Audio books I have read
Being a blind person, I read or rather listen to audiobooks. I have been listening to hundreds of books going back for about four decades. Audio books loaned out by the Library of Congress. More often that not LOC will send or download audiobooks from commercial audiobook producers instead of their in-house amateur voice talent. I now receive audiobooks on my iPhone. I have listened enough to be a bit particular on what books I read and who reads them. It’s one thing to just read a book but another to actually perform them. A good voice actor makes a big difference in whether or not I finish a book. But it most helpful if the book is written well. A well written book coupled with a talented voice actor makes for a good book. In the past some books were read by monotone readers and hard for me to stay awake. Some readers have voice characteristics which distracts from the reading. A real book closer.
Here is a short list of books I had listened to recently:
Title: The Kitchen Boy: A novel of the last Tsar, by Robert Alexander, historical fiction 2022 and read by Allen Lewis Rickman. A voice actor with a most convincing Russian accent.
Drawing from decades of work, travel, and research in Russia, Robert Alexander re-creates the story of the final days of Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov as seen through the eyes of their young kitchen boy, Leonka.
Title: The Maid, a novel. by Nita Prose, fiction, 2022 and read by Lauren Ambrose. Ambrose captures the clueless wide eye ‘Deer in the headlights’ voice of Molly the maid.
Twenty-five-year-old Molly Gray doesn’t interact well with the world and misses her gran who codified it for her. She has gotten a job as a hotel maid and revels in her orderly duties. When she discovers a dead body in a room, Molly must unravel the real killer’s identity… Bestseller.
Title: The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett, historical fiction, 2019 and read by Tom Hanks. An incredible reading. An incredible actor.
Through a canny investment at the end of World War II, Cyril Conroy lifts his family out of poverty. His first order of business is to buy the lavish Dutch House. But this purchase brings only heartache to his loved ones–including children Danny and Maeve.
Title: The Best Cook in the World, Tales and recipes from my Mama’s table by Rick Bragg and read by Rick Bragg. Read with his southern folksy style. Just as he wrote it, 2019.
PPulitzer Prize winner and author of All Over but the Shoutin’ and Ava’s Man presents a food memoir and tribute to his mother, Margaret, who never owned a cookbook, but was an amazing cook. Includes family generational stories that pre-date the Civil War.
And I could add dozens of more but I’m out of room here.