Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, participating bloggers come up with a top 10 list that fits the theme. This week’s theme is Audio, and what we decide to do with that theme is up to us. For my audio freebie, I’m making a list of the Top 10 Audiobooks I’ve Listened To or Want to Listen To. So…here goes!
1. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes, narrated by Cary Elwes & others from The Princess Bride
This audiobook is one of my ABSOLUTE favorites. I grew up watching The Princess Bride, and it’s always been one of my favorite movies. I was pretty much in heaven listening to Cary Elwes, who played Westley, talk about the experience of making the film. While writing the book, he also interviewed others involved in its making, and some of them read their own parts here as well, including Robin Wright, Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal, and Carol Kane. Listening to backstage stories, as well as how the cast knew that the movie would one day be special, just makes my experience of watching the movie even better. I may have watched the movie twice while listening to this book.
2. The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson, narrated by Rainn Wilson
I recently reviewed this audiobook here. Rainn Wilson is a very unique and honest individual and the story of his life, career, and faith is entertaining and real. Very enjoyable!
3. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler, narrated by Amy Poehler & friends
This was one of my first audiobooks. I picked it off of a list of Audie Award winners for the Read Harder challenge. It’s what gave me my love of listening to authors read their own audiobooks. Amy Poehler is amazing and wonderful and I laughed out loud so many times while listening to this. Much love!
4. Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell are My Keys by Billy Crystal, narrated by Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal is one of the funniest people I’ve ever listened to. In this audiobook, he talks about his life, the process of aging, and his family. It was a great treat to listen to, and some chapters were recorded with a live audience, which gives it a really fun stand-up feel.
5. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, narrated by Christopher Welch
This is the only fiction audiobook I’ve ever listened to! I had already read the novel, but I decided to give the audiobook a shot as a “re-read”. I absolutely loved it. It helps that the book has a single narrator in Enzo, a dog who yearns to be human. I listened on my commute and I laughed and cried just like I did reading the novel You can find my review of both the novel & the audiobook here.
6. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes, narrated by Shonda Rhimes
I’ll admit it. I watched Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal but still didn’t feel like a huge fan of Shonda Rhimes as a person. However, I still really loved this audiobook. It’s her story of deciding to say Yes to everything for a year, how it changed her, and how it changed her life afterward. Great fun. Also fits my requirement to listen to memoirs narrated by the authors themselves.
7. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg, narrated by Aziz Ansari
This book is not a memoir. Rather, it’s a study in sociology and psychology related to relationships. Ansari penned the book with a sociology professor, Eric Klinenberg. In it, they examine dating in an online world. It was really interesting. I reviewed it here.
8. Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming, narrated by Alan Cumming
An astounding and surprising memoir by Alan Cumming, it tells the story of his childhood with an abusive father, how he came to terms with it as an adult, and then also delves into his experience in trying to find out what happened to his mother’s long-lost father. Such a great listen! Cumming’s Scottish accent is also magical. Find my review here.
8. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, narrated by Claire Danes
Here begins audiobooks I want to listen to. I loved The Handmaid’s Tale as a novel. It’s an amazing study of a dystopian reality where women have been relegated to even lesser status in all ways. I would love to listen to Claire Danes narrate this story as a “re-read”. I can only imagine it would be very powerful.
9. The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling, narrated by Bill Bailey, Richard E. Grant, Colin Salmon, Tim McInnerny, Bernard Cribbins, Celia Imrie, and Martin Shaw
This audio book recently won an Audie award. It’s a full cast narration of Rudyard Kipling’s text. I am sure it’s a really fun listen!
10. Mandela: An Audio History read by Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, & Joe Richman
I’ll admit that I know a little about Nelson Mandela, but not as much as I would like to. I think this audio compilation would be a great place to start. Excited to hopefully listen one day!
What’s on your audio freebie for Top Ten Tuesday? Let me know below!