Fall is the best season for reading. It’s cool and cozy and there is tea and pumpkin things. And I am so excited that it’s finally here (even though the weather hasn’t caught up yet. And this week, I realized that nothing makes my commute to work nicer than listening to an audiobook and appreciating that lovely golden autumn sunlight. Here’s an audiobook I loved recently (and is perfect for Nonfiction November if you’re weird and plan your reading ahead of time like I do):
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie
Read by Mark Deakins
23 hours and 52 minutes
I really like listening to nonfiction in particular on audio. I find it much easier to pay attention to, and I tend to enjoy the books more. And I loved this one! I picked up this biography of Catherine the Great on a whim, and quickly became obsessed. I could not get enough of this book. I loved learning about Catherine and her life, which was absolutely fascinating – she was a serious badass and I definitely have a bit of a girl crush on her now. But, really I learned so much from this book, both about Catherine and about Russia’s history. I took a Russian history class in college and I’m pretty sure I learned more from this book (honestly, my professor was weird and the only thing I remember is watching a weird documentary about WWI soldiers that everyone hated). Do yourself a favor, just read this book instead (or at least use it as a starting point.
Like I said, I love listening to nonfiction on audio, and Catherine the Great was no exception. Yes, it’s long, but that just means I had that many more days where my commute didn’t suck. I did speed it up a bit, I think to about 1.75 or 2x speed, but I generally do that, especially with nonfiction books (I’m currently listening to a book on 2.5x speed). I love that Audible lets me do that, because it turns a 24-hour book into a 12-hour book. Which is just over two weeks of listening for me, if I only listen on my commute to and from work. And I was enjoying this one enough that I definitely listened on the weekends and after work. Because I could not stop, it was that good. If you’re interested in history, I would highly recommend putting this at the top of your list. It’s 100% worth it.
If you’re interested in this audiobook, you can use this link to sign up for a free trial of Audible, and choose Catherine the Great as one of your two free books!
If you have a favorite audiobook, share it in the comments – I’m always looking for good audiobook recommendations (especially nonfiction).