I listen to mostly non-fiction because I am inquisitive about human nature and the physical world. Some of my favorite topics: economics, biography, forensics, philosophy, psychology, religion, military, cooking, law, politics, biotech, anthropology, navy seals, ecology, particle physics, paleontology, geophysics, self help, business, historical fiction, wild west, depression era gangsters, artificial intelligence, astrobiology. But Ill admit fiction can be captivating, majestic and fun. Reading classical literature is part and parcel of a proper education. I be sure to make time for the classics. I recommend (War and Peace, Frankenstein, The Idiot, Animal Farm). Other fictional topics I enjoy are World War 3, zombie and hitman. You are welcome to contact me for a recommendation tailored for you. I’ll help ya find a meaningful book; wouldn’t be the first time. Books for my purposes need to be at least an hour in length. My average book is about 8 hours. That would take me less than a day to finish if I don’t have to work. I tend to listen at all times. I don’t like turning books off. The longest book I’ve listened to is 61 hours (War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy). It took me about 7 days. It takes time to listen to a book but less than reading it. The number of books out there is astounding but don’t panic. When your not sure what to pick:
- Narrow it down: fiction vs non-fiction?
- Does it excite or fascinate you?
- Is it a process or event that your curious about?
- Does it appeal to your lifestyle?
- Do you like this author?
- Are you going to finish it?
- Does the topic benefit you?
I ♥ The Great Courses and Modern Scholar Series. These are written and read by college professors. They are a valuable tool and they’re incredible. I also enjoy Scientific American, For Dummies, Charles River Editors, Politically Incorrect Guides, Learn25 and DK audio books. These are available through libraries and all for free. Study noble things and fill your mind with nobility.
Helpful hints with audio books: Set audio books at x1.25 playback speed to get through them a little faster. Add a bookmark if needed to take notes. Use your buddies accounts in other cities to access their libraries content.
Some of my favorite authors: Michael C. Drout, Rufus Fears, HG Wells, Ian Kershaw, Bill Bryson, Max Brooks, Sean Carrol, Mary Roach.
Eventually you learn which narrators like most. Some have calm and reassuring voices. Some dont. Most are great. A few of my favorite narrators: John Pruden, Ray Porter,
TV and movies are fun ways to spend time. Movies bring out the best in people and help form emotional bonds. Like everyone I love a good movie, have great memories of movies growing up and have memorized my favorite lines to my favorite movies. Still I sort of transitioned away from the stereotypical TV lifestyle. Books are more rewarding for me. I usually have a hard time deciding what to watch then I get frustrated then I just watch nothing. Do you want to binge watch another sitcom or drama? Don’t buy into gossip. Gossip focuses on wrongdoing. It’s the same people as last time in wacky situations not applicable to the real world. Do you want to sit through another movie? I don’t want TV taking up too much space in my head. If anything watch TV with the volume off or down while listening to a book. I’m usually more concerned about my book anyway. I’ve learned to watch TV with my ears and hear with my eyes. Im picky about what I watch. TV has too much violence and sex for me plus I don’t trust reality tv. Violence is an easy, low-cost means of communication. Try a documentary on PBS?