Favorite (Audio) Reads
It’s Favorite Reads week here at Can’t Talk, and I am going to be slightly deviant. As usual.
I know there are people who can’t stand the pacing of an audio book, but I love them. I am motion sick and easily bored. A book I can read without actually reading is indispensable for long car trips and gym trips and while playing video games and cleaning and knitting and the list goes on.
Not every book is performed well, though. I’ve quit reading audiobooks if the reader grated on me (I’m looking at you, “Tigana”). I thought I might share some of my all time favorite audiobook performances. Books that might have not grabbed me became fantastic with the addition of a talented narrator. Some of these are books geared toward children, simply because I read them with my kids on long car rides to and from school.
- “Dragon Rider” by Cornelia Funke. Brendan Fraser performs this book. He does the voices and brings his acting chops to the performance. I also recommend her “Inkheart” series.
- “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket. These books are hilarious without talking down to kids, and the first few are narrated by Tim Curry, who does an amazing job. I laughed a lot listening to these.
- “Just a Geek” by Wil Wheaton. This book, more than just a memoir of “Star Trek,” spoke to my own struggle with anxiety and growing up. Not every book should be narrated by its author, but this one should have been and it was amazing.
- “One For The Money” by Janet Evanovich. Ridiculously silly books featuring a woman who decides to become a bounty hunter for reasons. There is an ongoing love triangle with two very hot dudes. There is also a hamster. I like the audio because the narrator gives an emotional tone to the words that makes me laugh.
- “Where I Belong” by Alan Doyle. Another memoir that was read by the author, thank goodness. Without the Newfoundland accent, this book would not have been as delightful.
- “A Dirty Job” by Christopher Moore. A really fun book that was made funnier by the performance.
And some books I’ve recently enjoyed on audio include:
- “Stiff” by Mary Roach, all about what we do with dead bodies.
- “The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth Book 1” Great book, really clever narrative, beautiful narration and a frigging cliffhanger.
- “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow. This book is long, but interesting.
- “All The Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders. Weird scifi meets fantasy love story kind of. Too hard to explain. Read it now.