How can you maximize your hours in the field? Listen to an audio book or two. Regardless of your interests, there are great books that can make the hours slip away. Here are a few recommendations.
If you are a history buff…
Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
Want a story that combines epic heroism, thrilling adventure, mysterious deaths, overcoming incredible hardships and astounding sights? Look no further than this masterful telling of the Lewis and Clark expedition, which covered 8,000 miles in less than two-and-half years.
- Length: 21 hours, 40 minutes
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
On the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 1903, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. This well-written and well-researched book tells the dramatic story behind the story about the brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright. Learn how and why they reached this achievement.
- Length: 10 hours, 2 minutes
If you are a sports fan…
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Drawn from humble backgrounds, nine remarkable young men demonstrated every virtue imaginable in their quest to compete at the highest level in a truly elite sport. Mixed with the global politics of Hitler and the 1936 Olympics, this true story could not have been invented with more drama and intensity.
- Length: 14 hours, 24 minutes
If you want to up your management game…
Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman
What is your farm’s vision? If it’s not clear or defined, use this book as a guide. “Without vision, you have no traction for your business,” Wickman says. Every time you revisit this book, you’ll get a fresh perspective on your operation.
- Length: 6 hours, 56 minutes
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
To author and researcher Angela Duckworth, grit is about tenacity and the ability to reach a goal over a long period of time—despite challenges, adversity or external factors. Success is not just about diligence, but also about facing problems and continually coming up with solutions. Sounds like farming, right?
- Length: 9 hours, 22 minutes
If you like first-hand accounts…
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
This eye-opening book is especially powerful hearing the author read it. It follows J.D. Vance’s life from poor, working-class Appalachia to Yale Law School. He provides an intimate look into the hardships facing America’s working-class poor who are dealing with the ever-quickening pace of change.
- Length: 6 hours, 49 minutes
If you are in need of a few laughs…
Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop by Nick Offerman
If you are familiar with the character Ron Swanson from the TV series “Parks and Recreation,” you already have a fair idea of who Nick Offerman is in real life. An avid woodworker, he combines his sly, dry humor with funny stories and actual woodworking advice to subtly introduce or reinvigorate the passion woodworkers celebrate in their craft.
- Length: 6 hours, 7 minutes
If you have a really long planting season ahead of you…
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
A love story, an adventure and an epic of the frontier, this cowboy classic may be just what you need to face a marathon planting season. Journey to the dusty Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws.
- Length: 36 hours, 47 minutes