Author and narrator Andrew Steele is a specialist in the "new science of getting older without getting old." No one dies of old age, Dr. Steele argues, and as we reduce the underlying causes of death, we increase average longevity. Putting aside the question of where we'll put all these additional old folks, Steele offers a fascinating survey of contemporary medicine and the... Read More
Taking a cue from his young daughter's curiosity and enthusiasm for trying new things, author Tom Vanderbilt embarks on his own journey to learn new things. Narrating himself, he describes how his outlook was transformed as he learned to play chess, sing, draw, surf, and juggle during adulthood as a novice, asserting that this beginner status for hobby-type activities is often... Read More
Narrator Jennifer Fitzgerald brings her Irish accent to Alice Taylor's evocative memoir of living in social retreat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Offering a gentle yet non-idealized version of all the great and small changes in her own life and that of her village, Taylor describes a way of rural Irish living that seems to hew close to what she describes in her novels. Trading... Read More
This audio publication of a 2000 print book is still relevant today. An uplifting work, it explains how and why consistent human contact is important to good health. It's full of concise research summaries and moving anecdotes about those with social lifestyles associated with premature death--people without partners, folks who are widowed, people who don't connect with others... Read More
MSNBC news anchor Richard Lui is easy on the ears as he narrates this thoughtful overview of why giving to others is good for us. He sounds happy presenting--as if he's discovered a life principle that works for him and that he wants to share. True to form, the audiobook is selfless. It's less about his generosity toward others (in particular, he curtailed his work and career... Read More
The core message in this high-energy audio guide is that embracing our fear allows us to implement habits and mechanisms that help us to conquer it. Boston baseball radio personality Lou Merloni delivers this lively assemblage of neurology, performance studies, and personal anecdotes. His sports-announcer tone works well despite occasional glitches with phrasing or pacing. He... Read More
Author/narrator Adam Smiley Poswolsky takes listeners through the ins and outs of friendship and loneliness in the digital age. Delivering his guide on how to make new friends, he reintroduces playfulness and more intentionality into the lives of adults. For those who may have felt isolated during the current pandemic, this is a treasure trove of wisdom and insights. Poswolsky... Read More
NPR reporter Michaeleen Doucleff narrates this audiobook--part memoir and part guide on contemporary parenting. She is honest, clear, and thoughtful as she presents a wide range of research on parenting theories from many cultures. For those seeking new ways to connect with or better understand their children, this will be a welcome listen. Doucleff creates the feeling she is... Read More
Narrator Jonathan Todd Ross's breezy performance makes this survey of weight-loss programs as fun to hear as it is enlightening. His friendly tone and obvious delight with the material make him sound exactly as we would expect the author to sound if he were reading this entertaining guide. The contradictory nature of the programs Barry Estabrook surveyed is fascinating:... Read More
Kate Mulligan is an energetic and sincere narrator for a title that touts the value of doing nothing. She explains the Dutch philosophy of "niksen," which exhorts people to clear their minds as a way of increasing their happiness. Mulligan sounds like an excited friend who has found a new theory she can't wait to explain. She sounds warm and engaging, all the while maintaining... Read More
Boundaries, Jayne Hardy argues in this audiobook, are key to freedom and are also the cornerstone of healthy relationships. Maintaining them makes the difference between feeling stuck and relishing our lives. Narrator Pearl Hewitt's encouraging British voice showcases Hardy's insights and exercises, designed to help listeners negotiate boundaries with others. This work is... Read More
This audiobook, expertly narrated by Rene Ruiz, gathers dozens of striking examples of the contentious nature of ownership. Authors Michael A. Heller and James Saltzman, both law professors, show ownership to be highly unsettled and fluid in everyday life. You think you're not possessive, or territorial? Think about airline legroom and who owns that space behind each seat. The... Read More
Matthew Lloyd Davies's narration blends casualness and candor in this unusual motivational audiobook for creatives. In an easygoing, nonjudgmental tone, Davies conveys Crutchley's frank advice about moving beyond obstacles in creating art: Know that your work sucks--and so does everyone else's. While he is sincere in his encouragement to be authentic and fearless in producing... Read More
A psychiatrist and veteran researcher on early abuse and loss combines his clinical knowledge with the personal experiences and observations of a well-known survivor of such trauma: Oprah Winfrey. They are both capable, likable narrators who are sincerely engaged with their subject matter. Their informative audio is an easily digestible blend of sections they have written and... Read More
This examination of the facets of wisdom has the tone of both an absorbing TED talk and a social science research paper. It is a multilayered consumer guide to a common human trait, as well as an inside look at how a painstaking researcher might define a neurobiological or personality construct. Roger May narrates with slow and thoughtful pacing. His pleasing voice and... Read More
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