My local library allows me to download up to seven ebooks and/or audiobooks at a time. Since discovering this, I’ve listened to little else. I hope your library gives you this option, it’s fantastic! Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order.
If you find and listen to any of them let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your opinions
The Stupidest Angel: a Heartwarming tale of Christmas Terror By Christopher Moore, read by Tony Roberts
The title and subtitle say everything you really need to know. A clueless angel bungles a Christmas miracle. The delivery of this is so perfect, I absolutely can’t do it justice. I highly recommend listening to this instead of getting the physical book. The contrast of the utterly matter of fact reading and the utterly absurd events and characters is masterful. I laughed out loud (I mean that very literally), even the second time through. I found the dramatis personae very relatable and charming.
I can’t tell you too much about these, as they are about a mysterious people, and I want those people to be just as mysterious to you as they were to me. If you trust me, you can even skip reading the synopsis, so everything will really be a surprise!
The Secret Place by Tana French, read by Stephen Hogan and Lara Hutchinson
I love this book so much. I cared deeply for all the right characters, and was completely swept up in the magic of the book. It sounds odd to say that about a book that centers on a murder investigation, but if you take my advice and listen to this book, I’m sure you’ll see what I mean. Initially, I got this book largely because I thought it would be fun to hear a book read with an Irish accent. The synopsis doesn’t do it justice, I feel. But then I doubt any synopsis could. The reading doesn’t disappoint. It would be a joy to listen to these two read the phonebook. Everything about this book caught me in a way that is hard to describe. I have become sentimental about this book, and I plan to revisit it someday, the way you would plan to visit a friend.
The Passage (and sequel) By Justin Cronin, read by Scott Brick
Hugely sweeping story about a vampire apocalypse. You’ll be amazed at how many characters you can be made to care about, and the detail of each individual person. It’s been a long time since I listened to this one, so I don’t remember it in too much detail, just the impression of expansiveness, yet intimacy, that I was left with. Apparently, a third book is coming out this year, so that’s super exciting. I might actually pay money, if it doesn’t become available as an audiobook at my library!
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, read by Lenny Henry
Another one which I listened to twice (at least), and laughed out loud both times. “Fat Charlie” is the son of a West African trickster god, called Anansi the Spider. Of course, Fat Charlie doesn’t realize that at the beginning of the book. All he knows is that his father, who everyone else finds charming, stands between him and his dreams of normalcy. Fat Charlie grew up the butt of his father’s pranks, constantly embarrassed by his father’s antics. Even his father’s death is a source of embarrassment. And he discovers he has an opposite twin, just as mischievous as his father. You’ll cringe for poor Charlie as his life goes to pieces, but you’ll be glad in the end.