Audiobook recommendations...

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  1. Beth143nacho

    Beth143nacho Well-Known Member VIP

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    I drive about 1 hr to work each day. To pass the time I usually listen to audiobooks.

    so far , I've polished off the wheel of time series (awesome), most if Bryson's works, the fifth assassin, a book about the birth of the us navy called "six frigates", a book called "gulp" that details the digestive system, a book about the scientific search for nothing (what exactly is nothing), biographies of Steve jobs, Jeff bezos, Jesus, Jordan Belford and mike Tyson, and am currently slogging through a law 101 book.

    thoughts? Ideas?
     
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    Anything by Neal Stephenson. Snow Crash is a good start!
     
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    An astronauts guide to life on earth - Chris Hadfield
    Catching the wolf of wall street - Jordan Belfort
    The everything store - Brad Stone
    The fifth assassin - Brad Meltzer
    Gulp - Mary Roach
    Law 101 - Jay M. Feinman
    New Spring (book 0 of the wheel of time) - Robert Jordan
    Undisputed truth - Mike Tyson
    American Sniper - Chris Kyle
    Double Down - Mark Halperin
    Game Change - Mark Halperin
    The history of the ancient world - Susan Wise Bauer
    In a sunburned Country - Bill Bryson
    Metamorphosis - Kafka
    Nothin - Frank Close
    The Ombivores Dilemma - Michael Pollan
    The presidents club - Nancy Gibbs
    The price of politics - Bob Woodward
    Seal Target Geronimo, Chuck Pfarrer
    Six Frigates - Ian Toll
    This town - Mark Leibovich
    Zealot - Reza Aslan
     
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    I'm listening to Stephen King's latest...Doctor Sleep. It is a sequel to The Shining. So far so good.
     
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    I've sworn off king ever since his dark tower failure ending
     
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    Mr Penumbra's 24 hour book store
     
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    I understand this is a hack thing to say, but honestly you should get into the Game of Thrones series, its called A Song of Ice and Fire, and the dude who reads the audiobooks is essentially perfect for em
     
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    On the lighter side, I liked Sammy Hagar's book.
     
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    The World War Z audiobook is fantastic, albeit abridged. Its voiced by quite a few big name actors as the book takes place from many first person points of view.
     
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    Was the movie any good? Have yet to see it, or perhaps I should forego
     
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    If you liked the book, the movie will make you break your tv. Taken as a stand alone zombie story, it was mediocre at best. A few interesting special effects scenes with a non sequiter last third because they had to rewrite and shoot the ending to make it remotley watchable.

    The book itself is more than typical zombie fare, it deals more with social issues and values than you will find tackled in many serious novels. Its by far the best fiction book ive read in a decade.
     
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    Don't you have a car service? :dontknow:
     
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    I just listened to Jim Gaffigan's book "Dad is Fat", loved it. A little over 5 hours.
     
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    It all depends on what you are looking for in an audiobook. When you drive do you want an in-depth fiction story or something that is kind of a throw-away? James Patterson books are easy listens that are quickly forgotten about after you are done. Harlan Coben writes some decent fiction books.

    If you are into non-fiction or anything else, here are a few recommendations:
    1) Team of Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin
    2) 11/22/63 Stephen King
    3) The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by WIlliam Shirer (This is a longgg audiobook, but probably my favorite. Grover gardner does a great job reading it)
     
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    NO! It was terrible. Just some dumb, bloodless, cartoonish action movie that had almost nothing to do with the book. The zombies sucked, there was no suspense and none of the characters/stories in the book were in the movie.

    At one point, Brad Pitt's character is in an airliner that blows up in the sky and crashes in the forest. Not only does he survive the crash, but he's impaled by a huge piece of steel that went through his gut. He manages to get up and start walking for tens of miles until he finds help. Ten minutes later, he's fine again and able to outrun hyper-fast zombies.

    I'd normally put spoiler tags around something like that, but it's not a spoiler. There's never a bit of suspense and, by that point in the movie, you won't care anyway.
     
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    El Narco by Ioan Grill. It's a history of the Mexican drug cartels, their rise to ruthless power in the 2000s and how they impact Mexico and the US.

    The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick. This book covers a lot of the stuff that school text books never even mention. It shows the corruption of the US government and how our representatives and leaders have been bought and sold by corporations and, especially, the Military Industrial Complex. It also goes into great detail showing that many of the things that we accept as historical fact are merely propaganda. If I told you that the Japanese didn't surrender because we bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki and threatened more atomic strikes, you'd probably say that I'm nuts. After reading this book, you might feel differently.

    Unfortunately, Stone and Kuznick are socialists and there is certainly a detectable bias in the book. But the wealth of historical knowledge that you'll learn in this book are worth putting up with that.

    Human Smoke: The Beginning of WW2 and The End of Civilization by Nicholson Baker. This is a detailed timeline of the events leading up into WW2 that goes back decades and shows the war could have been avoided. It's fascinating and eye-opening, but some might like the fact that it's just a huge compilation of newspaper articles, government papers, speeches and memoirs. There's no central narrative trying to justify or explain any of the content...and that's why I liked it so much.

    War is a Racket by Smedley Butler. General Smedley Butler, in his own words, explains why war, including the ones he has fought and won, is a racket where the greedy and elite benefit from the death and suffering of so many.

    No Country for Old Men and Outer Dark by Cormack McCarthy. I'm just a big fan of McCarthy.

    The Shining by Stephen King. The first King book I've ever "read." The narrator does an awesome job and manages some creepy tones. This was so much better and more complex than the movie IMO. A completely different animal.

    1984 by George Orwell. It's cliche to say it, but reading or listening to this book today shows how brilliant and insightful Orwell was in 1949, when he wrote this dystopian classic.

    World War Z by Max Brooks. It's an anthology of short stories and accounts surrounding the outbreak of a devastating plague that turns the dead into flesh-hungry monsters. Each story involves one person and their account of dealing with a world forever changed by the events of Z-Day.

    Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. I read this not even realizing that I saw the movie years ago. I really enjoyed this story of a retired FBI agent tracking a deranged serial killer and risking everything in the process. I'm probably the last one to get into the Hannibal Lecter books, but I plan to read 'em all.

    A Song of Ice and Fire books by George HRR Martin. The narrator, Roy Dotrice, is phenominal. A true voice acting talent! I've read the books once and just started listening to the series again for the third time!
     
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    Clay Aiken's memoir "I Am a Cock- TEASE"
     
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    Steven King: Doctor Sleep
     
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