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9 Life-Changing AudioBooks Everyone Should Read At Least Once

Books are a safe haven that help us escape the harsh edges of our lives, but every once in a while we come across a book that follows us into the real world. A book that hurdles us into a state of self-reflection and completely revamps our personal perspective. They’re hard to find, but completely impossible to forget when we do. From Toni Morrison’s Beloved to Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, we rounded up some bestsellers that have left their mark on millions, below.

1

Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life

Author: Gary John Bishop

Category: Self Development

4.46/5

(12,051 ratings)

Summary: New York Times Bestseller

Joining the ranks of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ckThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckYou Are a Badass, and F*ck Feelings is this refreshing, BS-free self-empowerment guide that offers an honest, no-nonsense, tough-love approach to help you move past self-imposed limitations. 

Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. “Wake up to the miracle you are,” he directs. “Here’s what you’ve forgotten: You’re a f*cking miracle of being.” It isn’t other people that are standing in your way; it isn’t even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It’s yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.

In Unf*ck Yourself, Bishop leads you through a series of seven assertions:

  • I am willing 
  • I am wired to win 
  • I got this 
  • I embrace the uncertainty 
  • I am not my thoughts; I am what I do 
  • I am relentless 
  • I expect nothing and accept everything
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The Motivation Code: Discover the Hidden Forces that Drive Your Best Work

Author: Todd Henry , Rod

Penner , Todd W. Hall

(Author), & 2 more

Category: Self Development

4.61/5

(107 ratings)

Summary: a new framework for understanding what motivates us and why.

From the author of Die Empty and The Accidental Creative, a new framework for understanding what motivates us and why.

What drives us to unleash our best work? And how do we tap into that drive to get superior results with our managers, coworkers, and direct reports? As Todd Henry reveals in this illuminating book, drawing on decades of research and interviews with over 100,000 people, the answer is not one size fits all: some people are energized by a race against the clock, while others put in extra effort only when they feel part of a team. For still others, nothing is as motivating as the possibility of public recognition.

Henry shows, in fact, that there are twenty-seven 'motivational themes”, each with its own unique DNA. For instance:

  • Those driven to Achieve Potential strive to build an ideal future, even when others may not see as far ahead.  
  • Those needing to Overcome must conquer whatever obstacles come their way, no matter how difficult or time-consuming. 
  • Those who strive to Comprehend and Express are obsessed with mastering new skills and showing off what they know – which is often a lot. 
  • Those who want to Make It Right thrive when systems are running smoothly and usually know the “proper way” to do things. 

The Motivation Code teaches us to decode our Core Motivation so that we can have conversations, make decisions, and even choose career paths that lead us to experience engagement and fulfillment. Once we know how to activate our inner drivers, we can transform the work we do into work we love.

3

The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation

Author: Michael Matthews

Category: Self Development

4.17/5

( 610 ratings)

Summary: International Best Seller

Let’s face it: fitness is hard.

Have you ever gotten into the car after a long day at work and headed straight for the couch instead of the gym?

Have you ever been unable to stop hitting the snooze button in the morning?

Have you even felt secretly afraid you just don’t have what it takes to transform your body and health?

Welcome to the club.

Working out and eating right takes time, energy, effort, discipline, dedication, and patience, and life always finds ways to interfere with our intentions and tempt us to stray.

And here’s the ground truth:

It doesn’t ever get easier – we just have to get better. And this book will help you get better.

It contains practical scientific research, compelling stories, and time-proven tactics for overcoming the mental and emotional blocks that bring you down and spin you around.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find inside:

  • The easiest way to instantly increase your will power and self-control in any situation, no matter how you feel in the moment.
  • Three science-based psychological “tricks” you can use to stay strong during moments of temptation.
  • A simple 10-minute technique for beating procrastination and skyrocketing productivity.
  • How to inoculate yourself against Great Western Disease of “I’ll be happy when…” and find immediate joy and satisfaction right where you are.
  • Why you must stop telling yourself that you need things to be “just right” (and what to do instead).
  • The “40 percent rule” that Navy SEALs use to “dig deep” and screw up their courage when they need it most.
  • And more.

Click the “Listen” button now, and get ready to enjoy more energy, enthusiasm, and excellence.

4

Educated’ by Tara Westover

Author: Tara Westover

Category: Self Development

4.19/5

(84 ratings)

Summary: Number one New York Times

Educated’ by Tara Westover it’s a Number one New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Boston Globe best seller.

Brought to you by Penguin.

Selected as a book of the year by AMAZON, THE TIMES, SUNDAY TIMES, GUARDIAN, NEW YORK TIMES, ECONOMIST, NEW STATESMAN, VOGUE, IRISH TIMES, IRISH EXAMINER and RED MAGAZINE

THE MULTI-MILLION COPY BESTSELLER

A Book of the Decade, 2010-2020 (Independent)

Tara Westover and her family grew up preparing for the End of Days but, according to the government, she didn’t exist. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in hospitals.

As she grew older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent. At sixteen, Tara knew she had to leave home. In doing so she discovered both the transformative power of education, and the price she had to pay for it.

'An amazing story, and truly inspiring. The kind of book everyone will enjoy. IT'S EVEN BETTER THAN YOU'VE HEARD.' - Bill Gates

  • From one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2019
  • Shortlisted for the 2018 BAMB Readers’ Awards
  • Recommended as a summer read by Barack Obama, Antony Beevor, India Knight, Blake Morrison and Nina Stibbe

© Tara Westover 2018 (P) Penguin Audio 2018

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Crime and Punishment' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Category: Mystery, Thriller &

Horror > Historical , Fiction &

Literature > Classics

4.4/5

(3800 ratings)

Summary: Number one New York Times

This is the novel that ensured Fyodor Dostoevsky’s place as a giant of Russian literature. First published in 1866, this legendary work continues to enthrall readers around the world and earn Dostoevsky legions of fans with every printing. Timeless, and breathtaking in scope, Crime and Punishment-the story of a young Russian intellectual’s decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker and his subsequent intellectual and spiritual crisis-is one of the most famous novels in all of literature. This absorbing book attacks the overly logical nihilistic ideals of reason and science and proves that only through love, self-denial and suffering comes salvation. George Guidall’s fluent interpretation of the Russian names enhances this deep, multi-leveled text, and liberates Dostoevsky’s eternal prose with dimensions of color and feeling lost to the printed page alone.

Dostoevsky’s drama of sin, guilt, and redemption transforms the sordid story of an old woman’s murder into the nineteenth century’s profoundest and most compelling philosophical novel.

  • Award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky render this elusive and wildly innovative novel with an energy, suppleness, and range of voice that do full justice to the genius of its creator.
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Eat, Pray, Love' by Elizabeth Gilbert

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Category: Mindfulness & Meditation

4.4/5

(5100 ratings)

Summary: Eat, Pray, Love

This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life. Setting out for a year to study three different aspects of her nature amid three different cultures, Gilbert explored the art of pleasure in Italy and the art of devotion in India, and then a balance between the two on the Indonesian island of Bali. By turns rapturous and rueful, this wise and funny author (whom Booklist calls “Anne Lamott’s hip, yoga- practicing, footloose younger sister”) is poised to garner yet more adoring fans.

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

  • A transformational journey through Italy, India, and Bali searching for pleasure and devotion—the massive bestseller from the author of The Signature of All Things
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How to Be an Antiracist' by Ibram X. Kendi

Author: Ibram X. Kendi

Category: Non-Fiction > Philosophy

4.7/5

(19,900 ratings)

Summary: THE GLOBAL MILLION-COPY BESTSELLER

“The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.” (The New York Times

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by: The New York Times Book Review Time The Washington Post Shelf Awareness  Library Journal Publishers Weekly Kirkus Reviews

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism – and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes listeners through a widening circle of antiracist ideas – from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities – that will help listeners see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

Praise for How to Be an Antiracist

  • “Ibram X. Kendi’s new book, How to Be an Antiracist, couldn’t come at a better time…. Kendi has gifted us with a book that is not only an essential instruction manual but also a memoir of the author’s own path from anti-Black racism to anti-white racism and, finally, to antiracism…. How to Be an Antiracist gives us a clear and compelling way to approach, as Kendi puts it in his introduction, ‘the basic struggle we’re all in, the struggle to be fully human and to see that others are fully human.’” (NPR) 

    “Kendi dissects why in a society where so few people consider themselves to be racist the divisions and inequalities of racism remain so prevalent. How to Be an Antiracist punctures the myths of a post-racial America, examining what racism really is – and what we should do about it.” (Time)

8

Untamed' by Glennon Doyle

Author: Ibram X. Kendi

Category: Non-Fiction > Philosophy

4.6/5

(30,760 ratings)

Summary: Number One New York Times Best Seller

Over two million copies sold! “Packed with incredible insight about what it means to be a woman today.” (Reese Witherspoon, Reese’s Book Club Pick)

In her most revealing and powerful memoir yet, the activist, speaker, best-selling author, and “patron saint of female empowerment” (People) explores the joy and peace we discover when we stop striving to meet others’ expectations and start trusting the voice deep within us.

Named One of the Best Books of the Year By O: The Oprah Magazine The Washington Post Cosmopolitan Marie Claire Bloomberg Parade

Untamed will liberate women – emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It is phenomenal.” (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls and Eat Pray Love)

This is how you find yourself.

There is a voice of longing inside each woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends. We hope all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful, hiding our discontent – even from ourselves. 

For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her own discontent. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There She Is. At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high. But she soon realized they had come to her from within. This was her own voice – the one she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions, cultural conditioning, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl she had been before the world told her who to be. Glennon decided to quit abandoning herself and to instead abandon the world’s expectations of her. She quit being good so she could be free. She quit pleasing and started living.

Soulful and uproarious, forceful and tender, Untamed is both an intimate memoir and a galvanizing wake-up call. It is the story of how one woman learned that a responsible mother is not one who slowly dies for her children, but one who shows them how to fully live. It is the story of navigating divorce, forming a new blended family, and discovering that the brokenness or wholeness of a family depends not on its structure but on each member’s ability to bring her full self to the table. And it is the story of how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest, wildest instincts so that we become women who can finally look at ourselves and say: There She Is.

Untamed shows us how to be brave. As Glennon insists: The braver we are, the luckier we get.

9

Beloved' by Toni Morrison

Author: Toni Morrison

Category: Fiction &

Literature > Black Literature

4.5/5

(6,835 ratings)

Summary: Number One New York Times Best Seller

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but 18 years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.

Toni Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor of Humanities at Princeton University. She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in Rockland County, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey.

Genres:

  • Fiction & Literature > Coming of Age
  • Fiction & Literature > Black Literature
  • Fiction & Literature > Literary Fiction

Click the “Listen” button now, and get ready to enjoy more energy, enthusiasm, and excellence.