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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

HEARD any good books lately?

I LOVE audio books, partly because I have a lengthy commute, and they help pass the time. But there's also something wonderful about listening to a story--I think back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when novels would frequently be shared aloud. Any other audio book fans out there? What good books have you heard?

Some of my favorites to listen to--combination of fantastic story and superb narration:

Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon
Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper, Case Closed, by Patricia Cornwell
Harry Potter series, narrated by Jim Dale!!
The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo
ANYTHING by David Sedaris, narrated by David Sedaris.
(I have to be careful with Sedaris, though, because I often start laughing so hard that I risk a car accident)
And whoever said Hit Man was one of their favorite books, the audio version is great, too!


Andi said...

I listen to audio books on my commute as well. I'm right there with you on David Sedaris (laugh so hard I cry), and I just finished listening to On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan and loved it. OH, and The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue is a great example of perfection in narration.

Way Wild said...

This is what's on my list to listen to:
The Stolen Child
Foreskin's Lament (I initially typed "revenge" instead of "lament." Think that was Freudian???)
Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman--love his other stuff)
Mary Modern
That should take care of me for a couple of days. Nothing like summer reading.

Way Wild said...

by the way, the full name is way wild reader. it would be so totally wild to think that i am wild. i want to make it clear that i'm a wild reader. there's a difference.

Andi said...

And my want to listen list looks strikingly like way wild reader's! Mary Modern is high on my list. I loved Twilight when I read it, and I'm sure it'd be great on audio, too.

kaye said...

I must say that for my fifth reading of Huckleberry Finn the audio version was a must. Get a sample of the reading voice however since some are much better than others. It really brought the book alive for me and I could close my eyes and imagine.
Kaye McCraw
Andi is that YOU?

Way Wild said...

i usually stay away from books read by the authors. don't know why. don't mind stephen king reading his own stuff. neil gaiman is a fabulous reader of neverwhere. it's like he wrote it or something. oh. he did.

Karen Roggenkamp said...

Stephen King reading his Bag of Bones was wonderful!

FPTI said...

As I've said, do NOT listen to The Giver book on tape. The reader trying to impersonate a whiny 'tween made my ears want to throw up.

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