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Subject: Audio Book Suggestions
Date Posted: 5/25/2009 10:10 AM ET
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Hello all. I am not a fan of audio books. My mind drifts and I never hear much beyond the first 5 minutes. If that. I want to pick up some for a friend though. Can you fans of audio books give me suggestions on good stories that are also very well done? Thanks so much!!! Oh, I think she needs them only on CD.

Date Posted: 5/25/2009 12:23 PM ET
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I've enjoyed the Phillip Margolin books in audio, as well as Carl Hiaason's.  As a general rule, I've found that fast paced books do better for me in audio.  While I enjoy reading slower paced books, like Elizabeth Peters' Peabody series, they really tend to bog down in audio, since it's a slower medium than reading is.

Another thing to keep in mind is where your friend will listen.  If it's for commuting, you might want to stick with audios that can be finished in a week's commuting time.  I can tell you from experience that listening to the same book for 11 or 12 hours, or two weeks commuting, is just too long.

Date Posted: 5/25/2009 2:54 PM ET
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I've listened to all of the Sue Grafton alphabet books on audio and the were good. I listened to some of Prey series by John Sandford on audio as well and the reader for those is very good.

Also the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evenovich are hilarious on audio.  The Harry Potter audiobooks were really good too.

Date Posted: 5/25/2009 3:14 PM ET
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I loved Dick Francis' books on audio

I love my audio books.  They make my drive time so much more pleasant.  Before you buy any books, check out your library on line.  Many of them now have audio books for download.  If you want to get some good ideas and then look for them here, check out www.audible.com .  I like almost everything read by Kate Reading or George Guidall.

Date Posted: 5/25/2009 4:13 PM ET
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What type of mysteries does your friend like?  Personally I like all kinds, and I'm also a big audiobook listener, so here are my favorate series in audio for the various sub-genres of mystery:

  • The Cat Who series by Lilian Jackson Braun - These are narrated by George Guidall, who (as mentioned by Melani above) is an excellent narrator.  He enbodies the main character in these books.  This is a cozy mystery series with almost no "on screen" violence.
  • Sue Grafton's Alphabet series - Starts with A Is for Alibi
  • Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series -  As mentioned above, these are pretty funny.   There are several narrators of this series, and my favorite is C.J. Critt, who narrated the first ten books.
  • The In Death series by J.D. Robb - futuristic romantic suspense.  I defy you not to fall in love with Roarke!
  • The Jane Rizzoli / Maura Isles series by Tess Gerritsen.   These intense mystery/thrillers are almost impossible to stop listening to.  The author does a great job of keeping up the tension throughout the whole book.
Date Posted: 5/25/2009 4:35 PM ET
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Wow Great information everyone. Thank you!!!

Date Posted: 5/25/2009 4:41 PM ET
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I also highly recommend anything narrated by George Guidall...I was introduced to him when I listened to Craig Johnson's series featuring Walt Longmire. (A series I highly recommend, by the way!) He is soooooooo good!

I also have listened to about half of Margaret Maron's Judge Deborah Knott series in audio (read the other half) and recommend those. They are narrated by C.J. Critt, who is also excellent. I've heard her narrate some other books/series and she does a great job.

Also Rita Mae Brown's "Mrs. Murphy" series. It's that series featuring the 2 cats and a dog and their 'human.' They're a bit cozier than I would normally read, but listening to them (narrated by Kate Forbes) I enjoy them a lot! She does a wonderful job with the voices and tone.

I just discovered audiobooks about 2 years ago--before that, I had the fear that I would either lose concentration on the book or on whatever else I was doing, but it hasn't been a problem, surprisingly. I usually only listen when I'm walking, cleaning/cooking (or other mindless housework) and when I'm playing a computer game where I don't have to think too much. Now I love 'em!