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Find more Top 10 Science & Health Audiobooks
These health and science audiobooks, published between December 1, 2011, and December 1, 2013, offer lessons for living and for dying as well as interesting observations about medical science.
American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens across America. By Michelle Obama. Read by Michelle Obama and others. 2012. 4hr. Books on Tape, CD, $25 (9780449808580).
You’ll feel as though you know the First Lady personally after listening to her chronicle of the “learning garden” on the White House grounds. This engaging conversation includes recipes and offers inspiring advice for living healthier lives.
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness. By Susannah Cahalan. Read by Heather Henderson. 2012. 7.5hr. HighBridge, CD, $69 (9781611749809).
In this terrifying and fascinating memoir, Henderson convincingly voices the reactions of New York Post reporter Cahalan after an unknown pathogen invaded her body, resulting in symptoms mirroring madness.
Doc. By Dwight Gooden and Ellis Henican. Read by J. D. Jackson. 2013. 10hr. Brilliance, CD, $69.97 (9781455896936).
Jackson’s impassioned reading underlines the drama in the life of pitcher Dwight Gooden. This memoir is colored by the highs and lows of sports and addiction to drugs and alcohol.
The End of Your Life Book Club. By Will Schwalbe. Read by Jeff Harding. 2012. 9.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $35 (9780449806654).
In this captivating memoir, Schwalbe describes the book club he and his mother began when she was diagnosed with cancer. Harding’s voice conveys the comfort, solace, and intellectual stimulation provided by the books they read.
Mortality. By Christopher Hitchens. Read by Simon Prebble. 2012. 2hr. Hachette, CD, $22.98 (9781619691889).
Prebble masterfully projects the emotions and impressions of Hitchens’ “year of living dyingly,” sharing hard-earned wisdom from the crusty and tenderhearted atheist in this collected wit and wisdom from his final year.
Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health. By H. Gilbert Welch and others. Read by Sean Runnette. 2012. 10hr. HighBridge, CD, $69 (9781611749656).
Runnette authoritatively conveys the views of health-policy-expert Welch, who believes that the overuse of testing, screening, and diagnosing in contemporary medicine might be more damaging than helpful.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. By Susan Cain. Read by Kathe Mazur. 2012. 11hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40 (9781415959121).
Mazur perfectly echoes the introvert quality of “quiet power” in her reading of Cain’s fascinating look at the pleasures and pains of being an introvert, an examination that straddles the line between self-help and serious research.
Wave. By Sonali Deraniyagala. Read by Hannah Curtis. 2013. 5.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $30 (9780385366632).
Curtis sympathetically reads Deraniyagala’s emotional memoir, an account of losing her family—parents, husband, and children—in the tsunami in Sri Lanka in 2004. A painful story of grief and recovery.
The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: Stories of Transformation from the Frontier of Brain Science. By Barbara Arrowsmith-Young. Read by Lisa Bunting. 2012. 9hr. Post Hypnotic, CD, $40 (9781927401293).
Frustrated by her own dyslexia, Arrowsmith-Young devoted herself to studying brain function and developed exercises to help others diagnosed with cognitive disorders. Bunting’s solid reading adds warmth to this informative and inspiring account.
Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You. By Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband. Read by Linda Emond and Cotter Smith. 2011. 6.5hr. Simon & Schuster, CD, $29.99 (9781442347281).
Emond and Smith capably navigate this thought-provoking account by prominent physicians, offering listeners sound advice in making medical decisions.
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