Audio book suggestions?

Thanks to my housemate and her parents, I have a loaner iPod, and they’re letting me download books from Audible.com.  I feel incredibly lucky that so many people have gone out of their way for me like this.  So far, I’ve listened to “Eat, Pray, Love” (which I liked, even though I’m not sure I would really like the author if we met in person), and Sarah Vowell’s “The Wordy Shipmates” (which I liked a lot, but am very happy Eva bought me a hard-copy of it. I’ve already forgotten all the famous names and who did what), and George Eliot’s “Middlemarch” (which Diana’s mom suggested and was absolutely right – once I got into it, I loved it!).

Do you have a suggestion for an audio book that you liked?  On nights that I can’t sleep due to pain/achiness, it really helps to have a book to listen to.

The only book I tried to listen to and failed was one of the Harry Potter books. The narrator was great, but I must read Harry Potter books really fast, because I was terribly frustrated at how long it took the narrator to get through a paragraph, and ditched the book within a few minutes.

I have been trying to read hard copies of books lately, but that’s harder because I have to worry about posture (reclining and reading is a little tricky sometimes), and also, my concentration isn’t very good some days.  I have read a few good ones lately:

Markus Zusak’s “I am the Messenger” which is a young-adult story about a 19 year old slacker who begins getting messages on playing cards and needs to follow through on certain tasks. It was a quick read, and I really liked it. Although for the first half, I thought it took place in England, and then realized it was actually Australia. And then all the characters’ accents changed in my head. That was odd.

I’m almost finished with Barbara Vine’s “The Minotaur” and I like it – I’m not used to mystery novels, so this is kind of a fun switch.

I read “Gods Behaving Badly” by Marie Philips, which was a quick read, and funny. It reminded me a little of Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods” or James Morrow’s “Towing Jehovah,” but wasn’t nearly as deep or satirical as either of those. It was fun though – not a meal in itself, but an enjoyable light dessert kind of book.

I also read the sequel to “Medicus” by Ruth Downie – “Terra Incognito” – it was also a fun, quick read and really enjoyable. A mystery that takes place in Britain during the Roman occupation. The main character strikes me as the type that would have fit well into an episode of M*A*S*H.  Thanks to Judi B. for first suggesting “Medicus”!

It seems like a lot of reading, except this is nearly the full list of what I’ve read since October 1. For a librarian, it’s not much.

I’m open to suggestions. Nothing too scary (I do scare easily). Nothing too racy (remember, I’m a girl who won’t be dating again until I’m healthy!).

Published by Eileen Daly-Boas

I'm an academic librarian interested in Education, Philosophy, Open Access and Digital Literacy.

5 thoughts on “Audio book suggestions?

  1. How about the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio programs? They are sufficiently different from the book (and the movie, and the TV series) that I think you’d enjoy the novelty. I believe they are available for download, but I can’t remember where off the top of my head. I also really enjoyed “The Salmon of Doubt”, which was published posthumously by Douglas Adams’ wife and editor, based on stuff they found on his laptop. It’s mostly a collection of essays, which was fun for me because I generally like Adams’ take on the world.

  2. I was sad to see that his “Paper Towns” didn’t get recognition, but I saw that Neil Gaiman’s, “The Graveyard Book” won a Newbery. This is exciting as I just finished it, loved it, and now feel like I’m ahead of the curve. I will definitely check out John Green’s page – luckily, I have an excellent young-adult librarian in the next room. 🙂 Diana’s latest suggestion: “The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks” which just won a Printz Honor and is on my dining room table as we speak. Diana said the main character’s voice reminds her a little of me, which is a little worrisome, as she’s 15 years old (and I’m not!). But now, I must read it!

  3. Oooh, thanks for this. I have not read the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy yet. Really. It’s astounding to me that I haven’t. Like I’ve missed out on simple addition (although I know the answer is 42!). I will definitely pick up the original and I’m sure I can get the radio programs with no problem. I have a little mp3 player as well which I can use for downloads from the local library.
    Hopefully, I won’t begin ignoring real live people in favor of audio books!

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