Category Archives: Books

Hooked on Audible

I’ve had an Audible.com membership for a couple of years, plus the additional promo credits my mom dumps in to my account periodically (she’s on the board of her local library).

Recent purchases in the last couple of months:

Medium Raw – Anthony Bourdain
If you have EVER enjoyed anything with Anthony Bourdain, from Kitchen Confidential to No Reservations on TLC, stop reading this and go get it. Bonus, Anthony Bourdain narrates.

Shop Class as Soulcraft – Matthew B. Crawford
Had a difficult time getting in to it originally, but wasn’t the book’s fault – too many work interruptions. Giving it another go soon.

When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead – Jerry Weintraub, Rich Cohen
On a recommendation, in my listen queue.

Linchpin – Seth Godin
I go back and forth on Godin. The Dip has been a mainstay in my decision making. Linchpin has often been a description of me in my work responsibilities. Worth a read listen.

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine – Michael Lewis
Wasn’t overly impressed. Lewis is an entertaining read, but get The Greatest Trade Ever by Gregory Zuckerman instead. I’m assuming the narration of Zuckerman’s book is acceptable, I read the print version.

Rework – Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
I hate to say “The New Era of Business” but I appreciate the moxy of Jason Fried and the rest of the 37 Signals gang. Focus on your product and make it the best it can be. Don’t listen to your users for feature request as you’ll weaken your core (nutshell summary). The bigger message is eat your own dog food and keep yourself nimble.

Emergency – Neil Strauss
I can’t recommend this one enough. The author (and narrator) originally set out to get a second passport and went down the rabbit hole of survivalism. The way the story turns out will surprise you. I purchased the print version on release and just had to get the audio version.

I’m always open to recommendations as I’m typically sitting on a few credits every month. Fire away in the comments.

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2008 Reading List

I’m keeping tabs of my reading in 2008. I initially thought that 26 books in 2008 would be a decent goal, but here I am 17 days into January and I’ve already taken out over 25% of my goal.

  1. Fire Ice – Clive Cussler
  2. Polar Shift – Clive Cussler
  3. Deep Fire Rising – Jack Du Brul
  4. The Navigator – Clive Cussler
  5. No Reservations – Anthony Bourdain
  6. Let My People Go Surfing – Yvon Chouinard
  7. Havoc – Jack Du Brul
  8. Serpent – Clive Cussler
  9. Blue Gold – Clive Cussler
  10. White Death – Clive Cussler
  11. Lost City – Clive Cussler
    (Note: I’ve finished the Kurt Austin series from Cussler, which only leaves his Oregon Files series unread. I’m not sure I’m ready to jump into another Cussler marathon, although it is only 4 books with an upcoming 5th release in April — maybe I’ll revisit it then.)

I’m always looking for recommendations so feel free give me some suggestions in the comments.

This entry last updated 1/29/08