5 of our favorite science and space audiobooks

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Whether you’re listening on your commute, following along while doing chores, or just wanting to give your eyes a break, audiobooks make it easy to keep up with your reading list. For a limited time, the PCMag Store is offering great deals on your first month of Audible Gold purchases.

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For $5.95, get two audiobooks of your choice, a special Halloween giveaway, two Audible Originals, and $6 in Amazon credit. If you don’t know where to start, the authors at ExtremeTech are here to help. Below, you’ll find five of our favorite tech and science-themed audiobooks.

rocket billionaire

rocket billionaire

Gone are the days when the Soviet Union and the United States competed – now tech and business billionaires are vying for sky supremacy. There’s a lot of innovation going on in the private sector these days, but this recent article by a Quartz reporter delves into the logistical, political, and interpersonal turmoil it creates.

  • go through: Tim Fairholz
  • Voiced by: Erin Moon
  • total time: 10 hours 40 minutes
  • one credit

bad blood

bad blood

Theranos was on fire—a company that was supposed to change the world. Unfortunately, the promised upheaval is just smoke. The Wall Street Journal’s John Carreyrou shares incredible detail on the entire ordeal in this 2018 book.

  • go through: John Carreyrou
  • Voiced by: Will Damron
  • total time: 11 hours 37 minutes
  • one credit

Mars Packaging

Mars Packaging

Known for deftly covering everything from the afterlife to human sexuality, Mary Roach uses this book to explore some of the finer points of living like an astronaut. Eating, excreting, and simple actions can be far more complex in space, so you know the intrepid Mary Roach doesn’t shy away from the vulgar and fascinating realities of space travel.

  • go through: Mary Roach
  • Voiced by: Sandra Burr
  • total time: 10 hours 28 minutes
  • one credit

selfish gene

selfish gene

Richard Dawkins has grown into a prolific and controversial public figure, but his first book remains undeniably influential. This classic tome not only thoroughly explains the theory that genes themselves are the action of natural selection, but also introduces the Internet’s favorite word: Meme.

  • go through: Richard Dawkins
  • Voiced by: Richard Dawkins, Lara Ward
  • total time: 16 hours 12 minutes
  • one credit

foreseeable irrationality

foreseeable irrationality

Duke University professor Dan Ariely, an expert on human behavior, used this book to convey exactly how irrational we are when we make decisions. Even better, he has some advice that can help identify influences that can trigger irrational behavior and encourage us to think more clearly in the future.

  • go through: Dan Ariely
  • Voiced by: Simon Jones
  • total time: 7 hours 22 minutes
  • one credit

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