Top 5 Audiobooks of 2013
I spent a lot of time in the car in 2013 and am always on the look out for great audiobooks to hold my attention. Since I tend to get bored easily, I look for audiobooks that are shorter in length. All of these made my commute fly by!
#5. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And other concerns) by Mindy Kaling
I first read this book in 2011 when it was originally released. The audiobook seems to have made a resurgence this year with Mindy Kaling’s growing popularity. I decided to revisit the book in audio form and I was not disappointed. Read by Mindy Kaling with her unmistakable voice and humor. Mindy discusses always being chubby, growing up an awkward child, dating, and Hollywood. If you are a fan of The Mindy Project, definitely check out this audiobook.
#4. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
The best way to describe this compilation of short stories is gritty. The stories range from funny, to disturbing, and to heartbreaking. Read by the critically acclaimed author, you will feel like you are a part of Yunior’s life in New Jersey as a young immigrant and as he grows into adulthood. At the heart of every story is love and all of its messiness.
#3 Still Foolin' 'em : Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, And Where The Hell Are My Keys? by Billy Crystal
Who can resist a good laugh? A portion of the book is Billy Crystal cracking jokes about getting older. However, some of the some of the more interesting stories look back at his childhood, career and love for his family. I really enjoyed the personal stories about Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. Read by Billy Crystal, some chapters are performed in front of an audience, which makes you feel like you are at a stand up show.
#2 Astray by Emma Donoghue (Read by Khristine Hvam, James Langton, Robert Petkoff, Dion Graham, and Suzanne Toren)
This audiobook was released late in 2012 and was one of the first I listened to this year. It is a compilation of short stories, interwoven with historical events. The stories are heart wrenching and memorable. Spanning Victorian England to the Civil War, Donoghue uses fictionalized accounts of real life events to bring history to life. Following each story, Donoghue explains the inspiration for the story (a letter, diary, newspaper article).
#1 The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver (Read by Rebecca Lowman and Amanda Carlin)
This is the last audiobook that I listened to this year and was one of the best. The debut novel by Elizabeth Silver keeps you guessing until the end. Noa P. Singleton is on death row, after being convicted of killing her father’s pregnant girlfriend. The story unravels as Rebecca Lowman narrates as Noa P. Singleton in a cool and arrogant tone. You learn about Noa's life and the events leading up the the murder, but it is not clear until the final pages the true events of that day.