It’s National Audiobook Month, and it’s the perfect time to catch up on great books by listening to them! Whether you’ve got a road trip planned, beach dates scheduled, or an exercise regime that needs a boost let an audiobook enhance the experience and be sure to check out nine of my favorite recordings. Happy listening!
Riveting. From the first second to the last listening, Dexter's Michael C. Hall gives voice to this must-have classic story. Every now and then a book and a reader find each other, and the fit is so strikingly perfect you can't imagine hearing the story told by anyone else. That's how it is with Hall and Stephen King's PET SEMATARY.
This audiobook floored me. When I first started listening I thought it would be a doctor talking in relatively removed scientific terms about adverse childhood experiences and how to raise happy children. But that wasn't this book at all. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris dives into her own personal history to explain how challenges and trauma shaped who she is today for better and for worse. Harris' openness and emotion seep into each moment of her narration. I consistently recommend this audiobook to all my friends.
I have always been a huge fan of the writing duo Christina Lauren. Story after story, they make falling in love so joyful. Very few authors can publish 20 titles in the space of five years, fewer still can write them in a way that is engaging, fresh, and dizzyingly romantic—but somehow, this pair succeeds over and over. The masterful narration is imbued with such emotion that I didn't want the story to end.
It's hard to be everywhere at once and juggling work, home, children, family, and friends. It often feels impossible to do it all well. Morten Hansen's examination of why certain people succeed at a higher level and his encouragement to work smarter—not more—really captured my interest and felt applicable to all areas of life. To top it off, this audiobook is narrated by one of my favorite voices, Robert Petkoff.
Eager for something to engage your kids at home or on the road that doesn't involve television or video games? Who isn't?! For the middle-grade crowd, Jason Reynolds's Track series is a must-listen. The story follows Ghost, a boy who has been running his whole life for all the wrong reasons, but finds hope when he joins an elite track team and meets a coach who believes in him. An engaging and meaningful story coupled with phenomenal narration, I can't recommend GHOST and the entire Track series highly enough.
I didn't know what to expect when I downloaded this audiobook, but I wanted to hear James Comey's perspective and understand why he made some of the choices he did as the director of the FBI from September 2013 to May 2017. I got that—and a lot more as well. This memoir was deeply personal and quite unexpectedly moving. I was compelled, engaged, and surprised all the way through this truly fascinating recording.
It's impossible not to connect with this deeply moving story that inspired the Sandra Bullock film of the same title. I don't usually gravitate to sports stories, but Michael Lewis does an incredible job chronicling a young man's journey from the streets to the NFL.
You had me at…American political history. I knew quite a bit about Bobby Kennedy before listening to this audiobook and wasn't sure if I'd learn anything new—but Chris Matthews delivers an insightful look at the man, the brother, the attorney general, and the politician. I was captivated from the prologue on.
I'm always on the lookout for a good YA series and this one kept me listening day and night. If you're a fan of THE HUNGER GAMES, DIVERGENT, or THE GIVER, run, don't walk, to listen to this audiobook. It packs a powerful punch full of suspense, a romantic triangle and a strong heroine.