Audio Book Recommendations?


#1

Any audiobook fans around here? I mainly use Audible, and I find that randomly browsing on there is more painful than it isn’t. I’m open to anything although I particularly enjoy fantasy, horror, and nonfiction biology/medical stuff

For anyone looking for something new (at least new to you) I can’t recommend the unabridged Moby Dick read by William Hootkins. He does such an amazing job emoting for every character and imparting actual drama into a book that is painfully long winded at times.


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#3

I’ve been stocking up on the Culture series… One day I’ll start to penetrate my backlog.

The Expanse series made for very good audiobooks, IMO.


#4

I’ve got a lot of history recs but it sounds like you’re not looking for that.


#5

I’m open to history stuff, particularly the Crusades.


#6

The only Euro history book I listened to that blew me away was A People’s Tragedy which is about the Russian Revolution, unpopularity and failure thereof. I’m mostly an American history girl.


#7

do you know of anything good about the first colonies? I’m partial to anything New England based, I try to look for folklore/tall tales stuff like the Jersey Devil, Ogopogo, etc.


#8

I really enjoyed Capital in the 21st Century as an audiobook. I wouldn’t ever fathom to read something that dry, but listening to it in increments day to day was great.

I also am like 2 hours from finishing the 10 main books of Malazan as audiobooks. It’s pretty good, first time I’ve done an audiobook instead of a real book for a fantasy series. I will say the transition from books 3 to 4 or whatever where they change the performer AND force you into three chapters of a single character’s story is a rough rough transition, but by the end you’ll be alright with the new voice actor.

I do not recommend whatever audiobook I went through for Marcus Aurelius, not because the content is bad or the performance is bad, but it’s just better in written form.

I enjoyed Tsun Zu’s the art of ward as read by Peter Baelish, but I kinda don’t want to recommend it. For one, when you actually find out t hat there’s just not much to this supposed story, and 99% of the wisdom is just sort of tautological pretend to be weak when you are strong, pretend to be strong when you are weak… it’s pretty low value. I bet there’s something else out there that goes more into history that would be higher value.

“The Worm at the Core” is a trash book. Nothing necessarily wrong with the performer. It comes across 100% like an amateur hour undergrad student’s thesis of everything. They explain a bunch of research, then draw “some kind of conclusion” from it wherein I often felt you could just as easily draw “the opposite conclusion.” The thing is I think the premise “death has a big effect on our lives and how we behave” is true, but they just never justify their conclusions; and I feel that people should naturally mature past simple ‘death fears’, though certainly not everyone does.


#9

American Colonies by Alan Taylor was pretty good. Taylor’s a two time Pulitzer winner so you know the content is good if a little dry. The Counter Revolution of 1776 was a comprehensive history of slavery throughout British America and the places that would become it starting with the first settlements. 1676 is also very good but that’s not audio.


#10

Malazan’s main books are done. Very fun.

Trying the audiobook for The Prince of Nothing… only minutes in, but this feels gross.