A Year of Audible 2016

Closing out a third year of Audible listening, my year was focused on history.

Category: diary

I started audible because I thought I would have a long enough commute to listen to a lot of audio books. This past spring, my commute got longer. This is reflected in the higher completion rate of last year. I listened to 234 hours this year, 165 of those from books purchased this year, and 68 from the previous year. In reality, I typically listen at about twice narration speed, so actual listening time is closer to 140 hours.

This means I consumed about 1.8 million words, since narrators target about 125 words per minute.

Books Purchased in 2016

Below are the 27 titles I purchased in the past year through 30 November 2016, and a few from previous years that I worked on. The bolded titles are those that I completed. There are some I did not start or finish and are not counted regardless of how complete. There are a few I gave up on at some point, which are struck-through. There are other books that I returned and are not on this list.

  1. The Spirit of the Disciplines
  2. Red Team
  3. Team of Teams 12.1h. The short book apparently wasn’t enough.
  4. Art of Public Speaking 6.3h
  5. Pitch Anything 6.2h
  6. Leningrad 15h
  7. Absolute Surrender 3.7h
  8. Wars of the Roses 15.1h
  9. Million Dollar Outlines 7.1h
  10. Multiply 8.9h
  11. How Great Science Fiction Works 12.5h
  12. Your First 1000 Copies 3h
  13. Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman 15.1h. To understand one man, you need to understand his friends. I have more respect for both Grant and Sherman now I’ve heard Sherman’s life.
  14. Enchantment 4.8h
  15. The First 90 Days 8h
  16. Good Strategy / Bad Strategy 11.8h.
  17. Cost of Discipleship 9h. I look forward to chatting with Dietrich one day, but he’s a tough listen.
  18. Little Black Book of Invention 6.1h
  19. Plato’s Republic 12.2h
  20. Holy Bible 72.9h. I had a high aspiration to listen to the entire Bible with rapidity. Unfortunately, Plato got the better of me.
  21. Sprint
  22. Faith of Christopher Hitchens 6.1h. An interesting narrative told by a Christian of one of the Four Horsemen. For all of his failings, Hitchens despised hypocrisy most of all.
  23. Seveneves I gave up on this as the author openly advocates eugenics. I listened to 22.1h.
  24. The Story of Medieval England 19.1h
  25. World of Byzantium 12.2h
  26. Daring Greatly There’s a bit too much psychobabble in this, but the core of the story is to be comfortable operating outside your comfort zone and failing. That is where growth is.
  27. Digital to the Core
  28. Never Split the Difference 8.1h

Books Finished from Previous Years

  1. Red Team (11h)
  2. History’s Great Military Blunders (12h)
  3. Writing Great Fiction (12h)
  4. The Insurgents (15h)
  5. Threat Vector (18h)

Goal From 2016

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