Start by getting setup with Audible– Especially if you have any degree of commute, then I can’t recommend Audible enough. Listening to books is infinitely more productive and enjoyable than mediocre radio stations. There are different tiers of subscriptions, but the lowest level has been fine for me. As much as we LOVE podcasts, Audiobooks serve a different purpose.
The Trick here is to aim for really long audiobooks, as your monthly credit counts for ANY book regardless of price or length. Some of my absolute favorites are below, many of which I probably wouldn’t have had it in me to read all the way through. Your first book is also free.
Neil Stephenson Books are incredible visions of the future and the past:
- Snow Crash – Consistently a top pick from Tim Ferris and many of his guests. Cyberpunk story written in the 90’s but holds up almost too well on all things from the internet, memes, digital currencies, VR/AR
- Seveneves – Epic tapestry of the future when humanity has a few years to plan for the end of earth
- Cryptonomicon: A must read for anyone who loves the emerging world of crypto, written before bitcoin existed
Shantaram – Required for anyone who has ever dreamed of visiting India
Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace was truly a one of a kind author. A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts’ halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction. This book is DENSE and audio is the only way to make it through, you’ll be glad you did. Check out his legendary Commencement Speech – This is Water
Kafka on the Shore – Another Tim Ferris favorite. Nobody tells a story like Haruki Murakami.
The Wizard of Menlo Park– How much do you really know about Thomas Edison. Firstly, he didn’t actually invent the light bulb. Take an expert tour through his life with the best biographer in the word.
We are Legion (We Are Bob) – Recommended by Peter Diamondis. Fun/odd sci-fi that really resonates if you, like Peter, think a lot about the future of industry in space. Only $2, buy this one.
Necronomicon: Ever heard of Chtulu? H. P. Lovecraft’s astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror. Written way back in the 20s and still endures.
The Picture of Dorian Grey– You might know the general idea, but the actual story is worth experiencing. It’s fun to truly be transported to another time in history.