Skip to comments.Need Help Furthering My Education(Vanity)
Posted on 12/11/2012 12:40:02 PM PST by Genflag
So I work a job at night that's very repetitive, and I'm allowed to listen to music. I've found though i don't have the time for reading that I used to, and that I'd rather spend my time listening to audiobooks while working, then music to help keep my mind from dying a slow death from disuse.
Which leads me here, what better group of people to come to for help finding books that will further my knowledge of both fiction and non-fiction, then everyone at Free Republic?
I'm looking for any good non-fiction audiobooks on history, science, philosophy, medicine, politics, or any other subject that doesn't really require images to get the points across that will further my understanding of the world, human history, the classics, or the universe.
As for fiction, I read mostly sci-fi and historical fiction, so I'm already working on collecting as much Heinlein, Bradbury, Asimov, Orwell, and Huxley, as I can find with an assortment of others from a list of top 100 sci-fi novels I found online.
but it's hard to trust reviews from people online when a lot of people's idea of a good read is Twilight and Fifty Shades Of Grey.
So I come to the largest source of knowledge I know of, asking for some guidance on my quest to further my learning.
You need to buy all of the Ian Fleming Bond audiobooks.
For Economics, be sure to listen to:
“The Road to Serfdom” - Friederich Hayek
“Free to Choose” - Milton Friedman
I’ve been listening to Atlas Shrugged on audiobook during workouts for the last few months.
That would keep you occupied for months!
Already on the ipod and in my list to listen to soon.
I’m reading Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. It is non fiction but pretty good so far.
Gonna have to get offline for a bit, but thanks already guys, I knew I was coming to the right place, such a fast response. Will check back soon to see what all everyone suggests.
The “Confederacy of Dunces” audiobook is hilarious with the character voicings.
Where did you end your formal education? That would help me suggest other reading.
Do you ever listen to John Batchelor? He talks about a lot of stuff besides politics - mostly history. Usually pretty entertaining and educational.
You could try www.openculture.com - lots of free audiobooks and lectures. Also there’s librivox.com - free audiobooks in the public domain. And also The Gutenberg project - again books in the public domain, but some good - and free classics that you can download and listen to.
That said, my favorite audio book is "A Distant Mirror" by Barbara Tuchman (probably on audio at your local library).
“Flashback” by Dan Simmons. The book is fiction, but you will see our future in this book.
“1984” by George Orwell; again our future predicted from this book circa 1948.
“The Coming Plague” by Laurie Garrett for a bit of education on infectious diseases.
“Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand from 1957.
“Robinson Crusoe” would probably be good for the same reasons. Robinson Crusoe
Project Gutenberg has audiobooks for free.
Personally, I like books on plumbing. It’s incredible how far the field has advanced in the past few decades.
Im reading Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. It is non fiction but pretty good so far.””
I tried to read this book but soon saw it was a presentation of excuses for why Africans have failed on their own merits while the rest of the world became the inventors.
For sci-fi, anything by Timothy Zahn or Terry Brooks. Both are outstanding authors.
It takes the Holy Queeran apart, lie by lie.
It will equip you for the battle against Sharia Law.
I highly recommend this audio book:
America: The First 350 Years by Steve Wilkins
It is very long. Wilkins is a minister and covers very interesting topics such as how schools were operating in colonial times and up to about 1850 or so when government got involved. He covers things like how charity is suppose to work and how the government stuck their noses into it, both sides of the civil war run up and not just one side, need for expansion etc...
George R.R. Martin
One word: http://librivox.org
A second thumbs up on The Teaching Company. You might be able to find some at your local library.
Their dynamic pricing has gotten a little crazy so you never know what's on sale or how much it will cost from day to day. I have picked up some of their courses at over 90% off.
I’ve no idea if you might be interested in these recommendations, but here’s my suggestions..
“THE LISTENERS BIBLE”..read by Max McClean, this is the English Standard Bible..very listenable..very easy to understand.The mp3 set contains the entire Bible. Excellent.
“The Reason For God(Belief in an age of Skepticism)”, by Tim Keller. Dr. Keller
draws upon literary classics, philosophy, anthropology, and a multitude of other disciplines to make an intellectually compelling case for God. Challenging,yet very enlightning. Again, excellent.
“How Should We Then Live” by Francis A. Schaeffer. An outstanding work, by someone who truly cared for the culture in which we live..
“How Should We Then Live? was produced by a genius who cared about the battle of ideas. It’s also the book I still recommend to students for a quick overview of ‘the rise and decline of western thought and culture.’ Schaeffer brilliantly takes readers from ancient times through the Renaissance, Reformation, and Enlightenment, then discusses the breakdown in philosophy and science and moves on to art, music, literature, film, and much else besides.”
Marvin Olasky, Editor-in-chief, World
Dr. Schaeffer is someone who truly influenced how I live my own life. Again, exceptional, excellent.
I have all three of these books in AUDIOBOOK format. If you wish to listen to them.. just send a note to me via Freepmail.
Sign up for a university that accepts CLEP. Then, get books that will help you get through the exam.
This is what I did to get CLEP credit for over a year of college back in the day...
I would use audiobooks to get past the 4 credit GPA killer courses such as “American Literature” and/or “English Literature”. Listening to the audiobooks are enough to get you a passing grade and college credit!
I knew of someone who did two years of college this way! Why not get a degree for it?
I know, I know, you don’t want t a degree in American literature or philosophy, but these are ‘elective’ and/or required courses, so this is how you get through them!
I had a co-worker who was, I thought, the best read man I knew at the time. Best read in what is considered serious literature. Then he met, or rather was caught by, a woman with a degree in sociology or political science, a moonbat, and started reading what I considered trash, popular literature, politically correct novels. I asked him why. He answered that he was doing it to be able to converse with people. Fair enough. I understood then that people read what other people read for strictly social reasons, to fit, and wanting to be like others. Most people read trash, Oprah Book Club recommendation, politically correct authors and so on. The lesson for a discerning reader is the same as the one for a discerning listener - don’t follow the crowd, don’t ask it what to read and what to listen to.
Guns, Germs and Steel was a great read, although be alert for the liberal propaganda... white people only succeeded due to the sheer luck of our geography, origins, etc.
There are videos of Guns, Germs and Steel on Youtube... look them up... they were also great!
Went to college originally for just an AA and got most of the basics under me, but stopped until I figured out what I wanted to do, went with cooking when I went back.
Most of my education has come from my own reading, the homeschooling I received for a few years till the folks both had to get jobs to support the family, a Grandfather who grew up a poor Kentucky boy, and a Grandma who was a child in England during WWII.
Thanks, that’s right up my alley in terms of non-fiction and things I’m always trying to learn more about.
didn’t know they had free lectures there, thanks.
Another thing to look into:
Look over bestseller lists to be current.
When I was young, I got a copy of the Harvard University Book List of required reading for Harvard students. I couldn’t afford Harvard, but I could read all the books!
Another thing you can try is learning languages.
I studied 7 by using the Pimsleur method and combining that with listening to popular music in my target language of the year. I was able to gain fluency in many languages by only listening.
I’ve actually been listening to Ilium by Dan Simmons the last few nights at work, and it’s pretty amazing, I like books that are dense, but not mind numbingly boring, and his writing seems to fit the bill.
Read 1984 back when I was in middle school, and someone stole my copy, so that was one of the first audiobooks I picked up.
I’ll have to check out The Coming Plague, one of the only things I worry I might not be able live through is the return of something like the Spanish flu.
and Atlas Shrugged is also already on the ipod for future listening.
yeah, I’ve grabbed a few things from Librivox already, but I didn’t know about openculture.com, I’ll have to check it out.
Pick up Michael Porter’s books “Competitive Advantage” and “Competitive Strategy.” These books lay the foundation to how business is conducted today, even though many business folks couldn’t name the Five Forces of Industry that are identified.
Never heard of him, I’ll give him a listen though.
I’ve heard of them but I’ve never given them a read, anything in particular I should check out?
The Turner Diaries would get you through half a shift.
I’m sure you can find a cheaper version in paperback, but this is a very good history:
I’d also recommend the CATO Institute at http://www.cato.org/events/archive.html
I’d check to see which version you have. There are many, but the best one is the unabridged audiobook of Atlas Shrugged. The version read by Christopher Hurt.
I’d also suggest Max Brooks’s The Zombie Survival Guide, and World War Z.