BEST AUDIOBOOKS (RECOMMENDATIONS NEEDED)
I don't get as much time to read as I'd like, thanks to a demanding, book-stealing toddler and a punishing commute. I do spend a lot of time in my car, though, and have decided that this time would be better spent on literary pursuits than on my usual in-car pastime of shouting at the Today Programme on Radio 4. Suggestions gratefully received.
- •The Jackson Brodie novels by Kate Atkinson, read by Jason IsaacsGripping murder mysteries by the brilliant Kate Atkinson, full of intricately interwoven plot lines and complex characters. The audiobooks are read by Jason Isaacs, who plays Jackson Brodie in the BBC adaptation of the novels. He's a wonderfully engaging reader and does a mean Scottish accent, too.
- •Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, read by Jeremy IronsMy favourite book read by one of my favourite actors. Perfect.
- •Anything by David SedarisPotentially dangerous, though, as I laughed so much I almost drove off the road listening to Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls.
- •The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling, read by Jim Dale.Even if you've already read HP, it's worth another time through to hear Dale's masterful performance. Bonus: it is many, many hours of audio, so lots of bang for your commute buck.Suggested by @jenward
- •The HelpThis was an amazing audiobook!Suggested by @TVAddict
- •Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria SempleSuggested by @rdickson28
- •Born Standing Up by Steve MartinRead by Steve Martin himself soooo a must.Suggested by @laur
- •Eighty Days by Matthew GoodmanIf you like non fiction, I really liked this about Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's trip around the world. Lots of good stories about the women and their trip and gives plenty of history/context for what's happening around them.Suggested by @kaberryhill
- •The Power Brokers by Robert CaroSuggested by @lizdegner
- •Eleanor & ParkGreat ya, the reader is fantastic and conveys honest raw emotion through her voice. It's a must listen.Suggested by @kates08
- •To Kill a MockingbirdSissy Spacek reads it flawlessly in all its southern glory.Suggested by @amieshmamie
- •Yes Please by Amy Poehler. Ready Player One read by Wil Wheaton. The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.Suggested by @wonderishmama
- •Funny books read by their funny authorsThink Bossypants by Tina Fey, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling, One More Thing by BJ Novak, I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley, etc. It's listening to hilarious shorter tales told by the people who know them best so they really get brought to life!Suggested by @katiemccombie
- •The Screening Room - Alan LightmanSuggested by @cgimesh
- •Lock in by John Scalzi and narrated by Wil WeatonA virus called Hayden's that leaves some of its survivors fully awake and aware but unable to move their own bodies. Flash forward a few decades after the outbreak and robots have been engineered for those locked in so they can still participate in society. Main character is Chris Shane (lock in) as new FBI program for crimes involving other Hayden survivors. It's sci fi meets murder mystery plus some interesting thought on digital ageSuggested by @femme_brewer
- •Anything by Sarah VowellShe has a sarcastic funny approach to history topics. I kinda compare it to Daily Show or John Oliver - they are news shows but they probably shouldn't be your only source for news. But they can peak your interest in a topic in a smart funny way that makes you want to learn moreSuggested by @femme_brewer
- •The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, read by Neil GaimanAdmittedly, it's a children's chapter book. But who cares! Ghosts and goblins! And read by the author, who is fantastic.Suggested by @ChristineOMFG
- •Holy cow, David duchovnySuggested by @nblenks