5 Amazing Audio Books
I lived in LA for 10 years, so it's redundant to say that I spent a lot of time in my car. Audiobooks saved the day hundreds of times. Here are some I sat with in the garage after I arrived home.
- •Middlesex, by Jeffrey EugenidesThis was a game-changer for me because I find so many readers of fiction annoying; this narrator is phenomenal. The story is fantastic and he makes it fantasticker.
- •Julie Andrews: The Early YearsMy idol as a girl; who wouldn't want to sit in a car hearing Julie Andrews personally tell you her life story? I hope she's working on The Middle Years...this leaves off as they start filming Mary Poppins, and I've been waiting... Fascinating to learn how much work she put in as a kid to make it look effortless.
- •Augusten Burroughs, Running With Scissors.The LA library system has all of Augusten's memoirs, which he reads himself. This man is a treasure as both writer and narrator. I never saw the movie version of this book, I just listened to each book in the order he wrote them, laughed, cried, gasped, replayed, admired, and kept wanting more.
- •The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk KiddTold from the POV of a 13-year-old Southern girl; read by a woman who gives the character all the sophistication and innocence with which she's written. Now that I live in Atlanta, I like listening to books about the South and its dark underbelly.
- •BJ Novak's One More ThingSerendipitous, because of the List App connection, right? This book is original and surprising, funny and heartbreaking, has lots of variety if you have a short attention span, and the stories are memorable. I think about "No one goes to heaven to meet Dan Fogelberg" especially often. Read by the dashing and talented author.