Today is a freebie and it’s actually perfect because –
My dog ate my kindle.
It’s fucking PLASTIC!!!
Or, rather, she tried to EAT IT for REASONS that will always stay obscure (I still love her because she’s my baby, but come ON) – and as I cannot read on phone (it hurts my eyes way too much, ugh) and didn’t want to pay for shipping, I’ve started looking into audiobooks – she didn’t touch my phone, thanks GOD (or whoever dogs follow for advice, ya know).
After – long-ass – searches through the internet, here are the ten audiobooks I selected!
➊ Born a Crime : Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah : I actually cheated with this one because I’ve already listened to three hours yesterday and let me tell you, friends, I’m loving it. How Trevor Noah – who reads it – manages to make me laugh while talking about such horrific times is beyond me, but it’s a success : I’m both furious and thoroughly charmed and I can’t wait to listen more from it.
➋ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, special edition : soooo this is the moment when I confess that 1) I’ve never read this classic (hold your pitchforks, would you? It’s very much an English language classic and isn’t that famous in France) and 2) I might always have had a bit of a crush on Claire Danes. Therefore this edition looks like the perfect way to go at it, doesn’t it?
➌ The truth is, Storm Front has been recommended to me from age but I never really felt like it would be something I’d like. However. The audiobook is narrated by James Marsters, so obviously I just have to try or my teenage self would disown me. Duh.
➍ Anansi Boys : A BBC Radio 4 Dramatization : if you know me a little, then you are aware that Neil Gaiman and me don’t match. I know, I know, it’s an horrendous betrayal : how could I?? Dude. No idea. I always love his stories in theory but his writing always manages to bore me to no end. However, when I came across this audiobook I just knew I had to try it : first, have you seen the cast? Secondly, this particular story has been recommended to me forever as ‘the book that finally will make you fall in love with Neil Gaiman’, so. Let’s do this.
➎ Sherlock Holmes : The Definite Collection, narrated by Stephen Fry : again, classics that I ought to have read since forever, and … didn’t. Granted, as everyone on earth, probably, I stumbled upon The Hound of the Baskervilles in high school but then I just… stopped there. Sorry? Anyway. Now is the time I’ll try to make up for my years of avoidance, alright?
➏ I’ve been recommended The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco since forever and my friends are telling me that the audiobook version is great, so why wait more, huh?
➐ Flying Lessons & Other Stories by Ellen Oh (Editor) : this collection of diverse short stories written for a middle-grade audience looks so magical and interesting, I couldn’t ignore it. I just couldn’t.
➑ I’ve always loved Stephanie Kuehn’s works and I have ADHD so The Smaller Evil seems like a perfect choice for me (thank YOU to the reviewers who mentioned the ADHD rep!!)
➒ Glitterland by Alexis Hall is one of my favorite novels, so when a friend mentioned that the audiobook version was amazing, I knew I had to get it.
➓ The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish is the first audiobook that was recommended to me, my friend warning me that I should be ready to ugly laugh in public. Oh. Yes. I am.
Of course there are more, MANY MORE, but I had to choose, alright? I particularly liked scrolling through Listening Library and I recommend you do just that : so many diverse audiobooks waiting for you to listen to!