Screw Everyone is one of the few comedy audiobooks I’ve listened to and I’m usually not very excited about reading someones’ memoirs but this time it was definitely worth it and I enjoyed the whole audiobook. It’s narrated by Ophira herself which makes it that much more personal. There’s also the fact that she doesn’t hide anything about her life and describes every part of it with a unique self-deprecating sense of humor that is sure to put a smile on your face.
Today at Audiobook Jungle we have our first guest review, written by Graham Kerr which will be about At Home by Bill Bryson. You can find what Graham’s up to at his Tumblr blog at whyayesosirius.tumblr.com.
“I don’t know how many hours of my school years were spent studying the Missouri Compromise or the War of the Roses, but it was vastly more than I was ever encouraged or allowed to give to the history of eating, sleeping, having sex, or endeavouring to be amused.” Bill Bryson – At Home
Bryson finally has his wish to spend time studying the history of these things and the results make for an enticing read. Indeed, if someone had offered me money to listen to a man talk about rooms and objects in his house for 17 hours I would have, without doubt, refused. Unless they told me that this man was Bill Bryson. Now that my friends is an altogether different proposition. I’ve read all of Bryson’s works, from his early escapades with the English language through living and travelling around Britain, North America and an adventure down under.
Honestly, I didn’t like history at school. It was boring, every lesson seemed endless and full of numerous dates and names to remember. It’s probably my own fault but it’s also true that the teacher didn’t put much effort into presenting the material in a more interesting and engaging fashion.
It’s only recently that I discovered that hey, those boring things I was forced to listen to are actually quite interesting. Almost always when I stumble upon a Wikipedia article about some historical event it will suck me in and I’ll read all of it. Maybe they’re just well written but if I didn’t have to do anything else I could sit there all day clicking on links, digging deeper and looking at old photos from the respective time period (if there are any).
What better way to enjoy the history of the world than in audiobook form! One just can’t have enough Audible credits to get all the history audiobooks he wants, and oh, boy are there some amazing ones. I figure, this post may be useful and interesting to all the hardcore history buffs out there as well as people like me with newly discovered interest in the subject. So here are 9 history audiobooks handpicked by me. Enjoy!
1. John Adams, ABRIDGED, by David McCullough, Narrated by Edward Herrmann This is history on a grand scale — a book about politics and war and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, John Adams is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived. Get your copy: John Adams
Haunted Louisiana: Ghost Stories and Paranormal Activity from the State of Louisiana (Haunted States Series)
Written by: Sarah Ashley
Narrated by: Elizabeth J. Taylor
Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
Release Date: 07-12-13
Publisher: D & D Publishing
I personally don’t believe in ghosts and never have seen one or know anybody who has. That said I enjoy a good scary story and even the occasional horror film. If done right ghosts can be very scary even though they’re invisible. In fact, maybe they’re so scary because they’re invisible. We humans like to see things, it’s how we perceive the world. The possibility that there’re creatures in it that we can’t see but they can see and hurt us is understandably blood-chilling. So, of course when I saw Haunted Louisiana I was intrigued. Calling it a novel may be a little bit of a stretch as it is a little over two hours long – a novelette, maybe?
The summer season is upon us and you know what that means. Vacations, long walks on the beach, lounging in hammocks with a cold drink in your hand… Not to get too distracted though, here’s a list with the top 21 best audiobooks to entertain yourself with this summer. Some of them are new releases, some of them are best sellers, fiction and non-fiction but all are excellent listens. Without further ado and in no particular order here are our handpicked 21 great audiobooks for the summer of 2013.
Change is hard, or is it? In The Power of Habit, New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg examines just how people and institutions undergo transformation: by changing habits. Narrator Mike Chamberlain (Moonwalking with Einstein) brings just the right mix of objectivity and conviction for a fascinating, life-changing look on how to change. A perfect pick to start your great audiobooks summer list.