Bookish Tuesday

Audio Delights

Six years ago (pre-bookstore) I started a job that required me to drive a great deal. While I only lasted a year, I did make it through a lot of audiobooks in that time. My love of them has only increased so I figured why not share some of my favorites!

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

As You Wish is one of my favorite audiobooks because not only does Cary Elwes read most of it, but nearly every member of the cast participates as well! It’s much more of an oral history of the making of the movie than Cary’s memoir and having everyone participate in the audiobook makes it extra special!

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

The Jane Austen Society is one of the few books I’ve first read, then gone back and listened to. Richard Armitage does the narration for the book and he is absolutely spectacular, adding more emotion and feeling to a book that already made me cry while reading it.

Nimona by N.D. Stevenson

Nimona is another of the books I’ve both read and listened to. You may think it very strange to see a graphic novel audiobook, but it is read by a full cast and feels more like a radio presentation with sound effects and such to go along with it. I do recommend reading before listening, or listening while reading as it can be a bit difficult to determine background information that is presented visually in the book if you are not already familiar with the story.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

Good Omens is one of the first audiobooks I listened to as an adult and it is one I still return to every few years. It’s amazingly done and holds up against the BBC radio adaption and I actually prefer it to the new television series (the book is always better, but it’s a really great audiobook!)

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life is one of my favorite celebrity memoirs and it is read by Eric Idle himself, which just makes it all the more special. While reading the physical book here can drag on a bit, with Eric’s narration, there are seemingly unfunny moments made fun, and the touching moments made all the more emotional when you can hear his own voice cracking while talking about his best friend, George Harrison.

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