Audiobooks for Long Runs
August 4, 2014 3:57 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for long, upbeat, engaging audiobooks to listen to while on long runs. Bring on your recommendations!
posted by whodatninja to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (12 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I like to listen to audiobooks on long runs. I have a bunch of audible credits I'd like to use up so I can cancel my account. Help! I'd like all books to be at least 10 hours long. Not really into scifi/fantasy/romance/horror genre fiction.
For fiction: books that have worked for me are Where'd You Go Bernadette, Delicious!, The Secret Life of Violet Grant, The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, Code Name Verity. Books that haven't worked (though I have or think I would have enjoyed them as regular books): The Signature of All Things, A Tale for the Time Being, Tana French's books, the Robert Galbraith books.
For nonfiction: Although I had read it years ago, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was great as an audiobook. Jon Ronson's books were great. I think I would like most comedic memoirs (Bossypants, etc) but they are all much too short. I would love to find more books like Jon Ronson's that emulate the feeling of listening to a really long This American Life episode. Major caveat: I cannot stand the voices of David Sedaris or Sarah Vowell, so their catalogues are out.
It needs to have enough of a story or mystery to keep me engaged, but light enough that I can tune out a little bit. I prefer upbeat/narrators that have a sense of humor. Not too dense or literary or I completely space out. I've gotten some good ideas from some of the past audiobook questions, but I'm hoping I can get some good recommendations that hit that sweet spot between great book and great listen.