December 31, 2012

2012: Audiobooks

What I talk about when I talk about running
Haruki Murakami
A great memoir from one of my favorite authors discussing running and writing.
Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail
Cheryl Strayed
One of the best books I've ever experienced.  Period.
Adrift: 76 Days At Sea
Steven Callahan
Nothing like listening to the tales of someone struggling to survive on an inflatable raft at sea to convince you that the privilege of running miles on land is something you should enjoy.  A great tale of human triumph.
You are an Ironman
Jacques Steinberg
5 non-elites sign up for the Ford Ironman AZ 2009 and this book follows each of them through the ups and downs, injuries and life setbacks and eventual final results.
Keith Richards, James Fox
I love autobiographies and this one was one of the best.  Johnny Depp's voice and ability to mimic verbal tics, accents, and personalities for various characters made this nothing but a pleasure to enjoy.  The mid-book switch to Joe Hurley as the narrator is a bit confusing, but quickly, his British accent make you believe you're actually listening to Keith describe all the chaos of the hard rock life.  It's a fun ride as a spectator but it sounds horrific to have actually experienced it.
The Power of Habit
Charles Duhigg
Fascinating summary of the science of habit and anecdotal application of habits to areas of life as varied as survival, health, marketing/purchasing decisions, and communication within a business.  A great insight into how to change your own as well as any organization's habits.

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