What are the best nonfiction audio books?

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    #1Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs
    Steve Jobs is a biography written by bestselling author of biographies Walter Isaacson based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs himself and hundreds more with those who knew him personally.  
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    Howard Holmes
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "A great biography of one of the true genii of our time. You won't necessarily like all that you read but it will keep you interested until the very end."
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    #2Into Thin Air

    Into Thin Air

    Into Thin Air is Jon Krakauer's firsthand depiction of the May 1996 Mt. Everest disaster. With a balanced take on the characters and a colorful depiction of the weather that shaped the event, Krakauer won an Academy Award in Literature in 1999. 

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    Judith Hart
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This story is very intense and will keep you wanting to sit at the edge of your seat and not put it down. Very well written too. Good job."
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    #3The Design Revolution

    The Design Revolution

    The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligence Design is a non-fiction book that examines the limits of science. It won the Christianity Today Book Award in 2005. Grover Gardner narrated the Audio Book version.

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    Kyle Lane
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "I found this book to be meh. It basically tries to tie in science with 2,000 year old religion to explain away evolution and such. The author won a Christian award. Stay away if you want factual analysis. "
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    #4Eiger Dreams

    Eiger Dreams

    Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains is a non-fiction adventure mountaineering documentary book written by Jon Krakauer. First published in 1990, this book is published in 1997 by Anchor.

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    Johnny Ruiz
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This audio book made for an interesting listen on the way to and from work and I finished it in about a month. This story is great for all those interested in mountaineering. The stories of the authors many trips, including Mt. Everest, give a lot of insight into the world and allow you to learn so much when you can't do all of these thing yourself."
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    #5Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival

    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival
    'Unbroken' is the true and incredible story of Louis Zamperini, a lieutenant that survives a plane crash during the Pacific War in 1943. This is one of the most incredible odysseys of the 20th century and the inspiration for a motion picture, directed by Angelina Jolie.
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    Samantha Hunt
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "I love to get audio books to listen to during my commute. I downloaded Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival. When you read this you'll be amazed at the absolute punishment that a human can endure. You'll read in details about the cruelty of the Japanese military during WWII and you'll read about the profound impact that war can have on an individual's health and spirit and then after listening to hundreds and hundreds of pages about tragedy and hardship the book tells a very brief story of redemption and forgiveness. This story is sad and depressing, but we can't always read sunshine and rainbows "
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    #6I Am Malala

    I Am Malala

    In 2009 Malala Yousafzai started writing a blog on BBC Urdu about how life was in the Swat Valley during the Taliban control. In 2012, gunmen boarded Malala's bus to school and shot her in the face, but Malala survived, sparking solidarity across Pakistan and globally. 

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    Abhinav Pillai
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is an excellent choice. Its the true story of Malala, who was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She is a true hero of our time. "
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    #7A Short History of Nearly Everything

    A Short History of Nearly Everything
    A Short History of Nearly Everything is a popular science book chronicling events from the nothingness before the Big Bang to the present. Complicated concepts are explained in uncomplicated terms, making it suitable for all ages.
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    Crystal Gutierrez
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "'A Short History of Nearly Everything' is a fun and entertaining audio book. Bill Bryson's interviews with current archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians as they discuss everything from the Big Bang to the current trends in science. It will keep you laughing and learning through the whole book. "
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    #8Under The Banner of Heaven

    Under The Banner of Heaven

    This bestseller book by Jon Krakauer is a lucid and even funny book that is a fresh view on the Mormon fundamentalism and the history of Ron and Dan Lafferty, who were convinced that they were commanded to kill in the name of God. 

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    Virginia Bates
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "The book has very good reviews, but as it is of a religious nature, it will not be everyone's cup of tea. That being said, listeners seem to really like it and it is popular."
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    #9The Glass Castle

    The Glass Castle
    The Glass Castle is Jeanette Walls' best-selling memoir about her poverty-stricken family, which is a balanced story of despair, happiness, love, and loyalty. This novel spent seven years in NYT's bestsellers list and was adapted into a major motion picture.
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    Paridhi Mehta
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I love this story and it checked a couple of things off for me. I love family stories. I love to "watch" just any kind of family dynamic, so this was great for that. I also got it based on so many reviews that people read it in a day or two and couldn't put it down and I actually keep a separate book list just for that when I want to spend a whole weekend just in one book so it was perfect for that as well."
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    #10Me Talk Pretty One Day

    Me Talk Pretty One Day
    Me Talk Pretty One Day is comedian and author David Sedaris' book containing snippets from his life, particularly his move to Paris and his experience of learning French from a teacher who did not like their sessions.
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    Richard Lane
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "I was recommended to check this book out from a good friend of mine who told me this was a very funny story and that they hadn't laughed so hard at a book in a long time. I found a different experience, i made it about a third of the way through the audio book before I stopped listening and moved on, it felt like it was dragging on a bit too much and too slow. The funny moments were okay but it wasn't enough to keep me hooked."
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    #11Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    Quiet is a book by Susan Cain that tells a story about how introverts can change the world in this extroverted society that we are in. 

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    Wendy Yin
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "I am a teacher, a mother, and an introvert. This book was fascinating. This book is written by an introvert, and while it discusses extroversion, it focuses on the benefits of introversion. I usually have my high school students take a personality test. Students are always shocked to find that I am a strong introvert. They don't understand how I can speak in front of groups or lead a class if I'm introverted. This book talks about the power of introverts to go beyond their tendencies in situations where they are passionate about what they are doing. I am a thirty something secure person. I like myself, but reading this book made me feel like there are many other people who face the same feelings and worries that I do. It made me feel like I was part of a larger group of important people. Somewhere while reading this book, I stopped feeling like I was a good teacher despite my introverstion but that I am a good teacher largely because of my introversion. I have re-evaluated the way that I parent, and I am reconsidering the way that I do things in my classroom."
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    #12Columbine

    Columbine

    April 20th, 1999 two boys left an incredible stamp on the psyche of America. This two boys only had one goal in their heads leave "a lasting impression on the world". This novel by David Cullen explores the causes of the brutality of the Columbine crime.

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    Lisa Xie
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "This audiobook did an excellent job of describing facts, and realistic scenarios of what happened during the Columbine high-school shooting. David Cullen also explores the boys' goals and the reason behind the shooting and is able to put the shooting into an interesting perspective. I definitely recommend this audiobook to anyone who is familiar with the Columbine shooting. "

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Best What are the best nonfiction audio books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Steve JobsBooks 1 Paid
2Into Thin AirBooks 1 Paid
3The Design RevolutionBooks 0 Paid
4Eiger DreamsBooks 0 Paid
5Unbroken: A World War II Story of SurvivalBooks 0 Paid
6I Am MalalaBooks 0 Paid
7A Short History of Nearly EverythingBooks 0 Paid
8Under The Banner of HeavenBooks 0 Paid
9The Glass CastleBooks 0 Paid
10Me Talk Pretty One DayBooks 0 Paid
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