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mattlawson : 6/27/2020 11:03 am
Anything good out there right now from Audible you’d recommend?
any specific genres?  
Eric on Li : 6/27/2020 11:05 am : link
this is admittedly a weird way to triangulate, but when I find a narrator I like usually they do similar authors/types of books and it's a good way to find new ones.
Not new...  
Chris in Philly : 6/27/2020 11:12 am : link
But the best audiobook I ever heard was World War Z. Top notch production with a huge cast.
Re Eric's comment...  
Southern Man : 6/27/2020 11:17 am : link
I'm more of a reader than a listener, but this article made me want to reconsider. He covers many authors/genres, so maybe there's something up your alley.
Ballerini - ( New Window )
Risk Management  
JohnG in Albany : 6/27/2020 11:45 am : link
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RE: Not new...  
RicFlair : 6/27/2020 12:11 pm : link
In comment 14925541 Chris in Philly said:
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But the best audiobook I ever heard was World War Z. Top notch production with a huge cast.



Max Brooks the author of that has a new book out about a Bigfoot massacre. Looks like the audiobook has a good cast including Jeff Daniels among others.

I’m a librarian so you know you can trust me.
Kitchen Confidential  
Guyton/Jackson : 6/27/2020 12:37 pm : link
Oldie but a great listen, as Bourdain does the narration as well. Miss his voice and the book holds up really well.
Anything  
charlito : 6/27/2020 3:04 pm : link
Joe Dispenza
For fiction  
Ron from Ninerland : 6/27/2020 3:19 pm : link
Any Michael Connelly novel ( Harry Bosch, Micky Haller )

For non-fiction, some good listens are:

In Harm's Way by Doug Stanton. Story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.

Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham.

Someone mentioned World War Z. I didn't listen to the audiobook, but it was a great read, nothing like the movie.
Kitchen Confidential was really good - a few others  
Eric on Li : 6/27/2020 3:27 pm : link
if you want a thriller I am Pilgrim. Wish I could go back and start those 20+ hours again. Shoe Dog was also really good.

And if you are into sci fi, Ready Player One was one of the more fun audiobooks i've read (and that's not usually my thing). It's narrated by Wil Wheaton who has acted in a bunch of stuff but really should just be a full time audio book narrator.
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Gene : 6/27/2020 7:53 pm : link
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Max Brooks the author of that has a new book out about a Bigfoot massacre. Looks like the audiobook has a good cast including Jeff Daniels among others.


DEVOLUTION: A Firsthand Account of the Ranier Sasquatch Massacre.

The audiobook is available in the NYPL system, but I as you can imagine there is a wait list.

I'm #111 on the wait list for the ebook.


I listen to lots of audio books at home and love it  
Marty in Albany : 6/28/2020 8:07 am : link
IMO it is way better than TV. The irony is that I pay $100 per month for TV and I seldom watch more more than 4-5 hours a week on average, but membership in the NY Public Library, listening to their audio books, and reading their online books is free.

I recommend NYPL membership, because it has a bigger selection than your local branch library. You must also download their "Overdrive" App. If you download a book and don't like it, it has cost you nothing. You can't beat that!

For me, audio books are a little too engrossing and distracting for listening while driving, but that's me.



angela's ashes  
Grey Pilgrim : 6/28/2020 8:58 am : link
Loved it!
Idk what you’re looking for exactly  
the prototype : 6/28/2020 9:19 am : link
But The way of Kings audiobooks are awesome. Fantasy. The Kingkiller chronicles are great although I can’t say I’ve listened to the audio. The black prism as well. All some good fantasy recommendations. The mistborn trilogy.
Adrian McKinty writ s great stuff; and his reader is fantastic.  
yatqb : 6/28/2020 9:26 am : link
Jag is a about the Connelly/Bosch stuff too.
RE: For fiction  
Carson53 : 6/28/2020 11:12 am : link
In comment 14925612 Ron from Ninerland said:
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Any Michael Connelly novel ( Harry Bosch, Micky Haller )

For non-fiction, some good listens are:

In Harm's Way by Doug Stanton. Story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.

Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham.

Someone mentioned World War Z. I didn't listen to the audiobook, but it was a great read, nothing like the movie.
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I just watched seasons 6 & 7 of Bosch on Amazon Prime recently. I have not read any of Connelly's books yet.
A buddy of mine likes him as an author.
I am more of a reader than listener, myself.
My favorite audiobooks  
D HOS : 6/29/2020 11:41 am : link
I have a large collection of audiobooks. I listen to about 2 or 3 new ones per week.

It's hard to make recommendations unless you know what a person likes, but here are some of my favorites that I think are (mostly) off the mainstream featuring - a good story that is unique or not too derivative, gave me something new, a good narration, works well in audio book format and most importantly, will listen again.

* = Best of the Best
*** = stop what you are doing and start listening right now.

Time Travel / Alt Reality

    Destiny's Crucible series
    The Lathe of Heaven
    A Long Time Until Now
    Fata Morgana
    *Arcadia (Ian Pears)
    *The Didymus Contingency
    Doomsday Book
    Dark Matter
    *Wayward Pines
    The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack

Sherlock Holmesian

    The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
    *Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series
    The Sherlockian
    The Fifth Heart
    Detective Lavender Mysteries
    ***Barker & Llewelyn Mysteries

Historical Fiction

    *Shardlake Series
    Girl Waits with Gun
    *The Alienist
    The Angel of Darkness
    Pillars of the Earth
    Saxon Chronicles
    Anything by Edward Rutherford (except Sarum with the female narrator).

Weird / Aliens

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
    The Stone Man
    14 (Peter Clines)
    Wanderers
    Watchers (Dean Koontz)
    *Odd Thomas series
    Sorrow Falls books
    Transmission (Morgan Rice)
    *Contact
    The Event Group series

Thriller

    The Survivor
    The Millionaires
    *The River
    *The Culper Ring series
    Dublin Murder Squad series
    Marine One
    I Am Pilgrim
    *The Martian
    Artemis
    The Silent Patient
    Before the Fall
    Antarctica
    *The Abominable
    *Walt Longmire series

Post Apocalyptic

    ***The Dog Stars
    Wolves
    *The Passage Trilogy
    Breakers series
    The Remaining series
    Mountain Man series
    *Commune series
    Borrowed World series
    The Road
    *A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World
    Feed
    *Ex-Heros series (post apocalyptic super heros vs zombies!!)

Space

    Space Ops series
    *Blue Gemini Series
    Sleeping Gods series

Fantasy

    The Ryeria Chronicles
    Raven's Shadow series
    *Gentleman Bastards series
    Dagger and Coin series
    Book of Lost Swords series

Dogs

    ***Merles Door
    Catching Murphy
    The Art of Racing in the Rain

Anything Stephen King

Let me especially point out an underrated but excellent King story and audiobook:
***The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
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