Finished reading “Edge World (Undying Mercenaries Book 14)” by B.V. Larson, first published December 18th 2020.
Goodreads A lonely planet circles a star on the very border of Province 921. Critical resources produced there are claimed by both the Mogwa and the Skay. War between the Galactic giants becomes more likely every day. James McGill and Legion Varus are deployed to protect Edge World, a planet that rotates at a walking pace.
Finished reading “Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries Book 2)” by Martha Wells, first published May 8th 2018.
Goodreads It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more. Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.
Finished reading “Ready Player Two (Ready Player One Book 2)” by Ernest Cline, first published November 24th 2020.
Goodreads An unexpected quest. Two worlds at stake. Are you ready? Days after Oasis founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday’s vault, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the Oasis thousand times more wondrous, and addictive, than even Wade dreamed possible.
Finished reading “The Power of Self-Compassion” by Laurie J. Cameron, first published January 2nd 2020.
Goodreads There’s no denying that life can be difficult. Simply being human means experiencing emotional and physical pain. None of us escapes dealing with pain, failure, and setbacks. But learning how to practice mindful self-compassion can be life-changing. Self-compassion comes from the understanding that every human being suffers, that we all want to be happy, and that this commonality connects us with everyone else.
Finished reading “The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle Book 2)” by Patrick Rothfuss, first published March 1st 2011.
Goodreads In The Wise Man’s Fear, Kvothe searches for answers, attempting to uncover the truth about the mysterious Amyr, the Chandrian, and the death of his parents. Along the way, Kvothe is put on trial by the legendary Adem mercenaries, forced to reclaim the honor of his family, and travels into the Fae realm.
Finished reading “Alien III: An Audible Original Drama (Alien Series)” by William Gibson, first published May 30th 2019.
Goodreads Audible is bringing William Gibson’s lost Alien III script to life in audio for the first time, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the birth of the Alien Franchise. Alongside a full cast, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen reprise their iconic roles as Corporal Hicks and Bishop from the 1986 film Aliens.
Finished reading “Heaven’s River (Bobiverse Book 4)” by Dennis E. Taylor, first published September 24th 2020.
Goodreads Civil war looms in the Bobiverse in this brand-new, epic-length adventure by Audible number-one best seller Dennis E. Taylor. More than a hundred years ago, Bender set out for the stars and was never heard from again. There has been no trace of him despite numerous searches by his clone-mates. Now Bob is determined to organize an expedition to learn Bender’s fate - whatever the cost.
Finished reading “More Bedtime Stories for Cynics (Bedtime Stories for Cynics Book 2)” by Dave Hill, first published May 2nd 2019.
Goodreads Nick Offerman and his posse of high-profile guests present this series of 12 short stories written in the style of classic kid’s tales, but with a decidedly adult approach. If children’s literature is any guide, we should all be able to magically fall asleep simply by saying goodnight to the things we can see from our beds.
Finished reading “It”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King, first published September 15th 1986.
Goodreads It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real… They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness.
Finished reading “The Minimalist Way: Minimalism Strategies to Declutter Your Life and Make Room for Joy” by Erica Layne, first published July 16th 2019.
Goodreads Discover how to apply the minimalist mindset to every aspect of your life by changing the way you think about your home, career, relationships, family, and money. The Minimalist Way will help you take it one step at a time with simple exercises and activities.
Finished reading “Terminus (Threshold Book 4)” by Peter Clines, first published January 30th 2020.
Goodreads Murdoch’s past has finally come crashing down on him. His former girlfriend. His Family. He’s been happily avoiding them for ages, trying to live something close to a normal life. But now he’s been drawn back into another one of their ludicrous attempts to bring about the end of all things. Chase has spent the past year just trying to get away.
Finished reading “The Girl Who Lived Twice (Millennium Book 6)” by David Lagercrantz, first published August 22nd 2019.
Goodreads Lisbeth Salander–the fierce, unstoppable girl with the dragon tattoo–has disappeared. She’s sold her apartment in Stockholm. She’s gone silent electronically. She’s told no one where she is. And no one is aware that at long last she’s got her primal enemy, her twin sister, Camilla, squarely in her sights.
Finished reading “Carnival Row: Tangle in the Dark” by Stephanie K. Smith, first published October 3rd 2019.
Goodreads Tourmaline Larou lives an idyllic life of learning by day and partying by night. An aspiring poet, her future promises nothing less than brilliance. Then, Vignette Stonemoss walks through the door, and Tourmaline’s world is upended. As she struggles to understand the effect this stranger has on her, Tourmaline and her fellow fae face a looming threat from the human world.
Finished reading “The Sentient Machine: The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence” by Amir Husain, first published November 21st 2017.
Goodreads The future is now. Acclaimed technologist and inventor Amir Husain explains how we can live amidst the coming age of sentient machines and artificial intelligence—and not only survive, but thrive. Artificial “machine” intelligence is playing an ever-greater role in our society. We are already using cruise control in our cars, automatic checkout at the drugstore, and are unable to live without our smartphones.
Finished reading “Head On (Lock In Book 2)” by John Scalzi, first published April 17th 2018.
Goodreads John Scalzi returns with Head On, the standalone follow-up to the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Lock In. Chilling near-future SF with the thrills of a gritty cop procedural, Head On brings Scalzi’s trademark snappy dialogue and technological speculation to the future world of sports. Hilketa is a frenetic and violent pastime where players attack each other with swords and hammers.
Finished reading “How We’ll Live on Mars” by Stephen Petranek, first published October 7th 2014.
Goodreads Award-winning journalist Stephen Petranek says humans will live on Mars by 2027. Now he makes the case that living on Mars is not just plausible, but inevitable. It sounds like science fiction, but Stephen Petranek considers it fact: Within twenty years, humans will live on Mars. We’ll need to. In this sweeping, provocative book that mixes business, science, and human reporting, Petranek makes the case that living on Mars is an essential back-up plan for humanity and explains in fascinating detail just how it will happen.
Finished reading “Space Force” by Jeremy Robinson, first published October 27th 2018.
Goodreads Five years ago, the US Space Force became a reality. And while those writing the checks took things very seriously, the other military branches did not. As a result, Space Force was populated by undesirables: men and women who made too many mistakes, didn’t follow the rules, or…slept with the wrong general’s daughter. Three times.
Finished reading “Carmilla” by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, first published in 1872.
Goodreads One of the very first vampire thrillers, this audio adaptation follows 18-year-old Laura as she recounts the story of her mysterious, intriguing and beautiful house guest Carmilla, who is stranded in the forest after a carriage accident and taken in by Laura’s widowed father. The girls develop a friendship which turns into a passionate meeting of souls.
Finished reading “Lock In (Lock In Book 1)” by John Scalzi, first published August 26th 2014.
Goodreads A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi. Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes “Lock In”: Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.
Finished reading “The Burnout Generation” by Anne Helen Petersen, first published March 10th 2019.
Goodreads In January 2019, culture writer Anne Helen Petersen set the Internet on fire with her viral BuzzFeed essay diagnosing “millennial burnout”—a chronic state of stress and exhaustion that’s become a “base temperature” for young people today. Now, she continues this generation-defining conversation in a brand-new format, interviewing millennials around the country about their own deeply personal experiences with burnout and the culture that creates it.
Finished reading “Dead Moon (Threshold Book 3)” by Peter Clines, first published February 14th 2019.
Goodreads In the year 2243, the Moon belongs to the dead. The largest graveyard in the solar system, it was the perfect solution to the overcrowding and environmental problems that had plagued mankind for centuries. And the perfect place for Cali Washington to run away from her past. But when a mysterious meteor crashes into one of the Moon’s cemeteries, Cali and her fellow Caretakers find themselves surrounded by a terrifying enemy force that outnumbers them more than a thousand to one.
Finished reading “Body of Proof” by Darrell Brown and Sophie Ellis, first published September 5th 2019.
Goodreads Body of Proof, a true crime podcast, examines the many unanswered questions surrounding the disappearance and death of Suzanne Pilley in Edinburgh in 2010 and the subsequent conviction of David Gilroy. Journalists and TV producers Darrell Brown and Sophie Ellis spent two years investigating the case and spoke exclusively to David Gilroy, who was convicted of murdering Suzanne Pilley and disposing of her body.
Finished reading “Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles Book 1)” by Anne Rice, first published April 12th 1976.
Goodreads In a darkened room a young man sits telling the macabre and eerie story of his life - the story of a vampire, gifted with eternal life, cursed with an exquisite craving for human blood. Anne Rice’s compulsively readable novel is arguably the most celebrated work of vampire fiction since Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published in 1897.
Finished reading “Understanding Complexity” by Scott E. Page, first published in 2009.
Goodreads Recent years have seen the introduction of concepts from the new and exciting field of complexity science that have captivated the attention of economists, sociologists, engineers, businesspeople, and many others. These include tipping points, the sociological term used to describe moments when unique or rare phenomena become more commonplace; the wisdom of crowds, the argument that certain types of groups harness information and make decisions in more effective ways than individuals; six degrees of separation, the idea that it takes no more than six steps to find some form of connection between two random individuals; and emergence, the idea that new properties, processes, and structures can emerge unexpectedly from complex systems.
Finished reading “Starship Troopers” by Robert A. Heinlein, first published December 1959.
Goodreads The historians can’t seem to settle whether to call this one “The Third Space War” (or the fourth), or whether “The First Interstellar War” fits it better. We just call it “The Bug War." Everything up to then and still later were “incidents,” “patrols,” or “police actions.” However, you are just as dead if you buy the farm in an “incident” as you are if you buy it in a declared war…
Finished reading “Wally Roux, Quantum Mechanic” by Nick Carr, first published August 1st 2019.
Goodreads A teenage genius with a big imagination, Wally just moved to Savannah, GA from Maine with his mom, who adopted Wally when he was an infant. In this charming and sweet solo show, Wally investigates a hiccup in the spacetime fabric of his neighborhood which is causing a number of strange events and occurrences.
Finished reading “Level Five (Killday Book 1)” by William Ledbetter, first published July 17th 2018.
Goodreads In the mountains of Pakistan, a high-tech mission aimed at preventing another nuke on US soil goes off the rails - with deadly results. At a Wall Street investment firm, a computer intelligence takes the first tentative steps to free itself from its digital restraints. In a basement workshop, an engineer sees visions of a god who instructs him to defend the human race - by any means necessary.
Finished reading “Reverse Transmission” by Param Anand Singh, first published October 24th 2018.
Goodreads Reverse Transmission is a darkly comedic story that combines elements of science fiction and dystopian thrillers, centering on a murder spree involving a self-driving car. Jay, a starving artist, gets the only day job she’s qualified for: “Experience Enhancement Specialist” for a self-driving car at the rideshare company Awooga. The job turns from hilariously awkward to intensely frightening when the car runs over a pedestrian and manipulates Jay into disposing of the body.
Finished reading “The Darkwater Bride” by Marty Ross, first published September 29th 2018.
Goodreads Late Victorian London. When the most respectable of Scottish businessmen is pulled, dead, from the Thames, his daughter is drawn into an investigation which reveals a whole world of secrets and corruption and leads all the way to the tragic truth behind the ghostly legend of The Darkwater Bride. An epic drama combining the genres of the Victorian mystery thriller with the equally classic Victorian mode of the ghostly tale.
Finished reading “The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time Book 1)” by Robert Jordan, first published January 15th 1990.
Goodreads When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
Finished reading “The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon” by Todd Zwillich, first published July 4th 2019.
Goodreads The story of John C. Houbolt, an unsung hero of Apollo 11 and the man who showed NASA how to put America on the moon. Without John C. Houbolt, a junior engineer at NASA, Apollo 11 would never have made it to the moon. Top NASA engineers on the project, including Werner Von Braun, strongly advocated for a single, huge spacecraft to travel to the moon, land, and return to Earth.
Finished reading “Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light” by Stan Lee, first published June 27th 2019.
Goodreads Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light introduces listeners to a mysterious young woman, Nia, whose fate is intertwined with a seemingly ordinary Midwestern teenager, Cameron Ackerson, whose quest for YouTube stardom takes him to the heart of the Great Lakes Triangle where he is imbued with the power to “see” and “hear” a new reality.
Finished reading “Einstein’s Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists” by Richard Wolfson, first published in 2000.
Goodreads “It doesn’t take an Einstein to understand modern physics,” says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these twenty-four lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone.
Finished reading “A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs” by Ben Garrod, first published July 4th 2019.
Goodreads Most children go through a dinosaur phase. Learning all the tongue-twisting names, picking favourites based on ferocity, armour, or sheer size. For many kids this love of ‘terrible lizards’ fizzles out at some point between starting and leaving primary school. All those fancy names slowly forgotten, no longer any need for a favourite.
Finished reading “Glass World (Undying Mercenaries Book 13)” by B.V. Larson, first published January 20th 2020.
Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. More than a century has passed since the glorious day of Earth’s annexation. Struggling to hold on to a handful of planets in the frontier provinces, humanity is at war with Rigel.
Finished reading “Alien: The Cold Forge (Alien Series)” by Alex White, first published April 24th 2018.
Goodreads A dramatic new Alien novel, as Weyland-Yutani seeks to recover from the failure of Hadley’s Hope, and successfully weaponize the Xenomorphs. With the failure of the Hadley’s Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating defeat–the loss of the Aliens. Yet there’s a reason the company rose to the top, and they have a redundancy already in place.
Finished reading “Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe” by Mike Massimino, first published October 4th 2016.
Goodreads Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that’s about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night?
Finished reading “The 3-Day Effect” by Florence Williams, first published September 27th 2018.
Goodreads The 3-Day Effect is a look at the science behind why being in the wild can make us happier, healthier and more creative. Whether it’s rafting down Utah’s Green River, backpacking in Arizona’s wilderness or walking through Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., scientists are finding that the more exposure humans have to nature, the more they will benefit from reduced anxiety, enhanced creativity and overall well-being.
Finished reading “Remote: Office Not Required” by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried, first published October 29th 2013. This is my second read of this book.
Goodreads The “work from home” phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new book from bestselling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits.
Finished reading “Children of Ruin (Children of Time Book 2)” by Adrian Tchaikovsky, first published May 14th 2019.
Goodreads The astonishing sequel to Children of Time, the award-winning novel of humanity’s battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Long ago, Earth’s terraforming program sent ships out to build new homes for humanity among the stars and made an unexpected discovery: a planet with life. But the scientists were unaware that the alien ecosystem was more developed than the primitive life forms originally discovered.
Finished reading “2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey Book 1)” by Arthur C. Clarke, first published June 1968.
Goodreads On the Moon, an enigma is uncovered. So great are the implications of this discovery that for the first time men are sent out deep into our solar system. But long before their destination is reached, things begin to go horribly, inexplicably wrong… One of the greatest-selling science fiction novels of our time, this classic book will grip you to the very end.
Finished reading “Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch” by Ruth Cowen, first published October 25th 2017.
Goodreads Veteran royal broadcaster Jennie Bond explores the life of Britain’s longest reigning monarch. Wife, mother and head of state, who is the real Elizabeth? What do the headlines hide? How close to reality are the television interpretations? Once a minor royal, she is now one of the most recognisable women in the world.
Finished reading “Junk” by Les Bohem, first published February 28th 2019.
Goodreads Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens. In the wild, souped-up vision of Les Bohem - the acclaimed, Emmy-winning writer of the Steven Spielberg miniseries, Taken - the world is at the end stage of long-range plot that involves a gigantic genetic-engineering project.
Finished reading “Permanent Record” by Edward Snowden, first published August 17th 2019.
Goodreads Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down. In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email.
Finished reading “Killer by Nature” by Jan Smith, first published November 30th 2017.
Goodreads Are we born evil, or do we have evil thrust upon us? This is the eternal question of nature vs nurture at the centre of Killer by Nature, a brand-new psychological thriller from Audible Originals. Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder - a body found in a children’s playground.
Finished reading “Annihilation (Southern Reach Book 1)” by Jeff VanderMeer, first published February 4th 2014.
Goodreads Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.
Finished reading “The Man on the Mountaintop” by Susan Trott, first published November 9th 2017.
Goodreads The Man on the Mountaintop tells the story of Holy Man Joe, an ageing and unassuming man who lives in a hermitage on top of a mountain. During the summer months, thousands of hopefuls line the single-file path leading to his door, seeking his wisdom. From bombastic, wealthy nobles intent on cheating their way to the top to drunkards who gradually build the physical and mental strength they need to quit their addiction, The Man on the Mountaintop is a rousing tale full of humour, wit and life lessons.
Finished reading “Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 3)” by Liu Cixin, first published 2010.
Goodreads Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation.
Finished reading “The Demon Next Door” by Bryan Burrough, first published in 2019.
Goodreads Best-selling author Bryan Burrough (Barbarians at the Gate, Public Enemies, Big Rich) recently made a shocking discovery: The small town of Temple, Texas, where he had grown up, had harbored a dark secret. One of his high school classmates, Danny Corwin, was a vicious serial killer who had raped and mutilated six women, murdering three of them.
Finished reading “Clone World (Undying Mercenaries Book 12)” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2019.
Goodreads James McGill is called upon for a sabotage mission, one that only a man of his unique talents can handle. Unfortunately, he performs too well, and our enemies from Rigel are enraged. They come for us, and war is declared. Both sides call for aid, and it comes from the Core Worlds in the form of two great fleets.
Finished reading “The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 2)” by Liu Cixin, first published in 2008.
Goodreads This is the second novel in the “Three Body” near-future trilogy, written by China’s multiple-award-winning science fiction author, Cixin Liu. In Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion—four centuries in the future. The aliens' human collaborators have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth’s defense plans are exposed to the enemy.
Finished reading “Recursion” by Blake Crouch, first published in 2019.
Goodreads A mind-bending new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter and The Wayward Pines trilogy. Barry Sutton is driving home from another long shift as an NYPD detective when the call comes in. A woman is threatening to commit suicide, and someone’s got to try to talk her down. Only as he stands on the rooftop, mere inches away from her, does he realize that the woman is infected with False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious disease that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.
Finished reading “Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” by Max Tegmark, first published in 2017.
Goodreads How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology–and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.
Finished reading “All These Worlds (Bobiverse Book 3)” by Dennis E. Taylor, first published in 2017.
Goodreads Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can’t stay out of trouble. They’ve created enough colonies so humanity shouldn’t go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition.
Finished reading “Dodge & Twist” by Tony Lee, first published in 2011.
Goodreads It’s rumoured that Dickens wanted to return to his classic novel Oliver Twist, to bring him back into a later book as an older character, but he never managed this before he died. However, if Oliver had returned, what would he have been like? Would the scars of his childhood affect the man he would become?
Finished reading “For We Are Many (Bobiverse Book 2)” by Dennis E. Taylor, first published in 2017.
Goodreads Bob Johansson didn’t believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe. Bob and his copies have been spreading out from Earth for forty years now, looking for habitable planets.
Finished reading “The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 1)” by Liu Cixin, first published in 2008.
Goodreads ThreeBody Problem is the first chance for English-speaking listeners to experience this multiple award-winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin. Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth.
Finished reading “Armor World (Undying Mercenaries Book 11)” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2019.
Goodreads In a twist of fate that rocks the Galactic Empire, James McGill finds himself negotiating the future of a thousand inhabited worlds. An artificial object made of compressed stardust is barreling toward Earth. Is it an invasion ship? A doomsday weapon? Perhaps it’s the final response of Squanto, the Warlord of Rigel who McGill has repeatedly humiliated.
Finished reading “14 (Threshold Book 1)” by Peter Clines, first published in 2012.
Goodreads Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches. There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much.
Finished reading “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman, first published in 2017.
Goodreads Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.
Finished reading “No Country for Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy, first published in 2005.
Goodreads Llewelyn Moss, hunting antelope near the Rio Grande, instead finds men shot dead, a load of heroin, and more than $2 million in cash. Packing the money out, he knows, will change everything. But only after two more men are murdered does a victim’s burning car lead Sheriff Bell to the carnage out in the desert, and he soon realizes how desperately Moss and his young wife need protection.
Finished reading “The Island of Doctor Moreau” by H.G. Wells, first published in 1896.
Goodreads Ranked among the classic novels of the English language and the inspiration for several unforgettable movies, this early work of H. G. Wells was greeted in 1896 by howls of protest from reviewers, who found it horrifying and blasphemous. They wanted to know more about the wondrous possibilities of science shown in his first book, The Time Machine, not its potential for misuse and terror.
Finished reading “Origin Story: A Big History of Everything” by David Christian, first published in 2018.
Goodreads How did we get from the Big Bang to today’s staggering complexity, in which seven billion humans are connected into networks powerful enough to transform the planet? And why, in comparison, are our closest primate relatives reduced to near-extinction? Big History creator David Christian gives the answers in a mind-expanding cosmological detective story told on the grandest possible scale.
Finished reading “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, first published in 1953.
Goodreads Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of 20th-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future, narrated here by Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins. Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Finished reading “Power Moves” by Adam M. Grant, first published January 3rd 2019.
Goodreads Navigating the new landscape of power with Mary Barra (GM), Stewart Butterfield (Slack), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Eric Schmidt (Google/Alphabet), David Solomon (Goldman Sachs), Ellen Stofan (NASA), and two dozen other leaders, thinkers, and luminaries. Power is changing. Private corner offices and management by decree are out, as is unquestioned trust in the government and media.
Finished reading “Around the World in 80 Days (Extraordinary Voyages Series)” by Jules Verne, first published in 1873.
Goodreads “To go around the world…in such a short time and with the means of transport currently available, was not only impossible, it was madness” One ill-fated evening at the Reform Club, Phileas Fogg rashly bets his companions £20,000 that he can travel around the entire globe in just eighty days - and he is determined not to lose.
Finished reading “The Talisman (The Talisman Book 1)”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King and Peter Straub, first published in 1984.
Goodreads On a brisk autumn day, a twelve-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: his father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense.
Finished reading “Twain’s Feast: Searching for America’s Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens” by Nick Offerman, first published in 2018.
Goodreads Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods. As we explore these foods’ role in Samuel Clemens’ life, we also discover a surprising culinary and ecological history of America.
Finished reading “Alien: Sea of Sorrows (Alien Series)” by James A. Moore, first published in 2014.
Goodreads The Alien film franchise has been embraced by sci-fi fans around the world. The series stars Lieutenant Ellen Ripley and her battles with the deadly Xenomorph commonly referred to as the Alien. Continuing the groundbreaking story from ALIEN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS by Tim Lebbon, this novel will reveal Ripley’s legacy, as her descendants continue to be harried by the Weyland-Yutani Corporation in their unceasing effort to weaponize the aliens.
Finished reading “The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond” by Michio Kaku, first published 2018.
Goodreads Human civilization is on the verge of spreading beyond Earth. More than a possibility, it is becoming a necessity: whether our hand is forced by climate change and resource depletion or whether future catastrophes compel us to abandon Earth, one day we will make our homes among the stars.
Finished reading “Out of My Mind” by Alan Arkin, first published in December 6th 2018.
Goodreads Alan Arkin, one of the most beloved and accomplished actors of our time, reveals a side of himself not often shown on stage or screen. Like many teenagers, 16-year-old Alan Arkin had it all figured out. Then came young adulthood, and with it a wave of doubt so strong it caused him to question everything he thought he knew about himself and the world.
Finished reading “The War of the Worlds” by H.G. Wells, first published in May 1898.
Goodreads First published by H. G. Wells in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator intones, “No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s.
Finished reading “Lullaby” by Jonathan Maberry, first published in October 4th 2018.
Goodreads The fears and horrors of being a new parent take on a shocking dimension in in this heart-stopping original story, only from Audible. A young married couple, Matt and Gillian have just bought a gorgeous house located next to a lake in the Catskills. They want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city to raise their baby girl, Hope, in relative peace and quiet.
Finished reading “The Martian (The Martian Book 1)” by Andy Weir, first published in September 27th 2012.
Goodreads Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Finished reading “Earth Below, Sky Above (The Human Division Book 13)” by John Scalzi, first published April 9th 2013.
Goodreads At last, the Earth and the Colonial Union have begun formal discussions about their relationship in the future chance for the divisions in humanity to be repaired. The diplomats and crew of the Clarke are on hand to help with the process, including Ambassador Ode Abumwe and CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson, both of whom were born on Earth.
Finished reading “Foundation (Foundation Book 1)” by Isaac Asimov, first published in 1951.
Goodreads For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future – to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire – both scientists and scholars – and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations.
Finished reading “The Gentle Art of Cracking Heads (The Human Division Book 12)” by John Scalzi, first published April 2nd 2013.
Goodreads United States Diplomat Danielle Lowen was there when one of her fellow diplomats committed an unthinkable act that had consequences for the entire planet. Now she’s trying to figure out how it happened before it can happen again. Putting the puzzle pieces together could solve the mystery - or it could threaten her own life.
Finished reading “The Invisible Man” by H.G. Wells, first published in 1897.
Goodreads On a freezing February day, a stranger emerges from out of the gray to request a room at a local provincial inn. Who is this out-of-season traveler? More confounding is the thick mask of bandages obscuring his face. Why does he disguise himself in this manner and keep himself hidden away in his room?
Finished reading “A Problem of Proportion (The Human Division Book 11)” by John Scalzi, first published March 26th 2013.
Goodreads A secret backdoor meeting between Ambassador Ode Abumwe and the Conclaves Hafte Sorvalh turns out to be less than secret as both of their ships are attacked. Its a surprise to both teams but its the identity of the attacker that is the real surprise, and suggests a threat to both humanity and The Conclave.
Finished reading “Broken Angels (Takeshi Kovacs Book 2)” by Richard K. Morgan, first published March 20th 2003.
Goodreads Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet’s government put down a bloody revolution. But when it comes to taking sides, the only one Kovacs is ever really on is his own.
Finished reading “Hi Bob!” by Bob Newhart, first published July 18th 2018.
Goodreads In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.
Finished reading “This Must Be the Place (The Human Division Book 10)” by John Scalzi, first published March 19th 2013.
Goodreads Colonial Union diplomat Hart Schmidt is back home for Harvest Day celebrations - to a family whose members wonder whether its youngest son isn’t wasting his life clinging to the lowest rung of the CU’s diplomatic ladder. When his father, a legendarily powerful politician, presents him with a compelling offer, Schmidt has to take stock of his life and career.
Finished reading “Finished reading “We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse Book 1)” by Dennis E. Taylor, first published September 20th 2016.
Goodreads Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it’s a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state.
Finished reading “Girls & Boys” by Dennis Kelly, first published in 2018.
Goodreads They met at an airport and fell for each other. But in time, they would meet their fate as it all falls apart. A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre.
Finished reading “The Observers (The Human Division Book 9)” by John Scalzi, first published March 12th 2013.
Goodreads In an effort to improve relations with the Earth, the Colonial Union has invited a contingent of diplomats from that planet to observe Ambassador Abumwe negotiate a trade deal with an alien species. Then something very bad happens to one of the Earthings, and with that, the relationship between humanitys two factions is on the cusp of disruption once more.
Finished reading “The Stars My Destination” by Alfred Bester, first published in 1955.
Goodreads In this pulse-quickening novel, Alfred Bester imagines a future in which people “jaunte” a thousand miles with a single thought, where the rich barricade themselves in labyrinths and protect themselves with radioactive hit men - and where an inarticulate outcast is the most valuable and dangerous man alive. The Stars My Destination is a classic of technological prophecy and timeless narrative enchantment by an acknowledged master of science fiction.
Finished reading “Starship Pandora” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2018.
Goodreads The mysterious alien race known as the Ancients vanished before Earth’s last ice age - but not before building interconnected rings that form a highway system across the galaxy. Humanity has used these rings for years but has never figured out how to build its own, or even how to alter the connection pattern. Now, the Imperial starship Pandora is on a mission to discover and explore new interstellar connection points.
Finished reading “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari, first published August 30th 2018.
Goodreads From the author of the multimillion copy best seller Sapiens. Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism?
Finished reading “Storm World (Undying Mercenaries Book 10)” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2018.
Goodreads James McGill is sent to the Core Worlds! In an unprecedented first, Earth sends a message to Mogwa Prime. Unfortunately, the messenger is not met with enthusiasm. Misunderstandings soon threaten all of Humanity. Forced to prove Earth can serve the Empire better than any rival, McGill does his best. Eager to prove our worth to the Galactics, the frontier war between Rigel and Earth is expanded to Storm World.
Finished reading “Just Six Numbers: The Deep Forces That Shape the Universe (The Science Masters Series)” by Martin J. Rees, first published in 1999.
Goodreads How did a single genesis event create billions of galaxies, black holes, stars and planets? How did atoms assemble—here on earth, and perhaps on other worlds—into living beings intricate enough to ponder their origins? What fundamental laws govern our universe? This book describes new discoveries and offers remarkable insights into these fundamental questions.
Finished reading “The Sound of Rebellion (The Human Division Book 8)” by John Scalzi, first published March 5th 2013.
Goodreads The Colonial Defense Forces usually protect humanity from alien attack, but now the stability of the Colonial Union has been threatened, and Lieutenant Heather Lee and her squad are called to squash a rebellion on a colony world. It seems simple enoughbut theres a second act to the rebellion that finds Lee captive, alone, and armed with only her brains to survive.
Finished reading “Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga Book 1)” by Orson Scott Card, first published in 1985.
Goodreads Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly.
Finished reading “Flatland” by Edwin A. Abbott, first published in 1884.
Goodreads Abbott used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to offer pointed observations on the social hierarchy of Victorian culture. However, the novella’s more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions, for which the novella is still popular amongst mathematics, physics, and computer science students. Several films have been made from the story, including a feature film in 2007 called Flatland.
Finished reading “The Dog King (The Human Division Book 7)” by John Scalzi, first published February 26th 2013.
Goodreads CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has one simple task: Watch an ambassador’s dog while the diplomat is conducting sensitive negotiations with an alien race. But you know dogs - always getting into something. And when this dog gets into something that could launch an alien civil war, Wilson has to find a way to solve the conflict, fast, or be the one in the Colonial Union’s doghouse.
Finished reading “Children of Time (Children of Time Book 1)” by Adrian Tchaikovsky, first published June 2015.
Goodreads A race for survival among the stars… Humanity’s last survivors escaped earth’s ruins to find a new home. But when they find it, can their desperation overcome it’s dangers? WHO WILL INHERIT THIS NEW EARTH? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars.
📚 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Book 1) by Douglas Adams (1979) ★★★★☆
Finished reading “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Book 1)” by Douglas Adams, first published October 12th 1979.
Goodreads Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Finished reading “The Back Channel (The Human Division Book 6)” by John Scalzi, first published February 19th 2013.
Goodreads The Conclave is a confederation of 400 alien races - many of whom would like to see the Colonial Union - and the humans inside of it - blasted to extinction. To avoid a conflict that neither side can afford, Conclave leader General Tarsem Gau appoints Hafte Sorvalh to resolve an emerging diplomatic crisis with the humans, before the only acceptable solution is war.
Finished reading “Altered Carbon (Takeshi Kovacs Book 1)” by Richard K. Morgan, first published February 28th 2002.
Goodreads Four hundred years from now mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.
Finished reading “Tales from the Clarke (The Human Division Book 5)” by John Scalzi, first published February 12th 2013.
Goodreads Captain Sophia Coloma of the Clarke has a simple task: Ferry around representatives from Earth in an aging spaceship that the Colonial Union hopes to sell to them. But nothing is as simple as it seems, and Coloma discovers the ship she’s showing off holds suprises of its own…and it’s not the only one with secrets.
Finished reading “I, Robot (Robot Series Book 0.1)” by Isaac Asimov, first published in 1950.
Goodreads The three laws of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Finished reading “A Voice in the Wilderness (The Human Division Book 4)” by John Scalzi, first published February 5th 2013.
Goodreads Albert Birnbaum was once one of the biggest political talk show hosts around, but these days hes watching his career enter a death spiral. A stranger offers a solution to his woes, promising to put him back on top. Its everything Birnbaum wants, but is there a catch?
Finished reading “Autonomous” by Annalee Newitz, first published September 19th 2017.
Goodreads The highly anticipated science fiction debut from the founder of io9!Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who cant otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.
Finished reading “We Only Need the Heads (The Human Division Book 3)” by John Scalzi, first published January 29th 2013.
Goodreads CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has been loaned out to a CDF platoon tasked with secretly removing an unauthorized colony of humans on an alien world. Colonial Ambassador Abumwe has been ordered to participate in final negotiations with an alien race the Union hopes to make allies. Wilson and Abumwes missions are fated to crossand in doing so, place both missions at risk of failure.
Finished reading “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou, first published May 21st 2018.
Goodreads The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end in the face of pressure and threats from the CEO and her lawyers. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier.
Finished reading “Walk the Plank (The Human Division Book 2)” by John Scalzi, first published January 22nd 2013.
Goodreads Wildcat colonies are illegal, unauthorized and secret so when an injured stranger shows up at the wildcat colony New Seattle, the colony leaders are understandably suspicious of who he is and what he represents. His story of how he came to their colony is shocking, surprising, and might have bigger consequences than anyone could have expected.
Finished reading “The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data” by Kevin Mitnick, first published February 14th 2017.
Goodreads The world’s most famous hacker reveals the secrets on how citizens and consumers can stay connected and on the grid safely and securely by using cloaking and counter-measures in today’s age of Big Brother and big data.
Finished reading “The B-Team (The Human Division Book 1)” by John Scalzi, first published January 15th 2013.
Goodreads The opening episode of The Human Division, John Scalzi’s new thirteen-episode novel in the world of his bestselling Old Man’s War. Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Unions future.
Finished reading “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies” by Nick Bostrom, first published July 3rd 2014.
Goodreads Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life. The human brain has some capabilities that the brains of other animals lack. It is to these distinctive capabilities that our species owes its dominant position.
Finished reading “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” by Arthur Conan Doyle, first published January 1892.
Goodreads Two-time Emmy Award nominee (The Good Wife) and Audie Award winner for best narrator Alan Cumming here narrates Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s first-rate Yuletide whodunit “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”. Cumming adds his personal flair to the mystery classic and turns in an outstanding performance of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his pal, Watson.
Finished reading “Blade Runner (Blade Runner Book 1) (aka Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)” by Philip K. Dick, first published in 1968.
Goodreads A final, apocalyptic, world war has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending the majority of mankind off-planet. Those who remain, venerate all remaining examples of life, and owning an animal of your own is both a symbol of status and a necessity.
Finished reading “Jingle Bell Pop: How to Make A Holiday Hit” by John Seabrook, first published December 6th 2018.
Goodreads It seems like every year, the holiday season arrives earlier and earlier. Before Halloween’s ghosts and ghouls have even had their chance to come out of the shadows, sleigh bells and ribbons begin to materialize at the mall and towering tinsel-tinged trees appear in our living rooms. But the most telltale sign of the arrival of yuletide festivities is the unceasingly merry melody of the seasonal songbook, from “Silent Night” to “Santa Baby.
Finished reading “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement C. Moore, first published in 1823.
Goodreads Rascal Flatts performs a famous Christmas poem for patients at a Nashville children’s hospital - and the result is pure magic. For over a decade, country music superstars Rascal Flatts have built a special relationship with the kids at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt through annual performances and fund-raisers. In 2018 they poured their hearts into a reading of Clement C.
Finished reading “The Christmas Hirelings” by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, first published in 1894.
Goodreads A heartwarming festive tale of redemption and cheer, The Christmas Hirelings is the story of a lonely widower who reluctantly invites a group of children to his manor for Christmas. It showcases the benefits of opening your doors and hearts during the holiday season. First published in 1893, The Christmas Hirelings is a delightful short tale of compassion and redemption.
Finished reading “The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes Book 3" by Arthur Conan Doyle, first published in 2010.
Goodreads Arthur Conan Doyle never wasted time in getting his stories moving. His plots are always direct and refreshingly lucid, and the narrative has a velocity that sweeps you along right to the end. This was no doubt a large part of his immense worldwide success. Not surprisingly, each time he tried to end the series, his fans would howl in protest.
Finished reading “Paradox Bound” by Peter Clines, first published September 26th 2017.
Goodreads Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town’s still got a video store, for God’s sake. So why doesn’t Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he’d ever admit it, but maybe he’s been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who’s roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires.
Finished reading “Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein” by Brian Greene, first published October 25th 2016.
Goodreads Best-selling author, superstar physicist, and cofounder of the World Science Festival Brian Greene (The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos) and an ensemble cast led by award-winning actor Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) perform this dramatic story tracing Albert Einstein’s discovery of the general theory of relativity. Featuring an original score by composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards, Pollock), Einstein’s electrifying journey toward his greatest achievement is brought vividly to life.
Finished reading “Deliverance” by James Dickey, first published in 1970.
Goodreads The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state’s most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.
Finished reading “All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries Book 1)” by Martha Wells, first published May 2nd 2017.
Goodreads In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern. On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.
Finished reading “Alien: River of Pain (Alien Series)” by Christopher Golden, first published November 25th 2014.
Goodreads Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 - resting place of the Nostromo and the xenomorph she first encountered - has been renamed Acheron. Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope.
Finished reading “Pet Sematary”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King, first published November 14th 1983.
Goodreads Never before available on unabridged audio! Dexter’s Michael C. Hall reads this classic horror story described by Publishers Weekly as the “most frightening novel Stephen King has ever written”. When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic, rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true.
Finished reading “Everything All at Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any Problem” by Bill Nye, first published July 11th 2017.
Goodreads Bill Nye has been the public face of science for more than 20 years. In Everything All At Once, the New York Times bestselling author issues a call to arms meant to rouse everyone to become the change they want to see in the world.
Finished reading “The Playground” by Ray Bradbury, first published in 1953.
Goodreads “The Playground” was part of the first hardcover edition of Ray Bradbury’s legendary work Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953. In the story, Charles Underhill is a widower who will do anything to protect his young son Jim from the horrors of the playground - a playground which he and the boy pass by daily and the tumult of which, the activity, brings back to Charles the anguish of his own childhood.
Finished reading “The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle Book 1)” by Patrick Rothfuss, first published March 27th 2007.
Goodreads “My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I have burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in.
Finished reading “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells, first published May 7th 1895.
Goodreads So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes…and our darkest fears.
Finished reading “Cosmos” by Carl Sagan, first published in 1980.
Goodreads Cosmos is one of the bestselling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, and a new Foreword by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.
Finished reading “Island” by Aldous Huxley, first published in 1962.
Goodreads In his final novel, which he considered his most important, Aldous Huxley transports us to the remote Pacific island of Pala, where an ideal society has flourished for 120 years. Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events are set in motion when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there.
Finished reading “Alien: Out of the Shadows (Alien Series)” by Tim Lebbon, first published December 17th 2013.
Goodreads As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns.
Finished reading “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (Middle-Earth Universe)” by J.R.R. Tolkien, first published September 21st 1937.
Goodreads In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Finished reading “Dark World (Undying Mercenaries Book 9)” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2018.
Goodreads Two expanding interstellar powers are about to meet in battle. After the collapse of the Cephalopod Kingdom, Humanity claimed the three hundred rebellious worlds they left behind. But many light years away on the far side of disputed region, a rival power has begun to move. They’re stealing our planets, one at a time.
Finished reading “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison, first published in 1952.
Goodreads Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century.
Finished reading “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius, first published in 0180.
Goodreads Written in Greek, without any intention of publication, by the only Roman emperor who was also a philosopher, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180) offer a remarkable series of challenging spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the emperor struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. Ranging from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the nature of moral virtue, human rationality, divine providence, and Marcus' own emotions.
Finished reading “West Cork” by Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde, first published February 8th 2018.
Goodreads This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.
Finished reading “The Good Girl” by Mary Kubica, first published July 29th 2014.
Goodreads I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will. One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger.
Finished reading “Blood World (Undying Mercenaries Book 8)” by B.V. Larson, first published in 2017.
Goodreads A dirty deal was struck. Humanity was allowed to keep three hundred rebellious worlds. In return, we declared war on a powerful enemy from beyond the frontier. A frantic build-up of forces has begun, but the task is hopeless. Seeking allies, Earth’s legions are sent to BLOOD WORLD. A planet on the fringe of known space, where the people only respect masters of combat.
Finished reading “I Am Legend” by Richard Matheson, first published in 1954.
Goodreads Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth… but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville’s blood. By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.
Finished reading “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage” by Alfred Lansing, first published January 1st 1959.
Goodreads This is a new reading of the thrilling account of one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded. In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice.
Finished reading “Alien: Covenant (Alien Series)” by Alan Dean Foster, first published May 23rd 2017.
Goodreads Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien adventure. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world.
Finished reading “The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye (Millennium Book 5)” by David Lagercrantz, first published September 7th 2017.
Goodreads The girl with the dragon tattoo is not given to forgiveness. Lisbeth Salander has been forged by a brutal childhood and horrific abuse. And repeated attempts on her life. The ink embedded in her skin is a constant reminder of her pledge to fight against the injustice she finds on every side.
Finished reading “Rogue World (Undying Mercenaries Book 7)” by B.V. Larson, first published June 13th 2017.
Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Today, Battle Fleet 921 is returning to Earth. It hasn’t been seen by human eyes since our blissful day of Annexation. But what should be a joyful occasion, a chance to grovel at the feet of superior lifeforms, is rapidly becoming a nightmare.
Finished reading “Damocle” by S.G. Redling, first published May 28th 2013.
Goodreads When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet—a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns—is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society.
Finished reading “Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism” by Fumio Sasaki, first published June 12th 2015.
Goodreads Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo—he’s just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn’t absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him.
Finished reading “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, first published in 1932.
Goodreads Brave New World is a dystopian novel written in 1931 by English author Aldous Huxley, and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State of genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that are combined to make a utopian society that goes challenged only by a single outsider.
Finished reading “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil Degrasse Tyson, first published May 2nd 2017.
Goodreads What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos.
Finished reading “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow” by Yuval Noah Harari, first published September 8th 2016.
Goodreads Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods. Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war.
Finished reading “Origin (Robert Langdon Book 5)” by Dan Brown, first published October 3rd 2017.
Goodreads Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure.
Finished reading “The Dispatcher (The Dispatcher Book 1)” by John Scalzi, first published October 4th 2016.
Goodreads One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don’t know. But it changes everything: war, crime, daily life. Tony Valdez is a Dispatcher - a licensed, bonded professional whose job is to humanely dispatch those whose circumstances put them in death’s crosshairs, so they can have a second chance to avoid the reaper.
Finished reading “Artemis” by Andy Weir, first published November 14th 2017.
Goodreads Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.
Finished reading “So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love” by Cal Newport, first published January 1st 2012.
Goodreads In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed-preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work-but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping.
Finished reading “The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium Book 4)” by David Lagercrantz, first published August 27th 2015.
Goodreads Mikael Blomkvist is contacted by renowned scientist Professor Balder. Fearing for his life, but more concerned for his son’s well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story. More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder’s advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker. It seems that Lisbeth Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters that will soon bring terror to the streets of Stockholm, the Millennium team, and Blomkvist and Salander themselves.
Finished reading “Alien: Covenant Origins (Alien Series)” by Alan Dean Foster, first published September 26th 2017.
Goodreads The Covenant mission is the most ambitious endeavor in the history of Weyland-Yutani. A ship bound for Origae-6, carrying two thousand colonists beyond the limits of known space, this is make-or-break investment for the corporation-and for the future of all mankind.Yet there are those who would die to stop the mission.
Finished reading “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us” by Seth Godin, first published October 16th 2008.
Goodreads A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea. For millions of years, humans have been seeking out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads). It’s our nature. Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time.
Finished reading “Home World (Undying Mercenaries Book 6)” by B.V. Larson, first published May 24th 2016.
Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. When the Earth is invaded by a rival empire, James McGill’s legion must defend the Home World. The top brass has complex plans, but none of that matters much to McGill, who chooses his own unique path.
Finished reading “1984” by George Orwell, first published June 8th 1949.
Goodreads Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell’s nightmare vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff’s attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell’s prescience of modern life–the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language–and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell.
Finished reading “Gather ‘Round the Sound” by Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens first published December 8th 2017.
Goodreads Gather ‘Round the Sound: Holiday Stories from Beloved Authors and Great Performers Across the Globe 2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently: a surprising and heartwarming documentary, a selection of stories from our partners around the world, and even some improvised comedic carols we hope will make you laugh as much as they did us.
Finished reading “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari, first published January 1st 2011.
Goodreads How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?
Finished reading “Christine”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King, first published April 29th 1983.
Goodreads Evil is alive in Libertyville. It inhabits a custom-painted red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury and the teenage boy, Arnold Cunningham, who buys it from the strange Roland LeBay. Helped by Arnold’s girlfriend Leigh Cabot, Dennis Guilder embarks to find out the real truth behind Christine and finds more than he bargained for: from murder, to suicide, and a strange feeling that surrounds Christine – she gets even with anyone that crosses her!
Finished reading “The Butterfly Effect” by Jon Ronson, first published July 26th 2017.
Goodreads From best-selling writer Jon Ronson and the executive producer behind the TED Radio Hour and Invisibilia, Audible Originals presents a new seven-episode series, The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson. [Contains explicit content] Free for a limited time, hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn.
Finished reading “Death World (Undying Mercenaries Book 5)” by B.V. Larson, first published March 27th 2015.
Goodreads Unknown aliens attack Earth. Their planet is uncharted, mysteriously having avoided detection for centuries. It’s a world packed with the most vicious aliens humanity has yet to encounter. James McGill has discovered: Death World. In the fifth book of the Undying Mercenaries series, the war comes home, and aliens strike a devastating blow.
Finished reading “Will Save the Galaxy for Food (Jacques McKeown Book 1)” by Yahtzee Croshaw, first published February 14th 2017.
Goodreads A not-quite epic science fiction adventure about a down-on-his luck galactic pilot caught in a cross-galaxy struggle for survival! Space travel just isn’t what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren’t needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he’s sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue.
Finished reading “Machine World (Undying Mercenaries Book 4)” by B.V. Larson, first published January 9th 2015.
Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle Fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the fourth book of the series, James McGill is up for promotion.
Finished reading “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World” by Adam M. Grant, first published February 2nd 2016.
Goodreads The #1 national bestseller and New York Times bestseller that examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can fight groupthink With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders.
Finished reading “Tech World (Undying Mercenaries Book 3)” by B.V. Larson, first published August 1st 2014.
Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spanned the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In the third book in the series, James McGill is deployed on another alien world.
Finished reading “The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower Book 1)”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King, first published June 1st 1982.
Goodreads Beginning with a short story appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1978, the publication of Stephen King’s epic work of fantasy – what he considers to be a single long novel and his magnum opus – has spanned a quarter of a century.
Finished reading “Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity” by Kim Malone Scott, first published March 14th 2017.
Goodreads From the time we learn to speak, we’re told that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. While this advice may work for everyday life, it is, as Kim Scott has seen, a disaster when adopted by managers. Scott earned her stripes as a highly successful manager at Google and then decamped to Apple, where she developed a class on optimal management.
Finished reading “Dust World (Undying Mercenaries Book 2)” by B.V. Larson, first published March 23rd 2014.
Goodreads The Galactics arrived with their Battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined a vast Empire that spans the Milky Way. Our only worthwhile trade goods are our infamous mercenary legions, elite troops we sell to the highest alien bidder. In 2122 a lost colony expedition contacts Earth, surprising our government.
Finished reading “Area 51 (Area 51 Book 1)” by Robert Doherty, first published February 10th 1997.
Goodreads Deep in the Nevada desert is the most secure compound in the United States: Area 51. The most chilling experiment of all time is about to begin there. The President doesn’t know about it. Just a few scientists and military personnel working for Majestic-12 do, and they are about to make a very big mistake….
Finished reading “Steel World (Undying Mercenaries Book 1)” by B.V. Larson, first published November 4th 2013.
Goodreads In the 20th century Earth sent probes, transmissions, and welcoming messages to the stars. Unfortunately, someone noticed. The Galactics arrived with their battle fleet in 2052. Rather than being exterminated under a barrage of hell-burners, Earth joined their vast Empire. Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn’t the only requirement for survival.
Finished reading “The Dead Zone”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King, first published August 30th 1979.
Goodreads Never before on audio! A number-one national best seller about a man who wakes up from a five-year coma able to see people’s futures and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in The Dead Zone - a “compulsive page-turner”. Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people’s futures and pasts when he touches them.
Finished reading “The Circle” by Dave Eggers, first published in 2013.
Goodreads The Circle is the exhilarating new audiobook from Dave Eggers, bestselling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.
Finished reading “The Autobiography of Black Hawk” by Black Hawk, first published in 1833.
Goodreads This story is told in the words of a tragic figure in American history: a hook-nosed, hollow-cheeked old Sauk warrior who lived under four flags while the Mississippi Valley was being wrested from his people. The author is Black Hawk himself - once pursued by an army whose members included Captain Abraham Lincoln and Lieutenant Jefferson Davis.
Finished reading “The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes Book 2" by Arthur Conan Doyle, first published in 2010.
Goodreads Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include “Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes” and “The Return of Sherlock Holmes” (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous.
Finished reading “Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch, first published July 26th 2016.
Goodreads “Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.” In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows.
Finished reading “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson, first published October 1st 2011.
Goodreads From the author of the best-selling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive biography of Steve Jobs. Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years - as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues - Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
Finished reading “I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59” by Douglas Edwards, first published January 1st 2011.
Goodreads Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystander’s account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving listeners a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company.
Finished reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Magic Cleaning Book 1)” by Marie Kondō, first published January 15th 2011.
Goodreads This best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. Japanese organizational consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly declutter your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.
Finished reading “Starfire” by B.V. Larson, first published November 6th 2014.
Goodreads Two ships launch, but only one can come home with the prize—and no one suspects what they’ll find when they get out there. On June 30, 1908 an object fell from the sky releasing more energy than a thousand Hiroshima bombs. A Siberian forest was flattened, but the strike left no significant crater. The anomaly came to be known as the Tunguska Event, and scientists have never agreed whether it was the largest meteor strike in recorded history—or something else.
Finished reading “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown, first published December 31st 2011.
Goodreads Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin at home or at work? Do you simultaneously feel both overworked and underutilized? Do you often feel busy but not productive, like you’re always in motion, but never getting anywhere? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s priorities and agendas?
Finished reading “Always Looking Up” by Michael J. Fox, first published September 1st 2008.
Goodreads There are many words to describe Michael J. Fox: Actor. Husband. Father. Activist. But readers of Always Looking Up will soon add another to the list: Optimist. Michael writes about the hard-won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities. Instead of building walls around himself, he developed a personal policy of engagement and discovery: an emotional, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual outlook that has served him throughout his struggle with Parkinson’s disease.
Finished reading “The Fold (Threshold Book 2)” by Peter Clines, first published June 2nd 2015.
Goodreads Step into the fold. It’s perfectly safe. The folks in Mike Erikson’s small New England town would say he’s just your average, everyday guy. And that’s exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he’s chosen isn’t much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he’s content with his quiet and peaceful existence.
Finished reading “Remote: Office Not Required” by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried, first published October 29th 2013.
Goodreads The “work from home” phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new book from bestselling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits. Most important, they show why – with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo – more businesses will want to promote this new model of getting things done.
Finished reading “The Most Wonderful Tales of the Year”, first published December 6th 2016.
Goodreads Here at Audible, we know just how much of an impact a voice can have on a story - taking simple words and filling them with elation, wonderment, tragedy, or pure satisfaction. We rely on our narrators every day to bring our favorite stories and characters to life - to introduce us to new authors and genres, or even to a new (perhaps longer) commute.
Finished reading “Demon Star (Star Force Book 12)” by B.V. Larson and David VanDyke, first published August 3rd 2015.
Goodreads Three stars, three worlds, three civilizations…one massive war. In a triple star system, not all planets are equal. When the DEMON STAR swings closest in her orbit, the Insectoids always invade. They raid the inner worlds with grim regularity, riding hordes of stealthed ships in ever growing waves.
Finished reading “Bye Bye Banks?: How Retail Banks are Being Displaced, Diminished and Disintermediated by Tech Startups and What They Can Do to Survive” by James Haycock, first published June 29th 2015.
Goodreads Tech companies have disrupted retailing, media, transit and travel. Now the retail banking business model looks set to be transformed too. In Bye Bye Banks? James Haycock and Shane Richmond describe these startups, and to which areas of the banking industry they are laying siege.
Finished reading “Exile (Star Force Book 11)” by B.V. Larson and David VanDyke, first published September 20th 2014.
Goodreads Lost and cut off from Earth, the crew of the starship Valiant seeks a way home. In the eleventh book of the Star Force series Cody Riggs collides with the overwhelming power of the Ancients. They fly incomprehensible ships and consider humans to be curiosities. Caught between ghosts of the past and demons of the present, Cody is abandoned by everyone.
Finished reading “Journey to the Center of the Earth” by Jules Verne, first published November 25th 1864.
Goodreads Journey to the Center of the Earth is one of literature’s earliest works of science fiction. It vividly animates a fantastical subterranean world as an intrepid crew, led by the eccentric Otto Lidenbrock, traverses the planet’s core and its various bizarre obstacles: giant mushrooms and insects, a herd of mastodons, prehistoric humans, a treacherous pit of magma, and more.
Finished reading “Outcast (Star Force Book 10)” by B.V. Larson and David VanDyke, first published May 1st 2014.
Goodreads Many peaceful years have passed since the Macro Wars ended. Most of those who fought against the heartless machines have aged—but not the ingenious artificial construct known as Marvin. His insatiable curiosity is as strong as ever, and he’s brought home fresh perils to humanity’s doorstep in OUTCAST.
Finished reading “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport, first published January 5th 2016.
Goodreads One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you’ll achieve extraordinary results. Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time.
Finished reading “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins, first published January 6th 2015.
Goodreads Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect.
Finished reading “The Dead Sun (Star Force Book 9)” by B.V. Larson, first published January 1st 2013.
Goodreads Kyle Riggs sits uneasily upon Earth’s throne. He’s liberated his homeworld from a tyrant, only to replace him. In The Dead Sun, the ninth book of the Star Force Series, the Great War between life and the machines reaches its final chapter. Both sides have new technology and expanded industrial bases.
Finished reading “In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives” by Steven Levy, first published April 12th 2011.
Goodreads Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.
Finished reading “Storm Assault (Star Force Book 8)” by B.V. Larson, first published July 10th 2013.
Goodreads Kyle Riggs has been away from Earth for a long time…but that’s about to change. In STORM ASSAULT, the eighth book of the Star Force Series, the story moves in a new direction. Massive fleets are built by both Star Force and the Imperials—but there is a third player in the game: the Blues.
Finished reading “Annihilation (Star Force Book 7)” by B.V. Larson, first published February 15th 2013.
Goodreads Kyle Riggs is in for a rough ride. In Annihilation, the seventh book of the Star Force Series, nothing goes as planned. The three fledgling human colonies in the Eden System are beginning to take hold, but the forces threatening to root them out are many. The Crustaceans are calling for help, despite the fact they are the sworn enemies of Star Force.
Finished reading “Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker” by Kevin Mitnick, first published August 15th 2011.
Goodreads If they were a hall of fame or shame for computer hackers, a Kevin Mitnick plaque would be mounted the near the entrance. While other nerds were fumbling with password possibilities, this adept break-artist was penetrating the digital secrets of Sun Microsystems, Digital Equipment Corporation, Nokia, Motorola, Pacific Bell, and other mammoth enterprises.
Finished reading “Empire (Star Force Book 6)” by B.V. Larson, first published October 6th 2012.
Goodreads In EMPIRE, the sixth book of the Star Force Series, the story moves in a new direction. Earth falls quiet, and the few reports coming out of the homeworld are increasingly strange. Isolated in the Eden system, Riggs realizes his enemies are forming an alliance against him. Crushed between two monstrous fleets, the last defenders of Star Force must forge their own alliance with the biotic aliens.
Finished reading “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, first published July 20th 1890.
Goodreads Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged—petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral—while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years.
Finished reading “Battle Station (Star Force Book 5)” by B.V. Larson, first published May 2nd 2012.
Goodreads In BATTLE STATION Kyle Riggs faces new challenges, new alien fleets and learns the secrets behind the war he has been fighting for years. In the fifth book of the Star Force Series, the Eden system is in humanity’s grasp, but can they keep it? Star Force is weak after a long war, and many yearn to go home.
Finished reading “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen, first published in 2001.
Goodreads With first-chapter allusions to martial arts, “flow,” “mind like water,” and other concepts borrowed from the East (and usually mangled), you’d almost think this self-helper from David Allen should have been called Zen and the Art of Schedule Maintenance. Not quite. Yes, Getting Things Done offers a complete system for downloading all those free-floating gotta-do’s clogging your brain into a sophisticated framework of files and action lists–all purportedly to free your mind to focus on whatever you’re working on.
Finished reading “Conquest (Star Force Book 4)” by B.V. Larson, first published December 13th 2011.
Goodreads Conquest is the next chapter in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force must stop the machine invaders once again - but how? In the fourth book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has freed Earth from the chains of the Macros - but at what cost?
Finished reading “Casino Royale (James Bond Book 1)” by Ian Fleming, first published in 1953.
Goodreads For James Bond and the British Secret Service, the stakes couldn’t be higher. 007’s mission is to neutralize the Russian operative Le Chiffre by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet masters to “retire” him. When Le Chiffre hits a losing streak, Bond discovers his luck is in - that is, until he meets Vesper Lynd, a glamorous agent who might yet prove to be his downfall.
Finished reading “Rebellion (Star Force Book 3)” by B.V. Larson, first published August 22nd 2011.
Goodreads REBELLION is the turning point in the great interstellar war between all living creatures and the machines. Star Force is on the side of the machines–but for how long? In the third book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs learns just what kind of war Earth is caught up in. At the mercy of the Macros, his marines fight against new alien races, big and small.
Finished reading “Extinction (Star Force Book 2)” by B.V. Larson, first published March 28th 2011.
Goodreads Earth’s Star Force marines invade an alien world! In the second book of the Star Force series, Kyle Riggs has another bad year. The Nano ships have a new mission-one that sentences their pilots to death. Meanwhile, the governments of Earth want to steal Star Force’s Nano technology for their own. Worst of all, Earth has made a promise to the Macros, and the machines are coming to collect.
Finished reading “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” by Ashlee Vance, first published March 3rd 2015.
Goodreads South African born Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; he wants to make money while doing these things; and he wants us all to know about it.
Finished reading “Swarm (Star Force Book 1)” by B.V. Larson, first published December 23rd 2010.
Goodreads Earth arms marines with alien technology and builds its first battle fleet! Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.
Finished reading “The Last Town (Wayward Pines Book 3)” by Blake Crouch, first published July 15th 2014.
Goodreads Welcome to Wayward Pines, the last town. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town’s creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed.
Finished reading “The Chimes: A Goblin Story or Some Bells That Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In” by Charles Dickens, first published in 1844.
Goodreads This classic story is the second in a series of five Christmas books Dickens was commissioned to write - beginning with A Christmas Carol. A haunting tale set on New Year’s Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world - until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity.
Finished reading “Wayward (Wayward Pines Book 2)” by Blake Crouch, first published September 17th 2013.
Science Fiction Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amidst picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden…except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry.
Finished reading “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen, first published in 1844.
Fantasy, Classics Audible’s 2014 Narrator of the Year Julia Whelan performs one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved fairy tales, The Snow Queen. This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him.
Finished reading “Pines (Wayward Pines Book 1)” by Blake Crouch, first published August 21st 2012.
Science Fiction Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America - or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone.
Finished reading “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden” by Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer, first published September 4th 2012.
Nonfiction For the first time anywhere, the first-person account of the planning and execution of the Bin Laden raid from a Navy Seal who confronted the terrorist mastermind and witnessed his final moment From the streets of Iraq to the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean, and from the mountaintops of Afghanistan to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden’s compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.
Finished reading “The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes Book 1" by Arthur Conan Doyle, first published October 15th 2009.
Mystery, Classics First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills.
Finished reading “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1879.
Fiction, Classics “For sheer storytelling delight and pure adventure, Treasure Island has never been surpassed. From the moment young Jim Hawkins first encounters the sinister Blind Pew at the Admiral Benbow Inn until the climactic battle for treasure on a tropic isle, the novel creates scenes and characters that have fired the imaginations of generations of readers.
Finished reading “Firestarter”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King, first published September 29th 1980.
Horror, Fiction First, a man and a woman are subjects of a top-secret government experiment designed to produce extraordinary psychic powers. Then, they are married and have a child. A daughter. Early on the daughter shows signs of a wild and horrifying force growing within her. Desperately, her parents try to train her to keep that force in check, to “act normal.
Finished reading “Dexter Is Dead (Dexter Book 8)” by Jeff Lindsay, first published April 9th 2015.
Fiction, Mystery After seven national best sellers and eight seasons as one of the most successful shows on television, New York Times best-selling author Jeff Lindsay bids a thrilling farewell to his uniquely twisted and beloved serial killer, Dexter Morgan. Dexter Is Dead is the definitive conclusion of the character who has become a global icon.
Finished reading “Armada” by Ernest Cline, first published July 14th 2015.
Science Fiction Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion.
Finished reading “Dexter’s Final Cut (Dexter Book 7)” by Jeff Lindsay, first published in 2012.
Fiction, Mystery With 1.7 million copies of the Dexter novels sold, and ever-increasing critical acclaim, Jeff Lindsay returns to his groundbreaking and beloved character with his most entertaining book yet. Get ready for a grisly send-up of Hollywood, and a full dose of dark Dexter wit. Lights. Camera. Mayhem. You won’t find this story on television.
Finished reading “The Stand”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King, first published October 3rd 1978.
Horror, Fiction This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people.
Finished reading “Double Dexter (Dexter Book 6)” by Jeff Lindsay, first published October 11th 2011.
Fiction, Mystery A witness. Such a simple concept - and yet for Dexter Morgan, the perfectly well-disguised monster, the possibility of a witness is unthinkable. But when Dexter is on a very private, very satisfying excursion one evening with a wretchedly deserving playmate, the unthinkable happens: someone sees him. Dexter is not at all pleased.
Finished reading “The Rum Diary” by Hunter S. Thompson, first published in 1998.
Fiction Begun in 1959 by a twenty-two-year-old Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary is a tangled love story of jealousy, treachery, and violent alcoholic lust in the Caribbean boomtown that was San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950s. The narrator, freelance journalist Paul Kemp, irresistibly drawn to a sexy, mysterious woman, is soon thrust into a world where corruption and get-rich-quick schemes rule and anything (including murder) is permissible.
Finished reading “Dexter Is Delicious (Dexter Book 5)” by Jeff Lindsay, first published September 7th 2010.
Fiction, Mystery Dexter Morgan’s happy homicidal life is undergoing some major changes. He’s always live by a single golden rule - he kills only people who deserve it. But the Miami blood-spatter analyst has recently become a daddy - to an eight-pound curiosity named Lily Anne - and strangely, Dex’s dark urges seem to have left him.
Finished reading “The Wealthy Barber: Everyone’s Commonsense Guide to Becoming Financially Independent” by David H. Chilton, first published in 1989.
Nonfiction, Finance David Chilton’s popular The Wealthy Barber is a good starting point for anyone who wants to construct a personal financial plan. Many people are so scared of dealing with their money that they don’t do anything at all–only to suffer for it over the long haul.
Finished reading “Ready Player One (Ready Player One Book 1)” by Ernest Cline, first published August 16th 2011.
Science Fiction It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
Finished reading “Dexter By Design (Dexter Book 4)” by Jeff Lindsay, first published in 2008.
Fiction, Mystery The macabre, witty New York Times bestselling series (and inspiration for the #1 Showtime series, Dexter) continues as our darkly lovable killer matches wits with a sadistic artiste–who is creating bizarre murder tableaux of his own all over Miami. After his surprisingly glorious honeymoon in Paris, life is almost normal for Dexter Morgan.
Finished reading “Norwegian by Night (Sigrid Ødegård Book 1)” by Derek B. Miller, first published in 2012.
Fiction, Mystery He will not admit it to Rhea and Lars - never, of course not - but Sheldon can’t help but wonder what it is he’s doing here.. Eighty-two years old, and recently widowed, Sheldon Horowitz has grudgingly moved to Oslo, with his grand-daughter and her Norwegian husband. An ex-Marine, he talks often to the ghosts of his past - the friends he lost in the Pacific and the son who followed him into the US Army, and to his death in Vietnam.
Finished reading “Dexter in the Dark (Dexter Book 3)” by Jeff Lindsay, first published in 2006.
Fiction, Mystery In his work as a Miami crime scene investigator, Dexter Morgan is accustomed to seeing evil deeds…particularly because, on occasion, he rather enjoys committing them himself. Guided by his Dark Passenger (the reptilian voice inside him), he lives his outwardly normal life adhering to one simple rule: He kills only very bad people.
Finished reading “The Shining (The Shining Book 1)”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King, first published January 28th 1977.
Horror, Fiction Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote .
Finished reading “Dearly Devoted Dexter (Dexter Book 2)” by Jeff Lindsay, first published March 15th 2005.
Fiction, Mystery He’s a charming monster… A macabre hero… A serial killler who only kills bad people. Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It’s just not easy being an ethical serial killer - especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac…which, of course, he is).
Finished reading “Room” by Emma Donoghue, first published August 20th 2010.
Fiction To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world…. Told in the inventive, funny, and poignant voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience—and a powerful story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible. To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play.
Finished reading “Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter Book 1)” by Jeff Lindsay, first published July 10th 2004.
Fiction, Mystery Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims.
Finished reading “‘Salem’s Lot”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King, first published October 17th 1975.
Horror, Fiction Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive, Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.
Finished reading “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon” by Brad Stone, first published in 2013.
Business, Biography The definitive story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos. Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn’t content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices.
Finished reading “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, first published May 26th 1897.
Classics, Horror Because of the widespread awareness of the story of the evil Transylvanian count and the success of numerous film adaptations that have been created over the years, the modern audience hasn’t had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker’s original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we’ve tried something different.
Finished reading “The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security” by Kevin Mitnick, first published January 1st 2001.
Nonfiction The world’s most infamous hacker offers an insider’s view of the low-tech threats to high-tech security Kevin Mitnick’s exploits as a cyber-desperado and fugitive form one of the most exhaustive FBI manhunts in history and have spawned dozens of articles, books, films, and documentaries. Since his release from federal prison, in 1998, Mitnick has turned his life around and established himself as one of the most sought-after computer security experts worldwide.
Finished reading “Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Book 2)” by Suzanne Collins, first published September 1st 2009.
Science Fiction Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty.
Finished reading “Murder on the Links (Hercule Poirot Book 2)” by Agatha Christie, first published May 1923.
Mystery When Poirot arrives in France, following an urgent appeal for help, he finds he is too late. His client, a South American millionaire, has been stabbed to death and his body flung into a freshly dug open grave on the golf course adjoining the property. Meanwhile the millionaire’s wife is found bound and gagged in her room.
Finished reading “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Millennium Book 3)” by Stieg Larsson, first published May 2007.
Mystery Lisbeth Salander lies in Intensive Care with a bullet lodged in her head. She will face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist, Salander must not only prove her innocence, but identify and denounce the corrupt politicians that have allowed the vulnerable to become victims of abuse and violence.
Finished reading “The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium Book 2)” by Stieg Larsson, first published May 9th 2006.
Mystery Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists are murdered and Salander’s fingerprints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable behaviour makes her the official suspect, but no-one can find her. Salander may be an expert at staying out of sight, but she also has ways of tracking down her most elusive enemies.
Finished reading “The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot Book 1)” by Agatha Christie, first published October 1920.
Mystery Agatha Christie’s debut novel was the first to feature Hercule Poirot, her famously eccentric Belgian detective. A refugee of the Great War, Poirot is settling in England near Styles Court, the country estate of his wealthy benefactor, the elderly Emily Inglethorp. When Emily is poisoned and the authorities are baffled, Poirot puts his prodigious sleuthing skills to work.
Finished reading “Inferno (Robert Langdon Book 4)” by Dan Brown, first published May 14th 2013.
Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital, disoriented and with no recollection of the past thirty-six hours, including the origin of the macabre object hidden in his belongings. With a relentless female assassin trailing them through Florence, he and his resourceful doctor, Sienna Brooks, are forced to flee.
Finished reading “The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon Book 3)” by Dan Brown, first published in 2009.
Fiction, Thriller, Mystery The Lost Symbol, the stunning follow-up to The Da Vinci Code, is a masterstroke of storytelling - a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes and unseen truths…all under the watchful eye of a terrifying villain. Set within the unseen tunnels and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol accelerates through a startling landscape toward an unthinkable finale.
Finished reading “The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon Book 2)” by Dan Brown, first published March 18th 2003.
Fiction, Thriller, Mystery While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see, yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.
Finished reading “Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon Book 1)” by Dan Brown, first published May 2000.
Fiction, Thriller, Mystery World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.
Finished reading “What Would Google Do?” by Jeff Jarvis, first published in 2009.
Business, Nonfiction, Technology A bold and vital book that asks and answers the most urgent question of today: What Would Google Do? In a book that’s one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google—the fastest-growing company in history—to discover forty clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by.
Finished reading “Carrie”, a Stephen King Novel book by Stephen King, first published April 5th 1974.
Horror, Fiction A modern classic, Carrie introduced a distinctive new voice in American fiction – Stephen King. The story of misunderstood high school girl Carrie White, her extraordinary telekinetic powers, and her violent rampage of revenge, remains one of the most barrier-breaking and shocking novels of all time. Make a date with terror and live the nightmare that is…Carrie.
Finished reading “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” by Max Brooks, first published September 12th 2006.
Horror, Fiction “The end was near.” Voices from the Zombie War. The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched firsthand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.
Finished reading “The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead” by Max Brooks, first published September 1st 2003.
Horror, Fiction The Zombie Survival Guide is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now. Fully illustrated and exhaustively comprehensive, this book covers everything you need to know, including how to understand zombie physiology and behavior, the most effective defense tactics and weaponry, ways to outfit your home for a long siege, and how to survive and adapt in any territory or terrain.
Finished reading “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Book 1)” by Stieg Larsson, first published August 2005.
Mystery Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.
Finished reading “The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games Book 1)” by Suzanne Collins, first published September 14th 2008.
Science Fiction Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.