Dying Daily #93: The 5 Best Audiobooks I Listened to This Year

I lied. I forgot I had this one laid out.

Maybe this is the last one.

No more promises though.

Because I break them.

I am a believer in minimizing dead space, so I like audio books when I am traveling or driving around town or cleaning the house. These were my favorites this year.

  • The Tao of Seneca: Practical Letters from a Stoic Master
    • Not just this year, any and every year. Worth owning all 3 and listening to over and over. This was a collaboration between Tim Ferriss and a fan, and it is so well done.
  • Heidegger in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern
    • Yeah, yeah, yeah, he got into Nazism, but Heidegger’s work on being is really cool. And he’s dead, so he didn’t get any money from my purchase.
  • Confession of a Buddhist Atheist by Stephen Batchelor
    • This is an excellent look into the historical Buddha and the myths and legends and fabrications that surround him. 16 hours on audio book- listen at double speed to give Batchelor the cadence of a normal human being and to finish it in 8.
  • Nietzsche in 90 Minutes by Paul Strathern
    • Not a huge Nietzsche guy overall, but Amor Fati and Eternal Recurrence are two of my favorite concepts. Starthern does an excellent job of distilling things down into very manageable chunks and gives you a good overview of entire philosophies.
  • Lying by Sam Harris
    • This is a very troubling book if you believe that white lies are acceptable, or if lying is something you do easily. Harris is a troubling guy for a lot of people, in no small part because of his dedication to honesty despite the consequences. This doesn’t mean he’s always right, only that he seems to always act with integrity.

Check out some audiobooks this year. They are way better than the radio or Sirius or talking to your kids.

About the only thing that beats them is silence.