The Ultimate List of Audiobooks and Podcasts You Need in 2020

Glenna
Glenna
Feb 2 · 4 min read

I have to say one of the best purchases I made in 2019 was my Airpods. It unlocked my potential to intake and absorb information in the small chunks of time I have during the day. Before that, I never knew I had so much time that is just lost, while I get ready in the morning, walk to work, take lunch breaks, cook, wash dishes, etc.. With my Airpods, I’ve been listening to podcasts and audiobooks non-stop, whenever I am doing anything that doesn’t require my deep concentration.

The purpose of this blog is to create lists of the podcasts and books I’ve listened to and learned something from, so you don’t have to re-create the list yourself. How convenient!


Apps I Use

Podcast: I like Spotify. Simple UI, easy to discover new content.

Audiobook:

  • Audible. Great selection of content. The subscription is also affordable.
  • Libby. I have to say I am very intrigued by the UX/UI design of this app. You know how every app looks basically the same these days? Libby is certainly not among these apps. It pushes the boundary of what we consider a “normal” interface, such as the right-aligned menu items. Nevertheless, it’s my holy-grail app for audiobooks, because, with a public library membership, everything is free! Thank you taxpayers 😃

🎙️Podcast

IN PARTICULAR ORDER (of my love for them)

  1. Jake and Jonathan by Jake Knapp & Jonathan Courtney: If you are a designer, go listen to it. If you are not a designer, it will make you a happier person, so go listen to it :)
  2. The Intelligence by The Economist: If you care about the world, this is a great way to start your morning in an informative way. If you don’t care about the world, well, you should.
  3. Office Ladies by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey: Are you a fan of the legendary TV show The Office? This is for you! I absolutely love listening to this while doing chores in the evening.
  4. Freakonomics Radio by Stephen J. Dubner: No introduction needed. The infamous Stephen Dubner’s podcast will make you question everything around you (in a good way).
  5. The Vergecast by The Verge: Calling all my tech nerds 👩‍💻 👨‍💻 What I appreciate most about this podcast is the depth of which they go into each topic.
  6. The Daily Show With Trevor Noah: Ears Edition by Comedy Central: Trevor Noah is one of the most thoughtful, hilarious, brilliant, charismatic humans. I don’t own a TV, nor do I need one in my life, so having this podcast in my ears is perfect for my lifestyle.
  7. How I Built This by Guy Raz: It’s amazing how much I learned about the successful companies by listening to the founder’s stories.
  8. Reset by Recode: This podcast will deepen your understanding of how technology can shape people’s lives in a profound way.
  9. Every Little Thing by Gimlet: This podcast brings a smile to my face every time I listen to it. It’s lightweight and uplifting.
  10. Hidden Brain by NPR: “Discover the hidden side of everything”. The stories are incredibly well-written and told in this podcast.
  11. Today, Explained by Vox: The political world can be depressing at times. This podcast focuses on explaining complex issues rather than taking stands.
  12. Hello Monday with Jessi Hempel by LinkedIn: A great podcast to ease your way into Monday, the most horrific day of the week.
  13. Techmeme Ride Home by Ride Home Media: If you want a summary of everything that’s happening in the tech world daily, this is for you. My only complaint with this podcast is the host talks way too fast. so no need for 1.5x speed.
  14. Skimm This by theSkimm: This podcast does a great job summarizing the important news for you in under 5 minutes. If you don’t want to be entrenched in details, this is for you.
  15. Creative Confidence Podcast by IDEO U: This is a must-listen for the designers out there. My only complaint with this is that it can be dry and boring at times, so listen at your own discretion.

📚Audiobooks

IN PARTICULAR ORDER (of the impact they had on my life)

Finished in 2019

  1. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
  2. Atomic Habits by James Clear
  3. Quiet by Susan Cain
  4. The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  5. Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
  6. Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber
  7. Rework by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
  8. Made to Stick by Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  9. Switch by Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  10. Off the Clock by Laura Vanderkam
  11. Great at Work by Morten Hansen
  12. Triggers by Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
  13. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  14. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  15. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  16. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  17. Radical Candor by Kim Scott
  18. Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  19. Work Optional by Tanja Hester
  20. The Miracle Equation by Hal Elrod
  21. Option B by Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant
  22. Seriously… I am Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
  23. How the World Sees You by Sally Hogshead
  24. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Currently Listening in 2020

  1. Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
  2. Deep Work by Cal Newport

I hope you find these lists helpful in some shape or form. Happy listening 🎧🙌

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Design Technologist at Amazon. Productivity Nerd. Design Geek.

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