Speaking for themselves: audio books
Every Tuesday over at the The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic. The topic this week is :
In which I confess that I’ve never listened to a book. I think if I was to pick 10 books though to give audio a try they would be as follows:
- The 3 Fairytale retellings by Sarah Pinborough: Beauty/Poison/Charm – because these are relatively short books, they’re retellings based on fairytales and they’re quite fascinating and cheeky takes on the original stories – I don’t think my attention would wander.
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – because I understand Neil Gaiman narrates this one on audio and so I would love to listen to it.
- The Road Brothers by Mark Lawrence – this is a series of short stories all connected to The Broken Empire series – I think it would be very easy to listen to these, one at a time, not all in one go but just every now and again.
- Something spooky that would give me the chills – The Haunting of Hill House of Shirley Jackson – I have a notion that listening to something scary would be excellent – providing it was narrated well, I suppose it could go horribly wrong!
- Monstrous Little voices – 5 stories retold, based on some of Shakespeare’s most famous works but given a more modern voice. Each five of the stories connect but I figure listening to these would be great – overall just shy of 350 pages but taken individually they’re lovely little chunks. As a rule I don’t like short stories but when they all connect in this way they’re excellent.
- I think I would like to listen to some of the Sherlock Holmes books on audio – particularly Hound of the Baskervilles.
- I think a book with excellent dialogue throughout – such as The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula – because of the style of narration I just imagine this would be an excellent audio book.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling – I think the first in the series had a lighter feel and would be a good starting point
- Suggestions – given that I’ve read all of the above – do you have any suggestions that feel similar??