We're into week three of Nonfiction November, our host is Rebecca at I'm Lost in Books, and here is the topic:
Nontraditional Nonfiction: This week we will be focusing on the nontraditional side of reading nonfiction. Nonfiction comes in many forms. There are the traditional hardcover or paperback print books, of course, but then you also have e-books, audiobooks, illustrated and graphic nonfiction, oversized folios, miniatures, internet publishing, and enhanced books complete with artifacts. So many choices! Do you find yourself drawn to or away from nontraditional nonfiction? Do you enjoy some nontraditional formats, but not others? Perhaps you have recommendations for readers who want to dive into nontraditional formats. We want to hear all about it this week!This is an easy one for me because I LOVE NONFICTION ON AUDIO. In most cases, I actually prefer listening to nonfiction rather than reading it. I'm especially happy when an author turns out to be a great narrator... this adds so much to the overall experience.
One thing I've learned: When listening to nonfiction, I try to borrow a print copy from the library or at least browse through one in the bookstore. That way, I won't miss any photographs, charts, maps, etc. that might be included.
And since today is Tuesday, I'll throw in a Top Ten...
Clicking on the title will take you to audible, where you can listen to a sample of the narration.
Audio Nonfiction Favorites
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Just finished this one: stunning, thought provoking, narrated by the author
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
Narrated by the author, I cried as I walked the beach listening to her talk about her grandmother (Thank God for sunglasses!) Don't miss this essay collection.
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen
Narrated by the author. I think Quindlen and I could be BFFs... a must read for every woman over 50 (or getting close). An all-time favorite.
by Laura Hillenbrand, narrated By Edward Herrmann
Positively riveting... though the movie may be too much for me.
Downtown: My Manhattan by Pete Hamill
A must-listen for fans of the city or Pete Hamill. I'm ready to listen again! Read by the author.
Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck
Narrated by Gary Sinise, but so easy to imagine it was Steinbeck. I've read many of his novels, but it felt like I got to know the author himself here.
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Narrated by the author. Fascinating.
by Helene Cooper, narrated by the author
One of my favorites from several years ago, I still think about it today.
by David Nasaw, narrated By Malcolm HillgartnerI've been interested in the Kennedy family forever. This book digs into the truths behind the myths. Well researched and so, so interesting...not sure I would have made it all the way through in print, but I loved each of the 31(!) hours.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
Science meets human interest.. the true story behind HeLa cells. An excellent book!
Do you ever listen to nonfiction? What are some of your favorite audiobooks?