07 April 2008

Inspired Audiobooks

Some books are even better as audiobooks. And every so often you get an audiobook has the perfect reader. Graeme Malcolm reading The Tale of Despereaux is one of those audiobooks.

Cherry Jones reading The Little House on the Prairie series is another.

If you've heard any others, let me know. And did you know there is now an Odyssey Award for audiobooks? Here are this year's winners.


  1. 1. Ender's Game (by Orson Scott Card) - audiobook by Fantastic Audio


    It has about multiple readers and wonderful background music. Totally enhances the book-listening experience.

    2. The Screwtape Letters (by CS Lewis) - read by John Cleese


    There's a more recent audio read by someone else, but the version read by John Cleese is simply the best. His wit and sarcasm come through so brilliantly. I borrowed this one at my local library, fortunately.

  2. Nice to know--thanks.

  3. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke: this is a children's book. The narrator is Lynn Redgrave and it she does an amazing job. The second book (Inkspell) has a different narrator (Brennan Frazier) and I really disliked it.

    Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, narrated by Joanna David. I hadn't read this book in years when I listened to the audio version. Wonderful rendition!

  4. Single Shard read by Graeme Malcolm.

    There is another book you own written in diary form of a girl in the early 1800s. She secretely gives a quilt to an unknown needy person. Her father remarries. If you remind me of the name, I can find the wonderful reader.

    While we're at this, do you know if there is a website you can give scanty information about a book and it helps you figure out the title?

  5. Thank you Michelle.

    You're thinking of A Gathering of Days, Babushka. I don't know if there is a website like that. I bet there is.

  6. (regardless of your stand on the books themselves). . .

    The full-cast audios of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass and sequels are amazing, the best I've heard. And since the author reads the narration, there's no second guessing how various names and words are meant to be pronounced.

  7. I do like books read by the authors themselves. The Frog and Toad books are good that way. I haven't read any of Pullman's books, so maybe I'll try one of the audiobooks. Since I don't have a problem with them. :)