Re: Books on tape
Posted by Non-Fiction on 8/12/2017, 12:02 pm, in reply to "Books on tape"
Another poster mentioned podcasts and I too have become very engrossed in them lately. Love that they are free! My list is all non-fiction yet 'read' like novels. They include recorded interviews with the characters involved that really make it feel like you are a part of their lives and the story. |
Serial, season 1 - Basically started the podcast revitalization that has happened in the past few years. About the 1999 murder of a high school girl and the ex-boyfriend arrested who has claimed his innocence ever since. This case is still making news today.
S-Town - About a very eccentric man who lives in what he calls sh$t town, Alabama. Fascinating twists. Probably my favorite of this list.
Up and Vanished - This podcast just wrapped up. About a Georgia teacher who 'up and vanished' in 2005 and the case had gone cold when the podcast began. Lots of things became uncovered as a result of the podcast.
Crimetown - Tells the story of Buddy Cianci, Mayor of Providence, RI and how the city - and mayor - had a lot of connection to the mob. If you enjoyed The Sopranos, this podcast is for you.
In The Dark - Investigates the Jacob Wetterling case. Jacob was a young boy who was abducted in Minnesota in the last 80's and the case went unsolved for 27 years. A lot of laws in regards to kidnapping cases and sexual predators are on the books today because of this case.
Two non fiction books I always recommend to friends that are great audiobooks are Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Both are read by Edward Hermann and I think you will find that he is one of the best narrators of audiobooks.
Unbroken - The Louis Zamperini story - a 1936 Olympian and WWII Air Force bombardier whose plan crashed. He eventually was captured by the Japanese. Incredible story and man. The movie just can't do the story justice.
The Boys in the Boat - about the 1936 eighth man rowning team. Never though I would give a crap about rowing, but the story is really about one of the young boys path to making the team and how the eighth of them come together.
If you are interested in History and War, I highly recommend the books by Adam Makos. You also can't go wrong with David McCullough (1776, John Adams, The Wright Brothers, etc.)
Here are some others that fit the categories you listed in your post.
Malcom Gladwell books. Many have a relationship to our job as educators. I'd probably suggest 'Outliers' first but they are all interesting. He also has a podcast out called "Revisionist History" that is getting a lot of attention.
Grit by Angela Duckworth
Quiet by Susan Cain (if you have an introverted personality, this is a great read).
The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis (Moneyball and The Blind Side are also fantastic).
Peak - Anders Ericcson
Why Don't Student like School? - Daniel Willingham
Make it Stick - Peter Brown
And one final recommendation - sorry for the length - is Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson. If you are a fan of Shotakovich and have any interest in WWII, this is an awesome book.