Listening to books

badgesWe get older. We get busier. I used to be a voracious reader of words. Fiction and non-fiction. Poetry, histories, newspapers, novels, short stories, mythologies, ancient cabalistic charts (odd, I know). Used to write a lot of words. And as a storyteller, well… there was never a shortage of words flowing in and out of my life.

Loved words so much, I got three degrees in words (English, Mythology & Oral Traditions, Communication & Rhetoric). I became a student and teacher of words. And then, after 20 some-odd years of schooling, the birth and raising of two children (a work in progress), and the active lifestyle of a young family – it occurred to me that I didn’t have time to read. No time to write poetry or short narratives. I was no longer telling stories.

But, I was commuting. I was driving an hour and half a day. So a few years ago I got an account at audible.com and began listening. I listened so much, I started getting ‘badges’ from audible.com that rewarded me for my addictive need for stories. I have listened to 140+ books – books that I would not have read in paper or screen form. Well, clearly I owe a debt of gratitude to the audio book. So…

Come here audible.com, let me give you a big hug. Thanks for bringing the words back.

[List updated May 21, 2015]

We Are Legion (We Are Bob): Bobiverse, Book 1 (Dennis E. Taylor)
The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)
Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology (Thomas Dolby)
The Hike (Drew Magary)
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits (David Wong)
The Death of Dulgath: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 3 (Michael J. Sullivan)
The Rose and the Thorn: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 2 (Michael J. Sullivan)
The Jester (A Riyria Chronicles Tale) (Michael J. Sullivan)
Professional Integrity (A Riyria Chronicles Tale) (Michael J. Sullivan)
The Brightest Night (Tui T. Sutherland)
The Dark Secret: Wings of Fire, Book 4 (Tui T. Sutherland)
The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1 (Michael J. Sullivan)
The Life We Bury (Allen Eskens)
The Hidden Kingdom (Tui T. Sutherland)
Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3 (Michael J. Sullivan)
The Lost Heir (Tui T. Sutherland)
The Dragonet Prophecy (Tui T. Sutherland)
The Secrets of Supervillainy (C. T. Phipps)
Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2 (Michael J. Sullivan)
Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1 (Michael J. Sullivan)
Age of Myth: Book One of The Legends of the First Empire (Michael J. Sullivan)
Inferno: Play to Live, Book 4 (D. Rus)
The Duty: Play to Live, Book 3 (D. Rus)
The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent (Larry Correia)
The Phoenix Project (Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford)
400 Things Cops Know: Street-Smart Lessons From a Veteran Patrolman (Adam Plantinga)
The Screwtape Letters (C. S. Lewis)
The Clan: Play to Live, Book 2 (D. Rus)
AlterWorld: Play to Live, Book 1 (D. Rus)
Fear the Survivors: The Fear Saga, Book 2 (Stephen Moss)
Fear the Sky: The Fear Saga, Book 1 (Stephen Moss)
Calamity: The Reckoners, Book 3 (Brandon Sanderson)
The Games of Supervillainy (C. T. Phipps)
The Rules of Supervillainy (C.T. Phipps)
Ex-Isle: Ex-Heroes, Book 5 (Peter Clines)
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (Rick Yancey)
Necronomicon (H. P. Lovecraft)
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State (Glenn Greenwald)
The Sellout: A Novel (Paul Beatty)
Empire of the Summer Moon (S. C. Gwynne)
2d6 (Caverns and Creatures) (Robert Bevan)
The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax (Dorothy Gilman)
The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax (Dorothy Gilman)
Imajica (Clive Barker)
Lightning (Dean Koontz)
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (Jack Weatherford)
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (Dorothy Gilman)
God Is Disappointed in You (Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler)
The Devil in the White City (Erik Larson)
GodBomb! (Kit Power)
Critical Failures II: Fail Harder (Robert Bevan)
Collins Spanish with Paul Noble – Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 2 (Paul Noble)
The Stone Man: A Science Fiction Horror Novel (Luke Smitherd)
D6: Caverns and Creatures (Robert Bevan)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
Where the Hell is Tesla? (Rob Dircks)
Mr. Mann: The Afterlife and Times of the Devil’s Acquisitor Ad Infinitum (John Byron)
Collins Spanish with Paul Noble – Learn Spanish the Natural Way, Part 1 (Paul Noble)
Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius (Marc J. Seifer)
Saint Odd (Dean Koontz)
Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6 (Dean Koontz)
Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5 (Dean Koontz)
Odd Interlude (Dean Koontz)
Odd Hours (Dean Koontz)
Brother Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel (Dean Koontz)
Forever Odd (Dean Koontz)
Odd Thomas (Dean Koontz)
Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) (Felicia Day)
Cannibal (Jeremy Robinson, Sean Ellis)
Savage (A Jack Sigler Thriller – Book 6) (Jeremy Robinson, Sean Ellis)
Omega (A Jack Sigler Thriller – Book 5) (Jeremy Robinson, Kane Gilmour)
Ragnarok (A Jack Sigler Thriller – Book 4) (Jeremy Robinson, Kane Gilmour)
Mirrorworld (Jeremy Robinson)
Threshold (A Jack Sigler Thriller – Book 3) (Jeremy Robinson 12 hrs and 42 mins 08-12-15
Instinct (A Jack Sigler Thriller – Book 2) (Jeremy Robinson)
PULSE (A Jack Sigler Thriller – Book 1) (Jeremy Robinson)
Quest for the Diamond Sword (Winter Morgan)
Prime (A Jack Sigler Thriller – Book 0) (Jeremy Robinson, Sean Ellis)
Pirate Hunters (Robert Kurson)
Killing Pretty: A Sandman Slim Novel (Richard Kadrey)
The Chosen (Chaim Potok)
The Never Hero: The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, Book 1 (T. Ellery Hodges)
Mountain of Black Glass: Otherland, Book 3 (Tad Williams)
River of Blue Fire: Otherland Book 2 (Tad Williams)
The Fold (Peter Clines)
City of Golden Shadow: Otherland, Book 1 (Tad Williams)

Easy Street (the Hard Way) (Ron Perlman, Michael Largo)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman)
The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey (Candice Millard)
The Last Town (Blake Crouch)
Wayward (Blake Crouch)
Pines (Blake Crouch)
Grundish and Askew (Lance Carbuncle)
The Girl with All the Gifts (M. R. Carey)
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography (Neil Patrick Harris)
Hard Luck Hank: Prince of Suck (Steven Campbell)
The Free Fall of Webster Cummings: The American Odyssey Collection (Tom Bodett)
Redemption Song (Craig Schaefer)
The Long Way Down (Craig Schaefer)
Firefight: Reckoners, Book 2 (Brandon Sanderson)
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (Lawrence Wright)
The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel (Helene Wecker)
The Secret History of Star Wars (Michael Kaminski)
Peter & Max (Bill Willingham)
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Caitlin Doughty)
Critical Failures (Robert Bevan)
An Unwelcome Quest (Scott Meyer)
NPCs (Drew Hayes)
Extinction Machine: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 5 (Jonathan Maberry)
Assassin’s Code: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4 (Jonathan Maberry)
Lock In (John Scalzi)
Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson)
Pulphead: Essays (John Jeremiah Sullivan)
Night Watch (Sergei Lukyanenko)
Minecraft (Linus Larsson, Daniel Goldberg)
Agatha H and the Airship City (Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio)
I Shall Wear Midnight (Terry Pratchett)
The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen (Lloyd Alexander)
The Disaster Artist (Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell)
Hard Luck Hank: Basketful of Crap, Book 2 (Steven Campbell)
Hard Luck Hank: Screw the Galaxy, Book 1 (Steven Campbell)
As You Wish (Cary Elwes)
Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir (Alan Cumming)
The Getaway God: Sandman Slim, Book 6 (Richard Kadrey)
Kill City Blues: Sandman Slim, Book 5 (Richard Kadrey)
Devil Said Bang: Sandman Slim, Book 4 (Richard Kadrey)
Aloha from Hell: Sandman Slim, Book 4 (Richard Kadrey)
Kill the Dead: Sandman Slim, Book 2 (Richard Kadrey)
Sandman Slim, Book 1 (Richard Kadrey)
Ex-Purgatory (Peter Clines)
Ex-Communication (Peter Clines)
Ex-Patriots (Peter Clines)
1984 (George Orwell)
Ex-Heroes (Peter Clines)
Jim Henson: The Biography (Brian Jay Jones)
The Rhesus Chart (Charles Stross)
What If? (Randall Munroe)
The Apocalypse Codex (Charles Stross)
The Fuller Memorandum: A Laundry Files Novel (Charles Stross)
The Jennifer Morgue: A Laundry Files Novel (Charles Stross)
Weaveworld (Clive Barker)
The Atrocity Archives: A Laundry Files Novel (Charles Stross)
Foundation (Isaac Asimov)
Stranger in a Strange Land (Robert A. Heinlein)
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (Robert A. Heinlein)
Spell or High Water (Scott Meyer)
Monster Hunter Nemesis (Larry Correia)
The Lost Gate: Mithermages 1 (Orson Scott Card)
Off to Be the Wizard (Scott Meyer)
Alas, Babylon (Pat Frank)
The City of Dreaming Books (Walter Moers)
Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son (Sheen, Estevez, Edelman)
Assignment in Eternity (Robert A. Heinlein)
Four Days of Naples (Aubrey Menen)
WWW: Wonder (Robert J. Sawyer)
WWW: Watch (Robert J. Sawyer)
WWW: Wake (Robert J. Sawyer)
The Mysterious Island (Jules Verne)
Freedom ™ (Daniel Suarez)
Calculating God (Robert J. Sawyer)
Daemon (Daniel Suarez)
The Dragon Factory (Jonathan Maberry)
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big (Scott Adams)
The King of Plagues (Jonathan Maberry)
The Dragon Factory (Jonathan Maberry)
Patient Zero (Jonathan Maberry)
14 (Peter Clines)
The Classic Tales Podcast (Various)
The Martian (Andy Weir)
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Douglas Adams)
Words of Radiance (Brandon Sanderson)
Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World’s Most Interesting Facts (Dan Lewis)
SuperFreakonomics (Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner)
Steelheart (Brandon Sanderson)
The Way of Kings (Brandon Sanderson)
The Republic of Thieves (Scott Lynch)
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Scott Lynch)
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Scott Lynch)
Hero (Perry Moore)
Allegiant (Veronica Roth)
Insurgent (Veronica Roth)
Divergent (Veronica Roth)
The Sudden Disappearance of the Worker Bees: A Thriller (Serge Quadruppani)
The Book of Lost Things (John Connolly)
Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)
Red Dwarf: Better Than Life
People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo – and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up
Confessions of a D-List Supervillain (Jim Bernheimer)
All By My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed, and Me (Jeff Dunham)
Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers (Rob Grant, Doug Naylor)
Assassination Vacation (Sarah Vowell)
How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs (Kevin Pollak)
Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries (Jon Ronson)
Fortunately, the Milk (Neil Gaiman)
A Princess of Mars (Edgar Rice Burroughs)
Anansi Boys (Neil Gaiman)
American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)
I Invented the Modern Age: The Rise of Henry Ford and the Most Important Car Ever Made (Richard Snow)
Trustee from the Toolroom (Nevil Shute)
Time Out of Joint (Philip K. Dick)
Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
Zoe’s Tale (John Scalzi)
Outliers: The Story of Success (Malcolm Gladwell)
The Last Colony (John Scalzi)
Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles (Larry Correia)
If This Isn’t Nice, What Is: Advice for the Young (Kurt Vonnegut)
The Ghost Brigades (John Scalzi)
Old Man’s War (John Scalzi)
Agent to the Stars (John Scalzi)
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas (John Scalzi)
The Android’s Dream (John Scalzi)
Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)
The Power of One (Bruce Courtenay)
Fuzzy Nation (John Scalzi)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (Christopher Healy, Todd Harris)
In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives (Steven Levy)
This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It (David Wong)
Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
John Dies at the End (David Wong)
Four Fires (Bryce Courtenay)
Occupied City (David Peace)
Monster Hunter Legion (Larry Correia)
Monster Hunter Alpha (Larry Correia)
Monster Hunter Vendetta (Larry Correia)
Monster Hunter International (Larry Correia)
The Last Lecture (Randy Pausch)
Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles (Larry Correia)
A Wild Ride Through the Night (Walter Moers)
11-22-63: A Novel (Stephen King)
Murder on the Orient Express: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Agatha Christie)
Nation (Terry Pratchett)
The Unheard Cry for Meaning (Viktor E. Frankl)
Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles (Larry Correia)
The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear (Walter Moers)
How to Build an Android (David F. Dufty)
Dodger (Terry Pratchett)
The Daily Adventures of Mixerman (Mixerman)
I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution (Craig Marks, Rob Tannenbaum)
A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson)
Cryptonomicon (Neal Stephenson)
Einstein: His Life and Universe (Walter Isaacson)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)
The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock (Donald Spoto)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
The Statues That Walked (Terry Hunt, Carl Lipo)
Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
The Buried Book (David Damrosch)
Bill Bryson Collector’s Edition: Notes from a Small Island, Neither Here Nor There, and I’m a Stranger Here Myself (Bill Bryson)