Audible has been a sponsor of my shows since 2008, but I’ve been an Audible listener since February 2000. In that time I’ve downloaded 366 titles. I can’t say I’ve listened to every single one, or finished every book I’ve started, but I know our Audible picks are something many of you have asked for.
So here is the entire list of books I own at Audible. There’s no automatic way to do this so I scraped the data from the page with cut and paste then used BBEdit to do a bit of cleanup. Each book includes Title, Author, length, and date of download. The titles I particularly recommend are in bold text. I’ll do short reviews of my favorites here from time to time, so check back regularly.
Note that the first 10 or so may end up being recommendations, but I probably haven’t read them yet, so they’re not in bold.
The Wright Brothers David McCullough 10 hrs and 2 mins 11-03-15 Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Sarah Vowell 8 hrs and 7 mins 11-03-15 Younger Next Year Chris Crowley, Henry S. Lodge 7 hrs and 38 mins 09-22-15 Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping – Now Revised and Updated Robert M. Sapolsky 17 hrs and 17 mins 09-22-15 The Three-Body Problem Cixin Liu 13 hrs and 26 mins 08-23-15 The Dark Forest Cixin Liu, Joel Martinsen – translator 22 hrs and 36 mins 08-23-15 The Late Middle Ages The Great Courses 12 hrs and 22 mins 07-22-15 Along Came a Spider James Patterson 6 hrs 07-22-15 The High Middle Ages The Great Courses 12 hrs and 24 mins 07-12-15 The Early Middle Ages The Great Courses 12 hrs and 32 mins 07-12-15 Seveneves: A Novel Neal Stephenson 31 hrs and 55 mins 05-22-15 Waging Heavy Peace Neil Young 9 hrs and 51 mins 05-04-15 Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love David Talbot 17 hrs 05-03-15 City of Golden Shadow: Otherland, Book 1 Tad Williams 28 hrs and 42 mins 03-29-15 Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli 16 hrs and 21 mins 03-25-15 Trigger Warning Neil Gaiman 11 hrs and 1 min 02-18-15 Silver Screen Fiend Patton Oswalt 4 hrs and 7 mins 02-18-15 The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion Jonathan Haidt 11 hrs 01-18-15 As You Wish Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword) 7 hrs and 1 min 01-18-15 How Music Works David Byrne 13 hrs and 11 mins 10-25-14 The Abyss Beyond Dreams: Chronicle of the Fallers, Book 1 Peter F. Hamilton 22 hrs and 35 mins 10-25-14 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot David Shafer 15 hrs and 11 mins 08-24-14 The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan Russell Shorto 14 hrs and 56 mins 08-24-14 Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn 19 hrs and 11 mins 07-25-14 Thinking, Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman 20 hrs and 2 mins 07-23-14 The Goldfinch Donna Tartt 32 hrs and 29 mins 06-30-14 Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life Graham Nash 12 hrs and 33 mins 05-11-14 The Martian Andy Weir 10 hrs and 53 mins 05-04-14 Leviathan Wakes James S. A. Corey 19 hrs and 10 mins 04-06-14 Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt Michael Lewis 10 hrs and 18 mins 04-06-14 Dogfight Fred Vogelstein 8 hrs and 13 mins 02-19-14 Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years Mark Lewisohn 43 hrs and 48 mins 02-19-14 The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon Brad Stone 13 hrs 12-02-13 Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal Nick Bilton 9 hrs and 35 mins 12-02-13 Ender’s Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay Orson Scott Card 7 hrs and 24 mins 10-21-13 Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad Brett Martin 10 hrs and 18 mins 10-21-13 The Iliad Robert Fagles (translator), Homer 8 hrs and 50 mins 09-27-13 The Iliad of Homer The Great Courses 6 hrs and 4 mins 09-27-13 Turkish Phase 1, Unit 01-05 Pimsleur 2 hrs and 36 mins 09-10-13 Venice: A New History Thomas F. Madden 16 hrs and 12 mins 09-08-13 Mindstar Rising: The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 1 Peter F. Hamilton 14 hrs and 52 mins 08-06-13 Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson 42 hrs and 53 mins 08-06-13 The Denial of Death Ernest Becker 11 hrs and 45 mins 07-22-13 Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion Janet Reitman 15 hrs and 40 mins 07-22-13 The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 4 hrs and 52 mins 05-26-13 Pride And Prejudice Jane Austen 14 hrs and 12 mins 05-26-13 The Descendants Kaui Hart Hemmings 9 hrs and 12 mins 05-20-13 Hounded Kevin Hearne 8 hrs and 11 mins 05-20-13 The Silver Linings Playbook Matthew Quick 7 hrs and 22 mins 04-20-13 The Second Ship: The Rho Agenda, Book 1 Richard Phillips 11 hrs and 39 mins 04-20-13 Antares Dawn: Antares, Book 1 Michael McCollum 9 hrs and 49 mins 03-25-13 Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood Mark Harris 17 hrs and 25 mins 03-25-13 Great North Road Peter F. Hamilton 36 hrs and 37 mins 01-16-13 The Wise Man’s Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2 Patrick Rothfuss 42 hrs and 59 mins 12-27-12 The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins 11 hrs and 14 mins 12-27-12 The Dangerous Animals Club Stephen Tobolowsky 11 hrs and 41 mins 12-17-12 The Universe in a Nutshell Stephen Hawking 3 hrs and 29 mins 11-13-12 Who I Am Pete Townshend 17 hrs and 56 mins 11-02-12 The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos Brian Greene 13 hrs and 49 mins 10-10-12 Legion Brandon Sanderson 2 hrs and 8 mins 10-08-12 Cloud Atlas David Mitchell 19 hrs and 33 mins 10-02-12 Among Others Jo Walton 10 hrs and 39 mins 09-24-12 No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer 6 hrs and 54 mins 09-24-12 Black Beauty Anna Sewell 5 hrs and 21 mins 09-19-12 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood Mark Twain 10 hrs and 12 mins 09-15-12 Gulliver’s Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce Jonathan Swift 9 hrs and 52 mins 09-15-12 Dracula [Audible Edition] Bram Stoker 15 hrs and 28 mins 09-15-12 Vanity Fair [AudioGo] William Makepeace Thackeray 31 hrs and 6 mins 09-15-12 God Is Not Great Christopher Hitchens 8 hrs and 51 mins 09-15-12 Moby-Dick Herman Melville 21 hrs and 20 mins 09-15-12 The Sign of Four Arthur Conan Doyle 4 hrs and 6 mins 09-15-12 Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius Sylvia Nasar 20 hrs and 15 mins 09-15-12 Ethan Frome Edith Wharton 3 hrs and 47 mins 09-15-12 Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 8 hrs and 21 mins 09-15-12 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce 8 hrs and 35 mins 09-15-12 Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë 12 hrs and 19 mins 09-15-12 The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde 8 hrs and 6 mins 09-15-12 The House of Mirth Edith Wharton 12 hrs and 11 mins 09-15-12 A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor] Charles Dickens 13 hrs and 39 mins 09-15-12 The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas 23 hrs and 38 mins 09-15-12 David Copperfield Charles Dickens 33 hrs and 53 mins 09-15-12 Moll Flanders Daniel Defoe 13 hrs and 15 mins 09-15-12 The Moonstone [Tantor Audio Edition] Wilkie Collins 18 hrs and 49 mins 09-15-12 White Fang Jack London 8 hrs and 8 mins 09-15-12 The End of Money David Wolman 8 hrs and 1 min 08-09-12 Kill Decision Daniel Suarez 13 hrs and 6 mins 08-01-12 Night Soldiers Alan Furst 18 hrs and 18 mins 07-21-12 The Magic of Reality Richard Dawkins 6 hrs and 42 mins 07-21-12 The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon 18 hrs and 10 mins 05-20-12 The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War Andrew Roberts 28 hrs and 35 mins 05-20-12 The Tourist: A Novel Olen Steinhauer 12 hrs 04-19-12 Ready Player One Ernest Cline 15 hrs and 46 mins 04-19-12 A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5 George R. R. Martin 49 hrs 03-21-12 The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1 Patrick Rothfuss 27 hrs and 58 mins 02-20-12 The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1 Patrick Rothfuss 27 hrs and 58 mins 02-20-12 The Stand Stephen King 47 hrs and 52 mins 02-15-12 High on Arrival: A Memoir Mackenzie Phillips 5 hrs and 53 mins 01-15-12 The Marriage Plot Jeffrey Eugenides 15 hrs and 35 mins 12-23-11 State of Wonder: A Novel Ann Patchett 12 hrs and 25 mins 12-20-11 11-22-63: A Novel Stephen King 30 hrs and 44 mins 11-30-11 1Q84 Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator) 46 hrs and 50 mins 10-25-11 Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson 25 hrs and 19 mins 10-23-11 On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1 David Weber 15 hrs and 40 mins 09-27-11 Reamde Neal Stephenson 38 hrs and 34 mins 09-27-11 Life Itself: A Memoir Roger Ebert 14 hrs and 16 mins 09-20-11 American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) Neil Gaiman 19 hrs and 39 mins 09-20-11 Secretariat William Nack 14 hrs and 39 mins 08-20-11 The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine Michael Lewis 9 hrs and 27 mins 08-20-11 Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall—from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness Frank Brady 13 hrs and 29 mins 07-21-11 The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris David McCullough 16 hrs and 56 mins 07-21-11 Solaris Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator) 7 hrs and 42 mins 06-15-11 The Evolutionary Void: Void Trilogy, Book 3 Peter F. Hamilton 24 hrs and 45 mins 06-01-11 To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf 7 hrs and 43 mins 04-28-11 The Temporal Void: Void Trilogy, Book 2 Peter F. Hamilton 25 hrs and 10 mins 04-28-11 Wolves of the Calla: Dark Tower V Stephen King 26 hrs and 20 mins 04-20-11 War and Peace Leo Tolstoy 61 hrs and 8 mins 03-22-11 The Last Days of the Incas Kim MacQuarrie 21 hrs and 54 mins 03-20-11 Cutting for Stone: A Novel Abraham Verghese 23 hrs and 58 mins 03-02-11 Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia Elizabeth Gilbert 12 hrs and 52 mins 01-29-11 Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ David Bianculli 11 hrs and 32 mins 01-29-11 Why We Get Fat Gary Taubes 8 hrs and 2 mins 01-10-11 The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1 Peter F. Hamilton 22 hrs and 38 mins 01-10-11 White House Diary Jimmy Carter 23 hrs and 14 mins 12-20-10 Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans Brian Fagan 9 hrs and 52 mins 12-20-10 Life Keith Richards, James Fox 23 hrs and 8 mins 11-23-10 An Object of Beauty Steve Martin 7 hrs and 22 mins 11-23-10 Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV Stephen King 28 hrs and 6 mins 11-23-10 The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II Stephen King 12 hrs and 42 mins 09-30-10 The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III Stephen King 18 hrs and 40 mins 09-30-10 The Gunslinger Stephen King 7 hrs and 54 mins 09-14-10 Freedom: A Novel Jonathan Franzen 24 hrs and 14 mins 09-06-10 The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Series, Book 2 Stieg Larsson 18 hrs and 38 mins 08-22-10 Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory Ben Macintyre 11 hrs and 18 mins 08-22-10 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest: The Millennium Series, Book 3 Stieg Larsson 20 hrs and 20 mins 07-21-10 The Count of Monte Cristo Anlexandre Dumas 50 hrs and 47 mins 07-11-10 The Windup Girl Paolo Bacigalupi 19 hrs and 34 mins 06-10-10 JR William Gaddis 37 hrs and 46 mins 06-10-10 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Series, Book 1 Stieg Larsson 16 hrs and 19 mins 05-07-10 The Help Kathryn Stockett 18 hrs and 19 mins 05-07-10 The Forever War Joe Haldeman 9 hrs and 19 mins 04-22-10 The Contortionist’s Handbook: A Novel Craig Clevenger 6 hrs and 43 mins 04-22-10 War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning Chris Hedges 6 hrs and 27 mins 03-06-10 Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir Christopher Buckley 6 hrs and 24 mins 03-06-10 Googled: The End of the World as We Know It Ken Auletta 13 hrs and 57 mins 02-22-10 Daemon Daniel Suarez 15 hrs and 57 mins 01-22-10 Freedom (TM) Daniel Suarez 11 hrs and 47 mins 01-22-10 The Mote in God’s Eye Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle 20 hrs and 27 mins 11-22-09 The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger 17 hrs and 43 mins 11-22-09 FREE Chris Anderson 7 hrs and 2 mins 09-22-09 Lucifer’s Hammer Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle 24 hrs and 32 mins 09-22-09 Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood Peter Biskind 23 hrs and 41 mins 09-22-09 The Innovator’s Dilemma Clayton M. Christensen 2 hrs and 21 mins 09-22-09 The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election Dan Balz, Haynes Johnson 17 hrs and 11 mins 09-22-09 The Accidental Billionaires Ben Mezrich 7 hrs and 23 mins 08-19-09 Writing Down the Bones Natalie Goldberg 8 hrs and 56 mins 08-19-09 Mao Zedong Jonathan Spence 5 hrs and 51 mins 06-26-09 The Long March: The True History of Communist China’s Founding Myth Sun Shuyun 10 hrs and 26 mins 06-26-09 Notes From China Barbara W. Tuchman 2 hrs and 49 mins 06-26-09 A History of China Hilda Hookham 11 hrs and 32 mins 06-26-09 Mao: The Unknown Story Jung Chang, Jon Halliday 29 hrs and 51 mins 06-26-09 The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Thomas S. Kuhn 9 hrs and 11 mins 06-03-09 Story Robert McKee 6 hrs and 12 mins 06-03-09 Illuminatus! Part I: The Eye in the Pyramid Robert Shea, Robert Anton Wilson 13 hrs and 20 mins 05-01-09 A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 George R. R. Martin 47 hrs and 37 mins 03-25-09 A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2 George R. R. Martin 37 hrs and 18 mins 03-25-09 Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend Peter Matthiessen 40 hrs and 25 mins 03-22-09 Barack Obama Inaugural Address (1/20/09) Barack Obama 19 mins 01-23-09 The Glass Bead Game Hermann Hesse 21 hrs and 17 mins 01-23-09 Empress Orchid Anchee Min 17 hrs and 46 mins 01-23-09 Something Nasty in the Woodshed Kyril Bonfiglioli 6 hrs 12-30-08 Don’t Point That Thing at Me Kyril Bonfiglioli 6 hrs and 29 mins 12-30-08 Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Doris Kearns Goodwin 9 hrs and 29 mins 12-22-08 Talking Heads Alan Bennett 3 hrs and 15 mins 12-22-08 John McCain Concedes, Barack Obama Accepts (11/04/08) Barack Obama, John McCain 27 mins 11-21-08 Walden [Jimcin Edition] Henry David Thoreau 11 hrs and 14 mins 11-21-08 Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin 13 hrs and 33 mins 11-21-08 The Conscience of a Liberal Paul Krugman 9 hrs and 11 mins 10-13-08 Anansi Boys Neil Gaiman 10 hrs and 8 mins 10-13-08 David Sedaris Live at Carnegie Hall David Sedaris 1 hr and 14 mins 09-02-08 Holidays on Ice David Sedaris 3 hrs and 10 mins 09-02-08 Barrel Fever and Other Stories David Sedaris 2 hrs and 59 mins 09-02-08 Naked David Sedaris 3 hrs and 4 mins 09-02-08 Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim David Sedaris 6 hrs and 8 mins 09-02-08 Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris 5 hrs and 51 mins 09-02-08 Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization Nicholson Baker 14 hrs and 17 mins 09-02-08 Einstein: His Life and Universe Walter Isaacson 21 hrs and 30 mins 08-22-08 Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex Mary Roach 9 hrs and 28 mins 08-22-08 The Black Hole War: My Battle to Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics Leonard Susskind 12 hrs and 45 mins 07-16-08 When You Are Engulfed in Flames David Sedaris 9 hrs and 3 mins 07-16-08 Electric Universe David Bodanis 6 hrs and 38 mins 06-22-08 Neverwhere Neil Gaiman 12 hrs and 37 mins 06-22-08 Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA Tim Weiner 21 hrs and 25 mins 05-22-08 Titus Groan: Volume 1 of the Gormenghast Trilogy Mervyn Peake 17 hrs and 32 mins 05-14-08 Living History Hillary Rodham Clinton 7 hrs and 3 mins 03-27-08 Predictably Irrational Dan Ariely 7 hrs and 27 mins 03-27-08 The Uncommon Reader Alan Bennett 2 hrs and 27 mins 02-25-08 Dune Frank Herbert 21 hrs and 8 mins 02-25-08 Born Standing Up Steve Martin 4 hrs and 3 mins 02-08-08 A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of an Age William Manchester 11 hrs and 36 mins 01-29-08 Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (Dramatised) Douglas Adams 3 hrs and 39 mins 01-14-08 The Keep Jennifer Egan 8 hrs and 2 mins 01-14-08 Being a Green Mother: Incarnations of Immortality, Book Five Piers Anthony 12 hrs and 30 mins 12-22-07 The Emperor’s Children: A Novel Claire Messud 18 hrs and 36 mins 11-16-07 The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich Timothy Ferriss 8 hrs and 18 mins 11-15-07 All the King’s Men Robert Penn Warren 20 hrs and 57 mins 10-09-07 I Am America (And So Can You!) Stephen Colbert 3 hrs and 33 mins 10-05-07 Linked Albert-Laszlo Barabasi 8 hrs and 8 mins 08-31-07 Confessions of an Economic Hitman John Perkins 9 hrs and 19 mins 08-31-07 Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See Robert Kurson 10 hrs and 15 mins 08-22-07 After Dark Haruki Murakami 5 hrs and 44 mins 08-22-07 A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 Simon Winchester 12 hrs and 30 mins 07-22-07 The Areas of My Expertise John Hodgman 6 hrs and 57 mins 07-11-07 The Best and the Brightest David Halberstam 3 hrs and 1 min 06-22-07 The Road Cormac McCarthy 6 hrs and 39 mins 06-22-07 King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis Shawn Levy 3 hrs 05-22-07 Montmorency Eleanor Updale 5 hrs and 4 mins 05-22-07 The Secret Rhonda Byrne 4 hrs and 27 mins 04-22-07 On Intelligence Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee 9 hrs and 24 mins 03-22-07 Sailing Alone Around the World Joshua Slocum 7 hrs and 33 mins 02-22-07 Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War Nathaniel Philbrick 12 hrs and 39 mins 02-22-07 Blood and Gold Anne Rice 18 hrs and 37 mins 01-22-07 The God Delusion Richard Dawkins 13 hrs and 52 mins 01-22-07 Chronicles Bob Dylan 5 hrs and 6 mins 12-22-06 The Perfect Thing Steven Levy 4 hrs and 56 mins 12-22-06 You Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz 4 hrs and 36 mins 11-22-06 Anatomy of Pleasure Dr. Victoria Zdrok 4 hrs and 52 mins 11-22-06 The One Percent Doctrine Ron Suskind 6 hrs and 13 mins 10-22-06 The Power of Thought John Daido Loori Roshi 35 mins 10-22-06 The Devil Wears Prada Lauren Weisberger 14 hrs and 4 mins 09-22-06 Bleak House Charles Dickens 39 hrs and 12 mins 08-22-06 Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-being Andrew Weil 8 hrs and 31 mins 08-22-06 The Experts’ Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do Samantha Ettus 6 hrs and 46 mins 07-22-06 In Cold Blood Truman Capote 14 hrs and 27 mins 07-20-06 The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope Jonathan Alter 12 hrs and 32 mins 06-22-06 The Lost Men Kelly Tyler-Lewis 6 hrs and 15 mins 05-07-06 Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed Jared Diamond 9 hrs and 34 mins 05-07-06 Mountains Beyond Mountains Tracy Kidder 10 hrs and 51 mins 04-21-06 The Commodore: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 17 Patrick O’Brian 11 hrs and 47 mins 04-21-06 Bee Season: A Novel Myla Goldberg 11 hrs and 54 mins 03-21-06 The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1 Jonathan Stroud 13 hrs and 30 mins 03-21-06 Live from New York Tom Shales, James Andrew Miller 8 hrs and 37 mins 02-17-06 The Inner Art of Meditation Jack Kornfield 7 hrs and 57 mins 01-12-06 Classic American Poetry Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, e. e. cummings 2 hrs and 33 mins 12-21-05 The Classic Hundred Poems William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, W.B. Yeats, (edited by William Harmon) 6 hrs and 1 min 12-21-05 Jarhead: A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles Anthony Swofford 8 hrs and 5 mins 12-21-05 A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America Stacy Schiff 9 hrs and 53 mins 12-21-05 The Beatles: The Biography Bob Spitz 10 hrs and 13 mins 12-21-05 Freakonomics Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner 6 hrs and 30 mins 11-01-05 The Young Messiah (Movie tie-in) (Originally Published as Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt) – A Novel: Out of Egypt Anne Rice 9 hrs and 13 mins 11-01-05 Blue at the Mizzen: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 20 Patrick O’Brian 9 hrs and 33 mins 10-17-05 The Hundred Days: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 19 Patrick O’Brian 10 hrs and 5 mins 10-17-05 The Yellow Admiral: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 18 Patrick O’Brian 10 hrs and 22 mins 10-17-05 The Devil in the White City Erik Larson 15 hrs 09-19-05 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus Charles C. Mann 11 hrs and 20 mins 09-19-05 The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology Simon Winchester 9 hrs and 59 mins 09-19-05 A Long Way Down Nick Hornby 8 hrs and 55 mins 08-16-05 The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts Gary Chapman 4 hrs and 46 mins 07-20-05 The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches Robert Stanek 5 hrs and 7 mins 07-20-05 There is a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem Dr. Wayne W. Dyer 7 hrs and 28 mins 07-20-05 Altered Carbon Richard K. Morgan 17 hrs and 10 mins 06-03-05 1776 David McCullough 11 hrs and 32 mins 06-03-05 The Four Loves C.S. Lewis 2 hrs and 7 mins 04-14-05 How to Practice His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Translated, Edited by Jeffrey Hopkins 5 hrs and 20 mins 04-14-05 Plan B Anne Lamott 5 hrs and 28 mins 04-14-05 Grass for His Pillow: Tales of the Otori, Book Two Lian Hearn 9 hrs and 27 mins 03-10-05 A Death in Vienna Daniel Silva 10 hrs and 14 mins 02-12-05 The Meaning of Everything Simon Winchester 7 hrs and 8 mins 01-25-05 The Memory of Running Ron McLarty 13 hrs and 10 mins 01-25-05 Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII Robert Kurson 15 hrs and 31 mins 01-17-05 The Great Brain John D. Fitzgerald 4 hrs and 42 mins 11-22-04 Sandry’s Book: Circle of Magic, Book 1 Tamora Pierce 5 hrs and 53 mins 11-22-04 Creating Inner Peace & Calm Glenn Harrold 1 hr and 9 mins 11-20-04 The Inner Circle: A Novel T. Coraghessan Boyle 15 hrs and 3 mins 11-20-04 Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul Tony Hendra 10 hrs and 28 mins 09-11-04 1968: The Year That Rocked the World Mark Kurlansky 16 hrs and 11 mins 08-14-04 Skinny Dip Carl Hiaasen 13 hrs and 30 mins 07-24-04 Across the Nightingale Floor Lian Hearn 8 hrs and 25 mins 07-14-04 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini 12 hrs and 6 mins 07-14-04 My Life Bill Clinton 6 hrs and 12 mins 06-23-04 The Vietnam Tapes of Lance Corporal Michael A. Baronowski Jay Allison, Christina Egloff 19 mins 05-31-04 The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few James Surowiecki 9 hrs and 26 mins 05-31-04 A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 George R. R. Martin 33 hrs and 50 mins 05-31-04 Getting Things Done David Allen 2 hrs and 49 mins 05-13-04 Mr. Paradise Elmore Leonard 6 hrs and 21 mins 05-13-04 Black Like Me John Howard Griffin 6 hrs and 59 mins 03-29-04 The Tower Treasure Franklin Dixon 3 hrs and 27 mins 02-26-04 The Only Negotiating Guide You’ll Ever Need: 101 Ways to Win Every Time in Any Situation Peter B. Stark, Jane Flaherty 3 hrs and 8 mins 02-01-04 The Wine-Dark Sea: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 16 Patrick O’Brian 5 hrs and 22 mins 01-18-04 Salt: A World History Mark Kurlansky 13 hrs and 43 mins 01-18-04 Drop City T. Coraghessan Boyle 18 hrs and 22 mins 01-18-04 Pompeii: A Novel Robert Harris 10 hrs and 1 min 12-09-03 The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown 17 hrs and 4 mins 12-09-03 Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind Shunryu Suzuki 2 hrs and 59 mins 11-07-03 Nobody’s Fool Richard Russo 24 hrs and 16 mins 11-07-03 Mozart’s Brain and the Fighter Pilot Richard M. Restak 5 hrs and 56 mins 11-07-03 Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert M. Pirsig 15 hrs and 58 mins 11-07-03 The Hours Michael Cunningham 6 hrs and 19 mins 09-25-03 Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right Al Franken 9 hrs and 51 mins 09-25-03 Reaching for Glory Michael Beschloss 6 hrs and 24 mins 08-28-03 The Nanny Diaries Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus 4 hrs and 44 mins 08-28-03 David and the Phoenix Edward Ormondroyd 3 hrs and 6 mins 07-29-03 Wiretap, Episode 1: Army of One Mark Leyner, Brian Fielding 28 mins 07-29-03 Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides 21 hrs and 26 mins 07-29-03 Ear Candy Alina Reyes, Emilie Paris, Harry Maurer 1 hr and 15 mins 06-28-03 Moneyball Michael Lewis 5 hrs and 48 mins 06-28-03 Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood 10 hrs and 29 mins 06-10-03 Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market Eric Schlosser 9 hrs and 27 mins 06-10-03 Ultimate Fitness: The Quest for Truth about Exercise and Health Gina Kolata 3 hrs and 20 mins 05-17-03 Life of Pi Yann Martel 11 hrs and 41 mins 05-17-03 Nostromo Joseph Conrad 16 hrs 02-20-03 The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood 18 hrs 01-21-03 The Life and Works of Chopin Jeremy Siepmann 4 hrs and 57 mins 12-21-02 Shadow Puppets Orson Scott Card 10 hrs and 46 mins 10-27-02 Speaker for the Dead Orson Scott Card 14 hrs and 9 mins 10-27-02 Catch Me If You Can Frank W. Abagnale 8 hrs and 36 mins 10-17-02 21 Dog Years Mike Daisey 6 hrs and 40 mins 09-21-02 Three Junes Julia Glass 13 hrs and 55 mins 09-14-02 Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis 5 hrs and 14 mins 08-09-02 Tarzan of the Apes Edgar Rice Burroughs 7 hrs and 30 mins 08-09-02 Island of the Blue Dolphins Scott O’Dell 4 hrs 07-16-02 The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Howard Pyle 12 hrs and 10 mins 07-16-02 The Next Fifty Years John Brockman, Editor 8 hrs and 44 mins 05-27-02 Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition) Fyodor Dostoevsky 25 hrs and 5 mins 05-25-02 Master of the Senate Robert A. Caro 8 hrs and 38 mins 05-16-02 The Company: A Novel of the CIA Robert Littell 41 hrs and 22 mins 05-16-02 Telecosm George Gilder 10 hrs and 40 mins 04-12-02 The Fourth Hand John Irving 11 hrs and 15 mins 02-22-02 The Best of Second City Second City: Chicago’s Famed Improv Theatre 4 hrs and 9 mins 02-22-02 Evermore Sean Williams 1 hr 01-19-02 Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates Tom Robbins 16 hrs and 15 mins 12-10-01 Death in Holy Orders P.D. James 12 hrs 11-29-01 Theodore Rex Edmund Morris 8 hrs and 46 mins 11-29-01 Hearts in Atlantis Stephen King 20 hrs and 9 mins 11-01-01 Lost and Found Sound, Volume One The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva), Jay Allison 2 hrs and 24 mins 09-11-01 Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There David Brooks 8 hrs and 47 mins 09-11-01 The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler 1 hr and 45 mins 08-14-01 Timeline Michael Crichton 15 hrs and 6 mins 08-14-01 John Adams David McCullough 9 hrs and 53 mins 07-04-01 Undaunted Courage Stephen E. Ambrose 21 hrs and 40 mins 07-04-01 Pulp Physics Dr. Richard Berendzen 9 hrs and 35 mins 06-02-01 Equal Rites: Discworld #3 Terry Pratchett 7 hrs and 43 mins 05-10-01 The Light Fantastic: Discworld #2 Terry Pratchett 6 hrs and 59 mins 05-10-01 Seabiscuit Laura Hillenbrand 6 hrs 04-23-01 The Call of the Wild Jack London 3 hrs and 30 mins 04-20-01 Merlin and the Dragons Jane Yolen 37 mins 04-20-01 Listening for the Crack of Dawn Donald Davis 2 hrs 04-20-01 The Best Business Stories of the Year, 2001 Edition Ken Auletta, Diane Brady, more, edited by Andrew Lackey, Marshall Loeb 17 hrs and 20 mins 03-31-01 Flu Gina Kolata 6 hrs and 30 mins 03-11-01 Ringworld Larry Niven 11 hrs and 22 mins 02-10-01 Fast Food Nation Eric Schlosser 8 hrs and 56 mins 02-10-01 World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies Ken Auletta 6 hrs 01-21-01 On Writing Stephen King 8 hrs and 5 mins 12-29-00 Killing Time Caleb Carr 7 hrs and 54 mins 12-17-00 The Ups and Downs of Being Brown Rex M. 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The book is aimed at men in the “next third” of life (aka the last third, or 50+) who, like me, are looking retirement, and the inevitable slide into senility and death, square in the eye.
I can summarize the book’s advice into three rules:
Exercise vigorously for one hour a day, every day, for the rest of your life.
Stop eating crap. (You know all that white stuff: sugar, pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, factory food of any kind.)
Connect, with your wife, your family, your friends. Give back to the community. Find a purpose. Serve.
Do that and the authors say you should, barring accident or bad luck, make it into your 80s vibrant and active. Yes, it’s a little hokey, written like a locker room pep talk, but maybe that’s just what I needed. Anyway, I feel better than I have in years, and with Lisa’s and my family’s loving support, I hope to be around another 30 years. Anyway I’m off to the gym. I’m having too much fun to quit now.
I love this time of year. The leaves are starting to change into their fall motley, there’s a chill in the air, and the smell of wood smoke lingers like childhood memories. It’s also the time when Leo Laporte’s Technology Almanac typically tumbles from the presses to land with a thud on your bookstore shelves. Well, not this year, Jimbo.
My contract with Que has expired and it doesn’t look like either of us has much interest in resuscitating it. Que has been very patient with me. When we signed the deal I had two national US TV shows, a regular gig on Live with Regis and Kelly, and ample opportunity to flog my books. By the end of the contract we were lucky to get a plug on Good Morning Muncie. Needless to say, sales suffered. On the bright side, you should be able to find any one of my dozen titles in the remainder bin of your nearby five and dime, and at a very affordable price, too.
I’ve enjoyed my stint as an author — the sherry hours, the tweed coat with patched elbows, the bowlful of Borkum Riff, the love starved groupies, the 1.5% royalties — but all good things must come to an end. There won’t be a Technology Almanac in this year’s remainder bin. Your collection will have to end with the 2006 edition, the fifth and final installment in my magnum opus. Hey, that’s almost as many as Harry Potter.
If I do return to the publishing world it will be as a self-published author. I wouldn’t want anyone else to assume the burden that Que has suffered these past couple of years. Amber and I have talked about writing a book on podcasting. We even got as far as an outline and subversion repository, but then Citytv came up with a better offer and, to be honest, that book is now so far back on the burner that it’s getting chillblains.
It’s OK. This is all part of my transition from mainstream media maven to obscure Wikipedia entry. Writing books is hard work and, love starved groupies aside, the compensations are scant. I’ll put my energies into something I love to do, talking for a living, and leave the writing to my literary heroes, Bill O’Reilly and Ed McMahon.
So thanks to all of you who bought my books. Perhaps we can gather someday at a local Denny’s and reminisce. An even bigger thanks to the many, many more who put up with my endless plugging and still managed to resist the urge to buy. Never again will you have to hear, “buy my book,” unless you happening to be watching the O’Reilly Factor. And if you are, you’re getting what you deserve.
I’ve just received my author’s copies of Leo Laporte’s Guide to TiVo and I must humbly say it’s the best Tivo book ever. All credit to Gareth Branwyn who knocked himself out writing it, Rick Kughen, my editor at Que who polished it to a gleaming shine, and the guys at Weaknees.com who gave us outstanding support all along the way.
This is the book that should come with every Tivo sold.
I‘ve been re-reading George Gilder’s fascinating Telecosm and I came across this telling anecdote about focus groups.
In 1980 when Bob Metcalfe, inventer of Ethernet, came to pitch the industrial megacorporation General Electric on behalf of his fledgling company 3COM, GE executives explained that they had done considerable research on the new personal computer and networking industries. In focus groups composed of GE customers held all over the country, executives were told over and over that there was no consumer interest in personal computers. PCs, the focus groups said, only were of interest to businesses. And the same could be said for networking.
The GE execs came to the conclusion that there was no home PC market, and never would be. They decided to stick with refrigerators, nuclear reactors, and light bulbs, and to this day the company has never touched in personal computing or networking thereby missing the fastest growing businesses in the past 20 years.
Patrick and I are having a blast, as usual, meeting fans at the Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta. We stayed four hours signing autographs with Michaela Pereira. I’m told we met 273 people. We usually get to more but we took our time today. We’ll have to work a little faster tomorrow; we both have planes to catch so we’ll be leaving at 3p sharp. Come early – they’ll probably cut off the line by 2pm.
I needed a little escapism after watching the Giants season end so suddenly this afternoon. Fortunately, Patrick and I had picked up copies of Neal Stephenson’s newest book, Quicksilver, at the airport bookstore. We were both big fans of Snow Crash and Stephenson’s last, Cryptonomicon, and couldn’t wait to get our hands on this one.
It’s very good, but very different from Neal’s previous works. It’s definitely not sci-fi. So far it takes place in the time span between 1655 and 1713 and deals with the birth of modern science. We meet Ben Franklin and Isaac Newton as children and see the earliest days of the “Massachusetts Bay Colony Institute of Technologickal Arts,” already home to investigations of computing machinery and far in advance of its neighbor, Harvard College, whose dons are still stuck in the scholasticism of the Dark Ages. We also meet the author of the original Cryptonomicon. But that’s only in the first hundred or so pages. I’ve still got 800 pages to go, and it’s just the first book in the three-volume “Baroque Cycle,” so who knows where we’ll end up. So far it’s a great read, though, and best of all… there wasn’t any baseball in the 18th century.
I’ve been re-reading George Gilder’s brilliant Telecosm and I came across this telling anecdote about focus groups.
In 1980 when Bob Metcalfe, inventer of ethernet, came to the industrial megacorporation General Electric on behalf of his fledgling company 3COM, the GE executives explained that they had done considerable research on the new personal computer and networking industries. In focus groups composed of GE customers held all over the country, executives were told over and over that there was no consumer interest in personal computers. PCs, the focus groups said, only were of interest to businesses. And the same could be said for networking. The was no home PC market, and never would be.
General Electric decided to stick with refrigerators, nuclear reactors, and light bulbs, and to this day has never dabbled in personal computing or networking.
In one week my book will go into its second printing. That’s a good thing; it means we’ve sold out the first printing of 50,000 copies. It also means I can correct any typos or errors in the first edition.
Laura and I have been going through it, and we’ve found some errors. If you’ve found any yourself, please let me know. Send me an email or add a comment to this blog entry. No error is too small to ignore – I want to make the second edition perfect!
I’ll send a Leoville mug and t-shirt to the person who finds the most errors.