I met a GRS reader named T.J. for happy hour last week. As we sipped our beer, we chatted about money and videogames and our personal struggles with ADHD. We also discovered we have a shared love for audiobooks.
T.J. listens to audiobooks as he drives from client to client. I used to consume audiobooks during my commute to work at the box factory. In recent years, I’ve found that audiobooks are an effective way to cope with my insomnia. No joke: Every night — all night — I listen to audiobooks. (Plus, I still like to listen to them during long drives.)
Here’s a shocking stat: I listen to nearly 3000 hours of audiobooks every year. (As a point of reference, if you work a full-time job, you probably work about 2000 hours each year.)
Because I consume so much audio material, I have a strange problem. I run out of things to listen to. I’ve audited my favorite books — True Grit, The Lord of the Rings, the Aubrey/Maturin series — many times over by now. I constantly crave new titles…but I’m unwilling to pay full price to purchase them.
Well, this weekend — until 11:59 Pacific on Monday evening — Audible is having a huge sale on 473 popular audiobooks. Prices range from $4.95 to $6.95. (And because Amazon now owns Audible, it’s possible to purchase directly from the parent company.)
As I sorted through the list to find new titles for myself, it occurred to me that many of these books might be of interest to GRS readers. I compiled a subset of 36 audiobooks, which I’ve sorted into four categories below. (Or you can visit Audible to view every title included in the sale.)
Note: If I’ve marked a book with a , that means I own the audio version myself. If I’ve marked a book with a , that means I recommend it highly. (Cry, the Beloved Country is one of my all-time favorite books, for instance, and the audio version is fantastic.)
Audiobooks About Money
First up, here are nine books that are explicitly about money and money management. I’m not sure how something like The Intelligent Investor translates to audio, but there’s no doubt it’s considered a personal-finance classic in print form. You Need a Budget is good in audio, though, and The Wealthy Barber should be too.
Audiobooks About Self-Improvement
Here are nine books that aren’t about personal finance, but are about personal development. All the same, some — such as The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up — can have a powerful, indirect impact on your pocketbook.
The Great Courses
As much as I love audiobooks, I love The Great Courses even more. Over the past twenty years, I’ve listened to dozens of these “classes” and have enjoyed nearly all of them. I’m pleased that Audible (and Amazon) now offer these for sale because they’re much cheaper than buying directly from The Teaching Company.
Other Books of Note
Most of this weekend’s Audible sale is focused on popular fiction and non-fiction, of course. Here are six books I’ve audited and enjoyed, plus three new titles I picked up this morning. (I’m looking forward to Shogun. It gets great reviews!)
Most years, I deliberately do not encourage folks to participate in Black Friday madness. I’m a strong believer in Buy Nothing Day. This year, I’m making an exception. But only for this sale. I’m happy to promote self-education!
Author: J.D. Roth
In 2006, J.D. founded Get Rich Slowly to document his quest to get out of debt. Over time, he learned how to save and how to invest. Today, he’s managed to reach early retirement! He wants to help you master your money — and your life. No scams. No gimmicks. Just smart money advice to help you reach your goals.