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A podcast about authors reading their audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio.

A podcast about authors reading their audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio.
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New York, NY

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A podcast about authors reading their audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio.

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@PRHAudio

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English


Episodes

Emma Johnson, Author of The Kickass Single Mom

10/17/2017
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"I had been working in the single-mom space through my blog and podcast, and speaking and media engagements, for more than five years. I was raised by a single mom, I became a single mom, and I had a lot of initial shame around being a single mom. And, you know what? It happens to suit me really well. And I found myself relaxing into this time that I’m in and finding all these women—there’s ten million single moms in our country, millions worldwide, and these women have nothing to be ashamed...

Duration: 00:06:32


Kristen Hadeed, Author of Permission to Screw Up

10/10/2017
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"My book is about how I learned to be a leader and how I built my company. I wrote it because when I started I would spend every Friday night in the bookstore, reading about CEOs and successful organizations, so that I could learn from them. And I found wonderful stories and amazing stories of success, but I always left wondering how they did it."

Duration: 00:04:16


Roger Hodge, Author of Texas Blood

10/10/2017
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"My book is about life in the Texas border country. It follows my family’s migration into Texas from Missouri in the 1850s. But in a larger sense, it’s about the migration of different peoples, through a distinctly unwelcoming landscape over the last 14,000 years."

Duration: 00:04:07


Anna Akana, Author of So Much I Want to Tell You

10/10/2017
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"My book, SO MUCH I WANT TO TELL YOU: Letters to My Little Sister, is a collection of essays and lessons that I’ve learned over the past decade since her suicide in 2007."

Duration: 00:04:39


Eric Metaxas, Author of Martin Luther

10/3/2017
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"People always ask me why I wrote the book, where did I get the idea to write the book. As with most of my books, the idea did not come from me, it came from others, specifically two friends to whom I dedicate the book. One is Markus Spieker, who lives in Germany, and the other is my dear friend here in New York, Greg Thornbury, who is the president of the Kings College. I had never thought about writing a biography of Luther, but these two very dear friends kept pushing me to think about...

Duration: 00:07:46


Whitney Cummings, Author of I'm Fine...and Other Lies

10/3/2017
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"I think that I realized there were a lot of stories and ideas that didn’t really make sense to talk about on stage in a stand-up context because they were just too embarrassing, or not funny enough, or just too personal, and I couldn’t figure out a way to perform them live. And so I started writing them down and they just sat in this document, and I just hoped one day I’d get brave enough to do it or smart enough to figure out how to do them on stage, and I just couldn’t. People kept...

Duration: 00:08:19


Peter Shankman, Author of Faster Than Normal

10/3/2017
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FASTER THAN NORMAL is about understanding that a trait that many of us are born with, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is not the curse or the disability that we’ve been told it is all of our lives, that if managed properly, allows us to be faster than normal, to have quicker a brain, to come up with answers faster than other people, to create, to explore, to learn faster and differently, to get more hours in our day back, to get more of our life back. It is a gift, not a...

Duration: 00:05:41


Jess Shatkin, Author of Born to Be Wild

10/3/2017
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"My book is about adolescents—how they age, how they grow, and how they make decisions. Why do they do what seem like the most insane things at times? I wrote my book because I’ve always been really interested in the teenage years, and not only teens, but adolescence, that period of time from about 10,11,12 until about 25, 26,27, when we actually start to not only become, but act, like adults. Those years so many things change and we all remember those years in in our own lives so acutely,...

Duration: 00:06:16


Jaime Lowe, Author of Mental

10/3/2017
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"As a magazine writer, I’m always looking for other people’s stories and trying to talk to people about what their lives are like. I always knew that that came from a place from having some pretty crazy experiences as somebody who’s bipolar and that I had all these stories that seemed outlandish and bananas, and that maybe I had to start with my own story. It all definitely started when lithium, the medication that I was taking for bipolar disorder, stopped working for me. All of a sudden,...

Duration: 00:06:19


Gretchen Rubin, Author of The Four Tendencies

9/12/2017
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"My book THE FOUR TENDENCIES is about a personality framework that I’ve identified called the Four Tendencies that divides all of humanity into four types: Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, and Rebel. I got my first insight into this framework when I had lunch with a friend and she said something that got me obsessed with this question of personality types. She said, 'I know I would be happier if I would go running, and when I was in high school I was on the track team and I never missed...

Duration: 00:06:14


Jim Stengel, Author of Unleashing the Innovators

9/5/2017
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"I was inspired to write this book, UNLEASHING THE INNOVATORS, because I love big companies, I worked in one for 25 years, and in my consulting practice, company after company I meet is struggling with culture change, and revitalization, and growth, and energy, and risk and dealing with fear of failure. And many of them were using startups to try to kind of put new energy into the company. And yet, I didn’t think there was a playbook for that."

Duration: 00:08:16


Erwin Raphael McManus, Author of The Last Arrow

9/5/2017
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"Hi, my name is Erwin Raphael McManus. I live here in Los Angeles, California and I’m the lead pastor of a community of faith called Mosaic. I just wrote a book called THE LAST ARROW. And THE LAST ARROW is really about living a life without regret. I began to ask the question, “what is it about people that often times confuses quitting with failing?” Since so many times in life we lower our expectations, and so in some ways the subtext title for me is that we should never settle."

Duration: 00:10:08


Mariam Gates, Author of Meditate With Me

8/29/2017
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"What inspired me to write MEDITATE WITH ME: A Step-by-Step Mindfulness Journey was I wanted kids to have a way to slow down. I wanted to give kids a beloved book that they could connect to, that they could interact with, practices that were easy for them, a way to feel their breath in their body, a way to slow down when they need it, and a way to really calm themselves…a way to sort of start practicing self-soothing techniques that they’ll really need throughout their entire lives."

Duration: 00:04:04


Jen Waite, Author of A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

7/11/2017
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"It is about basically finding an email when my daughter was three weeks old that led me to the discovery that my husband was not who I thought he was. And showing the really perfect fairy tale 'before' aspects of our relationship and then the 'after' parts, where I’m just uncovering lie after lie and kind of unraveling this double life he had been living. I wrote my book because I actually didn’t feel like I had a choice not to. It kind of wrote itself in four months and it felt like I...

Duration: 00:05:39


Sarah Sentilles, Author of Draw Your Weapons

6/27/2017
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"It took me 10 years to write DRAW YOUR WEAPONS. I wrote it after seeing two photographs. The first photograph I saw was a picture of a man and he was holding a violin, and I read the newspaper story about him. It turned out he was a conscientious objector during World War II who’d protested the internment of Japanese Americans, and was put in prison. While he was there, he built a violin. And the newspaper story I read about him was about his grandson completing that violin and giving it...

Duration: 00:06:19


Eddie Izzard, Author of Believe Me

6/13/2017
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"Somebody asked me ‘Do you want to do an autobiography?’ I wasn’t going to do it now—I say this in my introduction. I thought it’s what you do at the end...I did not know the rules. But they said, 'Do it!' I thought, okay, I’ll do one. It’s a halfway point. This is my first half of life."

Duration: 00:09:36


Maile Meloy, Author of Do Not Become Alarmed

6/6/2017
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"My book is about two families who go on a cruise together down the coast of Central America. They meet an Argentinian family and everyone goes ashore. And then a series of small things go wrong and the six kids go missing. So the novel goes back and forth between the parents, who are frantic, and the kids, who are more resourceful than anyone knew, including them."

Duration: 00:05:18


David Gessner, Author of Ultimate Glory

6/6/2017
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"After I graduated from college, I set about becoming a writer and playing ultimate frisbee. And I kept doing those things for about 15 years. I wrote about a lot of things—I wrote about my dad’s death, I wrote about the natural world—but it never really occurred to me to write about ultimate. And then after my first book was published I got picked up by a big agent at ICM, and she looked over all my stuff and said, “This is what we should do.” And it was a quick proposal I’d written about...

Duration: 00:08:49


Samantha Irby, Author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

5/30/2017
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"My book is about eating snacks and being mad. I wrote my book because I’d already written one and that was pretty fun. I was inspired by revenge; I want everyone who ever doubted me or was ever mean to me to see that I have a book in bookstores and feel really bad about their own lives."

Duration: 00:02:57


Lolly Daska, Author of The Leadership Gap

5/30/2017
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"The book is inspired by three of my mentors: Viktor Frankl, Joseph Campbell, and Carl Jung. It is based on their teaching and learnings. I talk about archetypes and their shadows. Within each of us there are a polarity of character. One will lead us to greatness and one will lead us to our gaps."

Duration: 00:03:18

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