I’ve been listening to more audiobooks recently. Part of that definitely has to do with Audible having a sale, and the other part of that is that I’m reading a lot more non-fiction this year than I have in years past. In fact, looking at my current stats I’ve read 6 non-fiction books. That may not sound like a lot, but considering my average was between zero and one for the past however many years, I think I’m definitely branching out.
And audiobooks have become a majority of that reading. I like listening to authors read their own books: they’re intimate with the work and they give more life to the work. All of the non-fiction that I’ve read this year I’ve also listened to. For some of them I switched back and forth between the audiobook and the text depending on when I was listening. That being said I also listened to a few fiction books on audiobook, and have greatly enjoyed those as well.
I wanted to give you my overall top 5 audiobooks. I think this will be fun to look back on so I can see if I find that any of these change, or if they stay the same in years to come. I have some other plans for yearly statistics coming up towards the end of the year, so stay tuned for that as well.
These are in no particular order, so let’s just get into them.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Tina Fey is an amazing writer, comedian, and all-around good person. As an aspiring writer, I find her work to be incredibly influential, and I look up to her so much. She’s not afraid to put herself out there both on the page and on the screen, and that becomes very evident in her book. This book had me laughing from the first page to the last, and I really enjoyed listening to Tina Fey read the book herself.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
In a similar vein, I recently listened to Amy Poehler’s book. My favorite part of this book were the guest appearances by other people I admire like Seth Meyers, and it was a lot of fun listening to her talk about some of the best parts of Parks and Rec and SNL. The stories in Poehler’s book were tangentially connected to Bossypants, so I was super glad that I read both of these this year to get the full context of their amazing story. Amy Poehler has a chapter called “Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend”. A friend had told me about this chapter prior to me reading the book, and though I expected it to resonate to an extent, I feel like this book came to me in the perfect time in my life. I’ve since gone back and read that chapter a few times and listened to Amy Poehler read it. It honestly feels like she’s sitting in my car with me and giving me advice.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (Narrated by Gillian Flynn)
I know, I know, I wrote about this book last week. It’s just so good. One thing I didn’t mention in my full review of this book was that I listened to the majority of it on audiobook. The book was narrated by Gillian Flynn, who did an incredible job giving Michelle McNamara her own voice, while remaining respectful to the woman who wrote it. This story is extremely personal, and a lot of the time I forgot that Flynn was narrating it. I found myself gripping the steering wheel a bit too tightly as I drove home, completely immersed in the narrative. I loved this book a lot. It was an amazing reading experience, and an even better listening experience. If you haven’t already read this book, you should read that, and then go read my review of it.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
I’ll be honest, I chose this book for two reasons: it was short, and it was narrated by the author. This was one of the first books that I read this year. I listened to it on my ten minute commute to work, and was done within two or three days. I found it funny, charming, and insightful. This book touched on a lot of information that I did already have some knowledge about, and I did wish that it would branch out a bit further to give some more information, but I greatly enjoyed the little refresh it gave me. Maybe he’ll come out with a sequel called “More Astrophysics”. I would read that.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Narrated by Stephen Fry)
This is probably one of, if not the oldest book on my Goodreads TBR list. I added it in January of 2011, which is probably when I purchased the complete volume. I finally got to it this year, because it was narrated by Stephen Fry, and because it was relatively short and I was trying to catch up to get back to being ahead of my reading challenge. I had seen the movie previously and was not super impressed with it, so I was hesitant to go into it. I’m definitely glad that I listened to the audiobook instead of reading it. Stephen Fry made the piece seem more lighthearted and I enjoyed it a lot. I’ll definitely pick up the next installment soon.
That’s all of my current top five audiobooks! I hope you found something new to read here, and keep an eye out for next week where I’ll be having a full series review coming your way. (For a sneak peak of what that’s going to be, feel free to add me on Goodreads).