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ACT NATURAL

ACT NATURAL A Cultural History of Misadventures in Parenting

by Jennifer Traig | Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Emily Woo Zeller delivers this captivating history of how civilizations across the world raise children. Zeller captures the author's humor and irony without overshadowing her mission: to give fretting parents a reprieve from overly ambitious parenting advice. Her understated, often charming performance will hold listeners' attention, giving them time to absorb the... Read More

ALMOST EVERYTHING

ALMOST EVERYTHING Notes on Hope

by Anne Lamott | Read by Anne Lamott

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Much to the delight of many listeners, Anne Lamott's essay collections about life, love, religion, and writing, including the well-loved OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS and BIRD BY BIRD, have appeared frequently over the years. She is a friendly, wise, and wry commentator who only occasionally drifts into self-pity about life's many pitfalls. She is always worth one's attention. The... Read More

BARE MINIMUM PARENTING

BARE MINIMUM PARENTING The Ultimate Guide to Not Quite Ruining Your Child

by James Breakwell | Read by James Breakwell

Blackstone Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The smart-aleck tone in the author's performance is a steady feature in this refreshing reminder that less can be more when it comes to raising children. With his pleasantly flinty voice and brisk pacing, he creates a positive atmosphere for absorbing his views and pithy insights. Short chapters with snappy headings, along with a steady flow of funny quips, also keep the action... Read More

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong

by Eric Barker | Read by Roger Wayne

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrating this fascinating collection of research findings on who is successful and why, Roger Wayne brings the kind of vocal clarity and enthusiasm that an audiobook like this deserves. He sounds relaxed, in complete control of his craft, and engaged without overselling the author's message. Eric Barker explodes many myths we have about success--for example that nice guys and... Read More

BEBE DAY BY DAY

BEBE DAY BY DAY 100 Keys to French Parenting

by Pamela Druckerman | Read by Abby Craden

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Abby Craden's intelligent narration invites listeners hear about child-rearing in France. Her deeper-pitched voice and comfortable authority make her sound mature and experienced--perfect for delivering the author's pithy observations and urbane insights. International journalist Druckerman writes with the wry humor of an improv comic. Even during pregnancy, she says, women... Read More

BEYOND BIRDS AND BEES

BEYOND BIRDS AND BEES Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids About Sex, Love, and Equality

by Bonnie J. Rough | Read by Bonnie J. Rough

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Author Bonnie Rough narrates her thought-provoking and down-to-earth exploration of comprehensive education on sexuality for children of all ages. While living in Amsterdam with her young daughter, Rough observed a fascinating difference between Dutch and American attitudes toward bodies, sex, and gender; her subsequent exploration of the topic led to this audiobook. The work... Read More

CRAFTFULNESS

CRAFTFULNESS Mend Yourself by Making Things

by Rosemary Davidson, Arzu Tahsin | Read by Joan Walker

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Engaging in crafts creates more than a quilt, a painting, or a ceramic bowl--it creates peace of mind, say authors Davidson and Tahsin. Narrator Joan Walker delivers this message about the therapeutic qualities of crafting with enthusiasm that mirrors this celebration of traditional crafts. Walker's lilting narration occasionally blurs narrative transitions such as moving to... Read More

DIGITAL MINIMALISM

DIGITAL MINIMALISM On Living Better with Less Technology

Earphones Award Winner

by Cal Newport | Read by Will Damron, Cal Newport [Intro.]

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Narrator Will Damron sustains a heartfelt tone as he explains what digital minimalism is all about. As technology and digital noise encroach upon all aspects of our lives, this invitation to streamline our digital dependence is sobering and timely. Author Cal Newport reads the introduction, setting a tone of sincerity and urgency about becoming more intentional in our use of... Read More

THE ENCHANTED HOUR

THE ENCHANTED HOUR The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction

by Meghan Cox Gurdon | Read by Meghan Cox Gurdon

Harper Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

This wonderful audiobook is a fully enjoyable listen. Meghan Cox Gurdon is the WALL STREET JOURNAL's reviewer of children's books, so it isn't surprising that she brings great insight and passion to this work. What may be surprising, however, is just how good a narrator she is. She sprinkles her delivery with appropriate accents and enthusiasm. Furthermore, her pacing is... Read More

FOREST BATHING

FOREST BATHING How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness

Earphones Award Winner

by Qing Li | Read by Ramon Tikaram

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Saying that urban dwellers across the globe suffer from "nature deficit disorder," Australian-trained academic Qing Li has created a convincing argument that time in forests is essential for happiness and overall well-being. Narrator Ramon Tikaram brings appealing credibility to the production with his deeply resonant voice, British accent, and colorful phrasing palette. His... Read More

FORGET "HAVING IT ALL"

FORGET "HAVING IT ALL" How America Messed Up Motherhood--and How to Fix It

by Amy Westervelt | Read by Amy Westervelt

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Investigative journalist Amy Westervelt narrates her riveting audiobook with the certitude of a seasoned lawyer and the calm indignation of an activist who knows what she's up against. Her steadiness and authenticity as a narrator make it easy to comprehend her message that our culture, private organizations, and government policy have been skewed for a long time against the... Read More

HOW TO BE A HAPPIER PARENT

HOW TO BE A HAPPIER PARENT Raising a Family, Having a Life and Loving (Almost) Every Minute

by KJ Dell'Antonia | Read by KJ Dell'Antonia

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Listeners will appreciate the overall positive tone in this encyclopedic guide to feeling more effective as a parent. The youthful-sounding author, a mother of four and former editor of a NEW YORK TIMES parenting blog, is an easy-to-hear, likable narrator. Her upbeat attitude is believable as she explains what's behind familiar challenges like morning and bedtime struggles,... Read More

JOYFUL

JOYFUL The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness

by Ingrid Fetell Lee | Read by Ingrid Fetell Lee

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

There is a calming quality of the author's performance of her empowering audiobook, which reminds us that we shouldn't let our culture dissuade us from finding joy in the tangible qualities of the world around us. At once powerful and innocent sounding, Lee's speaking voice has a beautiful lyricism that is compelling but never upstages her message. The design expert and... Read More

MICROMASTERY

MICROMASTERY Learn Small, Learn Fast, and Unlock Your Potential to Achieve Anything

by Robert Twigger | Read by Roy McMillan

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Micromastery--the mastering of a simple, repeatable task such as splitting a log, balancing rocks, or making the perfect omelet--is a rewarding pursuit, though perhaps not an ideal topic for an audiobook. Narrator Roy McMillan energetically explains the rationale for micromastery and rallies listeners to action. It's the second half of the audiobook that's the... Read More

THE NEW CHILDHOOD

THE NEW CHILDHOOD Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World

by Jordan Shapiro | Read by Jordan Shapiro

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The author's audiobook on raising kids in a digital world sets out to reassure us that the pervasiveness of digital gaming and 24/7 connectivity is actually preparing our children for participation in new paradigms of personal growth and global citizenship. With diction and pacing that make comprehension effortless, the Temple University philosophy professor explains that the... Read More

THE SECRET LIFE

THE SECRET LIFE A Book of Wisdom from the Great Teacher

Earphones Award Winner

by Jeffrey Katz, Alys Yablon Wylen | Read by George Newbern

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Personal Growth

With an easygoing narration, George Newbern delivers the keys to living an authentic and intentional life. In this examination of the teachings of the medieval philosopher Maimonides, we see the far-reaching benefits of applying his lessons to our contemporary lives filled with social media. Newbern's affable voice and conversational pace mirror the authors' positive message... Read More

SELF-CARE FOR THE REAL WORLD

SELF-CARE FOR THE REAL WORLD

by Nadia Narain, Katia Narain Phillips | Read by Nadia Narain, Katia Narain Phillips

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Coauthors, sisters, and wellness gurus Nadia and Katia are equally ardent in their alternating narrations of this practical guide on self-care. Together, they work to convince listeners of the importance of self-respect, self-compassion, and taking care of our own needs in order to be kinder, more giving people who can impact others more positively. The sisters' amiable tone... Read More

SLOW

SLOW Simple Living for a Frantic World

by Brooke McAlary | Read by Larissa Gallagher

Tantor Media | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Australian author and popular podcaster Brooke McAlary advises listeners on how to slow down to embrace their own best lives. When she finds herself diagnosed with postpartum depression, McAlary's psychiatrist asks her whether she's ever considered "doing less-- slowing down." Narrator Larissa Gallagher's pleasantly Australian voice shares insights from McAlary's long (and... Read More

SMALL ANIMALS

SMALL ANIMALS Parenthood in the Age of Fear

by Kim Brooks | Read by Kim Brooks

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Author Kim Brooks's moving narration is the perfect vehicle for the drama surrounding her arrest for a momentary lapse in judgment--leaving her 4-year-old son in a locked car while she ran into a Virginia store. She weaves this experience into the broader story of how the culture of American parenting--competitive, anxious, judgmental--has come to impact everything we do as... Read More

TINY LEAPS, BIG CHANGES

TINY LEAPS, BIG CHANGES Everyday Strategies to Accomplish More, Crush Your Goals, and Create the Life You Want

by Gregg Clunis | Read by Gregg Clunis

Hachette Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

From research he's done for his podcast, Gregg Clunis distills the process of personal change into six steps that sound valid and quite achievable in this author-narrated guide. His clear speaking voice and serious tone are effective in framing his writing as consequential, even potentially life changing. He's the earnest teacher you would want as an advisor or coach. What's... Read More

WEIRD PARENTING WINS

WEIRD PARENTING WINS Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches

by Hillary Frank | Read by Hillary Frank, Nicola Barber, Dan Bittner, Raphael Corkhill, Ana Isabel, Laura Knight-Keating, Barrie Kreinik, Nick Martorelli, Jen Rubins, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Gabra Zackman.

Penguin Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

The popular podcaster serves up novel parenting approaches that she's gathered from friends and her online fans. An assortment of talented voice pros presents these ideas with appealing gusto while Hillary Frank offers running commentary delivered with irresistible vocal charm. It's great fun to hear, and quite enlightening. The creative ideas she's selected will expand the... Read More

WHAT WOULD CLEOPATRA DO?

WHAT WOULD CLEOPATRA DO? Life Lessons from 50 of History's Most Extraordinary Women

by Elizabeth Foley, Beth Coates | Read by Madeleine Maby

Simon & Schuster Audio | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Authors Elizabeth Foley and Beth Coates team up on a delightful compilation of feminine advice for today's women. Using the stories of 50 heroines throughout history, they blend antiquity with contemporary concerns. Narrator Madeleine Maby's approach is poised and friendly yet sophisticated in tone. She recounts each iconic woman's story with clarity, adding a playful tone as... Read More

WHAT'S BEYOND MINDFULNESS?

WHAT'S BEYOND MINDFULNESS? Waking Up to this Precious Life

Earphones Award Winner

by Stephen Fulder | Read by Pete Cross

Dreamscape | Unabridged
Personal Growth

Pete Cross provides a calm and compelling narration as he gently invites listeners to partake in enlightening lessons intended to inspire mindfulness. Enriching chapters accessibly explore aspects of mindfulness relating to such topics as aging, awakening, authenticity, war, empathy, and emotional domination. Cross's narration is engaging, at once persuasive and inquisitive but... Read More

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