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From Your Body is on the Beach, But Your Brain Is in the Boardroom

Our colleagues at have some audiobook recommendations for you....

It's still summer, but September is getting closer by the day. The kids will be back in school and summer Fridays will be a thing of the past before you know it. You know you need to start buckling down in the knowledge department, but you're not quite ready to fully exit vacation mode just yet. Fortunately, you can pop in your headphones and have data literally flow into your brain while lounging on a beach chair, thanks to Audible and the world's largest collection of audiobooks, lectures, courses, and other gems of knowledge and information.

Here are some nonfiction options that will sharpen your wits without cramping your summer vibe:


Voyeurs-MotelThe Voyeur's Motel by Gay Talese, narrated by Joe Barrett

Unless you've been hiding under a rock this summer (and if you have, no judgement), this work of narrative journalism has probably caught your attention in some capacity, but there's no better way to embrace the most talked about book of the season than by letting it play while flipping burgers on the grill and enjoying a summer barbeque. Forget curling up on the couch indoors, you have things to do! And fortunately, the story of Gerald Foos, a Colorado innkeeper who allegedly spied on his guests as they became intimate, used the bathroom, and even committed murder, can stay in your ear no matter where you go.

Presidents-SecretsThe President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama by David Priess, narrated by Jason Culp

November seems pretty far away, but the Presidential Election is closer than you think. This fascinating look at the unique and complicated relationship that presidents have had with the intelligence community is a fantastic way to get your head in the game while learning a thing or two. Listen with a margarita by the pool, and share your newfound wisdom by the water cooler to impress your colleagues.

White-RageWhite Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson, narrated by Pamela Gibson

As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in August 2014, and media commentators across the ideological spectrum referred to the angry response of African Americans as 'black rage,' historian Carol Anderson wrote a remarkable op-ed in the Washington Post showing that this was, instead 'white rage at work. With so much attention on the flames,' she wrote, 'everyone had ignored the kindling.' Listen to Anderson pull back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy while driving to the beach, and then impress your boss with the scope of your knowledge when you get back to the office.

End-AlchemyThe End of Alchemy: Money, Banking, and the Future of the Global Economy by Mervyn King, narrated by Greg Wagland

This essential work about the history and future of money and banking can make even the wildest summer pool party into a secret academic affair. Get yourself a pool float (and a waterproof case for your phone!), close your eyes, and lose yourself in this fresh interpretation of the economic crisis that points the way forward for the global economy.

ShamedSo You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson, narrated by the author
What better way to bask in the joy of your own summer than by joining Ronson on an audio tour of the public shamings of others? This simultaneously powerful and hilarious look at the way that mankind has come to use shame as a form of social control is all the more incredible because the award-wining author and documentary maker reads it to you. Bury yourself in the sand and let the hours fly by as you get lost in this fascinating piece of work.

Afraid of commitment? Not ready to agree to hours and hours of listening at a time? You can still enrich your mind with the short-form content available through Audible Channels. Channels includes audio editions of important news articles from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post and more. That way, as long as you have your headphones in while riding your jet-ski (don't forget that waterproof phone case) or even heading down a waterslide, you can remain up to date on what's going on in the world while having the summer of your life.   

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