Audiobook Recommendations

Let’s face it, there just aren’t enough hours in the day, and it seems to get more and more difficult to find time to sit down and read. Fortunately, audiobooks have unlocked countless opportunities for the reading-obsessed to listen to incredible stories or simply learn something new.

Whether you’re looking for your next title or just getting into the world of audiobooks, these suggestions from our team are definitely worth checking out. Take a look (we’ve broken it down by category so it’s easier to choose).

Professional Development

Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen

Author: Steve Sims

Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen cover

The core philosophy of this book is to create simple, effective ways to sharpen the mind and learn practical skills that can help you gain a new perspective on anything you’re trying to accomplish.

Whether it’s climbing Mount Everest, launching a new business, or applying for a dream job, you can make incredible things happen for yourself by applying the author’s insightful advice. And with colorful, enlightening stories of people driven to achieve the ‘impossible,’ this book will inspire you to transform your own life and aim for the unthinkable. Tom Nelson, President

Inspirational

Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

Author: Neal Gabler

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This audiobook provides a window into Walt Disney’s fascinating life story and offers insight into how his passion, drive and vision enabled him to develop what has ultimately become one of the most iconic brands in the world.

While it’d be easy to just talk about the Disney that we know now, one of the most rewarding elements of the book is the fact that the author willfully highlights the challenges and pitfalls the company faced throughout its storied rise to prominence. It’s surprising how relatable it was to much of what we do at NDG — and you’re likely to find parallels of your own, too. Sarah Eckel, Vice President of Account Services

Insightful

All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of the Wire

Author: Jonathan Abrams

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If you’re a fan of the so-called “Golden Age of Television,” and shows like “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Sopranos” or “Deadwood,” you’ve probably heard of the early 2000s hit show called “The Wire.” A classic crime story — but so much more thanks to its lush world-building and complex characters — “The Wire” shined a light on some of the most prevalent social issues facing urban America throughout its run.

This oral history of the show, its storytellers and its characters is the deep dive that such complex subject matter deserves. It’s pure nostalgia, as told by the people you wished you could have spent more time getting to know. Oh, and if you haven’t seen the show yet, be sure to do that first. You won’t regret it. Tim Hoepfl, Account Supervisor

Lighthearted

The Disaster Artist

Authors: Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell

The Disaster Artist

Before it was adapted into an award-winning feature film, “The Disaster Artist” was simply actor Greg Sestero’s inside look at the making of the irresistibly bad film “The Room.” Narrated by Sestero himself, the audiobook version of this memoir provides a hilarious yet heartfelt account of what it was like to work with Tommy Wiseau, an endlessly bizarre actor, director, writer and producer.

While “The Room” was ultimately an unforgettable movie for all the wrong reasons, there are important lessons about the power of belief and the often-unexpected results of dreaming big to be learned within “The Disaster Artist.” And it’s those lessons that make this book so rewarding for the listener.Greg Jensen, Digital Strategy Manager

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