Here’s a list of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to in the past few years. They are all non-fiction, listed below in no particular order.
Shoe Dogs by Phil Knight – The founder of Nike tells the tale of how his company was founded and grew. Well written, funny, with lots of details about the not-so-pretty decisions and sacrifices that went into building the company.
The Good Soldiers by David Finkel – An embedded reporter follows a group of soldiers and their leader during the Iraq War. Tragic, depressing, inspiring, infuriating.
Rocket Men by Craig Nelson – The story of the Apollo 11 rocket, the first manned mission to the moon. The book details preparation and the mission itself. Awe-inspiring in parts. Did you know that the rocket had over two million parts?
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder – A doctor tries to makes a difference in Haiti. An incredible story of sheer will and dedication.
Debt: The First Five Thousand Years by David Graeber – Learn a lot about history, society, money, and how society managed before governments issued money.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo – An amazing true-crime investigation inside of an Indian slum. Fantastic narration, incredible view into an unbelievably harsh and painful lifestyle.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand – Incredible true story of a WWII solider shot down in the ocean and captured by the Japanese. Perhaps the only person with more grit than Paul Farmer (from Mountains Beyond Mountains).
Flash Boys by Michael Lewis – An inside view into some of the shenanigans of finance. What happens when the internet gets involved in trading? What happens when a group of finance guys sees corruption and try to fight back?