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Audio books - recommendations please

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22 Jul
5:07pm, 22 Jul 2020
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My three all time favourites are

A Prayer For Owen Meany - John Irving
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson

and the absolute best book for narration and story. Truly, this is a masterpiece

The Memory of Running - Ron McLarty. I've listened to this maybe 100 times (it's my go-to book for when I can't sleep). It's so perfect. But that's my opinion.
22 Jul
5:59pm, 22 Jul 2020
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The best ones I’ve read/listened to are:

The Book Of Ebenezer Le Page by GB Edwards, narrated by Roy Dotrice. The most wonderful book with the perfect narration. Even though this is fiction I’d recommend it to anyone as it is ostensibly the memoir of a Guernsey man living in the 20th century.

Milkman by Anna Burns. A brilliant book which is enhanced by a simultaneous listen. Brid Brennan is the voice of Burns’ protagonist and captures the rhythm and inflections of the sublime writing.

The Sellout by Paul Beatty. Without Prentice Onayemi’s bravura performance, I don’t think I would have got through this novel, or at least not have enjoyed and appreciated it as much as it deserved.
22 Jul
6:15pm, 22 Jul 2020
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+1 for Walk in the woods
22 Jul
7:37pm, 22 Jul 2020
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Great thread idea! I’m following for ideas too. I’m with audible and usually spend my monthly credit on non-fiction and have a library membership using BorrowBox for free fiction books.

A recent non-fiction favourite was Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. (Off topic but you can find Jon Ronson podcasts with abridged content of some of his other books - also highly recommended)
22 Jul
8:32pm, 22 Jul 2020
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I listen to loads of audiobooks. These days all the popular authors do an audiobook version with the same release date. Michael Connelly and Lee Child are always good and I’m just working through the Val McDermids at the moment.
24 Jul
1:06pm, 24 Jul 2020
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If the OP is looking for non-fiction and possibly history I'd suggest these from my recent listens using the Storytel platform:
The time traveller's guide to medieval england.
How to behave badly in renaissance britain.
Victorians undone.
24 Jul
1:17pm, 24 Jul 2020
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Synge's blog reminded me I'd recently listened to and enjoyed Square Haunting by Francesca Wade. It is the biographical of story of five influential female writers/academics in the inter-war period.
28 Jul
8:50am, 28 Jul 2020
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I too love audible, but my taste runs more to epic fantasy (30+ hours for 1 credit, yes please!). Seconded on all the Bill Bryson’s, especially where he’s the narrator too. Another thought - have you tried the Hardcore History podcast? Very long episodes (3+ hours) so great for longer/ multiple runs
29 Jul
12:57pm, 29 Jul 2020
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The Complete Smiley with Simon Russell Beale as George Smiley from the BBC. It was broadcast in 2009 and I have it on CD but also found it online:

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