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thenoisytimetravelstudent Thu 22-Dec-16 12:31:37

Hi, mentally preparing for the commute once I return to work in January. Any good audiobooks that would pass the time?

cx5221 Thu 22-Dec-16 12:32:58

No suggestions here just a cheeky place mark I'm looking for some new audiobooks too

fatowl Thu 22-Dec-16 13:00:44

I listen to a lot of Audible (work commutes and while I'm sewing)

My top reads/listens of 2016:

Katherine by Anya Seton
The story of Katherine Swynton who was the mistress of John of Gaunt (son of Edward III but never king), their illegitimate children eventually became the Beaufort/Tudor line. Highly recommended to anyone who like Philippa Gregory or Sharon Penman

World Without End by Ken Follet
Set in the same fictional town as Pillars of the Earth, but 200 years later, no need to have read POTE first. Slow to start, but well worth persevering with.

Americanah
The story of a Nigerian student, who goes to America where she remains and works for many years, and eventually returns to Nigeria and the culture shock she encounters. Fantastic narration.

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The story of a butler in post war Britian, who is taking a road trip to meet a former employee of the household he devoted his life to. He reminisces
about his career. Recommended for anyone who liked Downtown Abbey. Again, a very good narrator.

84 Charing Cross Road by Helen Hanff
Not very long, I listened to it in virtually one sitting. Really good - the correspondance between an eccentric American booklover and the very English employee of a bookshop.

11-22-63 by Stephen King
I've never read Stephen King (not into horror) but this gripped me from the start. Jake is told by a dying friend about a time travel portal (aka the Rabbit Hole) which will take him back to 1959. His friend asks Jake to take over his plan to stay in the past and try to stop the assassination of JFK (What could go wrong????) Fantastic.

The Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) Detective Novels
Three of them: Cuckoo's Calling, THe Silkworm and Career of Evil (all good- narrated by Robert Glenister)

The Saxon Series by Bernard Cornwell - the first four, narrated by Jonathan Keeble (fantastic), the later ones by Stephen Perring (not so good) - good yarns if you're into battles and historical fiction.

Mrsmorton Thu 22-Dec-16 13:01:53

Rivers of London series

thenoisytimetravelstudent Thu 22-Dec-16 23:25:20

Thanks I'm going to get a few downloaded and ready to go! Is audible worth it? Do you get through the 2 books a month or do you pay more to get extra?

fatowl Thu 22-Dec-16 23:40:07

I get through my credits (24 a year) and occasionally purchase an extra one.

Definitely worth it for me - get through twice as many books as I would just reading
Always have two books on the go - one Audible and one in kindle

MountainDweller Thu 22-Dec-16 23:52:34

I have a subscription with one book a month, and you can roll over up to six credits. Two I've enjoyed recently (on the lighter side though) are The stranger in my home by Adele Parks and Stranded by Emily Barr. Also autobiographies by Sue Perkins (beware laughing out loud on the train!) Kate Humble and Mary Berry. If you are a cat lover I recommend Tom Cox.

HeCantBeSerious Fri 23-Dec-16 00:02:42

I loved Sue Perkins' autobiography. AndJoe Lycett's "parsnips, buttered" had me howling with laughter.

CormoranStrike Tue 27-Dec-16 12:38:37

Second Joe Lycett - hilarious.

thenoisytimetravelstudent Tue 27-Dec-16 17:40:15

I've just signed up to audible and used up one credit on Harry Potter already! I like the idea of trying Stephen king so I might give that a go! Great suggestions everyone thanks smile

Kai1977 Wed 28-Dec-16 22:57:30

Go Set a Watchman

The Trouble with Goats and Sheep - set in the 1976 heatwave and Paula Wilcox narrates - she's perfect for it!

The Butcher's Hook by Janet Ellis

The Widow was good, bit more of a thriller.

I'm also enjoying The Moonstone.

TrionicLettuce Wed 28-Dec-16 23:08:45

There are some really excellent Stephen King audiobooks about. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is absolutely brilliant. There's also a great version of IT read by Steven Weber which I'm really enjoying at the moment. Duma Key is another really good one and The Dark Tower series.

pterobore Thu 29-Dec-16 15:15:16

Watership Down is a really good on audible; the actual book isn't the same as the TV version everyone wasn't allowed to watch as a child. It's beautifully written.

Catch 22 is also another brilliant one, really well read, good character voices.

That Stephen King book is on my to listen to list for next year.

MerylPeril Thu 29-Dec-16 15:18:42

Mines got a limited choice but I can download books with my local library through an app - worth it as it's free (I've listened to whole of Harry Potter)

tobee Thu 29-Dec-16 15:36:40

I'm currently listening to Rebecca read by Anna Massey. Puts current crop of thrillers in the shade.

Whyhellodaffodil Thu 29-Dec-16 15:40:01

I've just finished listening to the first two Jodi Taylor books about time hopping historians - the first is 'just one damned thing after another'. Would really recommend, as well as the rest of the Harry Potter books of course!

thenoisytimetravelstudent Thu 29-Dec-16 21:57:29

Unfortunately the libraries in NI aren't part any audio libraries sadI was disappointed when the apps I downloaded didn't work!

MerylPeril Fri 30-Dec-16 21:41:52

Does anyone use Amazon?

Books with narration? I'm slightly confused by it all!

thenoisytimetravelstudent Sat 31-Dec-16 05:29:36

I think audible is a part of Amazon if that's what you mean. I've just signed up and loving it so far!

MerylPeril Sat 31-Dec-16 10:13:41

It says books with narration are free? Is that what you are using

thenoisytimetravelstudent Tue 31-Jan-17 07:03:12

No I signed up to audible with first 3 months free, after that it's 7.99

Pancakechica Tue 31-Jan-17 07:15:27

I'm reading/listening my way through The Cazlet Series by Elizabeth Jane Howard. Quite enjoying it but it took a while to get into.

I downloaded Girl on the Train last year and loved it the audio version.

I always use my credits, you can download something and save it for later in the year holidays

MargotMoon Tue 31-Jan-17 07:20:15

I loved the Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and The Girl on the Train.

Got 11-22-63 up next which PP has recommended.

Veterinari Tue 31-Jan-17 07:27:08

Finger smith by sarah Waters
Wonderful

mugglebumthesecond Tue 31-Jan-17 19:40:08

Just listening to Dark Matter-pretty short but it's really good!

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