The Audiobooks

The point is getting to and enjoying the destination. The point is not how you traveled.”(TLDR: Listening to audiobooks is not cheating.)

Listening to someone read aloud, or being told a tale, feels soothing and familiar. My mama read to me. My best teachers read to me. Many of my fond memories include reading aloud, sharing a story with those I care about. This is not a complete list, but is perhaps 80% comprehensive. Included are titles I’m not particularly proud of having consumed (e.g., E.L. James, dieting and self-help, that unfortunate Sookie phase), but also includes some of the titles and authors that have most moved me, Lucia Berlin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Doyle, Ruth Ozeki; see “Favorites” below.

Short responses to the book, which don’t usually include a summary from me, but which do include a link to GR (Goodreads), are available at hyperlinked titles. Slowly going back to the pre-2016 titles to fill in responses, as well as doing my best to keep up with current responses.

Forthcoming Responses:

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Favorites:

  • Emily Brady
    • Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier GR
  • Octavia E. Butler
    • Dawn (Xenogenesis Trilogy Book 1) GR
    • Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis Trilogy Book 2) GR
    • Imago (Xenogenesis Trilogy Book 3) GR
    • Fledgling GR
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood GR
    • Between the World and Me GR
  • William Faulkner
    • Light in August GR
  • Jonathan Franzen
    • The Corrections: A Novel GR
    • Freedom: A Novel GR
  • Neil Gaiman
    • American Gods: 10th Anniversary Edition GR
  • Roxane Gay
    • Bad Feminist GR
  • Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear GR
    • The Signature of All Things: A Novel GR
  • Julia Glass
    • The Widower’s Tale: A Novel GR
  • Barbara Kingsolver
    • ** La Lacuna
  • Naomi Klein
    • This Changes Everything
  • Martin A. Lee & Bruce Schlain
    • Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the Sixties Rebellion
  • Charles Portis
    • True Grit
  • Oliver Sacks
    • Gratitude
    • On The Move
  • David Sedaris
    • Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls
  • Cheryl Strayed
    • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
  • Sarah Waters
    • The Paying Guests

2016:

  • Brené Brown
    • Rising Strong GR
  • Octavia E. Butler
    • Dawn (Xenogenesis Trilogy Book 1) GR
    • Adulthood Rites (Xenogenesis Trilogy Book 2) GR
    • Imago (Xenogenesis Trilogy Book 3) GR
    • Fledgling GR
  • Elizabeth Camden
    • Against the Tide GR
  • Gail Collins
    • America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines GR
  • Howard Cutler & His High Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV
    • The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World GR
  • Anthony Doerr
    • All the Light We Cannot See (unfinished)
  • Ken Follet
    • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2 GR
    • Edge of Eternity, The Century Trilogy, Book 3 GR
  • Jonathan Franzen
    • The Corrections: A Novel GR
  • Roxane Gay
    • Bad Feminist GR
  • Lyndall Gorgon
    • Lives Like Loaded Guns (unfinished)
  • Steven Gullo
    • The Thin Commandments GR
  • Thich Naht Hahn
    • Mindful Living: A Collection of Teachings on Love, Mindfulness, and Meditation GR (unfinished)
  • Graham Hancock
    • Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind GR (unfinished)
  • Frank Herbert
    • Dune (#1)
    • Dune Messiah (#2)
    • Children of Dune (#3)
    • God Emperor of Dune (#4)
    • Heretics of Dune (#5) (unfinished)
  • E.L. James
    • Grey
  • Naomi Klein
    • This Changes Everything
    • The Shock Doctrine (unfinished)
  • Mary Kubica
    • Pretty Baby
  • Martin A. Lee
    • Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana — Medical, Recreational, and Scientific
  • Martin A. Lee & Bruce Schlain
    • Acid Dreams: The CIA, LSD and the Sixties Rebellion
  • Dan Marshall
    • Home is Burning
  • Judith Orloff
    • Emotional Freedom
  • Amanda Palmer
    • The Art of Asking
  • Jeanine Pirro
    • He Killed Them All: Robert Durst and My Quest for Justice
  • Richard Roberts
    • Becoming Fluent
  • Davy Rothbart
    • My Heart is an Idiot
  • Oliver Sacks
    • Gratitude
    • On the Move
  • Patti Smith
    • Just Kids
    • M Train
  • Ethan Watters
    • Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche (unfinished)

2015:

  • Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg
    • Modern Romance GR
  • Emily Brady
    • Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier GR
  • Jimmy Carter
    • A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power (unfinished)
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood GR
    • Between the World and Me GR
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • The Great Gatsby GR
  • Diana Gabaldon
    • Voyager (#3) GR
    • Drums of Autumn (#4) GR
    • The Fiery Cross: Outlander, Book 5 GR (unfinished)
  • Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear GR
    • The Signature of All Things: A Novel GR
  • Christian Hageseth
    • Big Weed: An Entrepreneur’s High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Business GR
  • Piper Kerman
    • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison
  • Martin A. Lee
    • Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana — Medical, Recreational, and Scientific
  • Terrence McKenna
    • Food of the Gods (unfinished)
  • Haruki Murakami
    • Norwegian Wood
  • Oliver Sacks
    • On the Move
  • Patti Smith
    • Just Kids
    • M Train
  • Alan Taylor
    • The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia 1772-1832 (unfinished)
  • Hunter S. Thompson
    • The Curse of Lono
  • David Foster Wallace
    • The DFW Reader (unfinished)

 2014:

  • Margaret Atwood
    • Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam #1) GR
    • The Year of the Flood (MaddAddam #2) GR
  • William S. Burroughs
    • Naked Lunch: The Restored Text GR
  • Truman Capote
    • Breakfast at Tiffany’s GR
  • Meghan Daum
    • The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion GR
  • Nora Ephron
    • Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble: Some Things About Women and Notes on Media GR
  • Roger Fisher, William Ury, Bruce Patton
    • Getting to Yes: Negotiating an Agreement Without Giving In GR
  • Gillian Flynn
    • Gone Girl: A Novel GR
  • Diana Gabaldon
    • Outlander (#1) GR
    • Dragonfly in Amber (#2) GR
  • Thomas Hardy
    • The Woodlanders GR
  • Byron Katie
    • I Need Your Love, Is That True?
  • Ken Kesey
    • Sometimes A Great Notion
  • Stephen King
    • The Gunslinger (unfinished)
  • Wally Lamb
    • We Are Water: A Novel
  • Jenny Lawson
    • Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) (unfinished)
  • Amir Levine
    • Rachel S.F. Heller, Attached
  • J.R.R. Martin
    • The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones (unfinished)
  • Cormac McCarthy
    • The Road
  • Jodi Picoult
    • Leaving Time
  • Charles Portis
    • True Grit
  • Rachel Reiland
    • Get Me Out of Here
  • Cheryl Strayed
    • Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
    • Wild: Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Amy Tan
    • The Valley of Amazement
  • Donna Tartt
    • The Goldfinch
  • Sarah Waters
    • The Paying Guests
  • Terry Tempest Williams
    • When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

2013:

  • Arj Barker, Doug Benson, Tony Camin
    • The Marijuana-Logues: Original Cast Recording
  • Orson Scott Card
    • Ender’s Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition GR
  • Carlos Castaneda
    • A Separate Reality: Further Conversations with Don Juan GR
  • Terry Goodkind
    • The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus GR (unfinished)
  • Nicole Hardy
    • Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin: A Memoir GR
  • Naoki Higashida
    • The Reason I Jump
  • Ann Lamott
    • Small Victories
  • J.R.R. Martin
    • A Feast for Crows, A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
    • A Dance with Dragons, A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 6
  • Erin Morgenstern
    • The Night Circus
  • David Sedaris
    • Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls
  • Adelle Waldman
    • The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

2012:

  • George Carlin
    • George Carlin Reads to You (unfinished) 
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • The Brothers Karamazov (Jimcin Recordings Edition) GR
    • Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition) GR
  • Neil Gaiman
    • American Gods: 10th Anniversary Edition GR
  • E.L. James
    • Fifty Shades of Grey
    • Fifty Shades Darker
    • Fifty Shades Freed
  • Franz Kafka
    • The Trial
  • J.R.R. Martin
    • A Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
    • A Clash of Kings, A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
    • A Storm of Swords, A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3
  • Chuck Palahniuk
    • Rant (unfinished)
  • David Sedaris
    • David Sedaris Live


 2011:

  • Susie Bright
    • Sexual Reality: A Virtual Sex World Reader GR
    • The Sexual State of the Union GR
  • James Lee Burke
    • The Neon Rain (unfinished)
  • Suzanne Collins
    • The Hunger Games GR
    • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2 GR
    • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games GR
  • Philip K. Dick
  • Brett Easton Ellis
    • Lunar Park GR
  • Bart D. Ehrman
    • Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why GR (unfinished)
  • William Faulkner
    • Light in August GR
  • Ken Follet
    • Pillars of the Earth (#1) GR
    • World Without End (#2) GR
  • Robert Graves
    • I, Claudius GR (unfinished)
  • Henry Miller
    • Tropic of Cancer
    • Tropic of Capricorn
  • George Orwell
    • Down and Out in Paris and London
  • Jodi Picoult
    • Sing You Home
  • Michael Pollan
    • The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
  • Tom Robbins
    • Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas
  • Geneen Roth
    • Women, Food, and God (unfinished)
  • Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha
    • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
  • Diane Setterfield
    • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel
  • Eckhart Tolle
    • A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
  • Rachel Vincent
    • Reaper (unfinished?)

2010:

  • Jonathan Franzen
    • Freedom: A Novel GR
  • Julia Glass
    • The Widower’s Tale: A Novel GR
  • O. Henry
    • Holiday Classics (unfinished)
  • Barbara Kingsolver
    • La Lacuna
  • Stieg Larsson
    • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Series, Book 1
    • The Girl Who Played With Fire: The Millennium Series, Book 2
    • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest: The Millennium Series, Book 3
  • Tatiana de Rosnay
    • A Secret Kept
  • Kathryn Stockett
    • The Help
  • Ken Follet
    • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1 GR
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