Recommended books and audiobooks

I’ve fallen pretty hard for the audiobooks experience. A tragedy of my limited human brain, is that while I retain the overall flavors of the book, I cannot keep the details. This list is my attempt to keep these experiences alive and accessible via extending my memory to the keystrokes here. As well, these are all excellent books, and if you find the book’s topics interesting, I highly recommended them (I did not note any books that I did not enjoy).

So without further ramblings, here is a list of books and audiobooks that I have read (or listened to) or am currently reading (listening), along with a short description of each.

BookTitleAuthorInteresting tidbitReview
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
(currently reading)
Frans de Waal1) This book looks to be the tipping point that makes me a 90% vegetarian. 2) Interesting links with artificial intelligence here.
the-big-picture-sean-carrollThe Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
(currently reading)
Sean Carroll
redshirts-john-scalziRedshirtsJohn ScalziA story from the terrifying point of view of the expendable crewmen.
the-fountainhead-ayn-randThe FountainheadAyn RandPortrayal of Rand’s ideal humans, and their morality.
napoleon a life andrew robertsNapoleon: A LifeAndrew RobertsNapoleon thrived in an environment of confrontationreview
Cover of the book 'The Signal and the Noise' by Nate Silver. Published by The Penguin PressThe Signal and the NoiseNate SilverPrediction is really hard. And most people and machines are really bad at
leonardo-and-the-last-supper-by-ross-kingLeonardo and the Last SupperRoss KingLeonardo, while a proficient canvas painter, did not use the right materials to preserve his famous giant wall painting of the Last
an-anthropologist-on-mars-oliver-sacksAn Anthropologist on MarsOliver SacksFascinating clinical tales about the neurological disorders of Dr. Sacks’
the-snowball-warren-buffet-and-the-business-of-lifeThe Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of LifeAlice SchroederA company has a true value. And this may or may not be reflected in the stock price. Buffet could find undervalued
the-willpower-instinct-kelly-mcgonigalThe Willpower Instinct: How self-control works, why it matters, and what you can do to get more of itKelly McGonigalWillpower correlates with blood sugarreview
the-three-body-problem-cixin-liuThe Three-Body ProblemCixin LiuAn army of millions is used to form a computer. The first of the three-part series.
the-dark-forest-cixin-liuThe Dark ForestCixin LiuThe introduction of "cosmic sociology" (which may one day become an actual and important field of study). The second of the three-part series.
deaths-end-cixin-liuDeath's EndCixin LiuThe final of the three-part series. And what a final! The story spans across eons of time. And will make you rethink time.
the-lean-startup-eric-riesThe Lean StartupEric RiesApplying the scientific method to businesses.
the-selfish-gene-richard-dawkinsThe Selfish GeneRichard DawkinsThe beginnings of our species reads stranger than any science fiction.
this-changes-everythong-naomi-kleinThis Changes EverythingNaomi KleinA sad, discomforting, yet worthwhile book.
the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy-douglas-adamsThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyDouglas AdamsSo bizarre... so humorous... and narrated by Stephen Fry!
free-will-sam-harrisFree WillSam HarrisA short essay on if we have free will. tldr; Probably not.
the-moral-landscape-sam-harrisThe Moral LandscapeSam HarrisHuman values can be compared and ranked, thus science can help determine our values.
the-now-habit-neil-fioreThe Now HabitNeil Fiore
nexus-book-1-ramez-naamNexus: Nexus, Book 1Ramez Naam
revolution-russell-brandRevolutionRussel Brand
overdiagnosed-h-gilbert-welchOverdiagnosed: Making People Sick in Pursuit of HealthH. Gilbert Welch
Ready Player OneErnest ClineThis was a fun read about a sad dystopian future. I'm just a bit too young to get many of the references, but if you consider yourself an 80's child, you'll probably love it.
A Monster CallsPatrick NessThis book is so different from all the other ones listed here. It's a kids book, sorta? It's a well written, emotional story, from a kids perspective. A nice change of pace and really well performed.

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