D2, it seems like you recently mentioned that you listen to books during your commute to the candy shop. I’ve been listening to a few myself, and I feel that it is high time we compiled a list of the best audiobooks.
So what makes a book on audio great? Or sometimes even preferable to reading the print version? (Yes, this has happened to me, which I’ll get into in the list).
I’d narrow it down to:
- The narrator’s voice (or voices)
- The voice’s suitability for the story (I tried to listen to Company by Maxx Barry and got so annoyed by the voice that I couldn’t finish). On the other hand, the man reading 1984 is so grim that I couldn’t see him reading something like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, not that I know what that is
That’s about it. I remember reading The Hobbit on audio and being absolutely astonished that so many of the voices were done by one reader. And the songs! They actually sing the songs! Yes, that is a good thing.
Here is a list of a few of the best books I have heard on audio.
- Don Quixote – Recorded books version (I actually prefer this to the print copy. You’ll understand why when you hear Quixote chastising Sancho in the most disgusted voice of all time)
- Hell House by Richard Matheson
- War Is A Force That Gives us Meaning by Christopher Hedges
- 1984 by George Orwell
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
And I’ll leave it there for now.
One sidenote, however. I am listening to a series of lectures called “Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition.”
One of the professors has the most severe lisp I think I’ve ever heard. I am currently listening to him lec