Audiobooks: New and Old

Are you planning your summer road trips yet?

A few great audiobooks that I’ve listened to lately:

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity

by Katherine Boo

Based on three years of extensive interviews and reporting, Boo immerses us in the world of Annawadi, a slum outside the airport in Mumbai.  The characters are vivid, the story compelling and the writing is outstanding.  The audiobook is read by the talented Sunil Malhotra whose accents and inflection transports the listener directly into the hot, heartbreaking world of Annawadi.

Wolf Hall

by Hillary Mantel

Mantel brings us into the world of King Henry VIII’s court where he throws England into turmoil when he wishes to annul his marriage and marry Anne Boleyn. In steps the complicated character of Thomas Cromwell to save the day. But at what price? This tome is one that took me about three years to work up the courage to tackle, but listening to Simon Slater read makes the characters easy to keep straight and keeps you listening to just to hear him speak in the cardinal’s voice and even sing a little song or two.  And if you like this one, the sequel Bring up the Bodies is out with the popular Simon Vance as reader.

Await Your Reply

by Dan Chaon

This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and make the hours on the road fly by.  The lives of three individuals converge in this thriller of a story about self-discovery and identity.  Kirby Heyborne does a fine job at narrating, with an appealing voice that doesn’t get in the way of the story.

Here Comes Trouble

by Michael Moore

Moore has organized his memoir into several short story-like, non-chronological narratives.  Here we learn how he got his start in documentary making and in politics.  He shows us how he fell into political action and we see why he is one of the most loved and hated men in America.  Moore reads this one himself in his instantly recognizable Michigan accent.

These are all available as downloadable audiobooks from Overdrive as well!

2 Responses to “Audiobooks: New and Old”

  1. June 12, 2012 at 5:56 am #

    I loved the Boo book. I tried Wolf Hall once before, but thanks to you, I'm gonna give it another go. Glad I read this. 

  2. June 12, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    I loved the Boo book. I tried Wolf Hall once before, but thanks to you, I’m gonna give it another go. Glad I read this.