This weekend I’m going to have a certain block of time on my hands where I’ll be busy physically, but will be relatively unbothered by children for the first time since 1973. I could choose to binge some podcasts, but I’m not sure I like any podcast enough to fill that much consistent void with them.
So, I thought, why don’t I listen to an audiobook? I’ve never done that before. (Actually, I listened to part of ‘Me Talk Pretty One Day’ by David Sedaris. I really like him as a writer but I found his voice a bit distracting and never finished it.)
If I’m going to do this, I want to do it right. And after a web search, there was no real consensus as to the clear favorite audiobook of all time. But of course, that won’t stop us, dammit!
I polled my friends and got some great ideas. I’m a Game of Thrones fanatic, but not a book reader, so one of my friends is gushing over the fact that I’m the perfect candidate to listen to ASOIAF as read by Roy Dotrice, who was apparently recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for doing 224 different voices while reading the series. Whoa.
I’ve also heard that the entire Harry Potter series, as read by people like Stephen Fry and Jim Dale, is also wonderful. I’ve read them all, and while I adore J.K., obviously, with every fiber of my being, I may go another way.
Potterheads are all wonderful, but YOU are the best. Yes, you, reading this. X— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 10, 2014
Awww! I am? Well, shucks. Because sometimes I feel like a dildo.
Everyone in the known universe has read ‘The Kite Runner’, except for me. I heard that hearing Khaled Hosseini read his story is spellbinding.
…likewise hearing Frank McCourt’s lilt bring his words to life in ‘Angela’s Ashes.’
I’ve heard that ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ is not to be missed.
And that ‘Saints of the Shadow Bible’ is awesome. But I kind of feel like I shouldn’t pick up the series at book twenty.
In that I like to laugh, this one is appealing. “Scenes from the unmaking of a marriage in a bittersweet comedy told by an emotionally challenged husband and father.”
But the one I’m probably leaning toward most is ‘A Delicate Truth’, written and read by John Le Carre. Just seems like it would be a fun way to pass the time. Also, how old is John Le Carre? Like, a million? I feel like he had published 450 books by the time I was in third grade. I want to see if he sounds like an undead wraith for myself.
But really, if there’s a slam dunk one that you guys love, I’ll cue that puppy up. So, what do you think, friends? What’s your favorite audiobook of all time?