1. BayView

    BayView Huh. Interesting. Contributor

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    Audio Book Recommendations?

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by BayView, Feb 12, 2017.

    I'm in a bit of a book funk, and have a lot of driving over the next few days... I'd like to address both issues with a kick-ass audio book.

    Anyone got any recommendations?

    I'm not too picky about genre. Don't generally enjoy hard SciFi, but otherwise, I'm pretty open. I need a strong narrator, but not necessarily an intrusive one--just one that does a good job.

    Hook me up?
     
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    Tenderiser Not a man or BayView

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    You've probably seen me recommend these before but my favourites are:

    Perfume - Patrick Suskind
    Hannibal - Thomas Harris
    The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
    The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
    Life of Pi - Yann Martel
    Life Expectancy - Dean Koontz

    Those are the ones I listen to over and over.
     
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    A game of thrones. Excellently narrated. Some of the best characters I've ever read. Martin has made me gasp aloud half-a-hundred times!

    I also enjoyed The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. Great book. Well-narrated.

    The Shining was good too.

    I also liked Endymion.
     
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  4. BayView

    BayView Huh. Interesting. Contributor

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    Whoo hoo!

    I'm downloading one from each of you - The Rosie Project and The Bone Clocks.

    I've already read quite a few of the others, and I got confused by the Endymion thing - is it a later book in a series?)
     
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    The Atrocity Archives, by Charles Stross
    The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson
    Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War
     
  6. KaTrian

    KaTrian A foolish little beast. Contributor

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    To the End of the Land by David Grossman.

    It's so long you'll basically get to drive to the end of the land before the book ends. o_O But I've really enjoyed the audio version, and there's just something so captivating about the way Grossman writes. (granted, it's a translation -- but a good one!)
     
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    Steerpike Felis amatus Contributor

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    The Expanse SF books are very good, and the narrator is excellent. The Leviathan Wakes is the first one.

    Also, Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon is good, but you'll have to do a hell of a lot of driving to get through it.

    Jack Campbell wrote a fantasy series specifically for Audible, called Pillars of Eternity. The first one is the Dragons of Dorcastle. Also good--main conflict in the world is between mages and engineers.
     
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    Not sure they count, since they were never books, but lately I've been listening to some of the Big Finish audio stories while driving. Some of the Doctor Who stories are better than the TV show (and some were turned into episodes of the TV show).
     
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    The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. Excellent storyline and characters and Luke Daniels is top in the narration field.

    The Supervillany Series by CT Phipps. Fun characters, with a lot of humor and sarcasm. Jeffrey Kafer does a top notch job narrating.
     
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    "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt - deep and very long, but wow - such a great story full of emotion and set in this day and age.
     
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    The Last Church (WH40K Pre-Horus Heresy).
     
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    Steerpike Felis amatus Contributor

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    Who wrote that one? If it's Abnett I'd certainly want to read and/or hear it.
     
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    Graham McNeill
     
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    Ah, OK. I don't think I've read any of his 40K stuff, but have read some of his Warhammer fantasy.
     
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    I suuuuper liked this book. It wasn't even the story or characters, I just really enjoyed the way she writes. I haven't listened to the audio version, though.

    I just got the audio version of this something of a behemoth fantasy series by Anthony Ryan, Blood Song, which I would've probably never bought but a friend said she couldn't put it down, and since she usually isn't a fantasy reader, especially if the hero is male, I figured it's probably better than average at least. :ohno:
     
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    Any of the Red Dwarf novels - PMSL!
    The Martian - well narrated and laugh-out-loud funny in parts.
    The Bourne Trilogy - working my way through these right now, on Supremacy as I type. Excellent novels, well narrated. Gripping as hell! It's all I can do in the mornings to get out of my car and go into work!
     

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