent job of creating the traditional Greek deities accessible and comprehensible to fashionable audiences. Plus, it is rather entertaining. Fry delivers an enrapturing efficiency studying this ebook, which isn’t shocking since he’s one of many preeminent performers of our time. And on a private degree, it’s a excessive achievement for Fry as a historian, author, and performer. He excels in any respect three on this ebook.

Mythos first got here out in 2017, so I’m just a few years late discovering this specific ebook. Nevertheless, that’s not essentially a nasty factor. As soon as I used to be executed with Mythos, I used to be joyful to seek out that Fry had already produced two sequels, Heroes and Troy. The previous focuses on the Greek god’s human counterparts, and the latter tells the story of the mythic Trojan Warfare. I made my manner by means of your entire trilogy this yr.


Make a journey again in time and get to know the gods of the traditional world.

The Legal guidelines of Human Nature by Robert Greene

I discussed my curiosity in psychology earlier. Of all of the books I learn on the subject this yr, The Legal guidelines of Human Nature is probably the most exhaustive and instructive. I turned conscious of the ebook’s creator, Robert Inexperienced when somebody beneficial his 2015 ebook, 48 Laws of Power, final yr. 48 Legal guidelines of Energy went on my to-read stack for just a few months. I put it off as a result of I used to be intimidated by its size and fame for being standard in jail.

Once I lastly completed 48 Legal guidelines of Energy, I used to be impressed by the depth and candidness. Nevertheless, I felt barely icky as a result of the ebook usually teaches manipulative and amoral techniques for interpersonal relationships. This is sensible for the reason that ebook is framed as a handbook for medieval courtiers. I used to be joyful to seek out that Greene penned a much less cynical ebook about human psychology: The Legal guidelines of Human Nature.

This ebook is an exhaustive remedy of persona varieties, human motivations, and unconscious habits. It’s a sensible information to understanding your self and others. It offers ideas and tips on interacting with folks and what persona varieties it is best to affiliate with and people it is best to keep away from.

It needs to be famous that this ebook is kind of lengthy, and it’s not essentially meant to be consumed like a typical ebook. Slightly, it capabilities extra as a reference information to be picked up and browse if you need to learn to take care of a selected kind of individual. But it surely’s entertaining sufficient to devour casually if you want a ebook to take heed to.

Contemplate This by Chuck Palahniuk

I don’t usually learn fiction and virtually by no means write it (aside from screenplays for my movies). However I like studying about writing as I regularly search to enhance my skilled craft. So, Contemplate This by Chuck Palahniuk was solely a half-fit for me once I first picked it up. I figured that the creator of Struggle Membership would have some significant recommendations on writing, even when I don’t write prose fiction.

What I discovered on its pages was totally different than what I anticipated. As a substitute of being a treatise on writing, it’s extra of an autobiographical story of his writing profession–though writing recommendation is plentiful. I’ve gone by means of this ebook a number of instances all year long. It’s grow to be a kind of go-to books I wish to take heed to once I don’t need to be alone with my very own ideas.

This ebook ticks a number of containers for me. It’s about writing, non-fiction, entertaining, and re-readable. Plus, I’ve discovered it useful to enhance my storytelling talents as a filmmaker. I like to recommend it to all writers, storytellers, and even those that simply need to know somewhat extra in regards to the man who created Tyler Durden.

Full disclosure: that is the one ebook by Palahniuk that I’ve learn. No, I haven’t even learn Struggle Membership (however I’ve seen the film)I put Contemplate This in the identical class as On Writing by Stephen King. Which, apparently sufficient, can be the one ebook of his I’ve ever learn. What can I say? I simply don’t learn fiction that a lot.

The View From the Bridge by Nicholas Meyer

Should you’ve adopted my articles throughout the time I’ve written for Assessment Geek, you understand that I’m a giant Star Trek fan. So, once I realized Nicholas Meyer’s 2009 autobiography The View From The Bridge was out there on Audible, it instantly went on my want listing. The memoir of the director of The Wrath of Khan, The Undiscovered Nation, and author of The Voyage House is simply too massive of a deal with for a Trekkie to cross up.

However, with my to-read listing so lengthy, and solely a single month-to-month Audible credit score to get by means of them, it appeared like it could be a very long time earlier than I obtained to learn this ebook. Nevertheless, the wait was minimize brief once I found the library app Hoopla (iOS, Android) and located the ebook available for free there. I used to be elated, and The View From The Bridge went straight to the highest of the stack.

Nicholas Meyer is nearly as good a memoir author as he’s a filmmaker. The account of his life and profession in Hollywood was an interesting learn for me. Not solely as a Star Trek fan but additionally as a author and filmmaker. Though the chapters in regards to the making of the Star Trek motion pictures are what I’m going again and take heed to probably the most.

Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

I started my profession as a expertise journalist in 2008. Nevertheless, most of my writing handled opinions. So, I used to be not often entrenched within the day-to-day tech information grind till I got here on full-time at Assessment Geek earlier this yr. Every day our information editor offers us assignments about what to cowl that morning. And one thing I observed early on was that Elon Musk’s title got here up rather a lot. Actually, he’s most likely the title that got here up probably the most of any Silicon Valley determine.

Each week, there’s a narrative coping with Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and Twitter. After a few month or so of continually seeing his title in an expert setting, I noticed I wanted to know as a lot in regards to the man as potential. Plus, with emotions operating so deep about him and so many tales and allegations about him, I wanted to know for myself what was true and what wasn’t.

And once more, a library app (this time Libby (iOS, Android)) was there to assist. Ashlee Vance’s 2015 biography Elon Musk, was out there with no ready. I listened to it twice in two weeks. I realized all about his childhood in South Africa, his faculty training in Canada, his immigration to the USA, and his early successes and failures in Silicon Valley. With this context, all the things Musk is presently doing makes far more sense. And it’s a lot simpler to see the reality and falsehood about what folks say about him and why he acts the way in which he does.

Admittedly, the ebook is a bit dated seven years after publication. But it surely’s nonetheless invaluable to grasp one of many world’s wealthiest males. More moderen works that cowl Musk embrace Elon Musk: Risking it All by Michael Vlismas, and The Elon Musk Mission by Randy Kirk, Lars Strandridder, Brian Wang, and John Gibbs. I haven’t learn these books but, however I plan to. I additionally sit up for Musk’s upcoming biography written by Water Isaacson, who has additionally written books about Albert Einstein, Leonardo DaVinci, and Steve Jobs.