Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16, and audiobooks make the perfect gift. A great listen can transform a work commute (or long distance travel) from stressful to fascinating, or give busy dads a chance to relax at home. Check out some of our top picks below!
For the non-fiction maven/podcast fan dad:
Provocative, rigorous, and engrossing, Range makes a compelling case for actively cultivating inefficiency. Failing a test is the best way to learn. Frequent quitters end up with the most fulfilling careers. The most impactful inventors cross domains rather than deepening their knowledge in a single area. As experts silo themselves further while computers master more of the skills once reserved for highly focused humans, people who think broadly and embrace diverse experiences and perspectives will increasingly thrive. Parenting, business, education, sports—this is an audiobook that covers it all in a way that will surprise you…and change your chess game.
Long fascinated by gangster legends, author Rich Cohen explores the story of Albert Hicks—a notorious underworld figure—from his humble origins to the wild, globe-crossing, bacchanalian crime spree that forged his ruthlessness and his reputation, to his ultimate incarnation as a demon who terrorized lower Manhattan, at a time when pirates anchored off 14th Street. A rollicking, swashbuckling audio yarn not to be missed!
The inside story of how Pete Rose became one of the greatest and most controversial players in the history of baseball.
Pete Rose was a legend on the field. As baseballâ€™s Hit King, he shattered records that were thought to be unbreakable. And during the 1970s, he was the leader of the Big Red Machine, the Cincinnati Reds team that dominated the game. But heâ€™s also the greatest player who may never enter the Hall of Fame because of his lifetime ban from the sport. Perhaps no other ballplayerâ€™s story is so representative of the triumphs and tragedies of our national pastime. The perfect audiobook for sports fans who want the inside scoop direct from the source.
John Urschel, mathematician and former offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens, tells the story of a life balanced between two passions: math and football. For Urschel, what began as an insatiable appetite for puzzles as a child developed into mastery of the elegant systems and rules of mathematics. By the time he was thirteen, he was auditing a college-level calculus course. But when he joined his high school football team, a new interest began to eclipse the thrill he felt in the classroom. Football challenged Urschel in an entirely different way. After he accepted a scholarship to play at Penn State, his love of math was rekindled. Against the odds, Urschel found a way to manage his double life as a scholar and an athlete, pursuing his PhD in mathematics at MIT while playing as an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens.
In this new audiobook, former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter demystifies the Pentagon and sheds light on all that happens inside one of the nationâ€™s most iconic, and most closely guarded, buildings. Drawn from Carterâ€™s thirty-six years of leadership experience in the D.O.D., this is the essential book for understanding the challenge of defending America in a dangerous world—and imparting a trove of incisive lessons that can guide leaders in any complex organization.
Happily unmarried with no desire for a change in status, Stoney Stamper met a beautiful lady with two daughters, and to his surprise fell head over boots in love. At the encouragement of family and friends, he decided to chronicle his new life and created the popular blog—The Daddy Diaries. My First Rodeo will inspire those just starting out with families to hang in there, and for those well beyond the child raising years, it will be a poignant reminder of the enduring goodness of family.
This luminescent author-read memoir was named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, The New York Times, and Pop Sugar and was a PBS Newshour-New York Times Book Club pick.
â€śStaccato prose and peripatetic storytelling combine the cadences of the Bible with an urgency reminiscent of James Baldwin in this powerfully emotional memoir.â€ť—BookPage
For the action-packed, fiction-fan dad:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter and the Wayward Pines trilogy comes a relentless thriller about time, identity, and memory—Crouch’s most ambitious, mind-boggling, irresistible work to date.
From the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others—the basis for the Academy Award-nominated film Arrival: a groundbreaking new collection of short fiction. In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Ted Chiang tackles some of humanityâ€™s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine.
â€śLean, relentless, and incandescent.â€ť—Colson Whitehead
The first novel in a thrilling new series introducing Colter Shaw. The son of a survivalist family, Shaw is an expert tracker, traveling the country to help police solve crimes and private citizens locate missing persons. But what seems a simple investigation quickly thrusts him into the dark heart of Americaâ€™s tech hub and the cutthroat billion-dollar video-gaming industry.
â€ś[A] superb series launch from Thriller Award winner Deaverâ€¦Fans of twisty suspense that pushes the envelope of plausibility without inviting disbelief will be enthralled.â€ťâ€”Publishers Weekly, starred review
Teddy Fay returns to his roots in espionage, in the latest thriller from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Stuart Woods.
When Teddy Fay receives a freelance assignment from a gentleman he can’t refuse, he jets off to Paris on the hunt for a treasonous criminal. But as Teddy unearths more information that just doesn’t seem to connect, his straightforward mission becomes far bigger—and stranger—than he could imagine.
The husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team of Sam and Remi Fargo return in a new adventure as they search for an ancient scroll–which carries a deadly curse–in this thrilling addition to Clive Cussler’s bestselling series.
It is January, 1942. Torrential rainstorms hit L.A. A body is unearthed in Griffith Park. The cops rate it a routine dead-man job. They’re grievously wrong. It’s a summons to misalliance and all the spoils of a brand-new war.
Jack Ryan, Jr.â€™s race to stop an international criminal conspiracy is intertwined with the fate of an old friend in this blistering entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Happy listening, dads!