9 Audiobooks to Expand Your Mind and Support Your Heart

Being human is a bit complicated on a good day, and chances are most of the time it’s considerably more difficult than that. Whether you are facing a life-changing event, stuck and looking for a way through, or in need of clear insights to help understand the world we live in, each of these audiobooks offers a fresh angle on an important subject with a generous dose of emotional intelligence and empathy. Pick one, close your eyes, and listen.

Burnout

Written and read by sisters Emily Nagoski, PhD, and Amelia Nagoski, DMA, who are here to help end the cycle of feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Instead of asking us to ignore the very real obstacles and societal pressures that stand between women and well-being, they explain with compassion and optimism what we’re up against—and show us how to fight back. This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men—and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life.

Say What You Mean

We spend so much of our lives talking to each other, but how much are we simply running on automatic—relying on old habits and hoping for the best? Are we able to truly hear others and speak our mind in a clear and kind way, without needing to get defensive or go on the attack? In this groundbreaking synthesis of mindfulness, somatics, and Nonviolent Communication, author (and narrator!) Oren Jay Sofer offers simple yet powerful practices to develop healthy, effective, and satisfying ways of communicating.

A Human's Guide to Machine Intelligence

Wharton professor and tech entrepreneur Kartik Hosanagar surveys the world of algorithmic decision-making and reveals the potentially dangerous biases they can give rise to as they increasingly run our lives. A Human’s Guide to Machine Intelligence is an entertaining and provocative audiobook about one of the most important developments of our time and a user’s guide to this first wave of practical artificial intelligence.

This Life

A profound, original, and accessible book that offers a new secular vision of how we can lead our lives. Ranging from fundamental existential questions to the most pressing social issues of our time, This Life shows why our commitment to freedom and democracy should lead us beyond both religion and capitalism.

Cat and Nat's Mom Truths

Written and read by hilarious best friends Cat and Nat, who created a massive online community of moms by sharing their ultra-real and just a bit R-rated dispatches from the mom trenches. From what not to eat a few days after giving birth (chicken wings) to the most effective ways to dodge post-partum sex, Cat & Nat’s Mom Truths shares everything no one will tell you about having kids.

Juliet's School of Possibilities

Read by the author! A charming, life-changing fable that will help you rethink your whole approach to time, priorities, and possibilities. By the end of this story, you’ll join Riley in rethinking the balance between your present and your future, between the things you have to do and the things you want to do. Like Riley, you can free yourself from feeling overwhelmed and pursue your highest possibilities.

That Good Night

That Good Night is a stunning meditation on impermanence and the role of medicine in helping us to live and die well, arming readers with information that will transform how we communicate with our doctors about what matters most to us. Dr. Puri reads her introduction to this truly life changing audiobook.

Love You Hard
Author: Abby Maslin
Read By: Abby Maslin

Love You Hard is a raw, unflinchingly honest memoir of a young love left broken, and the resilience required to mend a life and remake a marriage. Told from a caregiver’s perspective, this audiobook is a daring exploration of true love: what it means to love beyond language, beyond abilities, and into the place that reveals who we really are. Author Abby Maslin narrates this remarkable and singular listening experience.

The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing
Author: Julia Plevin
Read By: Leslie Howard

An engaging guide to the art of forest bathing, inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, for anyone who wants to explore the transformative power of nature in promoting health and happiness.

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