Friday, October 14, 2011

Listening Library Presents..

Not many audiobooks have the depth and quality of a full cast and production, however a great reader truly does make the difference.

Lately I've been hunting through It's a difficult hunt, a book that doesn't require 100% concentration to follow, that can capture your imagination without difficulty. Some may love the dry informative reads such as Outliers, Lost city of Z or Devil in the White City. I however avoid them like the plague. Action, drama, mixed with a good amount of comedy is essential for any listener, especially a novice.

So far? This is not necessarily a criticism of the writing nor the reader, but sometimes the stories just need to be read on paper. Often, light fluff makes for the best campfire stories...

5 stars
BBC Lord of the Rings
George Orwell, War of the Worlds
Harry Potter series
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Hunger Games
Agatha Christie series with full cast and production value Radio 4 (Murder on the Orient Express, Death in the Clouds, Thirteen at Dinner)
Bridget Jones Diary

4 stars
The Night Circus
The Ring of Solomon
Discovery of Witches
American Gods
City of Embers by
Gideon the Cutpurse
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Spy Who came out from the Cold

3 stars
Robopocalypse: A Novel
Bartimeaus Trilogy
The Pale King
The Alchemyst
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Pride and Prejudice & Zombies
Blood Meridian
Year of the Flood (best to read...)
The Road

2 stars
George R. R. Martin series Song of Ice and Fire: DON'T BOTHER, his books are a great READ, but the dense storyline and vast group of characters can easily lose any attentive listener.