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Adult Back-to-School: Audiobooks for Learning at Any Age

It’s never too late to take yourself back to school, and this time you can choose what classes to take, and with what teachers. Maybe it’s time to “enroll” in a listen to the audiobook of Difficult Conversations, the classic work (now fully revised and updated) from Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen, of the Harvard Negotiation Project. Or treat yourself to an eye-opening “seminar” from Jennifer Breheny Wallace about how achievement culture can become toxic for kids and families (another reason why we’re big fans of adults modeling learning-for-learning’s-sake!).

And don’t forget how-to courses in what really matters: Life Worth Living, Power, and How to Be An Adult in Relationships are not mere electives—these are audios to help listeners navigate the thorniest lessons, those that too many of us have learned the hard way. Don’t worry, there’s not going to be a quiz—and you may find that you love (audio)book learning after all.

The updated 3rd edition of the classic New York Times business bestseller is now available on audio, complete with “Answers to Ten Questions People Ask.” Listen in to authors Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen as they address real-world tools for having productive conversations, whether you’re dealing with an underperforming employee or disagreeing with a spouse.

Sometimes being a good adult “study buddy” means stepping back from the endless homework grind. In the ever more competitive race to secure the best possible future, today’s students face unprecedented pressure to succeed. In Never Enough, Jennifer Breheny Wallace has written the definitive book on the rise of “toxic achievement culture” overtaking our kids’ and parents’ lives. Packed with memorable stories and offering a powerful toolkit for positive change, this is an audiobook that offers an urgent, humane view of the crisis plaguing today’s teens and a practical framework for how to help.

Based on the authors’ highly sought-after undergraduate course at Yale, Life Worth Living is a guide to defining and then creating a flourishing life, and answering one of life’s most pressing questions: how are we to live? Volf, Croasmun, and McAnnally-Linz chart out this question, providing listeners with jumping-off points, road maps, and habits of reflection for figuring out where their lives hold meaning and where things need to change.

Women know what it’s like to feel powerless, and author Kemi Nekvapil understands. Through the principles of Presence, Ownership, Wisdom, Equality, and Responsibility, in Power she invites listeners to learn how choosing power on their own terms can lead to a more profoundly fulfilled life.

Author: David Richo
Read By: David Richo

“Most people think of love as a feeling,” says David Richo, “but love is not so much a feeling as a way of being present.” In this book, Richo offers a fresh perspective on love and relationships—one that focuses not on finding an ideal mate, but on becoming a more loving and realistic person. This is an audiobook that you may want to keep talking about long after the class has ended.

Made Whole

Few of us learned about personal finance in school, and thankfully Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche—New York Times bestselling author of Get Good with Money—is here to help. In Made Whole, Tiffany provides the ultimate hands-on workbook for anyone looking to get their finances in order—from budgeting to investing and everything in between.

A part of any business “core curriculum,” Who Moved My Cheese is turning 25, and its lessons are more relevant than ever. Using a simple parable, this audiobook reveals profound truths about dealing with change so that you can enjoy less stress and more success in your work and in your life.

Many of us have experienced the Performance Paradox, the counterintuitive phenomenon that if we focus only on performing, our performance suffers. Enter Eduardo Briceño. As CEO of Mindset Works and in his work with Fortune 500 companies, Eduardo discovered that mastering growth—personal, organizational, and financial—hinges on navigating the crucial balance between learning and performing. In The Performance Paradox, he provides a refreshing framework on how to do just that.

Author: Liz Tran
Read By: Liz Tran

We are all born with an inner spark of intuition, but most of us in the Western world are socialized to prioritize money, status, and high powered careers. As a result, we barely know who we are and what we’re truly capable of. The Karma of Success from Liz Tran shows you how to slow down and look inward to find the meaning and success you are meant to have.

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