Favorite Audiobooks



(50) Audio Books I Loved (no particular order)

Are you an audio book fan like me? I've been listening to audio books for well over 20 years, beginning with audio cassettes back in the day, then cds and now downloads only or Playaways for me).  At one time I used to do a lot of traveling for my job and audios certainly helped pass the time on the road. Even when I changed jobs and no longer had a long commute, I was able to listen to audio books at my desk while working on the computer. Then of course, as a couple, we listened to audio books on road trips (usually something like a mystery or thriller - to appeal to both of us.)   I also discovered the pleasure of combo reads (print and audios) I found it helps me finish books quicker this way and, then since retirement, audio books have become a pleasure while talking walks, cooking, on cars trips and often times at night when I can't sleep. Don't get me wrong, I love print books, eBooks, all books but, audios definitely work well for me too.

For me, the narrator can make or break the listening experience. If I don't care for the narrator's voice, I won't listen to the book so I tend to preview before committing. Based on past experience, I generally do not care for the author narrating their own book - the exceptions have been Michelle and Barack Obama, David Sedaris, Bill Bryson, Oprah Winfrey and Trevor Noah.  

Have you listened to any from my favorites list?
  1. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking; Susan Cain (NF) 
  2. End of Your Life Book Club; Will Schwalbe (NF)
  3. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid; Bill Bryson (NF)
  4. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks; Rebecca Skloot (NF)
  5. The Notorious RBG; Cameron & Knizhnik (NF)
  6. What I Know For Sure; Oprah Winfrey (NF) 
  7. Books for Living; Will Schwalbe (NF)
  8. Born A Crime; Trevor Noah (NF) 
  9. A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership; James Comey (NF)
  10. Morningstar: Growing Up With Books; Ann Hood (NF)
  11. Calypso, David Sedaris (NF)
  12. The Commoner; Richard Schwartz
  13. The Things The Carried; Tim O'Brien
  14. The Kite Runner; Khaled Hosseini
  15. Life of Pi; Yann Martel
  16. The Gold Coast; Nelson DeMille
  17. Middlesex; Jeffrey Eugenides
  18. Cutting for Stone; Abraham Verghese
  19. The Namesake; Jhumpa Lahiri
  20. Defending Jacob; William Landay
  21. Boy in the Stripe Pajamas; John Boyne
  22. We Need To Talk About Kevin; Lionel Shriver
  23.  The Fault in Our Stars; John Green
  24. Eleanor and Park; Rainbow Rowell 
  25. The Signature of All Things; Elizabeth Gilbert
  26.  The Book of Unknown Americans; Christina Henriquez 
  27. Colorless Tsukuro Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage; Haruki Murakami  
  28.  We Are Not Ourselves; Matthew Thomas
  29. Everything I Never Told You; Celeste Ng
  30. Our Souls at Night; Kent Haruf 
  31. My Sunshine Away; M.O. Walsh
  32. The Perfect Couple; Erin Hildebrand 
  33. The Wife Between Us; G. Hendricks and Sarah Pekkenan 
  34. Becoming; Michelle Obama - (NF)
  35. A Gentleman in Moscow; Amor Towles
  36. Pachinko; Min Jin Lee 
  37. The Wife; Meg Wolitzer 
  38. The Wartime Sisters; Lynda Cohen Loigman 
  39. A Stone for Danny Fisher; Harold Robbins 
  40. Before She Knew Him; Peter Swanson
  41. Ask Again, Yes; Mary Beth Keane
  42. Chances Are; Richard Russo
  43. The Dutch House; Ann Patchett
  44. Olive Kitteridge; Elizabeth Strout
  45. Olive Again; Elizabeth Strout 
  46. The Nickel Boys; Colson Whitehead
  47. Eight Perfect Murders; Peter Swanson 
  48. The Giver of Stars; Jo Jo Moyes
  49. A Promised Land; Barack Obama 
  50. Conversations with RBG; Jeffrey Rosen (NF)

1 comment:

  1. I read six of these on my kindle. Sadly I don't enjoy audio books, but I find it intriguing that you generally don't like to listen to authors read their own books. Of course I could listen to Michelle or Barack Obama read the back of a cereal box and enjoy it!

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