March 16, 2006 9:20 AM Subscribe
Audiobooks: My Audible wish list is empty -- help me fill it with compelling, commute-friendly nonfiction and literary fiction.
posted by kmel to Writing & Language (24 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I listen to the audiobooks on my long commute to work. I've found that lighter/more accessible stuff makes the drive go by faster. I'd prefer that they're available to U.S. members on Audible.com because I'm currently tied to a a two-books-a-month contract, but I'll take any suggestions.
For example, the Harry Potter series would be perfect for commuting (but isn't on Audible).
Audiobooks I've enjoyed: All David Sedaris, Bill Bryson, Why We Buy by Paco Underhill, Julie and Julia by Julie Powell, Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, Bait and Switch by Barbara Ehrenreich, The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.
I have NOT enjoyed: Atonement by Ian McEwan, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, and Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden -- I'm sure I will love reading these, but they are too heavy for car-listening.
If it helps, some other favorite authors of mine are Don Delillo, Thomas Pynchon, Kurt Vonnegut, David Foster Wallace, Donna Tartt, and David James Duncan.