Wednesday, January 07, 2015

A List of Books and Audiobooks I read/listened to in 2014

I read 23 books and listened to 82 audiobooks in 2014. This is the first year I've kept a compendium of audiobooks, and my career as a truck driver certainly allows me plenty of time to listen. On a good shift, I will listen to five discs a night, which is five hours or more. While I actually drive about 9

hours a night, I find I get listener fatigue after awhile. I also listen to music on the Sirius XM satelllite radio and check out NPR in the mornings on Wisconsin Public Radio out of Green Bay.

I discovered Elmore Leonard and Malcolm Gladwell this year. Leonard passed away in 2013, and his obituary is the first I had heard of him. His style is compared to Hemingway and Steinbeck, which initially drew my interest. His novels and stories are brisk and action-packed, with great dialogue and no fluff. He truly was a master of his craft. This is why I read four and listened to seven more of his books.

Gladwell was enjoyed exclusively through audiobooks. He has a way of exploring seemingly mundane topics such as ketchup and youth hockey leagues, and bringing out the spectacular or surprising details. He is a staff writer for the New Yorker and as I listen to him I imagine standing at his elbow at a posh upper West Side cocktail party, surrounded by a rapt audience, as he regales us with facts and anecdotes from his research. He profiles interesting characters and comes to his subject matter with detachment and an ebullient, joyful curiosity.


Books I read in 2014:

Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins (391)

The Walking Dead Compendium One - Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Morro, and Cliff Rathburn

Where the Waters Divide: A Walk Along America's Continental Divide - Karen Berger and Daniel R. Smith (324)

The Dark Crystal Creation Myths (vol. 1) - Brian Froud

Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins (390)

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel - Madeleine L'Engle, adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson (392)

The Winter of Our Discontent - John Steinbeck (276)

The Shining Mountain: Two Men on Changabang's West Wall - Peter Boardman (193)

The Hellbound Heart - Clive Barker (164)

Fear of Flying - Erica Jong (336)

Travels With Lizbeth: Three Years on the Road and on the Streets - Lars Eighner (298)

Going Green: True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers - edited by Laura Pritchett (209)

The Art and Science of Dumpster Diving - John Hoffman (152)

Rum Punch - Elmore Leonard (297)

Get Shorty - Elmore Leonard (292)

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet - Reif Larsen (374)

Neuromancer - William Gibson (278)

Killshot - Elmore Leonard (287)

Tales of an American Hobo - Elmer Fox (226)

Unknown Man No. 89 - Elmore Leonard (264)

Knights of the Road: A Hobo History - Roger A. Bruns (214)

Hobo: A Young Man's Thoughts on Trains and Tramping in America - Eddy Joe Cotton (285)

Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America - Linda Tirado (195)

Audiobooks I listened to in 2014:

Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN - James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales (14)

The Girl Who Played With Fire - Stieg Larssen

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

The Art of Non-Conformity - Chri Guillebeau

Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States - Bill Bryson

Doctor Sleep - Stephen King

Pictures of a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood - Mark Harris

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larssen

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption - Laura Hillenbrand

Life - Keith Richards

Empire Falls - Richard Russo

My Antonia - Willa Cather

The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean - Philip Caputo

Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West - Cormac McCarthy

The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway

The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce

A Most Wanted Man - John Le Carre

Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living - Doug Fine

The Autobiography of Ben Franklin - Ben Franklin

When the Women Come Out to Dance - Elmore Leonard

The Great Crash 1929 - John Kenneth Galbraith

Return of the Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett

"There Are Things I Want You to Know" About Stieg Larssen and Me - Eva Gabrielsson with Marie-Francoise Colombari

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference - Malcolm Gladwell

Frank Lloyd Wright - Ada Louise Huxtable

Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman

Dune - Frank Herbert

Super Freakonomics - Steven D. Levitt and Stephen S. Dubner

Djibouti - Elmore Leonard

A Separate Peace - John Knowles

The Circle - Dave Eggers

The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World - Michael Lewis

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

Lucky - Alice Sebold

Cannery Row - John Steinbeck

Eat It to Beat It - David Zinczenko

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson

Orange is the New Black - Piper Kermen

At Home: A Short History of a Private Life - Bill Bryson

Robopocalypse - Daniel H. Wilson

The Marriage Plot - Jeffrey Eugenides

Middlemarch - George Eliot

Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson

The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer - Gretchen Reynolds

Up in Honey's Room - Elmore Leonard

Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, with Bill Moyers

Mercy Falls - William Kent Krueger

Here Comes Trouble - Michael Moore

The Hot Kid - Elmore Leonard

The Bridge of Sighs - Richard Russo

Bob Dylan in America - Sean Wilentz

A Captain's Duty - Captain Richard Phillips with Stephen Talty

Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain - Charles R. Cross

Life of Pi - Yann Martel

Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls: Essays, Etc. - David Sedaris

Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking has Undermined America - Barbara Ehrenreich

Road Dogs - Elmore Leonard

Mr. Paradise - Elmore Leonard

A Good Dog - Jon Katz

Outliers: The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell

Possible Side Effects - Augusten Burroughs

The Planets - Dava Sobel

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life - Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver

Citizen of the Galaxy - Robert A. Heinlein

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know - Alexandra Horowitz

11 Unabridged Stories from the Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard

Marley and Me - John Grogan

Running with Scissors - Augusten Burroughs

Short Guide to a Happy Dog - Cesar Millan

In the Wake of the Plague - Norman F. Cantor

Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 - Michio Kaku

The Magicians - Lev Grossman

Think Like a Freak - Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein

The Happiest People in the World - Brock Clarke

What the Dog Saw - Malcolm Gladwell

Freaky Deaky - Elmore Leonard



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