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April 11, 2024

Audio & Video Learning Bibliotherapy for Depression & Anxiety

In this blog post, I’m going to talk about the potential benefits of audio & video learning as a therapy for dealing with depression & anxiety. Having experienced several episodes of major depression & anxiety in my lifetime, I wanted to share this method of coping with depression that has been very helpful to me since it ties in with our site LearnOutLoud.com. If you’ve heard of the psychotherapy term bibliotherapy or book therapy, then audio & video learning therapy is basically the same thing. It just combines listening to self-help audio books with listening to other sorts of audio programs, podcasts, and videos on the topic of depression & anxiety. I’ll be highlighting many of the very best audio books, podcasts, and videos I’ve listened to that deal with topics of depression & anxiety in this blog post.

There are unlimited methods for dealing with depression & anxiety: medication, talking therapy, exercise, meditation, diet & supplements, etc. The list goes on and on. Bibliotherapy has been shown to be one effective method in treating depression & anxiety, and it basically is the therapy of reading self-help books and books that deal with depression and anxiety. One of the great benefits of this type of therapy is that it is very affordable and can be implemented immediately. One challenge that I have with bibliotherapy when I’ve been in a depression or feel an episode of depression coming on is that I find it very hard to sit in a chair and read a book. I’ve found that listening to audio books or podcasts or videos while I’m walking outside or working out at the gym or driving to be much easier at these times than sitting down and reading a book.

While listening to audio books or talks about depression and anxiety might sound depressing, I’ve found it to be quite supportive in helping to learn about what I’m experiencing and to gain perspective on the situation. If you’ve experienced one or more episodes of clinical depression, you really owe it to yourself to become an expert on depression (especially your own). And by learning about it, you’ll know that you’re very much not alone (approximately 20 million Americans will experience depression this year), and you’ll learn more about how your depression is similar or different to others who experience the disorder. When I’m in an episode of depression, I find I can hardly focus on anything else, so I might as well learn as much as I can about depression and anxiety! Depression usually gets better with time, and an audio & video learning method of bibliotherapy can help to cope with the slow and painful passage of time in depression. As I’ve grown older (I’m in my 40s now), I’ve become fairly skilled at preventing depressive episodes, coping with my depression, and making depressive episodes last as short as I possibly can. Combining bibliotherapy with audio & video learning has been one tool in my toolbox for helping to manage this complex mood disorder.

Over the course of my adult years I’ve listened to dozens of audio books on depression & anxiety and hundreds of talks whether they’re videos, podcasts, or audio programs of recorded talks. As with all self help audio books, podcasts, and videos, some of them were very helpful and some were mostly garbage. I’ll highlight some of the best of these titles that I’ve listened to over the course of my lifetime, starting with audio books. Not all of these are necessarily considered self help, but I generally consider all books on the topic of depression & anxiety to be self help, if they are helping you to learn more about the disorder.

Best Audio Books on Depression & Anxiety:

1. The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (Abridged) and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression (Unabridged) by Andrew Solomon – One of the most comprehensive books on depression ever written is Andrew Solomon’s The Noonday Demon. I’ve listened to both the abridged version, which is narrated by Andrew Solomon, and the unabridged version. The unabridged version is 22 hours long, so if that is too daunting, maybe start with the 6-hour abridged version. The book won the 2001 National Book Award and covers depression from many cultural, scientific, and historical angles. But most importantly, it covers Andrew Solomon’s own intimate struggles with his severe major depressive episodes. Solomon is a great writer and he’s able to articulate the experience of depression in ways that few other writers have. For the book, he interviewed countless individuals on their struggles with depression, and you’ll come away with a great many insights into the experience of the disorder.

2. Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn’t Teach You and Medication Can’t Give You by Dr. Richard O’Connor – I’ve listened to this audio book multiple times and return to it frequently. This self help book on depression is written by Dr. Richard O’Connor who is a practicing psychotherapist. Dr. O’Connor is a suicide survivor (his mother committed suicide when he was 15) along with a sufferer of depression himself, and he knows depression from the inside out. This book is a guide to depression and ways to treat it. It also focuses a lot on the many ways to prevent episodes of depression, which is as important, if not more so, than learning ways to treat yourself while in depression. First published in 1997, it has a new 2021 audio book version that is revised and updated for life in the 21st century.

3. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron – The great American writer William Styron (he wrote Sophie’s Choice published in 1979) suffered a major bout of depression when he was 60 years old in 1985. After recovering, he wrote this short memoir of his descent into depression, which was published in 1990. This audio book is narrated by William Styron himself, and in two short hours Styron vividly portrays the experience of a major depressive episode. It’s a must-listen for anyone who has experienced depression and is highly recommended for everyone to listen to for a greater understanding of what clinical depression is.

4. The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs by Dr. Stephen S. Ilardi – Very bold to call your book The Depression Cure. I like it! This audio book has some good alternatives to medication that Dr. Ilardi prescribes, which he calls Therapeutic Lifestyle Change. Drawing from research that modern-day hunter-gatherer groups have almost no incidence of depression, Dr. Ilardi compared their lifestyle to our modern-day lifestyle and came up with some major differences that have led to today’s epidemic of depression. He guides us through his program, which involves goal-oriented exercise, fish oil supplementation, plenty of natural sunlight, ample sleep, social connections, and participation in meaningful tasks that leave little time for negative thoughts. He may oversimplify things in his “cure,” and his suggestions might work more for people with milder depressive episodes, but it’s good advice. If you want to watch a 1 Hr. 45 Min. talk he gave on the audio book you can check it out here: Stephen Ilardi: Therapeutic Lifestyle Change for Depression.

5. Depression: What Everyone Needs to Know – This is a recent primer on depression written by Professor of Psychology Jonathan Rottenberg and published in 2021. It’s not a bestseller but I found it to be a very straightforward up-to-date introduction on the causes of depression and what to do about it.

6. Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari – This very popular audiobook written and read by Johann Hari deals with depression at more of a societal level confronting the epidemic of loneliness and lost communal connections we face. It reads more like an anecdotal 9-hour TED Talk than a science-based examination of depression. Nevertheless it has some interesting ideas in it that can help us out as individuals and as a society to deal with depression.

7. My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Stossel – Episodes of depression often come with the comorbidity of anxiety. And author Scott Stossel has had his own struggles with anxiety disorders throughout his life. Much like Andrew Solomon’s The Noonday Demon, Scott Stossel sets out to explore the biological and cultural factors that contribute to anxiety, along with exploring the history of this affliction. If your depression comes with a hefty dose of anxiety, as mine does, then I recommend this audio book. If you wanna hear a talk about the book, then watch this YouTube video: Scott Stossel: My Age of Anxiety Book Talk.

8. Beat Depression – 50 Things You Can Do Today: An Easy Self-Help Guide by Paul Vincent – This is a short 2-hour audio book by a British fellow who suffered from depression named Paul Vincent who started a website on ways to beat depression and he’s compiled many of the things you can do in this little audio book. It’s not necessarily groundbreaking, but I found it to be practical and insightful. Some of the ideas you might find goofy, but some might be worth trying out. The weird thing about this cognitive-involved disorder known as depression is that the placebo effect often works. If you think that you feel better, then you often are better!

Best Audio Programs on Depression & Anxiety:

The Mindful Way Through Depression – This popular Sounds True audio program by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, John Teasdale, and Jon Kabat-Zinn presents Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for dealing with and preventing depression. If you’d like a free 3-hour audio introduction to some of the ideas in this audio program check out The New Psychology of Depression by Danny Penman & Mark Williams who are co-authors of the book Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World. The New Psychology of Depression is offered free as a podcast from Oxford University.

Pema Chodron Audio Programs – If you’re open to Buddhist wisdom on dealing with suffering, then I can’t recommend highly enough the teachings of Tibetan Buddhist nun Pema Chodron. She’s written many bestselling books that are on audio book, but I really recommend her original audio programs recorded at her retreats. When it comes to dealing with destruction emotions like fear, anger, grief, pain, guilt, anxiety, and depression, Pema Chodron is a master at conveying Buddhist wisdom on dealing with these forms of suffering. I’ve listened to almost all of her audio programs many times and a few of my favorites are Don’t Bite the Hook and Getting Unstuck. You certainly don’t have to be a practicing Buddhist to gain benefit from Pema’s teachings. Pema’s calming voice and teachings have helped me through many difficult days.

Hope and Help for Your Nerves, Pass Through Panic: Freeing Yourself From Anxiety and Fear, and Freedom from Nervous Suffering by Dr. Claire Weekes – Australian Dr. Claire Weekes wrote several books on dealing with anxiety disorders including the bestselling Hope and Help for Your Nerves (1962). While none of her actual books are on audio book, she did record these audio programs based on her books which are just as good. Even though they’re older recordings, they still ring true today with no-nonsense advice on dealing with nervous illness. These short audio programs are helpful to anyone suffering depression with anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, or generalized anxiety disorder.

Stress and Your Body Course from The Great Courses Taught by Stanford Professor Robert Sapolsky – Stress is obviously related to depression, and American neuroendocrinology researcher Robert Sapolsky is an expert on the biology of stress. He’s the author of the book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: The Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping. Sapolsky is also a very engaging lecturer and back in 2010, The Great Courses released his course Stress and Your Body which covers the effects of stress on the body and the mind. The 12-hour course contains many of the ideas from his book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, and two of the lectures cover depression and another lecture covers anxiety. If you want to get a taste of Professor Sapolsky as a lecturer, check out his popular video lecture from Stanford University: Stanford’s Sapolsky On Depression in the U.S..

Best Videos on Depression & Anxiety:

Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Body Scan Meditation on YouTube – If you’ve suffered from depression and anxiety and you want to suffer less, then you’re probably gonna want to learn how to meditate. Regular meditation is a good thing to do in general, and if you’re in depression, it’s one of the easiest ways to slow down your mind and ease your constant negative thought patterns. I won’t go into all the audio programs that teach meditation (I’ve listened to dozens, and they’re not hard to find). However, I will present this guided meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. When in depression, I find it helpful to listen to guided meditations as opposed to just trying to meditate in silence. And this particular 45-minute body scan meditation works through focusing on all different parts of your body, I’ve listened to hundreds of times. It’s free on YouTube, but if you want to buy the audio program that this meditation is on along with some other meditations by Jon Kabat-Zinn you can get it here: Guided Mindfulness Meditation Series 1. There are thousands of other guided meditations out there, but I always return to this one. Kabat-Zinn sounds like actor Richard Gere soothingly guiding you through the most relaxing body scan of your life.

Charlie Rose Brain Series – Depression is a very complex mental illness. If you want to learn about the latest insights into it, you might as well learn about the brain as a whole and introduce yourself to the latest knowledge in neuroscience. One of the best free resources for learning about the brain on the internet is the Charlie Rose Brain Series available on streaming video through CharlieRose.com. About ten years ago Charlie Rose sat down with Nobel Prize-winning psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Eric Kandel as they explored the pioneering discoveries of neuroscience over the course of over 20 episodes. In each episode Charlie and Dr. Kandel were joined by a roundtable of leading brain scientists and researchers to explore an aspect of neuroscience. All of the episodes are worth watching but a few ones related to depression are The Mentally Ill Brain, The Anxious Brain, and their episode dedicated specifically to Depression.

For some more free audio & video resources dealing with depression check out our blog post:

Help with Depression on Free Audio & Video

I hope this blog post helps you find some good audio & video learning resources to learn more about depression and anxiety and ways you prevent and cope with this mood disorder. Obviously bibliotherapy is no substitute for talk therapy or medication when it comes to depression & anxiety. If you think you’re in an episode of depression you should talk to a healthcare professional, psychiatrist, and/or psychotherapist.

I’ll keep adding to this blog post as I find more and better audio & video resources relating to depression & anxiety!




March 24, 2024

300 Best Documentaries on YouTube in 2024

There are thousands of documentaries on YouTube. But finding the best ones to watch can be a challenge. We’ve put together a YouTube playlist on our LearnOutLoud YouTube Channel of the 300 Best Documentaries on YouTube in 2024, featuring award-winning, highly-rated, and popular documentaries that are legally free on YouTube.

300 Best Documentaries on YouTube Playlist

Probably 90% of the documentaries on YouTube aren’t worth watching at all. They feature low-quality productions about ancient aliens and other such nonsense. You won’t find any of those documentaries on our list. We’ve spent hours sifting through documentaries and picked out 300 documentaries we feel are educational and worth watching.

Almost all of the documentaries on our playlist are feature-length documentaries. Also, all of the documentaries on this list are legally available on YouTube. They are either from the official YouTube TV & Movies channel or from a channel on YouTube that legally distributes the movie. So we’ll list them all below in order by year, from most recent to oldest. Find a documentary worth watching from this list! We’ll keep adding to the playlist as we find more great documentaries on YouTube.

Please Note: Many of these documentaries have territory restrictions on YouTube. If you are outside the United States, please click the playlist link above, and you’ll see which of the documentaries are available in your country. Also, some of the documentaries are age-restricted and require you to log in to view them. Also, the rights to these documentaries may change over time, so some may become unavailable.

Below we’re linking to over 300 documentaries directly on YouTube:

20 Days in Mariupol (2023)
The Last Repair Shop (2023)
Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming a Space (2023)
Pleistocene Park (2023)
American Oz (2021)
Mentality (2021)
American Mafia: The Rise and Fall of Organized Crime in Las Vegas (2021)
Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free (2021)
The Queen of Basketball (2021)
Amend: The Fight for America (2021)
Life in a Day 2020 (2021)
The Last Blockbuster (2020)
Cryptopia (2020)
Banksy Most Wanted (2020)
The Dissident (2020)
Jay Sebring: Cutting to the Truth (2020)
A Thousand Cuts (2020)
Childhood 2.0 (2020)
On the Record (2020)
Crip Camp (2020)
Once Upon a Time in Iraq (2020)
Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert (2020)
Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos (2020)
No Safe Spaces (2019)
Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace (2019)
The Accountant of Auschwitz (2019)
Love, Antosha (2019)
Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film (2019)
In Search of the Last Action Heroes (2019)
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019)
The River and the Wall (2019)
Armstrong (2019)
Netflix vs. the World (2019)
Chris Farley: Anything for a Laugh (2019)
Planet of the Humans (2019)
Our Planet (2019)
Knock Down the House (2019)
The Age of A.I. (2019)
In the Age of AI (2019)
For Sama (2019)
The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash (2019)
The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story (2019)
The Gilded Age (2018)
Black Hole Apocalypse (2018)
The Panama Papers (2018)
Bergman: A Year in a Life (2018)
The Flood (2018)
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018)
Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2018)
American Street Kid (2018)
Living in the Future’s Past (2018)
Chuck Berry: The Original King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll (2018)
The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man (2018)
First to the Moon: The Journey of Apollo 8 (2018)
RBG (2018)
The Creepy Line (2018)
Period. End of Sentence. (2018)
Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis (2018)
The Price of Free (2018)
The Facebook Dilemma (2018)
King in the Wilderness (2018)
The Last Laugh (2017)
Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (2017)
Born Strong (2017)
Ruby Ridge (2017)
Mountain (2017)
Tickling Giants (2017)
I Am Not Your Negro (2017)
Strong Island (2017)
Chasing Coral (2017)
AlphaGo (2017)
Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! (2017)
Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much (2017)
The Third Industrial Revolution (2017)
A World in Disarray (2017)
LA 92 (2017)
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)
The Last Dalai Lama? (2016)
The Red Pill (2016)
Food Choices (2016)
Dying Laughing (2016)
Life, Animated (2016)
Score: A Film Music Documentary (2016)
Sour Grapes (2016)
The Coming War on China (2016)
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)
13th (2016)
The White Helmets (2016)
The Occupation of the American Mind (2016)
Shelter (2016)
Greed: A Fatal Desire (2016)
The Reality of Truth (2016)
On the Streets (2016)
An Honest Liar (2015)
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (2015)
Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015)
Misery Loves Comedy (2015)
Racing Extinction (2015)
Requiem for the American Dream (2015)
Back in Time (2015)
Being Evel (2015)
All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records (2015)
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (2015)
The Brainwashing of My Dad (2015)
My Scientology Movie (2015)
Manny (2015)
The Wolfpack (2015)
Human (2015)
Finding Vivian Maier (2014)
Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World (2014)
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014)
The Overnighters (2014)
Nas: Time is Illmatic (2014)
Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys (2014)
The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin (2014)
Life Itself (2014)
Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory (2014)
Visitors (2014)
James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge (2014)
20,000 Days on Earth (2014)
Fed Up (2014)
Citizenfour (2014)
The Man Who Saved the World (2014)
That Sugar Film (2014)
The Hacker Wars (2014)
Free to Play (2014)
Into the Mind (2013)
I Know That Voice (2013)
The Unbelievers (2013)
Rewind This! (2013)
Milius (2013)
How to Make Money Selling Drugs (2013)
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013)
Our Nixon (2013)
Blackfish (2013)
20 Feet from Stardom (2013)
Inequality for All (2013)
The Square (2013)
Muscle Shoals (2013)
League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis (2013)
This Is What Winning Looks Like (2013)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)
West of Memphis (2012)
The Source Family (2012)
Undefeated (2012)
How to Survive a Plague (2012)
3 Magic Words (2012)
The Imposter (2012)
Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds (2012)
Sunset Strip (2012)
Free the Mind (2012)
Head Games (2012)
B.B. King: The Life of Riley (2012)
Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap (2012)
Stories We Tell (2012)
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2012)
The Queen of Versailles (2012)
Four Horsemen (2012)
The Weight of the Nation (2012)
Pina (2011)
You Laugh But It’s True (2011)
American Teacher (2011)
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (2011)
Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (2011)
Kumare (2011)
Magic Trip (2011)
Finding Joe (2011)
Life in a Day (2011)
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)
Freakonomics (2010)
Stonewall Uprising (2010)
The Parking Lot Movie (2010)
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)? (2010)
The Tillman Story (2010)
Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics (2010)
Standing Army (2010)
180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless (2010)
Countdown to Zero (2010)
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010)
The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2009)
The Cove (2009)
Food, Inc. (2009)
Which Way Home (2009)
Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009)
Blank City (2009)
Winnebago Man (2009)
American: The Bill Hicks Story (2009)
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
The September Issue (2009)
Floored (2009)
Cropsey (2009)
Home (2009)
Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary (2008)
Griefwalker (2008)
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)
Man on Wire (2008)
More Than a Game (2008)
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008)
Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008)
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown (2008)
Bigger, Stronger, Faster (2008)
The Wrecking Crew (2008)
Carts of Darkness (2008)
Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten (2007)
Spirit of the Marathon (2007)
King: Man of Peace in a Time of War (2007)
Chicago 10 (2007)
Sicko (2007)
The Secret (2007)
Crazy Love (2007)
Certifiably Jonathan (2007)
Kurt Cobain: About a Son (2006)
Deep Water (2006)
American Hardcore (2006)
God Grew Tired of Us (2006)
The Trials of Darryl Hunt (2006)
Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman (2006)
Iraq in Fragments (2006)
Street Fight (2005)
Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004)
The White Diamond (2004)
Riding Giants (2004)
Dig! (2004)
H.H. Holmes: America’s First Serial Killer (2004)
Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism (2004)
Super Size Me (2004)
Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea (2004)
The Agronomist (2003)
Wheel of Time (2003)
The Corporation (2003)
Capturing the Friedmans (2003)
Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003)
Bonhoeffer (2003)
Lost in La Mancha (2002)
Aleister Crowley: The Wickedest Man in the World (2002)
The Cockettes (2002)
Biggie & Tupac (2002)
Gaza Strip (2002)
The Merchants of Cool (2001)
Ghosts of Attica (2001)
In the Mirror of Maya Deren (2001)
Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)
Rivers and Tides (2001)
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)
OCD: The War Inside (2001)
My Best Fiend (1999)
The Decline of Western Civilization Part III (1998)
Dying to Tell the Story (1998)
Divorce: Iranian Style (1998)
Soldier Child (1998)
Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)
The Long Way Home (1997)
Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)
Trekkies (1997)
Biography: Jesus Christ (1997)
Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam (1996)
Shtetl (1996)
Lessons of Darkness (1992)
Brother’s Keeper (1992)
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)
Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)
Echoes from a Sombre Empire (1990)
Krishnamurti: With a Silent Mind (1990)
Herdsmen of the Sun (1989)
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)
The Eagle Has Landed (1989)
The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988)
The Last Moguls (1986)
The Dark Glow of the Mountains (1985)
Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate (1985)
Memory of the Camps (1985)
Top Guns: The Documentary (1984)
Ballad of the Little Soldier (1984)
Waterwalker (1984)
Style Wars (1983)
Genocide (1982)
The Atomic Café (1982)
God’s Angry Man (1981)
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
From Mao to Mozart: Isaac Stern in China (1981)
The Kids Are Alright (1979)
Gates of Heaven (1978)
Pumping Iron (1977)
How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck (1976)
The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)
Who’s Out There (1975)
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974)
Land of Silence and Darkness (1971)
Fata Morgana (1971)
Chariots of the Gods (1970)
The Decision to Drop the Bomb (1965)
Tokyo Olympiad (1965)
The March (1963)
Harvest of Shame (1960)
The James Dean Story (1957)
All My Babies (1953)
Navajo (1952)
Louisiana Story (1948)
The Quiet One (1948)
Let There Be Light (1946)
The Battle of San Pietro (1945)
Why We Fight (1942)
The River (1937)
The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936)
Man of Aran (1934)
Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
Nanook of the North (1922)

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March 14, 2024

80 Best Self Help Audio Books from the Past Five Years

Self help audio books are one of our specialties at LearnOutLoud.com. We love helping people grow in their personal lives! Recently, we added thousands of new self help audio books onto our site in our 16 self development subcategories. In fact, we now offer:

Over 11,000 Self Help Audio Books to Download on LearnOutLoud.com

Browsing through 11,000 audio books might take you all day though. So we’ve picked out about 80 of the best self help audio books released in the past five years. These are all highly rated and popular self help audio books that we selected. Browse the list below, and hopefully, you’ll find an audio book to help improve your life this year!

Best Self Help Audio Books from the Past Five Years

Best Aging Audio Books:

From Strength to Strength by Arthur C. Brooks
With the End in Mind by Kathryn Mannix
Keep Sharp: How to Build a Better Brain at Any Age by Sanjay Gupta
The Longevity Paradox: How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age by Steven R. Gundry
The Menopause Manifesto by Jen Gunter
Lifespan: Why We Age – and Why We Don’t Have To by David A. Sinclair

Best Creativity Audio Books:

The Artist’s Way (25th Anniversary Edition) by Julia Cameron
The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin
How to Be an Artist by Jerry Saltz
Find Your Artistic Voice by Lisa Congdon
Creative Calling by Chase Jarvis

Best Diet & Nutrition Audio Books:

Fast. Feast. Repeat. by Gin Stephens
Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight by Rujuta Diwekar
Glucose Revolution by Jessie Inchauspe
How Not to Diet by Michael Greger
Food: What the Heck Should I Eat by Mark Hyman
Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan
Fiber Fueled by Will Bulsiewicz

Best Emotional Development Audio Books:

Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King
The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey
The Self Care Prescription by Robyn L. Gobin

Best Goals Audio Books:

The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
You Are a Badass Every Day by Jen Sincero
Winning: The Unforgiving Race to Greatness by Tim S. Grover
Build the Life You Want by Arthur C. Brooks

Best Healing Audio Books:

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel A. van der Kolk
Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving by Pete Walker
Heal Your Energy Body by Alejandro Chaoul
The Myth of Normal by Gabor Mate
Pain Free by Pete Egoscue

Best Health & Fitness Audio Books:

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.
The 12-Week Fitness Project by Rujuta Diwekar
Jog On: How Running Saved My Life by Bella Mackie
Own the Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus
Mastering Diabetes by Cyrus Khambatta

Best Instructional Audio Books:

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam M. Grant
Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee by Shannon Lee
Life Hacks by Keith Bradford
Excellent Advice for Living by Kevin Kelly
Stand Up Straight by Paul Nanson
How Come No One Told Me That by Prakash Iyer

Best Mental Health Audio Books:

Lost Connections by Johann Hari
Welcome to the United States of Anxiety by Jen Lancaster
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple by Seth J. Gillihan
This Naked Mind by Annie Grace
The End of Mental Illness by Daniel G. Amen

Best Mind & Body Audio Books:

How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
Body Talk by Katie Sturino
The Genius Life by Max Lugavere
The Dream Interpretation Handbook by Karen Frazier
Remember It! by Nelson Dellis

Best Parenting Audio Books:

What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
Raising Good Humans by Hunter Clarke-Fields
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy by Myra J. Wick
Hunt, Gather, Parent by Michaeleen Doucleff
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John M. Gottman

Best Prayer & Meditation Audio Books:

Practicing Mindfulness by Matthew Sockolov
Dear Universe by Sarah Prout
Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris
How to Relax by Thich Nhat Hanh
Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy by Sadhguru

Best Public Speaking Audio Books:

How to Tell a Story by Meg Bowles
The 16 Undeniable Laws of Communication by John C. Maxwell
Good Arguments by Bo Seo
I Have Something to Say by John Bowe
An Essential Guide to Public Speaking by Quentin J. Schultze

Best Relationships Audio Books:

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment by Amir Levine
8 Rules of Love: How to Find It, Keep It, and Let It Go by Jay Shetty
The Good Fight by Jana Kramer
How to Not Die Alone by Logan Ury
Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab

Best Spirituality Audio Books:

Super Attractor by Gabrielle Bernstein
I Can See Clearly Now by Wayne Dyer
A Course in Miracles Made Easy by Alan Cohen
The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey
The Complete Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch

Best Time Management Audio Books:

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman
The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey
Feel-Good Productivity by Ali Abdaal
Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp

Grow in your personal life with these excellent audio books covering many areas of self development!




March 14, 2024

35 Best Science Audiobooks from the Past 5 Years

Are you curious about the latest scientific discoveries? Want to learn more about Archaeology, Astronomy, Biology, our Environment, Mathematics, and Physics? We’ve recently added hundreds of new audio books to LearnOutLoud.com covering these topics. You can now browse:

Over 2,500 Science Audio Books to Download on LearnOutLoud.com

Learn from popular scientists as they explain the mysteries of the universe and of life on earth. Below, we’ve highlighted about 35 of the best new science audio books. We’re featuring about five popular and well-reviewed audio books from each of our scientific subcategories. Hopefully, you’ll find one that captures your curiosity!

Best Science Audio Books from the Past Five Years

Best Archaeology Audio Books:

Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art by Rebecca Wragg Sykes
A Little History of Archaeology by Brian M. Fagan
The Tyrannosaur Chronicles by David Hone
The Dinosaur Artist by Paige Williams

Best Astronomy Audio Books:

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization by Neil deGrasse Tyson
The Planets by Brian Cox
Until the End of Time by Brian Greene
Rocket Men by Robert Kurson

Best Biology Audio Books:

Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake
An Immense World by Ed Yong
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford
The Song of the Cell by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Rise and Reign of the Mammals by Steve Brusatte
The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins
Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity by Peter Attia

Best Environmental Audio Books:

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
That Wild Country by Mark Kenyon
A Brief History of Earth by Andrew H. Knoll

Best Mathematics Audio Books:

Factfulness by Hans Rosling
A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley
Infinite Powers by Steven Strogatz
Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World by Matt Parker
The Art of Statistics: How to Learn from Data by David Spiegelhalter

Best Physics Audio Books:

Reality Is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli
Something Deeply Hidden by Sean M. Carroll
The Quantum Universe by Brian Cox
Existential Physics by Sabine Hossenfelder

Best Scientists Audio Books:

Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky
How the World Really Works by Vaclav Smil
Anaximander: And the Birth of Science by Carlo Rovelli
Tesla: Inventor of the Modern by Richard Munson
Science Fictions by Stuart Ritchie

Learn from some of the greatest science writers of our time as they explain science to you on audio book!




March 14, 2024

50 Best Audio Books about Religion from the Past Five Years

Learn about the great religions of the world through audio books! We’ve added thousands of new audio books to LearnOutLoud.com recently, including many covering topics in Religion & Spirituality. We feature audio books covering major religions such as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. We also offer audio books that cover other faiths and spiritual topics. You can now browse:

Over 9,000 Audio Book Downloads on Religion & Spirituality on LearnOutLoud.com

We’ve gone through the new audio books we’ve added and picked out about 50 audio books published in the past five years that are highly rated and popular. We’ve selected about five titles per subcategory on our site to highlight. Expand your knowledge of religion and spirituality with the audio books below:

Best Religion & Spirituality Audio Books from the Past Five Years

Best Buddhism Audio Books:

Think Like a Monk by Jay Shetty
No-Nonsense Buddhism for Beginners by Noah Rasheta
How to Sit by Thich Nhat Hanh
An Introduction to Buddhism by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
In Love with the World by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Best Christian Living Audio Books:

God Will Use This for Good by Max Lucado
Forgiving What You Can’t Forget by Lysa TerKeurst
Gentle and Lowly by Dane C. Ortlund
Crushing: God Turns Pressure into Power by T.D. Jakes
Jesus Calling, 365 Devotions by Sarah Young
Healing the Soul of a Woman Devotional by Joyce Meyer

Best Christianity Audio Books:

How Jesus Became God by Bart D. Ehrman
Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future by Pope Francis
What Is the Bible? by Rob Bell
What Do Jesus’ Parables Mean? by R.C. Sproul
The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory by Tim Alberta
The Bible Unearthed by Neil Asher Silberman

Best Comparative Religion Audio Books:

12 Major World Religions by Jason Boyett
Psychotherapy East and West by Alan Watts
The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss by David Bentley Hart
Religion in Human Evolution by Robert N. Bellah
The Popular Handbook of World Religions by Daniel J. McCoy

Best Hinduism Audio Books:

Asura: Tale of the Vanquished by Anand Neelakantan
Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik
Why I Am a Hindu by Shashi Tharoor
The Mahabharata
The Hindus: An Alternative History by Wendy Doniger
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Edwin F. Bryant

Best Islam Audio Books:

The Qur’an: A New Translation Translated by Muhammad Abdel-Haleem
Islam for Dummies by Malcolm Clark
Ramadan Reflections by Aliyah Umm Raiyaan
Cruel and Usual Punishment by Nonie Darwish
Mecca: The Sacred City by Ziauddin Sardar

Best Judaism Audio Books:

The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter
How to Fight Anti-Semitism by Bari Weiss
The Rational Passover Haggadah by Dennis Prager
This Is My God by Herman Wouk
Kabbalah for Dummies by Arthur Kurzweil
A History of Judaism by Martin Goodman

Best Audio Books about Other Religions:

The Witch’s Book of Self-Care by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
The Kybalion
Paganism for Beginners by Althaea Sebastiani
A Billion Years by Mike Rinder
Breaking Free by Rachel Jeffs
The Tao Made Easy by Alan Cohen

Best Prayer & Meditation Audio Books:

When Women Pray by T.D. Jakes
How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People by Pete Greig
Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone by James Martin
5 Minute Daily Meditations by Sah D’Simone
The Intercessors Handbook by Jennifer Eivaz

Best Spirituality Audio Books:

Chakra Healing by Margarita Alcantara
Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss
The Complete Guide to Astrology by Louise Edington
The Course in Miracles Experiment by Pam Grout
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O’Donohue

Best Bibles on Audio Book:

Holy Bible: New Living Translation (NLT)
The Holy Bible: The New Revised Standard Version
Dramatized Audio Bible – The Gospels
Voice Only Audio Bible: Complete Bible
Galatians: A Biblical Study by Joyce Meyer

Grow in your spiritual knowledge by choosing one of the thousands of religious audio books we offer on LearnOutLoud.com!