Can you help me find some audiobooks that are relatively fast-paced and simple, but also have good dialogue, characters, and themes? Even if you don't listen to audiobooks, maybe you know page-turners or beach reads that are deeper than the normal fluff? Or maybe you know good literary fiction that is simple and fast-paced?
The books that I'd normally read do not seem to work for me in audio. I've given up on book after book -- Moby Dick
(Melville), State of Wonder
(Gaiman), Angela's Ashes
(McCourt) -- despite having enjoyed most of these authors in writing. I just stopped being able to pay attention.
Before giving up on audiobooks entirely, and realizing that I needed to try another approach, I picked up the mega-best-seller that Audible was advertising. I thought it would be total schlock -- but it worked! Yes, Patient Zero, a medical/zombie action thriller, has repetitive fight scenes and "paper-thin characters
who are so extreme I was left shaking my head," but finally! It was a book that kept me listening.
Then I tried 14
(Peter Clines), and while I mostly agree that "the characters in this story... behave and act like broad archetypes and are shallow at best
," I was still glued to my headphones. I thank the author for keeping me entertained through hours of yard work.
But there must be books that are equally engaging... and also good, right? Or at least better? I don't want to set the bar too high here. Surely some books are both fast-paced and smart? Surely you can have simple prose and nuanced characters? Any suggestions?
Further bonus points for progressive sensibilities, e.g., NOT having the Muslim character be the evil terrorist.
To give one more example of what worked, I'm halfway done with the first Harry Bosch
police procedural. It has held my interest, and so far, I like the characters better than either 14
or Patient Zero
. I also just put Dispatches
and The Devil's Highway
on my wish list.
Thanks in advance for any other suggestions.