Audiobooks I’ve Bought Lately
I love reading a good book haul blog post, but I thought I would change it up and share a list of all of the audiobooks I’ve bought lately. And there are quite a few. I do have a weak spot for a 2 for 1 sale.
I love a good Brat Pack memoir. As a fan of the 1980s classics like Breakfast Club, The Outsiders, and St Elmo’s Fire I saw this and thought: a must-read! Rob Lowe is a very funny guy, not only as an actor but as a person and I find his on-screen interviews quite relatable, so I was delighted to see he had written a memoir about his early years of getting into Hollywood.
Another celebrity memoir. Natalie Wood is one of the lost-greats of the 20th century. To this day her death is shrouded in mystery, and her daughter has a lot of unanswered questions floating around her mind. But instead of focusing on that, she’s written a memoir about her time with her mother and growing up in Hollywood amongst the golden-era of films.
This was an audiobook that was recommended to me recently and I can’t wait to dive in. Everyone knows Brock Turner’s name, but no one really knows Chanel Millers. She was the victim of rape at Brock Turner’s hands, which led to massive press coverage about white-privilege and wealth disparity. Not to mention the terrible legal systems in place in the USA. Chanel gives voice to not only her experiences but those of other women who have been silenced by terrible acts of rape and sexual assault.
This was a book club choice at work, and whilst I want to say I enjoyed it. Sadly I did not. This is a satirical read that should have been handled by a professional narrator, rather than the author himself.
My next Charles Dickens’ read of choice is Bleak House. I love the BBC adaptation of this complicated drama and the audiobook, narrated by Miriam Margolyes is so far a really good listen.
I’ve tried to read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte about three different times. And this year, I finally finished it! I loved this audiobook adaptation, narrated by Juliet Stevenson and I was so surprised by the storyline. What I thought I knew about Wuthering Heights was wrong.
This was a book club pick in my Books Before Boys book club. Whilst not my favourite read ever – not even close – I did enjoy it in parts. The scenes at the horse shows and the Olympics were particularly grabbing.
I’ve only read one book by Jeannette Winterson, and that’s Weight. I’ve yet to read her debut novel and my famous work. I decided to try reading it via the audiobook and I look forward to listening to it when the mood takes me.
Dracula is a classic read that I’ve yet to cross off my bucket list. It’s technically not the original vampire story ever written, but it comes close. And again, I feel like this could be a Wuthering Heights situation where the story I think I know, is actually wrong.
Anne Bronte is my favourite Bronte sister, and yet she is the only sister whose work I’ve yet to read. Shameful! I’ve tried to read Agnes Grey before but it didn’t connect, so fingers crossed The Tenant on Wildfell Hall will.
Another writer whose work I’ve yet to read, and shamefully so, is Joan Didion. She’s one of the greatest writers of our time and I’ve been recommended The Year of Magical Thinking so many times. It’s a very emotional read turned one-woman play about coping with the loss of her husband and daughter.
Another Dickens classic I would one day love to read is Nicholas Nickleby. It’s not one of his well-known works, but the characters of Nicholas and Smike are bromance goals. But make sure you’re hydrated as you will cry.
I started reading The Little White Horse last year and didn’t finish it for some reason, so I decided to get the audiobook as I was really enjoying it. It’s also narrated by Juliet Stevenson whose my favourite audiobook narrator.
And finally, I treated myself to Pandora’s Jar by Natalie Hayne. I listened to A Thousand Ships last year and loved it, so I’m hoping to enjoy this collection of short stories about the women of Greek Myth.
Audiobooks are quickly becoming my favourite format of reading. What about you? Have you bought any good audiobooks lately? Let me know in the comments below.