I’ve always loved to hear someone read me a good story. These days, audiobooks are a personal favorite when it comes to hearing a story read aloud. Are you headed on a road trip this summer, or do you share my love of read-alouds? Here are a few exceptional titles I would recommend. For me, the narrator of an audiobook can make or break a good story, and these titles are all read superbly.
If you’ve never read the classic Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, the 2003 recording read by actor Ethan Hawke is phenomenal. Hawke reads with the intensity and sincerity that this book warrants. This tragically comedic tale combines elements of war drama and absurd alien encounters.
If you’re a fan of the ever-popular zombie genre, check out the audiobook version of Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. This book follows the main character, a member of the walking dead, as he struggles with an existential dilemma after eating the brain of a young woman’s lover. Kevin Kenerly reads these post-apocalyptic characters to perfection.
The Fault in Our Stars by young adult author John Green will make you laugh and cry as it explores love, loss and life through the eyes of a teenager with terminal cancer. Performed by Kate Rudd, the audio version of this book won the 2013 Odyssey Award for best young adult audiobook. I found myself sitting in my car and listening long after I had reached my destination, because I was so enthralled by the characters and superb voice acting.
Filled with magic, intrigue and romance, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus spins a fascinating tale of two dueling magicians who fall madly in love. Jim Dale’s reading of this book is superlative, evoking all the wonder and romance of this novel. Set against a lush Victorian backdrop, the cast of colorful characters keeps the listener riveted to the end.