Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Listen to This!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This was originally an open week (bloggers choose their own topic) but was later updated to "the best books I've read in 2018."  Since I posted my list last week, I'm going to share some audiobook love instead.

These are all books I've listened to or experienced as a read/listen combination in last year or so. In each case, I feel the audio version enhanced my overall experience. Links will take you to Audible where you can listen to a sample.


Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner, narrated by Cassandra Campbell (nonfiction)


by Jennifer Wright, narrated by Gabra Zackman (nonfiction)


by Annie Spence, narrated by Stephanie Spicer (nonfiction)


by Bianca Bosker, narrated by the author (nonfiction)


by Lindy West, narrated by the author (nonfiction)


by Meg Wolitzer, narrated by Rebecca Lowman


by Gail Honeyman, narrated by Cathleen McCarron


by Anne Tyler, narrated by Kimberly Farr


by Amor Towles, narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith


by Nathan Hill, narrated by Ari Fliakos

Bonus: The audio version of my current read/listen combination is excellent.

by Min Jin Lee, narrated by Allison Hiroto


What's the best audiobook you have listened to lately?

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  1. Eleanor is such a great book!! It almost made my list.

    Top Ten Tuesday

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    1. Leslie - I can see why it won the Audie Award for fiction this year... the audio version is excellent!

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  2. I'll have to check these out, especially Cork Dork since there are bottle hunters in the beer world too. I'm glad to see the audio of Pachinko is well done. I loved that book.

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    1. Kathy - Had a feeling while I was listening that there might be parallels to the world of craft beer. I'm about a third of the way through read/listen of Pachinko... when I'm not listening, I'm reading. Can't put it down!!

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  3. I agree with you on Eleanor Oliphant and Dear Fahrenheit 451. Those were great audios! I listened to A Gentleman in Moscow as a re-read and have to say I preferred the print version better, but that could be because I had already read the book within the year. I've got The Nix and Pachinko on my TBR Audible list. Now to just find time to listen! No more commuting and no more time at work before the store opened. I need to plan more walks with my audiobooks.

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    1. Les - As I was listening to A Gentleman in Moscow, I was mesmerized... even remember thinking I might not have continued had I been reading. It was slow in parts for me, but the audio seemed to carry me through.

      The Nix was a read/listen combo for me... very long, butI loved it. Meeting the author (he lives in SWFL) only added to the experience.

      Pachinko is wonderful!! I'm only a third of the way through, but cannot put it down. If I can't listen, I'm reading. I may not sleep again until I finish it ;-)

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    2. I had the same reaction to the print edition. Totally mesmerized. With the audio (as a re-read, though), I found myself walking out of the room as I was listening, not caring if I missed something. It just didn't hold my attention the way the book did. I'm really eager to try Pachinko!

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    3. Les - Interesting... wonder if being a reread had anything to do with it. Maybe the magic is a first time through experience?

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  4. These all look good on audio. Lately I liked Manhattan Beach on audio and Sunburn. Right now I'm listening to Birdsong which is an oldie but a goodie.

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    1. Susan - I loved Sunburn in print and enjoyed reading Birdsong years ago. My daughter was only lukewarm on Manhattan Beach, so I've avoided it... but I LOVED the audio version of A Visit From the Goon Squad. Maybe I should consider going that route for Manhattan Beach, too.

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  5. I read Dear Fahrenheit 451 last year and enjoyed it. I ended up adding a bunch of the titles mentioned in this nook to my every growing reading wish list!

    I selected the freebie topic and chose the top ten book festivals I'd love to attend here in the USA. Here's a link to my TTT post for this week: https://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2018/07/top-ten-tueday-ttt-throwback-freebie.html?showComment=1531236356028#c2173527157270187754

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    1. Captivated Reader - Dear Fahrenheit 452 had me adding quite a few books to my tbr list, too!

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  6. I really really wish I could listen to more books...especially while i am sleeping!

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    1. Patty - Sometimes I wish I could get by without sleeping... and just listen to audiobooks all night!

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  7. I'm trying to listen to more audiobooks this year, so I'll have to keep these in mind!

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    1. Angela - My favorite times to listen to audiobooks are during my morning walks and before I fall asleep at night (and occasionally during the night when I can't sleep)

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  8. Ooh I bet Get Well Soon is SUPER interesting (and probably a little scary as well). Cork Dork looks like it could be very fun (and love that title)!

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    1. Greg - Get Well Soon was fascinating, but it turned me into a bit of a hypochondriac for a week or two ;-)

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  9. I'm glad to see A Gentleman in Moscow on your list. I want to read this but have been on the fence about whether to go audio or print version. Pachinko is on my list as well. I've been slow on audio books lately but school is starting back soon which means I have a lot more audio time and I'm looking forward to it!

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    1. Katherine - You'll see in the comments above that Les didn't have quite the same reaction to the audio version as I did. My listening time is down lately, too... I miss my long beach walks!

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  10. Hmm, maybe I'll to that Gentleman Moscow book via audio...

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    1. Care - Just loved that audio... but the book is very slow in parts. I still find myself thinking about those characters, but overall prefer his earlier novel Rules of Civility. I'm probably in the minority though.

      Your postcard arrived yesterday - thank you! Bet the book will be here soon:)

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  11. I need to read Get Well Soon, The Nix, and Eleanor Oliphant. I’m glad you liked them! They’re on my wish list.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. AJ - You can't go wrong with any of those!

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  12. I loved Cork Dork but I read it rather than listened.

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    1. Tina - I'm sure I would have enjoyed it in print, too!

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  13. A Gentleman in Moscow is in my TBR pile, and I keep hearing good things about it. I'm thinking that a listen/read combination may be the way to go for me.

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    1. Monica - I love read/listen combinations! It somehow makes me feel more immersed in a novel. I'm enjoying Pachinko this way now.

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  14. I really enjoyed a re-read of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets via the audiobook read by the hilarious Stephen Fry :-D

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    1. Jessicabookworm - When my girls were younger, we listened to HP audios in the car. We all loved it!

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  15. Haven't listened to a single one of these but have enjoyed several in print. Would love to hear Shrill in West's own voice!

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    1. Lisa - Memoirs and essays, like Shrill, tend to be among my favorite nonfiction audios... especially when the author is a talented narrator!

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