10 Great Non-Fiction Books You Should Listen To

1. The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins

  • Reader: Konstantin Korolkov.
  • Duration: 16 hours 6 minutes.

Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist and science communicator, bestselling author of The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion.

The book The Blind Watchmaker came out with the subtitle “How Evolution Proves There Was No Design in the Universe”, which does a good job of capturing its content. Dawkins shows how all living things appeared and through a series of mutations came to the current state. It also demonstrates that evolution, like a samurai , has no great goal, only a path.

2. “Who would have thought! How the brain makes us do stupid things, Asya Kazantseva

  • Reader: Antonina Shishigina.
  • Duration: 9 hours 9 minutes.

Science journalist Asya Kazantseva tells why we like some harmful things so much, what love is from the point of view of the brain, a polygamous person or monogamous and not only. The book helps to better understand yourself and the people around you.

3. The Will to Meaning, Viktor Frankl

  • Reader: Vladimir Levashov.
  • Duration: 5 hours 46 minutes.

Viktor Frankl is an Austrian psychologist, psychiatrist, former prisoner of the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt. He is widely known for his book Say Yes to Life: A Psychologist in a Concentration Camp, in which he shared his observations that fortitude helps to survive even in such conditions.

In The Will to Meaning, Frankl talks about goals and values, responsibility, stress, crises, that is, he continues the theme of why, in fact, to live.

4. “Think slow… decide fast” by Daniel Kahneman

  • Reader: Igor Knyazev.
  • Duration: 14 hours 48 minutes.

Daniel Kahneman is an Israeli-American psychologist and founder of behavioral economics. This area studies how various factors influence financial behavior. In 2002, he received the Nobel Prize in Economics for his research on decision making.

In the book, he explains why we make certain choices and whether the system can be hacked.

5. “The most important book for parents”, Julia Gippenreiter

  • Readers: Ksenia Brzhezovskaya, Leontina Brotskaya, Mavlyuda Gulyamova.
  • Duration: 25 hours 8 minutes.

Julia Gippenreiter is a well-known psychologist, professor. Three of her works are collected in The Most Important Book for Parents: “Communicate with a child. How?”, “We continue to communicate with the child. So?” and an anthology “For parents: how to be a child.”

The work is worth listening to for all current and future mothers and fathers , because it clearly explains how to and – importantly – how not to interact with children.

6. Dangerous Soviet things: urban legends and fears in the USSR, Alexandra Arkhipova, Anna Kirzyuk

  • Reader: Marina Bakina.
  • Duration: 16 hours 43 minutes.

Folklorists and Anthropologists Alexandra Arkhipova and Anna Kirzyuk studied what the Soviet people were afraid of and whispered about. Was Trotsky’s profile hidden on matchboxes? Have jeans been used as biological weapons? All this is in the book.

7. “A Brief History of Time. From the Big Bang to Black Holes, Stephen Hawking

  • Reader: Maxim Suslov.
  • Duration: 7 hours 11 minutes.

The famous physicist Stephen Hawking talks about the origin of the Universe and other things related to time, space, space . In the book, everything is explained in sufficient detail, so that the information is clear even to those who have completely forgotten the entire school physics course.

8 Patient Zero Luc Perino

  • Reader: Andrey Zverev.
  • Duration: 6 hours 4 minutes.

French epidemiologist and teacher Luc Perino talks about how known diseases were discovered that claimed the lives of many people. But the information is given from an unusual angle: Perino focuses not on doctors, but on the first patients who showed symptoms.

9. “On a porn needle. Pornography and the nature of addiction, Gary Wilson

  • Reader: Sergey Chonishvili.
  • Duration: 7 hours 13 minutes.

Scientist and TEDx speaker Gary Wilson talks about the formation of pornography addiction and its consequences. He bases his conclusions on the results of studies and surveys.

10. “Practical political science. Handbook for contact with reality, Ekaterina Shulman*

  • Reader: Yulia Bochanova.
  • Duration: 8 hours 23 minutes.

The book contains articles by political scientist Ekaterina Shulman* (*included by the Ministry of Justice in the register of media that act as foreign agents) about the features of the Russian political system, its qualities and prospects for transformation.

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