Top 5 Audiobooks of Summer 2015

Top 5 Summer Reads

 

Iwitnessed something disturbing today.

Target was setting up Halloween promos throughout the store.

Sounds a tad dramatic, I know, but Halloween decor in August?? Ok, it’s Aug 31..alright, it’s Sep 1 or maybe Sep 2…but folks!, we still have Back to School, Labor Day & Octoberfest between all that. Don’t jump the gun on me, Target!! Even Canadian Thanksgiving is earlier than that (Oct 12 for the curious.)

And yes, Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving too and it’s a month earlier. Why, you ask? Check out this method to the madness. Here’s my professional explanation:

Cool to be different

It’s Cool To Be Different

Well, all these reminders for pumpkins, rakes & ghoulish displays means only one thing folks….Summer 2015 is coming to a close.

I know, I know!!

I don’t want to be reminded either.

TOP 5 AUDIOBOOKS OF SUMMER 2015

Things come to a beautiful, lazy standstill in summer. It’s also the perfect time to head to a beach or a park, curl up on a blanket and cosy up to a good book. Mimosas optional 🙂

It’s even better when you have a talented narrator read out the book to you, with their accents, voices & rich tones painting scenes from the book or making characters seem like living, breathing people. Audiobooks are truly a great way to enjoy a story come to life.

So in honor of Summer, here are my Top 5 picks on thrilling, provoking & moving audiobooks. Take a gander, umm wait, who says ‘gander’ anymore? I’m going to blame this deliriousness on the delicious summer heat. Tell me what you think! (of my summer reading, not my deliriousness). What’s on your reading list?

 

1. Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

An irresistible page turner, with twists & turns that keep you guessing till the end. Very Gone Girl-esque and you find yourself cheering for the heroine to get her act together. It’s a real treat to listen to the same narrator voice 6-8 poignant characters with layers of complexity; each sounding like a distinct person. Did I mention the accents are delightfully British? Why are British accents amazing?? Let’s take a moment to analyze this question.

Can you imagine James Bond with a Southern Accent:

Aah reckon I might should introduce m’self..name’s Bond.  Jamie Otis Cletus Bond Jr. y’all! Shucks bubba, I done told you twice.

How about Harry Potter in an Australian accent? Gasp! British accents are more mesmerizing than David Beckham & combined with riveting storytelling, they make a fabulous audiobook experience. I was glued listening in the car, long after getting to where I needed to be.

2. Kite Runner by Khaled Hossaini

I know this is a much older book, and a classic; most folks have read it already. But I love the story & narration so much, I just had to go back to it a second time. Ok, third time. It’s a beautiful story about friendship, war & redemption. Khaled himself reads the audiobook, somehow that lends more authenticity, like an old friend telling you about his life. Oh the feels! And… probably saying that turned off any male readers. Dudes, its an awesome read, brah. (And that probably turned you off even further. Sorry, brah. BRAH, WHERE U GOIN’.)

3. The Martian by Andy Weir

This book is being made into a big-time movie from Ridley Scott with Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain & Kate Mara. It’s a pretty cool read, the best way to describe it, is as the sci-fi version of Cast Away & Apollo 13. This dude gets stranded on a mission to Mars… and survives all alone, while remarkably keeping his sense of humor intact. The narration is funny and relatable. Awesome Indian accent for the NASA director in the audiobook.

4. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Don’t be drinking or eating anything when you’re reading this book, it’s laugh-out-loud funny. Comedian Aziz Ansari gets all the pitfalls of modern dating – text or not to text? Is facebook ‘poking’ someone cute or are you now the creeper? How does one traverse the murky waters of online dating…from Match.com to Tinder? The stories he has on texting mishaps are hilarious…. including the person who meant to say “it was an honor to meet you”…but ended up texting “it was a horror to meet you”…thrice! It’s a scary dating ocean out there, Aziz gets what an epidemic modern day romancing can sometimes be. The book is his version of a sociological study, with research from real folks & social anthropologists. It’s a fascinating insight into human psychology – what we say we want and what we really want –  how this influences finding happiness in life & in love.

Aziz himself narrates the book, so if you’re listening to this in a crowded elevator on the way to your office and you happen to sip coffee at the same time….. don’t say I didn’t warn you about the laugh out loud part. It’s challenging to look professional with scalding coffee up your nose, while pretending you’re sneezing and not laughing. #fail

5. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

In the 1930s, “orphan trains” brought abandoned children from New York to the farmlands of the Mid west. This interesting book jumps between two points of view – a present day foster child and flashbacks from a elderly lady, who was one of the Orphan Train children. A unique story on how these two people form an unusual friendship & connection, eventually helping each other find the missing pieces in their lives. (YES, THEY FIND THEIR MOJO!!) The story did slow down in the middle, but overall, it’s a feel-good read. Who doesn’t love happy endings? I’ll tell you who….this guy!

Party Pooper

I DON’T like happy endings. But I secretly like Unicorns.

So there, those are my top 5 picks for summer audiobooks. I’ve heard great things about:

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, a certain dude who’s name rhymes with Heavin’ Schpeelberg just purchased the rights to make it his next big movie. Voiced by Will Wheaton of Star Trek fame.
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize & Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in fiction. I’ll let you know what I think of them.

What’s floating your Reading Mojo boat?

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