Going on vacation in a few days and in need of suggestions.
Going on vacation in a few days and in need of suggestions.
LeVar Burton reading "The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr."
Sidney Poitier reading "The Measure of A Man"
"Team of Rivals" by Doris K. Goodwin
"John Adams" by David McCullough
"What Color is A Conservative" by J. C. Watts, Jr.
"My Grandfather's Son" by Clarence Thomas
Rob Inglis reading "The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers," and "Return of the King"
Asimov's Foundation Trilogy
If you want to save some money, many public libraries let you download books through a service such as OverDrive.
None of the above recordings are in the Public Domain but if you would like Public Domain recordings, LibriVox has many recording of older materials.
Not exactly books, but still audio:
Fascinating and well researched stories from the hacking world. I recommend the recent episodes about Shadow Brokers and NotPetya. Also the XBox Undeground episoded were great.
Thanks for taking the time to share these recommendations. They’re a little too “dark” for vacation but maybe I’ll check out Netpetya when I return.
Team of Rivals
I read a leadership article of this book in Harvard Business Review and thought it was a remarkable case study of the effectiveness of a “Facilitator Leader” (tag @Chris ). I therefore added the Overdrive app to my phone and searched for an audio recording. Unfortunately, our library didn’t have a copy of it for download. I have read several books on Edward Shackleton, an extraordinary leader under extraordinary circumstances, and was able to find a copy of The White Darkness by David Gann: it’s a biography of one of the descendants of the Antarctica exploration who recreated the expedition and in 2015 decided to walk across Antarctica alone. Thank you for taking the time to share your suggestions which have gotten me to an audiobook I am looking forward to enjoying.
If the subject of Lincoln's relationships with people who had once opposed him interests you, you might also want to explore one of several books that deals with the relationship which developed between Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
Although both Lincoln and Douglass had been opponents of slavery, they had differed greatly in their approach to the solution to slavery. Douglass had not been a supporter of Lincoln.
They met during Lincoln's presidency and started cooperating.
After Lincoln was killed, Frederick Douglass went around the country giving speeches in which he praised Lincoln and not just because of the 13th amendment.
What kind of books do you like to read while on vacation? Also, do you want recommendation on audio books I've enjoyed, or just good books that happen to be available in audio format (where or not that's how I came across them)? I ask because I tend to pick second tier material for listening, and save the stuff I'm most excited about for print.
I think who voices the audiobook has an enormous impact on my level of enjoyment. I have been turned off by many audiobooks read by the author in monotone. So I guess I’m interested in what you’ve listened to that you’ve enjoyed. Besides, your second-tier might be my first tier.
OK, here are some books I quite enjoyed in audio format. Since you didn't say what you like to read, I've only included fiction. If I posted at review on GoodReads I linked to that. I starred the ones where the reader really impressed me.
Tigana, by Guy Gavriel Kay, read by Simon Vance - Kay has made a name for himself writing what are basically historical novels in the idiom of a fantasy novel. Each novel is set in what could be called 'historic earth with the serial numbers filed off'. They have some light magic as well. Tigana takes place in The Peninsula of the Palm (a place like Italy) and follows the fotunes of a number of noble family members as they struggle against the foreign conqueror now in control. The name of this family, and the name of their home, has been magically cursed out of existence - only they remember who they once were.
A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar, read by Josh Hurley. See my review here:
Ben Hur by Lew Wallace, read by Todd McLaren
*Dark Matter by Michelle Paver, read by Jeremy Northam
The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami, read by Neil Shah
The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams, read by Ralph Cosham
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Leguin
The Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky, ready by Mel Hudson Decent SF.
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr. read by Tim Weiner One of my favourite SF books ever.
*The Stand by Stephen King, read by Grover Gardner, This is the extended version of the book - the 'author's cut'. Exremely well narrated.
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson, read by Ali Ahn
Bird Box by Josh Malerman, read by Cassandra Campbell. This is a rare situation where I think the audio format suits the book better than print.
Harder to categorize, or literary fiction:
Pavane by Keith Roberts, read by Steven Crossley
*The Dream Archipelago by Christopher Priest, read by Michael Maloney
*Grendel by John Gardner, read by George Guidall
The Magus by John Fowles, read by Nicholas Boulton
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad, read by David Horovitch. This was a sleeper hit for me, and unexpectedly turned out to be one of my favourite books read in recent years.
*Sharpe's Tiger by Bernard Cornwell, read by Rupert Farley. This is military adventure. The reading by Farley is superb.
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick, read by Tom Weiner Alternate history that takes place in the USA after it lost WW2. It focuses on various characters as they adapt to the new situation, and the characters are loosely connected. It has inspired a pretty good show on Prime (which doesn't follow the book).
I loved Team of Rivals and Doris Kearns Goodwin, the author. I commissioned her and her constitutional scholar husband to write an essay, and it was incredible. Snap of the opening pages, below.