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“The only limit to your capabilities is your mind and the ability to control your mind is the strongest weapon you will ever have.”

Gary O’Neil from American Warrior

Welcome to my home! My name is Michael Henkin and life is great! I have read and/or listened to five-hundred plus books since 2013. I’m what you call a professional audio book listen to-er. With audio books you can easily accelerate and propel your learning curve. All progress depends on the spread of knowledge. 

I live the audio book life. It evolved over the years: I started by reading books full-time, then started listening to an occasional book on CD and eventually learned the convenience of digital books. The audio book life is not for everyone but it’s definitely for me. I like to review the books and pass on what I have learned on my blog. Please check my Goodreads.com profile. I don’t listen to much non-fiction other than classical literature (Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Steinbeck).

I advocate for science, history and audio books. Audio books have changed my life. I want to pass on the benefits of reading and studying the world to you. The creations of the human mind are the greatest achievements of our time. Civilization is possible because of language. It’s important to be smart and creative. 

Science helps to explain how the world operates. From the four fundamental forces of nature (electromagnetism, gravity and the strong/weak nuclear forces) to the elementary particles that make up our amazing world (fermions and bosons). 

History is the biography of civilization. It’s not about memorizing dates or names but investigation, analyze and interpretation. All historical events have valuable lessons to be learned. There are no miracles in history only causes and consequences. 

Prepare for the audio book revolution. Victory favors the daring!

Why choose audio books? 

Pardon my rhetoric. I like to tell people I have the cheapest and most powerful hobby in the world. You never quite know what your gonna learn.  

 Reasons why you should listen to books:

  • no cost if you get them from your local library

  • you can listen while doing almost anything

  • be more pragmatic

  • enjoyable and entertaining

  • become an expert in any subject

  • learn a new language 

  • exponentially build your vocabulary 

  • be more gregarious  

How do audio books work?

Audio books are not cheap. I have never paid for an audio book. Money is belief. All you need is a library card. Go to your local library and get a card. If you have friends or family in other cities or states you can use their log in info to access that libraries materials. Make a wish list of all the books you want to eventually read at each library. Your taxes are paying for public libraries. Might as well get your monies worth.

The apps I use are OverdriveLibrivoxRB Digital and Hoopla. Some work better than others but they all work. I have to admit Overdrive is the most reliable. 

Note: all books on Librivox are free to download without sign up.

I enjoy contacting authors after I finsh their book. They are usually open to discussion and like your feedback.  

Recommended authors 

I feel bad about narrowing it down to such small group because there are so many talented authors. Numerous factors go into what makes a good book and even more go into making an audio book worthy of my ears. 

My favorite authors would have to be:

  1. HG Wells                                                                               

  2. Michael Drout

  3. Sean Carroll

  4. Robert Hazen

  5. John Nagl

  6. Stephen Hawking

  7. John Keegan 

  8. Mary Roach

  9. Chris Kyle

  10. Adam Smith

 

Ideas lead to power but power requires ideas. 

I don’t have the attention span to watch TV. There are too ways to watch TV. Everything in moderation. I feel bad when I watch TV because I could be learning something. Refrain from sitting on your ass too long.  You don’t really want to watch another sitcom do you? It’s just the same people as last time in ridiculous and wacky situations completely disconnected from the real world.

TV is bland, predictable and quick to take advantage of you. There is an entire world out there. The sky is not the limit; there are foot prints on the moon. The talking heads on the news just sell you fear. Talk shows focus on gossip. Gossip focuses on wrong doing. Stay out of other peoples affairs. Make your yourself more profitable. Your just making someone else rich. 

We need to think for ourselves. Learn computer animation and make your own shows. Learn to do things left handed (if your right handed). It may come in handy someday. Watch animals live on Youtube. 

Time to awake

I’m starting to figure this whole life thing out. You need to be flexible, adaptable and smarter than everyone else to thrive in this world. Evolution is adapting to the changing environment. Don’t let natural selection get you. 

Its important to live life on your terms. You should do what makes you happy. Anyone that has a problem with that kick them the hell out of your life. Don’t tolerate bullshit. If you have a problem with something its crucial to make your opinion known. Be more dogmatic. You should investigate this principal thoroughly.

 

 

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