Five picks from our new audio books

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Library’s xmas present for you this year is a selection of audio books in English. Topics included are varied and hopefully will offer something interesting for everyone; here are five random picks from the collection.

To borrow and listen to audiobooks, go to Ebsco Audiobook Collection. If you do not already have an EBSCOhost account, create one by clicking Sign in on top of the page. An Ebsco account is needed  to download the audio books. For listening, we recommend you use the free Ebsco Audio app; login with your EBSCOhost account.

Kat Holmes. (2020). Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design. Gildan Audio. Narrated by author.

Today, accessibility and inclusion are recognised as important part of everyday life. Kat Holmes argues that designers should stop using generalizations and start paying more attention to the varying abilities and disabilities of the people they are designing for. She covers several types of design from architecture to product design, telling stories and using interviews to better highlight her thesis: that inclusive design methods—designing objects with rather than for excluded users—can create elegant solutions that work well and benefit all.

L. David Marquet. (2020). Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say–and What You Don’t. Penguin Random House. Narrated by author.

Today it is widely recognized, that organizations need to foster a climate of collaborative experimentation that encourages people to speak up when they notice problems and work together to identify and test solutions. Marquet argues that if leaders change the way they communicate, they can make positive changes in the workplace culture.

Caroline Criado Perez. (2019). Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. Random House UK. Narrated by author.

Why do women have to que to the bathroom, use mobile with two hands, and slip on snowy pavement? Here is why: the world was designed by men and for men. They did not do it deliberately, they were just oblivious to the differences between genders. Criado Perez uses hundreds of studies in the US, the UK, and around the world to give us examples of the ways women’s lives are made more difficult by design. This energetic and funny book is guaranteed to change the way you look at the world.

Yuval Noah Harari, & Narrator: Derek Perkins. (2018). 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Random House UK.

Harari hardly needs any introduction: his first book Sapiens caused a sensation with a controversial view on human history. His second book, Homo Deus, discussed our future powered by intelligent design. In 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Harari focuses on the questions of the present moment, whether they be political, technological, social or existential. The book is a collection of essays rather than a single narrative, but as such it is well suited for listening.

Roger A. Grimes, & Narrator: Jonathan Todd Ross. (2019). Hacking the Hacker: Learn From The Experts Who Take Down Hackers. Tantor Audio.

Hacking the Hacker takes you inside the world of cybersecurity to show you what goes on behind the scenes, introducing you to the men and women on the front lines of this technological arms race. Twenty-six of the world’s top white hat hackers, security researchers, writers, and leaders, describe what they do and why.

Library staff wishes everyone in HAMK a peaceful xmas and a wonderful new year!

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