The volume is high for end-of-the-year “best of” lists and audiobook fans are not muted! Read on to find out which titles are earning accolades.
Edoardo Ballerini’s narration of Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter has won audible.com’s nod for best audiobook of 2012 and I couldn’t agree more. This was one of those listening experiences that grabs you on the first track and makes you want to send gushing fan letters to the reader.
This memoir is read by its author, Marcus Samuelsson, and while his speech pattern takes a little getting used to, the combination of his incredible life story and his honest, raw telling of it make this a totally engaging listen. Disclaimer: You’ll be hungry if you listen on an empty stomach.
And here is another memoir that I couldn’t turn off. After the author’s mother is unfortunately diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, they spend her remaining time reading and discussing as many books as they can. As one would imagine, it’s a very moving story, and is way more than a chronicling of their likes and dislikes. Highly recommended.
Want more? Try these award winners.
Click on any of the images in this post for more information. And as always, happy listening.
Posted in Award Winners, Book Reviews, Staff Reads
Tagged audible.com, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, Behind the Beautiful Forever by Katherine Boo, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty, The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe, The Fault in our Stars by John Green, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Instead of curling up with a good book try stretching out with a good listen. Just put the fan on ‘hi’ and the CD player on ‘medium’ and let someone else do the reading.
The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis
Can someone help the blockbuster Nordic authors with their title choices? I find them so bland. Fortunately, this story is anything but. This is the first in a mystery/suspense trilogy by authors best known for their young adult fantasies. A Red Cross nurse tries not to get killed while she solves the mystery of the boy in the suitcase. Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, and a winner of an AudioFile Earphones award.
Among the Missing by Morag Joss
This psychological thriller is set in Scotland and the listener is treated to not one, but 3, inveterate readers; Robin Sachs, Kate Reading and Cassandra Campbell. They do an expert job of getting into the heads of the characters who have survived a bridge collapse. Another AudioFile Earphones award winner.
Blue Monday by Nicci French
Didn’t get your tickets to the London Olympics? This thriller will take you all over the city as a psychotherapist and chief inspector try to thaw a very cold case involving an abandoned child. The blurb says, “Blue Monday introduces a compelling protagonist and a chilling mystery that will appeal to readers of dark crime fiction.” Deftly delivered by Beth Chalmers. AudioFile Earphones award winner, March 2012.
And now for something completely different,
Life, on the Line by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas
This is one compelling memoir. I was enviously wondering how Achatz could be the #1 U.S. chef and a great storyteller as I listened to his tale of starting out in a diner in Michigan to owning Alinea, the 4-star, world-class restaurant in Chicago. And he is a stage four tongue cancer survivor. And he isn’t even 40 years old. Achatz’ success story is mostly about hard work and determination. After you finish this you’ll want to check out his cookbook, Alinea, then you’ll want to make reservations. Johnny Heller narrates.
And finally, we do have the Fifty Shades trilogy on audio but perhaps you want to wait until the weather is a little cooler for this hotter than hot title.
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Tagged Agnete Friss, audiobooks, Beth Chalmers, Cassandra Campbell, chefs, earphones award, Grant Achatz, Johnny Heller, Kate Reading, Katherine Kellgren, Lene Kaaberbol, memoir, Morag Joss, Nicci French, Robin Sachs, thirillers