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Subject: really good audiobooks
Date Posted: 9/16/2007 11:57 PM ET
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I just listened to A Thousand Splendid Suns and A Long Way Home and they were awesome! Just thought i'd let all you audio bookers know. Both narrators are authentic and add to the stories.

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 12:30 PM ET
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Thanks for the recomendations!  The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella has a great narrator, too!

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 9:37 AM ET
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MC Beaton's Agatha Raisin series has a good narrator too. Right now I'm listening to Diana Gabaldon's A Breath of Snow and Ashes on cd and it's fabulous.

A Thousand Splendid Suns was great listening.

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 3:31 PM ET
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The BBC's version of The Chronicles of Narnia.  On my ipod for traveling, if I don't feel like holding up a book on the plane.

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 7:37 PM ET
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I really enjoyed A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore & The Ivy Chronicles by Karen Quinn.  I listened to them last year and they still stand out to me! 

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 8:26 PM ET
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Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand books are also good via audio tape.  I think I have heard every Agatha Raisin and every Death on Demand.

Date Posted: 9/27/2007 5:08 PM ET
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I have listened to over 250 Unabridged audio books (not bragging, just been doing a 86 mile round trip to work and back for the last 7 years :).

Here are my 3 favorite.

THE WINNER

The Warlords Chronicle by Bernard Cornwell

1. The Winter King

2. Enemy of God

3. Excalibur

I have read / listened to other King Arthur stories, but Cornwell's is the best by far. They are somewhat hard to find and only on cassette, but if you can find them they are well worth the trouble. By the way if possible you really want to get the Unabridged versions produced by Books On Tape (Books on Tape still sells them direct, but they are expensive). David Case is the narrator and he really brings the stories to life.

Amazon Description:

In Dark Ages Britain, Arthur has been banished and Merlin has disappeared; a child-king sits unprotected on the throne and magic vies with religion for the souls of the people. Going far beyond the usual tales of romance and chivalry, The Winter King introduces us to an Arthur who is both utterly convincing and a true hero: a man of honor, loyalty, and amazing valor; a man who loves Guinevere more passionately than he should; a man whose life is at once tragic and triumphant. This magnificent novel will forever change the way the story of Arthur is told.

SECOND RUNNER UP

The Flashman Series by George McDonald Frasier:

1. Flashman (1969) - ISBN: 0736626751 - (ALREADY OWN)

2. Royal Flash (1970) - ISBN: 5557105298 (ALREADY OWN)

3. Flash for Freedom! (1971) - ISBN: 5557108939 (ALREADY OWN)

4. Flashman at the Charge (1973) - ISBN: 5552756207 - Los Angeles Library

5. Flashman In The Great Game (1975)- ISBN: 0736629084 - Los Angeles Library

6. Flashman's Lady (1977) - ISBN: 5557118101 - Los Angeles Library

7. Flashman and the Redskins (1982) - ISBN: 5557117970 - Los Angeles Library

8. Flashman and the Dragon (1985) - ISBN: 555711694X - Long Beach Library

9. Flashman and the Mountain of Light (1990) - ISBN: 5557122532 - Oakland , A K Smiley, & Redwood City Public Libraries

10. Flashman and the Angel of the Lord (1994) - ISBN: Los Angeles Library

11. Flashman and the Tiger (1999) - ISBN: 073665688X - Long Beach Library & Los Angeles Library

12. Flashman On the March (2005) - ISBN:

There are several different versions of the series out there, but the best ones are the Unabridged versions produced by Books On Tape. David Case is the Narrator on most of the books and again does a wonderful job.

 

THIRD RUNNER UP

The Ancient Egyptian Series by Wilbur Smith:

1. River God

2. Seventh Scroll

3. Warlock

4. The Quest

Pretty much any of the Wilbur Smith's books are worth the read / listen, but his Ancient Egyptian series is definitely the best. Luckily, a bunch of his books have been produced as Audio books and a lot of Libraries have them.

 

Chris



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Date Posted: 10/1/2007 10:50 AM ET
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Wel, on our drive back from Boston, we listened to "The Little Prince" and "The Alchemist" both were very good

We started "Life of Pi" it was a it tedious to be listening to as we were trying to listen also to the GPS through Baltimore and DC areas, so we are going to pick it up again with a little less stressful driving!



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Date Posted: 10/1/2007 11:14 AM ET
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I am so trying not to give up on A Thousand Splendid Suns!  I am on part two, and keep thinking about things I would like more.  Of course, there were parts of The Kite Runner (I read this one, did not listen to it) that I was so very bored I almost gave it up.

But, give me anything by Kaye Gibbons, which I almost always listen to while walking, and I could walk from beginning to end of the book.  The only one so far not read by her (I think I am going to try to take on her sweet, soft southern voice) was On The Occasion of My Last Afternoon, an abridgement read marvelously by Polly Holliday. 

And why the heck do they abridge books as tiny as hers, anyway!!

Now, I've read everything she has written, and the only one I truly disliked and didn't even finish was the sequel to Ellen Foster.  I hadn't been all that crazy about Sights Unseen until today, when I just finished hearing Gibbons read it herself.  This was a very long walk this morning!

So the point of this is:  I truly recommend any audio of Kaye Gibbons, esp if you like Southern Fiction. 

Another audio I loved and will probably start again since it was a "walker" for sure--I went miles on this one--is Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer.  I loved that one so much that when one of the tapes would not play, I teased that thing along manually with a twig from the side of the road,  advancing it for 15 minutes before it got past the problem and played.  A wonderful book and read on 16 UNabridged cassettes.

I will listen to all of these recommendations over and over.  Hope to be back with more, and hope very much to hear about others as lately I do more audios than regulars due to commuting and lots of walking.

Thanks for starting this thread.

 

Date Posted: 10/1/2007 12:23 PM ET
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Some I have enjoyed:

Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett

The Truest Pleasure by Robert Morgan

In My Hands - Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer - Irene Gut Opdyke

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (actors read the different characters)

All of the Harry Potter BOTs are excellent!

Date Posted: 10/1/2007 10:35 PM ET
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Anything read by Bill Bryson, but especially A Walk in the Woods and his recent Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid.



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Date Posted: 10/2/2007 12:19 AM ET
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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides I listened to a great narration on tape last year

Date Posted: 10/2/2007 11:50 AM ET
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I just listened to the unabridged version of Plainsong by Kent Haruf--I thought the narrator was excellent and it was a great "listen."

Date Posted: 10/2/2007 4:36 PM ET
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i'm a big series reader.  here are a few that are great.

JD Robb's (Nora Roberts) In Death series

Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar Series

Robert Crais's Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series

James Patterson's Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club Series'

Sue Grafton's Alphabet series

JA Jance's Joanna Brady series

and of course

Harry Potter series.

and i'm sure there are more that i just can't think of right now!

Date Posted: 10/3/2007 8:38 AM ET
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I'm a Gibbons fan too Bonnie! I have all first editions of her books.  I h aven't read Sights Unseen yet. My favorite of her is Charms for the Easy LIfe.

Have you read any Clyde Edgeron? I love him too.

Date Posted: 10/3/2007 6:11 PM ET
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I loved listening to: 

"Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaiman.  (EXCELLENT reader) 

"Shadow Divers" by Robert Kurston (or Kurson, something like that)

I agree with Bill Bryson's books, too!

Oh, and I loved "Nature Girl" and "Skinny Dip" by Carl Hiaasen.

The only book I had to stop listening to was "What Remains", read by Carole Radziwell.  Her reading was PAINFULLY awful.  I got a copy of the book to read from PBS instead!

Date Posted: 10/3/2007 7:41 PM ET
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April, are those first editions signed by any chance?  A Virtuous Woman just breaks my heart every time I read it, right from that first paragraph.  (And to anyone interested, you could read this little book in a day.)

Clyde Edgeron?  I'll look him up.  Thank you.