I love books and would quite happily spend most of my days reading if I didn’t have a flappy child to attend to. So instead I’ve become an avid Audible fan and usually have something on the go while I feed, sterilise and drive to baby groups.
Here are some favourite listens from this year:
1) Brighton Rock by Graham Greene, read by Samuel West
I loved, loved, loved this book. The gangster plot feels very modern for 1938, the writing is full of tension, and the narration handles the strong characters well.
2) The Remains Of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguru, read by Dominic West
I’d put off reading this as I thought the story of a repressed butler sounded dull. I was wrong – this is exquisitely written and the narration respects the subtlety of the text. I binged it in a day.
3) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, read by Thandie Newton
Ah, the classic love story of a governess and her mysterious employer. This was pure escapism and wins on narration for me – I could listen to lovely Thandie all day.
4) The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank, read by Helena Bonham-Carter
I’m ashamed to admit I’d never read this! If she wrote so eloquently at 13 just imagine what she could have gone on to do. I laughed; I wept. And HB-C gets Anne just right.
5) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, read by the author
If you don’t mind the author’s distinctive (arguably annoying) voice, this memoir of an American in Paris is very funny and very tender. Got me through my 4 nights in the maternity unit.
And the worst:
The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom, read by the author
Rollercoaster repair man dies in rollercoaster accident. What follows is the most nauseating pile of crap. I kept listening just to see if it would get any more awful (it did). The author reading it like he’s imparting some kind of biblical wisdom is the worst bit. (Sorry Mitch).
Got a favourite to recommend? Maybe you’re a Mitch Albom fan? Comment below and add your thoughts!