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20 20 The Year in Audiobooks 2014 Nonfiction & Culture If you have a retirement plan, own mutual funds, or, heaven forbid, trade directly on the American stock exchanges, Michael Lewis's Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt is not going to make your day. Narrator Dylan Baker does a terrific job of delivering this fast, irreverent, complex, and idiosyncratic Wall Street exposé on high-frequency trading (HTF) in a way even non-investors will find informative, entertaining— and scary. Baker uses speed, the lifeblood of HFTs, to infuse his narration with heart-pounding excitement. Baker's perfect pacing amplifies the story's intensity and drama in a way that only a truly gifted narrator can. Atul Gawande's Being Mortal is an important essay on how traditional medicine falls short in treating the aged. Narrator Robert Petkoff's changes in pacing and intensity do more than keep the narrative interesting; they convey an emotional tone that moves in perfect sync with the pathos throughout the book. BEST AUDIOBOOKS AN ASTRONAUT'S GUIDE TO LIFE Chris Hadfield Read by Chris Hadfield (Hachette Audio) BEING MORTAL Atul Gawande Read by Robert Petkoff (Macmillan Audio) FLASH BOYS Michael Lewis Read by Dylan Baker (Simon & Schuster Audio) FLYOVER LIVES Diane Johnson Read by Suzanne Toren (Brilliance Audio) THE HUMAN AGE Diane Ackerman Read by Barbara Caruso (Recorded Books) THE INNOVATORS Walter Isaacson Read by Dennis Boutsikaris (Simon & Schuster Audio) A LIFE OBSERVED Devin Brown Read by Jon Gauger (Oasis Audio) MAKE ART MAKE MONEY Elizabeth Hyde Stevens Read by Mary Robinette Kowal (Brilliance Audio) THE MISSILE NEXT DOOR Gretchen Heefner Read by Susan Boyce (Blackstone Audiobooks) A PATH APPEARS Nicolas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn Read by Olivia Wilde (Random House Audio/Books on Tape) PEOPLE WE MEET NPR [Eds.] Read by David Greene et al. (HighBridge Audio) THE SCIENCE OF DISCWORLD Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen Read by Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs (Random House Audio/Books on Tape) STRINGER Anjan Sundaram Read by Neil Shah (Tantor Media) THE UNDERGROUND GIRLS OF KABUL Jenny Nordberg Read by Kirsten Potter (Random House Audio/Books on Tape) HOW GOOGLE WORKS Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, Alan Eagle Read by Holter Graham (Hachette Audio) WHAT IF? Randall Munroe Read by Wil Wheaton (Blackstone Audiobooks)

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