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It’s no secret that I love audiobooks. I particularly enjoy listening to non-fiction titles read by the author. Lately there have been several audiobooks that I’ve particularly enjoyed.

Jurassic Park by Michael Chricton is certainly not a new book (but it is the only fiction title on this list). Originally published in 1990, Jurassic Park was the catalyst for an epic movie franchise that was recently revamped in the new Jurassic World movie. But now, in celebration of the book’s 25th anniversary, the complete unabridged audiobook has been re-released. Narrated by Scott Brick, this sci-fi juggernaut is an excellent example of how a great voice actor and brilliant writing can combine to create a wondrous listening experience.

Geeks and gamers will already be familiar with Felicia Day. An online entertainment mogul, actress, and quirky girl extraordinaire, Day’s memoir is fun and endlessly entertaining. Read by Day, You're Never Werid on the Internet (Almost) is like spending a long weekend with this hilarious and inspirational digital misfit.

Anyone who has watched an episode of Bravo’s Project Runway would know the face of the consummate voice of reason, Tim Gunn. His most recent book, Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor, A Master Class on Mentoring, Motivating, and Making it Work, is an excellent tome on providing wisdom, guidance, and support for mentors and teachers in and out of the fashion world.  Told in his kind but firm voice, Gunn provided practical advice in a fun and entertaining manner.

A TV sensation known for dishing gruff advice as character Ron Swanson (from Parks & Recreation), Nick Offerman’s second book, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers was truly spectacular. Narrated by Offerman (much like his first book, Paddle Your Own Canoe) this book has the perfect combination of light-hearted humor and serious history.

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