My Audible To-Be-Heard List

In the past I have found it hard to move to newer technologies to read books. From PDF versions on mobile screens (ah, those Torrent days) to Kindle to audio books – my transition to each has been extremely slow. I LOVE physical books. They have a way of easily transporting me to the fictional world I’m reading about. Having fallen in love with the convenience of reading on my Kindle, I have finally decided to try out Audibles too. Amazon has a one day offer today wherein you can try Audibles for free for three months. The offer includes one free book every month. I immediately signed up for it! (You can checkout the offer here.)

Here are my top 5 picks for books I plan to listen to on audibles –

Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones

Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results by James Clear

“A revolutionary system to get one per cent better every day.”

So I love reading fictional novels but haven’t always been the biggest fan of reading self help books. I believe that hearing a soothing voice read out self help guidance might help! The book is about making few tiny changes to your life everyday that will lead to a big change over time. With 2020 disrupting my habits, I’m all in for any help I can get to improving on my current habits in 2021. If your new year goals is to develop healthier daily habits – definitely check this book out. You can checkout the book here.

How to Master the Art of Continuous Improvement
The power of doing 1% better everyday!

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World By Elif Shafak

10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Audio Download): Amazon.in:  Elif Shafak, Alix Dunmore, Penguin Books Ltd: Audible Audiobooks

‘In the first minute following her death, Leila’s consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they did not shut down. Not right away….’

Our brain stays active for 10 minutes after our heart stops beating. As Leila experiences these 10 minutes, her brain rushes through different memories through her life from her childhood with father and his many wives to her escape from Istanbul to her unwelcome marriage but mostly about the 5 friends she made through her life journey. You can checkout the book here.

A Promised Land By Barack Obama

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“A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective – the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organiser tested on the world stage”

I think it is safe to say that Barack Obama is a man that has impressed most of us. From his humble beginnings to becoming the President of one of the most powerful nations in the world – is a story I am very curious to know. It would also be interesting to read his world views and his opinions of other people. You can checkout the book here.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Fridayreads: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – Penguin Random House  Library Marketing

‘Between life and death there is a library,’ she said. ‘And within that library, the shelves go on for ever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices. Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?’

The story revolves around protagonist Nora who is single and extremely lonely. Her cat’s deathy puts her over the top as she wonders whether her life is worth living. Then she discovers a library between life and death where she gets to try all the other lives she could have lived. Honestly, I’m intrigued by the different storyline and think it may be an interesting book to read/listen to. You can checkout the book here.

IKIGAI: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

Amazon.com: Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life  (9780143130727): García, Héctor, Miralles, Francesc: Books

It’s the Japanese word for ‘a reason to live’ or ‘a reason to jump out of bed in the morning.”

I’ve already read this book but I’d love to revisit it. I think it might be easier for me to adapt to audibles if I listen to a non-fictional book that I’ve already read. Ikigai is an amazing book about the Japanese way of living. Intrigued by how Japanese tend to live longer and happier lives than the rest of the world, the authors travelled to Japan to observe their way of living. The secret that they found – IKIGAI! You can checkout the book here.

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These are some of the books that I have on my TBH pile. Sign up for audibles today to check these books out for free (for Prime users)! Do you have any recommendations? Have you tried audibles or other audio books? Did you like them?

Stay safe & read on! ❤

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26 Comments Add yours

  1. I was even slower and probably hoing back to physical books again. For last three years as i spent all my time on kindle i missed one and for that matter i even thought of others. That even books may take time there ll be many others, children who can be lured into personal library spaces that completely almost vanished from home.
    Thanks for this, i nevertheless ll check the audibles out.

    Nara x

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      I was equally slow. I still do a mix of both physical books and Kindle reading. I alternate between the two. But it is a dream to have my very own library – so i’m going to keep buying those books. 🙂 But I’m excited to try audibles too. 🙂

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      1. Completely agree. From far and for books, and hearing them, it seems we are living parallel lives 🙂 My wishes Moksha !

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      2. Nehal Jain says:

        Did you like it?

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      3. Happy Panda says:

        Honestly I only heard it one day and went back to the book I was reading. 😛 I’ll try again in a few days – I’m too distracted these days 😛

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      4. Nehal Jain says:

        Ah that happens 😂.

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  2. I have a long audible book list and I am recently enjoying The Hetty Feather series. 🙂

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      So cool that you’ve already moved to audibles. I feel like such an oldy discovering it late. 😛 How is the series going?

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      1. It’s going amazing, thankyou! 🙂

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  3. Lani says:

    I love my Kindle and I thought I’d always be faithful to physical books 😛 Audios are great too but these days, even with all the screen time, I prefer to read rather than listen. I like audios for travel… that’s when they really reign supreme for me. xo

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      That actually makes sense. I don’t always love reading on a screen while travelling, it might be fun to listen to audio books then.

      Kindle is just so convenient!! Though it still frustrates me when a Kindle book costs almost as much as a physical book! 😛

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      1. Lani says:

        So true! Makes no sense!

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  4. I loveee reading!! The Midnight Library sounds like it’s so good. I have to buy it!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Yeah, it has such a different story line! I can’t wait to read/hear it. 😀

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  5. S says:

    Great list! I’m adding all of these to my TBR list =D

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Thank you! Hope you like them! 🙂

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  6. tanvibytes says:

    Ooh, awesome list, I haven’t read any of them yet, but they sound very interesting! I think I’ll start with the midnight library! 🙂🎄❄️

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Right? That book has such a different premise. I hope its good. 🙂

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  7. Excellent picks! I have heard awesome things about Atomic Habits and have started listening to Ikigai – I keep pausing and it has been forever but I will get there. Haha! I hope you enjoy all these reads and Happy Christmas!

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  8. Juliette says:

    Totally agree with you on the transition to e-books and audio books! I have had a kindle for many years now, but only rarely use it (I also have so many paper books that I want to read so it doesn’t help). Somehow, I don’t seem to remember the e-books I’ve read that much, but I’m trying to! As for audio books, I am slowly getting used to podcasts, so I guess it will be the next step 😊 your selection is great and I’d be very interested on hearing your thoughts about all of them – especially Atomic Habits!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Totally relate! I end up buying so many physical books that I only reach out to my Kindle when I’m travelling or can’t find the physical version of the book. It kind of also frustrates me when Kindle books cost as much as physical books. 🙈 Will definitely do a review of the books once I’m done. Thanks for reading. 😊

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  9. I’ve been meaning to read these books- a great selection! I’ve wanted to start listening to audiobooks- it just seems so much more time efficient. At the same time, although I’m still a teenager, I hate the idea of needing an app to read books. I dont even like reading online PDFs. There’s just something about holding a physical book that just brings me so much more joy. Maybe it’s just the aesthetic! I dont like the thought that if I were to get lost in a book for a few hours that I might have to stop and charge my phone before I can continue!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      I totally relate!!! I somehow find it easier to be consumed by the story if I’m reading a physical book. But the convenience of an e-reader and audibles is unmatched.

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  10. tanmaypawar22 says:

    I love books too!

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    1. Happy Panda says:

      Books are awesome! But I’ve started listening to audibles enroute to work and I like the convenience of it.

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  11. Trishikh says:

    I strongly believe and practice Ikigai. The concept has changed my life.

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