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#1: Hidden Valley Road
Inside the Mind of an American Family
Narrated by Sean Pratt / 13 hours 8 minutes
OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.
Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work with the Air... Read more »
#2: How to Invent Everything
A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler
By Ryan North
Narrated by Ryan North / 12 hours 55 minutes
“I thoroughly enjoyed this listen. In my opinion, it is not always a good thing when an author narrates their own work, but in this instance it was spot on. What impressed me was how well he managed to describe graphs, tables, and illustrations from the written version. That said, I will admit to having skipped past a couple of tables that became tedious listening. I can only imagine how much fun he had reading them. There is humor from start to finish, and I especially enjoyed his handling of famous quotes at the beginning of each section. Since the book is a guide on how to rebuild civilization faster than it developed naturally, the reader (who is ostensibly trapped in the past due to a broken time machine, for which this book is the 'repair' manual) gets to take credit for 'discovering' and 'inventing' all the great advances in history. In keeping with this, all famous quotes are attributed to "You". This is followed by an additional 'also' accreditation to a personage from the 'original' timeline. What is also educational is that as each technological stride is explained, the author informs not only when this it first appeared, but how much sooner it COULD have based on previous advances. A 'technology tree' appendix (which is available on the author's website with all the other described visual aids) lays out exactly which technologies are necessary to take the next step on your path to becoming the most important person in history. Shortly after I finished the book, one of my children asked me several question I was able to answer as if I had always known (rather than just learned it myself 48 hours previously). This is a great resource if you've ever had a desire to know a little bit more about the 'hows' and 'whys' behind the workings of civilization”John, Travelin' Storyseller
#3: How to Do Nothing
Resisting the Attention Economy
By Jenny Odell
Narrated by Rebecca Gibel / 8 hours 10 minutes
A galvanizing critique of the forces vying for our attention—and our personal information—that redefines what we think of as productivity, reconnects us with the environment, and reveals all that we've been too distracted to see about ourselves and our world Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is... Read more »
Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley
By Emily Chang
Narrated by Emily Chang / 9 hours 6 minutes
Instant National Bestseller
A PBS NewsHour-New York Times Book Club Pick!
"Excellent." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Brotopia is more than a business book. Silicon Valley holds extraordinary power over our present lives as well as whatever utopia (or nightmare) might come next." --New York Times
Silicon Valley is a modern utopia where anyone can change... Read more »
#5: Console Wars
Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation
Narrated by Fred Berman / 20 hours 40 minutes
Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars—a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry.
In 1990, Nintendo had a... Read more »
#6: How to Change Your Mind
What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
Narrated by Michael Pollan / 13 hours 34 minutes
If you enjoyed A Really Good Day, then you’ll love How to Change Your Mind.
“Take an over-medicated, moody, middle-aged mother of four, add a month of experimental microdosing with LSD and it makes for A Really Good Day by Ayelet Waldman. This mesmerizing memoir of mental exploration tackles the taboo topic of drug use in our society, the frightening rise of prescription pills and the devastating addictions developing during the War on Drugs. A rollicking ride through the realm of self-realization, Waldman’s creative quest for sanity is painfully honest, hysterically funny and deeply human. I loved it!”Kristin, McLean & Eakin Booksellers
#7: The Fate of Food
What We'll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World
Narrated by Amanda Little / 9 hours 56 minutes
WINNER OF THE 2019 NAUTILUS BOOK AWARD
In the fascinating story of the sustainable food revolution, an environmental journalist and professor asks the question: Is the future of food looking bleak—or better than ever?
“In The Fate of Food, Amanda Little takes us on a tour of the future. The journey is scary, exciting, and, ultimately,... Read more »
#8: American Hemp Farmer
Adventures and Misadventures in the Cannabis Trade
By Doug Fine
Narrated by Doug Fine / 11 hours 9 minutes
The inside story of the world’s most fascinating and lucrative crop from gonzo journalist–turned–hemp farmer Doug Fine.
Hemp, the non-psychoactive variant of cannabis (or marijuana) and one of humanity’s oldest plant allies, has quietly become the fastest industry ever to generate a billion dollars of annual revenue in North America. From hemp... Read more »
#9: The Art of Invisibility
The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
Narrated by Ray Porter / 9 hours 17 minutes
Be online without leaving a trace. Your every step online is being tracked and stored, and your identity literally stolen. Big companies and big governments want to know and exploit what you do, and privacy is a luxury few can afford or understand.
In this explosive yet practical book, Kevin Mitnick uses true-life stories to show exactly what... Read more »
#10: Uncanny Valley
By Anna Wiener
Narrated by Suehyla El-Attar / 8 hours 44 minutes
“Like Joan Didion or Renata Adler, Ben Lerner or Sally Rooney, Anna Wiener writes with dead-on specificity, scalpel-sharp analysis, deep sensitivity, and an eye for the absurd. She headed west into the modern gold rush that is the tech boom and now returns with gleaming ingots of insight, weaving tales of a strange land where boy-CEOs ride ripsticks and hoover up your data. An essential and very human look at the forces shaping who we are and how we behave.”Sam MacLaughlin, McNally Jackson Williamsburg
#11: How Innovation Works
And Why It Flourishes in Freedom
By Matt Ridley
Narrated by Matt Ridley / 12 hours 34 minutes
Building on his national bestseller The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley chronicles the history of innovation, and how we need to change our thinking on the subject.
Innovation is the main event of the modern age, the reason we experience both dramatic improvements in our living standards and unsettling changes in our society. Forget short-term... Read more »
And the Science Deniers
By Mario Livio
Narrated by Jonathan Davis / 8 hours 47 minutes
A fresh interpretation of the life of Galileo Galilei, one of history’s greatest and most fascinating scientists, that sheds new light on his discoveries and how he was challenged by science deniers. “We really need this story now, because we’re living through the next chapter of science denial” (Bill McKibben).
Galileo’s story may be more... Read more »
#13: The Fifth Domain
Defending Our Country, Our Companies, and Ourselves in the Age of Cyber Threats
Narrated by Marc Cashman / 12 hours 7 minutes
An urgent new warning from two bestselling security experts--and a gripping inside look at how governments, firms, and ordinary citizens can confront and contain the tyrants, hackers, and criminals bent on turning the digital realm into a war zone.
"In the battle raging between offense and defense in cyberspace, Clarke and Knake have some... Read more »
#14: A Farmer's Guide to Climate Disruption
Narrated by Rebekah L. Fraser & Mark Herz / 6 hours 16 minutes
We can thrive in the changing climate.
Production & yield, pest & disease pressure, food quality, and population are all aspects of food security being affected by climate disruption. According to current projections, the global population will be thirty percent higher in 2050. Because of this and anticipated dietary changes, growers will... Read more »
#15: Why Fish Don't Exist
A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life
By Lulu Miller
Narrated by Lulu Miller / 4 hours 55 minutes
A “remarkable” (Los Angeles Times), “seductive” (The Wall Street Journal) debut from an extraordinary new voice in nonfiction, Why Fish Don’t Exist is a dark and astonishing tale of love, chaos, scientific obsession, and—possibly—even murder.
“At one point, Miller dives into the ocean into a school of fish…comes up for air, and realizes she’s in... Read more »
#16: Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now
By Jaron Lanier
Narrated by Oliver Wyman / 4 hours 44 minutes
"Narrator Oliver Wyman brings his full complement of vocalizations to this polemic on social media and what it is doing to us. His cadence and delivery are spot-on..." — AudioFile Magazine
Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now is a timely call-to-arms from a Silicon Valley pioneer.
You might have trouble imagining life... Read more »
The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
By Adam Alter
Narrated by Adam Alter / 8 hours 16 minutes
“One of the most mesmerizing and important books I’ve read in quite some time. Alter brilliantly illuminates the new obsessions that are controlling our lives and offers the tools we need to rescue our businesses, our families, and our sanity.” —Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take
Welcome to the age of... Read more »
#18: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
Narrated by Nicol Zanzarella / 24 hours 16 minutes
The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.
In this masterwork of original thinking and research, Shoshana Zuboff provides startling insights into the... Read more »
#19: The Orchid Thief
A True Story of Beauty and Obsession
By Susan Orlean
Narrated by Jennifer Jay Myers / 8 hours 44 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK
In Susan Orlean's mesmerizing true story of beauty and obsession is John Laroche, a renegade plant dealer and sharply handsome guy, in spite of the fact that he is missing his front teeth and has the posture of al dente spaghetti. In 1994, Laroche and three Seminole Indians were arrested... Read more »
#20: What Can a Body Do?
How We Meet the Built World
By Sara Hendren
Narrated by Sara Hendren / 7 hours 12 minutes
A fascinating and provocative new way of looking at the things we use and the spaces we inhabit, and a call to imagine a better-designed world for us all.
Furniture and tools, kitchens and campuses and city streets—nearly everything human beings make and use is assistive technology, meant to bridge the gap between body and world. Yet unless, or... Read more »
#21: Leonardo da Vinci
Narrated by Alfred Molina / 17 hours 1 minute
The #1 New York Times bestseller from Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography that is “a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it…Most important, it is a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life” (The New Yorker).
Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s astonishing... Read more »
#22: No Rules Rules
Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention
By Reed Hastings & Erin Meyer
Narrated by Jason Culp & Allyson Ryan / 9 hours 42 minutes
Netflix cofounder Reed Hastings reveals for the first time the unorthodox culture behind one of the world's most innovative, imaginative, and successful companies
There has never before been a company like Netflix. It has led nothing short of a revolution in the entertainment industries, generating billions of dollars in annual revenue while... Read more »
#23: The Weather Machine
A Journey Inside the Forecast
By Andrew Blum
Narrated by Greg Tremblay / 4 hours 50 minutes
From the acclaimed author of Tubes, a lively and surprising tour of the infrastructure behind the weather forecast, the people who built it, and what it reveals about our climate and our planet
The weather is the foundation of our daily lives. It’s a staple of small talk, the app on our smartphones, and often the first thing we check each... Read more »
#24: American Kingpin
The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
By Nick Bilton
Narrated by Will Damron / 12 hours 13 minutes
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. The unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom—and almost got away with it
In 2011, a twenty-six-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine Web site hosted on the Dark Web where anyone... Read more »
#25: The E-Myth Revisited
Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and
Narrated by Michael E. Gerber / 8 hours 5 minutes
In this compact disc edition of the totally revised underground bestseller -- The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business -- from entrepreneurial infancy, through... Read more »
By Erik Larson
Narrated by Bob Balaban / 11 hours 54 minutes
A true story of love, murder, and the end of the world’s “great hush.”
In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men—Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication—whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of... Read more »
#27: Work Rules!
Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead
By Laszlo Bock
Narrated by Laszlo Bock / 11 hours 26 minutes
From the visionary head of Google's innovative People Operations comes a groundbreaking inquiry into the philosophy of work -- and a blueprint for attracting the most spectacular talent to your business and ensuring that they succeed.
"We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It's not right that the experience of work should... Read more »
#28: You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
By Felicia Day
Narrated by Felicia Day / 6 hours 48 minutes
The instant New York Times bestseller from “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is a “relentlessly funny and surprisingly inspirational” (Forbes) memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom, and embracing her weirdness to find her place in the world.
When Felicia Day was a girl, all... Read more »
#29: A Mind at Play
How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age
By Rob Goodman & Jimmy Soni
Narrated by Jonathan Yen / 11 hours 51 minutes
Claude Shannon was a tinkerer, a playful wunderkind, a groundbreaking polymath, and a digital pioneer whose insights made the Information Age possible. He constructed fire-breathing trumpets and customized unicycles, outfoxed Vegas casinos, and built juggling robots, but he also wrote the seminal text of the digital revolution. That work allowed... Read more »
#30: The Modern Detective
How Corporate Intelligence Is Reshaping the World
Narrated by William DeMeritt / 6 hours 12 minutes
A fascinating examination of the world of private investigators by a 21st-century private eye.
Today's world is complicated: companies are becoming more powerful than nations, the lines between public and corporate institutions grow murkier, and the internet is shredding our privacy. To combat these onslaughts, people everywhere -- rich and not... Read more »
#31: Physics of the Future
How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100
By Michio Kaku
Narrated by Feodor Chin / 15 hours 37 minutes
Imagine, if you can, the world in the year 2100.
In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku—the New York Times bestselling author of Physics of the Impossible—gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over three hundred of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in... Read more »
#32: The Perfectionists
How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
Narrated by Simon Winchester / 11 hours 45 minutes
The revered New York Times bestselling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision—in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.
The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision.... Read more »
#33: The Future of the Mind
The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
By Michio Kaku
Narrated by Feodor Chin / 15 hours 37 minutes
NOW A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“Compelling….Kaku thinks with great breadth, and the vistas he presents us are worth the trip”
—The New York Times Book Review
The New York Times best-selling author of PHYSICS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE, PHYSICS OF THE FUTURE and HYPERSPACE tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human... Read more »
#34: The Shallows
What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
Narrated by Richard Powers / 10 hours 5 minutes
“Is Google making us stupid?” When Nicholas Carr posed that question in an Atlantic Monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the Internet is changing us. He also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: as we enjoy the Internet’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?
Now, Carr... Read more »
An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants
Narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross / 9 hours 19 minutes
Ignition! is the inside story of the Cold War era search for a rocket propellant which could be trusted to take man into space. A favorite of Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, listeners will want to tune into this "really good book on rocket[s]," available for the first time in audio.
Ignition! is the story of the search for a rocket propellant... Read more »
Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
Narrated by Roger McNamee / 12 hours 23 minutes
The New York Times bestseller about a noted tech venture capitalist, early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg, and Facebook investor, who wakes up to the serious damage Facebook is doing to our society - and sets out to try to stop it.
If you had told Roger McNamee even three years ago that he would soon be devoting himself to stopping Facebook from... Read more »
#37: The Fourth Industrial Revolution
By Klaus Schwab
Narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith / 5 hours 32 minutes
World-renowned economist Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, explains that we have an opportunity to shape the fourth industrial revolution, which will fundamentally alter how we live and work.
Schwab argues that this revolution is different in scale, scope and complexity from any that have come before.... Read more »
Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America
Narrated by Graham Halstead / 11 hours 49 minutes
For the first time, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower tells the inside story of the data mining and psychological manipulation behind the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum, connecting Facebook, WikiLeaks, Russian intelligence, and international hackers.
“Mindf*ck demonstrates how digital influence operations, when they... Read more »
#39: The Network
The Battle for the Airwaves and the Birth of the Communications Age
Narrated by Stephen Hoye / 8 hours 7 minutes
The astonishing story of America’s airwaves, the two friends—one a media mogul, the other a famous inventor—who made them available to us, and the government which figured out how to put a price on air.
This is the origin story of the airwaves—the foundational technology of the communications age—as told through the forty-year friendship of an... Read more »
#40: Dark Mirror
Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State
Narrated by Barton Gellman / 12 hours 4 minutes
"Engrossing. . . . Gellman [is] a thorough, exacting reporter . . . a marvelous narrator for this particular story, as he nimbly guides us through complex technical arcana and some stubborn ethical questions. . . . Dark Mirror would be simply pleasurable to read if the story it told didn’t also happen to be frighteningly real.” —Jennifer Szalai,... Read more »
#41: Elon Musk
Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
By Ashlee Vance
Narrated by Fred Sanders / 13 hours 23 minutes
In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs—a real-life Tony Stark—and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new “makers.”
Elon Musk spotlights the... Read more »
#42: AI Superpowers
China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order
By Kai-Fu Lee
Narrated by Mikael Naramore / 9 hours 28 minutes
Here are two well-known facts:
Artificial Intelligence is reshaping the world as we know it.
The United States has long been, and remains, the global leader in AI.
That first fact is correct. But in his provocative new book, Dr. Kai-Fu Lee—one of the world’s most respected experts on AI—reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US at an... Read more »
#43: The Soul of A New Machine
By Tracy Kidder
Narrated by Ben Sullivan / 9 hours 3 minutes
Tracy Kidder's "riveting" (Washington Post) story of one company's efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and has become essential reading for understanding the history of the American tech industry.
Computers have changed since 1981, when The Soul of a New Machine first... Read more »
#44: Steve Jobs
Narrated by Dylan Baker / 25 hours 3 minutes
2012 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year
Walter Isaacson’s “enthralling” (The New Yorker) worldwide bestselling biography of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.
Based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and... Read more »
#45: The Innovators
How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris / 17 hours 28 minutes
2015 Audie Award Finalist for Nonfiction
Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson’s New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed The Innovators is a “riveting, propulsive, and at times deeply moving” (The Atlantic) story of the people who created the computer and the Internet.
What were the talents that allowed... Read more »
#46: Rise of the Rocket Girls
The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
Narrated by Erin Bennett / 9 hours 45 minutes
The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space.
In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and... Read more »
#47: The Alchemy of Us
How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another
Narrated by Allyson Johnson / 7 hours 53 minutes
In The Alchemy of Us, scientist and science writer Ainissa Ramirez examines eight inventions—clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, photographic film, light bulbs, hard disks, scientific labware, and silicon chips—and reveals how they shaped the human experience. Ramirez tells the stories of the woman who sold time, the inventor who... Read more »
#48: Restoration Agriculture
Real-World Permaculture for Farmers
By Mark Shepard
Narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross / 13 hours 4 minutes
Restoration Agriculture reveals how to sustainably grow perennial food crops that can feed us in our resource-compromised future. The restoration agriculture system described in this award-winning book works! It is possible for humans to produce staple foods using perennial agricultural ecosystems that actually improve the quality of the... Read more »
#49: The Perfect Predator
A Scientist's Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir
Narrated by Christine Lakin & Dan Woren / 11 hours 31 minutes
A "fascinating and terrifying" memoir of one woman's extraordinary effort to save her husband's life (Scientific American) -- and the discovery of a forgotten cure that has the potential to save millions more.
Epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee and her husband, psychologist Tom Patterson, were vacationing in Egypt when Tom came down with a... Read more »
#50: Like a Thief in Broad Daylight
Power in the Era of Post-Human Capitalism
By Slavoj Zizek
Narrated by Jamie East / 8 hours 6 minutes
In recent years, techno-scientific progress has started to utterly transform our world—changing it almost beyond recognition. In this extraordinary new book, renowned philosopher Slavoj Zizek turns to look at the brave new world of Big Tech, revealing how, with each new wave of innovation, we find ourselves moving closer and closer to a... Read more »