I have previously written about my preference for audiobooks while I work. If you need to commute long hours or go on a trip, I highly recommend taking an Audible membership. I know people who prefer to listen on their walks and while cooking as well.
Here are my top 5 Audible recommendations that are epic. They draw you into their worlds with enchanting stories and enigmatic storytelling.
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: This has to be one of my favourite books and on top of my list just for how it is told. It’s a novel I enjoyed immensely. The characters and events actually seemed real to me. The idea of a man voluntarily being under house arrest for an indefinite period in a fancy hotel seemed complicated and unrealistic to imagine. But somehow, Towles succeeded in making his book realistic—and endearing!
The Mountains Sing by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai: Check out the full review here. I recommend the audiobook over the written book mainly because of all the beautiful Vietnamese verses sung with such a heart that you cannot replicate while reading. We follow the Tran family across generations, as narrated by a young girl, Huong and her grandmother, Dieu Lan. We meet their families, friends, and oppressors through them. A look at a violent history and the people who survived it.
The Discomfort of the Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld: This book makes you uncomfortable. If I were reading this, it wouldn’t have had the full effect it intended to. Someone (a child) talking about subject matters beyond their understanding and how they interpret it or deal with it without an adult guiding them is not pleasant. But, it is narrated craftily.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara: To say that the emotions this novel evoked were overwhelming, would be an understatement. This book crushes you to pieces with the very first passages, and it makes you want to beg for mercy as you read on. It truly is an emotional ride, but not for the weak-hearted. Some parts are very distressing to get through, I have to say, but the journey is worth it.
The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton: This is an original, inventive, and gripping mystery. Stunningly unusual yet utterly compelling, this book will surprise, delight, provoke, amaze, confound – and linger in the mind long after the last word is spoken. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say I loved the book. I would describe this book as a great mix of John Grisham and a bit of fantasy thrown into the mix.
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