Both podcasts and audiobooks are on the rise. This trend makes sense since we’re busier than ever, and listening allows us to multitask and maximize our time. If you love listening to podcasts, you’ll want to consider audiobooks — especially if they’re written and read by your favorite podcaster. Audiobooks are a great way to get more in-depth knowledge on a specific topic in a way that short podcasts can’t. In many cases, audiobooks by top podcasters actually pull together many of the main takeaways from key episodes, and back up ideas with research and expert opinions. Compared to podcasts where hosts and guests may misspeak or misinterpret data, these books are thoroughly fact-checked, and you know you’re getting the full story.
Here are a few popular audiobooks from top podcasters, available on Scribd.
By Jenna Kutcher of the Goal Digger Podcast
Most women entrepreneurs are familiar with Jenna Kutcher’s long-running Goal Digger podcast, but her new book, How Are You Really? digs into the emotional side of entrepreneurship in a new way. It’s a great accompaniment to her podcast since it reminds listeners that it’s OK to want to hit big goals but to also want to hit the pause button for a minute when things feel too overwhelming.
By Dan Harris of the 10% Happier Podcast
If you finally want to start meditating, you’ve probably listened to news anchor turned meditation expert Dan Harris on his 10% Happier podcast. But did you know he also has a book by the same name that boils down his story and the basic principles of trying meditation? For the skeptical listener, this book might be what you need to finally convince yourself to sit in silence for a few minutes (after you finish listening to his audiobook, of course).
By Malcom Gladwell of the Revisionist History Podcast
Love really deep-diving into a topic and arguing about controversial opinions? Then maybe you’re a huge fan of Malcolm Gladwell. His fascinating podcast, Revisionist History, is a short version of many of his books, which tackle topics he’s currently contemplating. We love I Hate the Ivy League for its behind-the-scenes look at higher education. His habit of pulling the curtain back on societal standards is one factor that makes his podcast worth tuning into regularly.
By Steve Magness of the Magness & Marcus on Coaching Podcast
Steve Magness cowrote Peak Performance with Brad Stuhlberg, but he’s best known as a top-tier running coach. If you want to improve your half-marathon time or simply start running, his podcast is a great one to tune into, but if you’re looking for a more broad-reaching book about how to improve in every aspect of your life, Peak Performance is a must-listen, since it covers everything from work to life to athletics.
By Ryan Holiday of The Daily Stoic Podcast
Ryan Holiday is often cited as the man responsible for bringing Stoic philosophy to the mainstream. But before he was the philosophizing voice behind The Daily Stoic Podcast, he was in marketing. While his audiobook, Growth Hacker Marketing, is a departure from the philosophical, it’s a great one for anyone who wants to sell a product or service.
By Jay Shetty of the On Purpose with Jay Shetty Podcast
If you’re trying to slow down, calm down, and find your purpose in life all at the same time, Jay Shetty’s Think Like a Monk audiobook is a great starting point. His On Purpose with Jay Shetty podcast is fantastic for exploring all types of topics in the self-growth and mindset field, but listening to his audiobook arguably sets a better foundation on which to begin your journey.
By Lisa Bilyeu of the Women of Impact Podcast
Lisa Bilyeu is the co-founder of the billion-dollar behemoth that is Quest Nutrition, but she’s also an author and a podcaster. If you love the Women of Impact podcast or you’re simply looking for motivation to get moving on your next big idea, listen to Radical Confidence. In it, she shares the history of Quest Nutrition through the lens of her own journey from housewife (her words) to boss. It’s an excellent book for reminding yourself that you can start small and grow to massive proportions.
By Donald Miller of the Business Made Simple Podcast
Starting a business? Trying to grow your customer base? Donald Miller, the creator of StoryBrand, has advice you need to hear. His Business Made Simple Podcast offers weekly doses of guidance and inspiration, but his overarching message can be found in the Building a StoryBrand audiobook where he explains how to develop your brand’s message and ensure that customers are hearing the right thing.
By Dr. Mark Bubbs of the Performance Nutrition Podcast
Nutrition expert Bubbs gets deep into the nuances of sports and performance nutrition on his weekly podcast, the Performance Nutrition Podcast, but if you want to just get the “TL;DR'' version of what you should be doing to achieve peak performance, try his audiobook, Peak, instead. He hits on all the key topics that he’s typically diving into on his podcast in this book, and it offers a solid blueprint for your best athletic foundation.
By Sam Harris of the Making Sense with Sam Harris Podcast
Neuroscientist, philosopher, and five-time New York Times bestselling author Sam Harris is a skeptic — but he also is a huge fan of meditation and mindfulness. For those who struggle to reconcile a spiritual life with their religious upbringing (or rejection of it), his book, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, makes many compelling points. From there, his podcast is a great listen for anyone who loves a good controversy.