Current Events: Listens From the Headlines

With so many different news stories happening simultaneously, it’s no wonder that the biggest audiobooks as of late have been ripped straight from the headlines. Whether you’re looking for fiction inspired by true events or an investigative dive into a story that’s still unfolding, there’s an audiobook for whatever has piqued your interest.

Lost Children Archive

An emotionally resonant, fiercely imaginative new novel about a family whose road trip across America collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border–an indelible journey told with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity. Told through by several compelling voices, blending texts, and sounds, Lost Children Archive is an astonishing feat of literary virtuosity. It is a richly engaging story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most.

Never Enough

With more than one in every five people over the age of fourteen struggling with addiction, drug abuse has been called the most formidable health problem worldwide. Drawing on years of research–as well as personal experience as a recovered addict—author and narrator Judy Grisel shares insights that lead to a better understanding of the brain’s critical contributions to addictive behavior, and help inform a more rational, coherent, and compassionate response to the epidemic in our homes and communities.

Zucked

If you had told Roger McNamee even three years ago that he would soon be devoting himself to stopping Facebook from destroying our democracy, he would have howled with laughter. Few things had made him prouder, or been better for his fund’s bottom line, than his early service to Mark Zuckerberg. Still a large shareholder in Facebook, he had every good reason to stay on the bright side. Until he simply couldn’t. This is the story of a company and its leadership, both written and read by McNamee, but it’s also a larger tale of a business sector unmoored from normal constraints, just at a moment of political and cultural crisis; in short, the worst possible time to be given new tools for summoning the darker angels of our nature and whipping them into a frenzy.

The Uninhabitable Earth

If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. In his travelogue of our near future, author and narrator David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await—food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. But the world will be remade by warming in more profound ways as well, transforming our politics, our culture, our relationship to technology, and our sense of history. It will be all-encompassing, shaping and distorting nearly every aspect of human life as it is lived today.

The Inner Level

If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. In his travelogue of our near future, author and narrator David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await—food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. But the world will be remade by warming in more profound ways as well, transforming our politics, our culture, our relationship to technology, and our sense of history. It will be all-encompassing, shaping and distorting nearly every aspect of human life as it is lived today.