So I’ve been paying an Audible subscription for about two years now, and I’d highly recommend you do the same. If you’re anything like me, I take a lot of time to read books. Now I could read books faster, but I wouldn’t enjoy doing that for this challenge. Audiobooks, on the other hand, I can power through them and I love doing it.
I don’t know what it is about listening to something, but I tend to engage and learn more mentally. Whether it be the latest Joe Rogan podcast or The Lean Startup audio book, I just take it in. So whilst the book challenge is normally done by reading books, I’m going to do it with audiobooks.
So here goes, below is a list of the audiobooks I’m going to power through over the next 7 days. I’ll write a detailed review of each book as well as a post about how the whole challenge went.
The Power of No by Claudia Azula Altucher and James Altucher
I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately, especially The Tim Ferriss Show and The Joe Rogan Experience. A lot of what I’ve been hearing and seeing is about successful people saying no and why this is so important. After hearing an interview with James Altucher, I decided it would be a good idea to check out his book ‘The Power of No’.
Length of audio = 4 hours 50 minutes
Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo
How I came across this book I can’t remember but I believe it was nested from my huge interest in TED Talks. It really fascinates me how people present their interests on stage in such a concise and clear manner. This book from what I can see goes into depth on the many aspects of a talk and how one is materialised.
Length of audio = 7 hours 42 minutes
Here are a few of my favourite TED Talks:
- Why We Do What We Do – Tony Robbins
- The Surprising Science Of Happiness – Dan Gilbert
- How To Get Your Ideas To Spread – Seth Godin
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
This book is incredible, and I will admit that I’ve read it before but haven’t listened to the audio book. After being reminded of this book by my dad, I’ve decided to add it to my challenge. I first heard about this book a few months ago through Bill Gates’ book section of his blog. I shall be doing a full review of this book at the end of this challenge, so sign up to my newsletter if you want to be the first to hear about that.
Length of audio = 15 hours 18 minutes
Algorithms to Live By written by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
This book I stumbled on by chance. It’s actually a current best seller on Audible. After studying Mathematics for the few years of undergraduate study at the University of the West of England, I came to love algorithms. This book explores how specific algorithms used in computing can be applied to our everyday lives. This also ties in well with my other interest in becoming more efficient. Look out for the detailed book review to come, it’s going to be a good one I hope.
Length of audio = 11 hours 50 minutes
The Dip by Seth Godin
I keep hearing this guy called Seth Godin come up in conversations I’d been listening to. However, I had never heard of the guy. I decided it was time to do a bit more research into the guy and I was amazed at what I found. He’s a genius in the marketing world and has had many successes such as selling his company Yoyodyne to Yahoo! for a cool $30 million.
He’s written a few books, which have all been best sellers. I chose The Dip because it sounded the most fitting to me at this moment in time. If I enjoy this one, I’m sure I will check the others out in the not so distant future.
Length of audio = 1 hour 33 minutes
Waking up by Sam Harris
Being atheist I tend not to gravitate towards religious books as such. Even though I am an atheist, I still find it interesting reading about religion and hearing people’s stories about why they choose to believe in certain things. I fully support anyone who is religious and I don’t neglect that chance that there is a God. However, I choose not to follow it as for me there isn’t any compelling evidence to dedicate such limited amount time in life to it.
This book is a best seller in the Religion and Spirituality section on Audible. The description explains that this book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology.
Meditation is also something that has been popping up in a lot of conversations and interviews I’ve been listening to, something that I myself haven’t installed as a routine in my life. Learning more about this subject is something I’m striving to do and you should too.
Length of Audio = 5 hours 51 minutes
Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
As I am entering the startup scene at the moment with my subscription service, I thought that this would be a good book to add to the challenge. Here’s what Elon Musk is saying about this book:
Every new creation goes from zero to one. This book is about how to get there. Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how. – Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla
Length of audio = 4 hours 50 minutes
Total audio length = 51 hours 54 minutes
So there you have it guys, my 7-day book challenge. As I said at the start of this post, I will be posting individual book reviews at the end, which can be found at the ‘Books’ tab in the menu and a post about my whole challenge experience. Want to stay updated with how it goes? Pop your name and email in the newsletter sign up form below or to the right of this post and I’ll make sure you’re the first to know!
Thinking about doing something similar? I’d love to hear about it. Pop a comment below and I will make sure I reply to all of them.