Thursday, November 25, 2010

2010 Audio Book Recap

Over the course of this year I listened to a handful of audio books.  Overall it was great and allowed me to "read" more books than I would have had time to actually sit down and hold.  Here's my rundown from worst to best (or least favorite to most favorite.)

How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill.  You caught me.  I only grabbed this book from the library shelves because it had "Starbucks" in the title.  I can't recommend it super highly, although the opening chapters solidified the truth that it is never worth putting your job over your family.

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.  I had forgotten how awesome this story is.  It's making me think that when the movie releases (at a still undetermined date) I will want to break my current movie theater fast to go see it.  Very entertaining.

Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur.  I had had this book on my 'want to read' list for some time, so it was great to 'check it off' the list while driving to and from work.  Overall, it had some excellent points concerning the twelve disciples.  (Bad Pun Alert:) It drove home the point that Jesus can make extraordinary followers out of anyone.

Free by Chris Anderson.  This was the only book that I didn't find at my local library, mainly because the audio version is available free online.  This was a fun 'read' because I don't normally do a lot of thinking concerning business models or economics in general.  It was definitely out of the box thinking and interesting.  I would recommend it to anyone with aspirations to start or improve their own business.

And the best audio book I listened to in 2010 was...
The World is Flat 2.0 by Thomas Friedman.  I'm not sure how many pages the paper version of this book is.  But the audio version was 20 (count them, twenty!) full length CDs.  Despite (or maybe because of) the length, this book was tremendous.  To describe it simply, The World is Flat lays out where we're at as a society and culture, how we got there, and what it means for life and business.  This is not a Christian book, but it has tremendous value in that it helps you better understand the world we're living in.  And if you understand the world we're living in, you can better relate to it.

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