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Some Audio Books Worth Listening To

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I love getting books as gifts. And I love to give them. I am blessed with children who enjoy this as much as I do. So Christmas, as always, included a pleasant exchange of literary discoveries. But what’s even better than books? Books and the time to read them! That’s what audio books are. And I didn’t get any of those this year. (Though I did give some.) Cleaning the house? Headphones and an audio book. Hiking alone? A chance to read? (I have read hundreds of books this way, while staying in shape.) Long drive? Port an audio book through the car speakers and everyone in the car can enjoy reading without vomiting. The hard part with audio books is choosing. Because a great book can be ruined by a bad narrator. And a mediocre book can be made more palatable by a good narrator. I spend a lot of time listening when I shop for audio books. And, since I’m short on time, I love it when people recommend them.

So I was thrilled when Audible sent me this recommended reading list. Check out the cast of narrators! Those are some voices I could listen to. And I’ve only listened to a few (Colin Firth reading Graham Green? Awesome.) of these so it made shopping for my next listen much easier.

Let me know if you want me to pull together my own recommended reading list. I could do that for you.

  • SOCIETY’S CHILD by Janis Ian, read by the author
  • NO LAND’S MAN by Aasif Mandvi, read by the author
  • ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain, read by Elijah Wood
  • FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury, read by Tim Robbins
  • THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald, read by Jake Gyllenhaal
  • THE STARLING PROJECT by Jeffery Deaver, read by Alfred Molina and a full cast
  • LOCK IN by John Scalzi, read by Wil Wheaton
  • THE END OF THE AFFAIR by Graham Greene, read by Colin Firth
  • FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley, read by Dan Stevens
  • LEGION: SKIN DEEP by Brandon Sanderson, read by Oliver Wyman

Comments

  1. I would love a list of your recommendations. I listen to audiobooks for free through my overdrive account at my local library in Nebraska. Some of my favorites are Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, Unbroken, all the Richard Peck books have great narrators and are kid and adult appropriate. Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool, The Hunger Game Series, The Giver, Inkspell by Cornelia Funke, The Shoemaker’s Wife, Pretty in Plaid by Jen Lacaster. Sometimes it is nice to listen to Young Adult Fiction because they aren’t as long. A good narrator really makes a difference, Chad Lowe and Lynn Redgrave are also good narrators that I have listened too.