All The Audiobooks I Listened To on Audible in 2017  

I often write and speak about the benefits of reading via audiobooks, so thought I’d provide you with a list of the audiobooks I read last year, emboldening my favourite in each category. I managed to read forty-nine audiobooks this past year so naturally, I’ll be shooting for fifty in 2018.

Anyway, check out the list and let me know which audiobooks you listened to last year and which were amongst your favourites.

Novels/novellas

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

  1. Psycho by Robert Bloch
  2. The Sins of the Fathers by Lawrence Block
  3. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
  4. Pines by Blake Crouch
  5. The Sadist’s Bible by Nicole Cushing
  6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  8. Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja
  9. Kissing the Bee by Kathe Koja
  10. The Magic Wagon by Joe R. Lansdale
  11. The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
  12. Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard
  13. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  14. Stranded by Bracken MacLeod
  15. The Elementals by Michael McDowell
  16. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
  17. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  18. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  19. Lost Girl by Adam Nevill
  20. The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy
  21. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
  22. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  23. Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

Nonfiction

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl

  1. Irresistible: Why We Can’t Stop Checking, Scrolling, Clicking and Watching by Adam Alter
  2. Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster – in Just Two Weeks by Dave Asprey
  3. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  4. Creativity Inc. by Ed Catmull
  5. Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool
  6. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  7. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  8. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
  9. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

Short stories and collections

Fox 8 by George Saunders

  1. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
  2. The Voice from the Edge, Vol. 1: I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison
  3. Behold The Void by Philip Fracassi
  4. Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman
  5. Skeleton Crew by Stephen King
  6. Let the Old Dreams Die by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  7. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman Volume 1 by Haruki MurakamiBlind Willow, Sleeping Woman Volume 2 by Haruki Murakami
  8. Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
  9. The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami
  10. Five Short Stories by Women by Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Hempel, Rebecca Lee, Nadine Gordimer, and Sandra Cisneros
  11. Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flanner O’Connor
  12. The Secret of Ventriloquism by Jon Padgett
  13. Make Something Up by Chuck Palahniuk
  14. Fox 8 by George Saunders
  15. Tenth of December by George Saunders
  16. Little Dead Red by Mercedes M. Yardley

Let me know your favourite audiobook listens of last year. And if you’re so inclined you can grab a free Audible.com 30-day trial here: www.audibletrial.com/thisishorror.

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On Speaking About Negative Self-Talk

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Heads-up this might be the most honest thing I’ve written.

In the past few weeks I’ve really upped my meditation game and began reading Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. Tolle’s book is about being totally in the present moment. Focussing on the now and training your mind to move away from thoughts about the past and future.

But today isn’t really about The Power of Now.

See, here’s the thing about telling someone not to think about something … chances are they’ll start thinking about it.

Give it a go. Try not to imagine an elephant.

And thus I’ve been thinking a lot about the past and my mind has gone to some very dark places.

Anger.

Sadness.

Regret.

Shame.

Guilt.

Hatred.

This morning I was consumed by so much negativity, so much self-hatred, so much sadness, and anger that I really didn’t know what to do.

I read articles and books and religious passages and philosophical extracts as I tried to find a way out.

It wasn’t enough.

I didn’t know what options I had left.

If I had any options or anything left.

So I spoke with my wife. Told her about all the pain. All the darkness. All the negativity.

Told her things that I hadn’t told her in almost a decade of our relationship.

Things I hadn’t told anyone.

And she listened.

And she told me things she hadn’t told me in almost a decade of our relationship.

Things she hadn’t told anyone.

And I listened.

Together we have and will continue to help each other navigate through the darkness.

If you have pain and shame and regret and guilt, please do not carry it alone.

However difficult, however much self-hatred is trying to consume you, speak to someone.

Don’t let the darkness win.