Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Audible Books

Audible, Ready Player One, Fierce Conversations
Recently I have been having a hard time getting back to reading books.  Perhaps it is the fact that I have to wear readers and it seems like when I read magazines, I get the feeling similar to car sickness.  But, I came across a book that I really wanted to read, Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott.  I felt that various aspects of my life could benefit from what the title promised.  Having read other "self help" books, they tend to take awhile to get through because they are typically pretty boring.  Since I have a significant commute, which couldn't be more of a waste of time, this seemed to provide the perfect opportunity for giving audiobooks a try.  After searching sites on-line, decided with Audible.  You get two free books for signing up with no obligation.  Seemed to be a no-brainer.  After that you pay $14.95/month which gets you a credit to get a book.  I selected, of course, Fierce Conversations and Ready Player One by  Ernest Cline.

Fierce Conversations - Susan Scott, the author, also narrates the book.  I enjoyed the fact that the author read it because she owned the contents.  It was hers and she was obviously passionate about it.  As the title says, it is about having those tough conversations with employees, peers, your significant other or even your boss.  So often we talk behind someones back when we are unhappy rather that dealing with the situation head on.  This gives you the tools to have those conversations that help work through those issues.  HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Ready Player One - Having grown up in the 80s, the description intrigued me.  I am horrible at explaining storylines but what I can say is I am hooked.  I actually cannot wait to get into my car and drive to and from work.  The book is narrated by Will Wheaton.  I wasn't a big fan at first but I think he got better as he went on.  I was also taken back in the first few minutes because of the negative vibe and was thinking it was going to be a bust but I am glad I stuck with it.  Look it up and if the description at all sounds interesting to you, give it a try.  You will not be disappointed.

Now I am on the hunt for my next book.  I have about 7 more hours of Ready Player One.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments. 

Update:
I purchased a book after finishing The Obsession, I purchased Stillhouse Lake and didn't really care for it.  I gave it a couple hours of listening but the story line just didn't grab me.  With that I learned that if you don't like an audio book, with Audible, you can return it!  That is awesome!

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