Audiobooks to Listen to Now
By Kimmery Moss
Reading can be tough to fit in some days.
What I do when I'm short on time is listen to my books rather than read them.
- If you are a commuter or spend a lot of time in the car, this is a GREAT alternative to listening to the radio. Not only can you avoid some of "trendy" tunes (let's all admit they aren't all that great) but you can also enrich yourself or at the very least entertain yourself.
- Audiobooks are great if you're cleaning the kitchen, cooking a meal, or doing anything indoors. It can make organizing your closet a lot less painful, let me tell you! I, personally, love to listen to my books while I chop vegetables and get dinner prepped in the evenings.
- Spoken word is special. It has a different way of touching you than the written word does. If you don't believe me just listen to your favorite book and see how much more you get out of it by hearing it.
- Storytelling is an old, old art. Remember doing it as a kid? Remember your parents reading to you before bed or a teacher reading in class? There's no reason those days need to end! Keep it alive.
Give these a Listen
- The Book Thief
It is a bestseller on Audible for a reason. It is probably my favorite piece of fiction about WWII and the Audible version is told most excellently by a British man playing "death," or "the grim reaper," whichever name you prefer to call him. It is delightfully funny, very poignant, and utterly heartbreaking. It will teach you a few things too, that's for sure. It is a work of art about the confusing thing we call life, especially during wartime.
Synopsis: It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids - as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
©2006 Markus Zusak; (P)2006 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
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- The Alchemist
Holy moly, me oh MY this book rocked me to my core. If you are in any doubt that you are not living the life you ought to be living, this book is for you. It will teach you things about who you are and what you desire, and most of all, it will encourage you to pursue those things above all else. Oh, and it is also performed beautifully. It will stay with you for all your days.
Synopsis: Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a meditation on the treasures found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is art eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.
©1988 Paulo Coelho; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers
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- Farenheit 451
This is my absolute favorite audiobook to listen to. It is told with such talent that I have never, ever found another audiobook as compelling. I listen to it almost every year because it is THAT good. If you are a book lover or a dystopian reader you will love this book and it will make you think.
Synopsis: Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of 20th-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future, narrated here by Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins.
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family". But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television. When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.
©1951 Ray Bradbury (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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