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I was looking at the list of bestselling audiobooks on Audible for the last week.

I find it interesting to see that, while there are several recent releases, a few books that have been out for some time are on the list. Let’s take a look at some of the audiobook bestsellers…

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson, narrated by Simon Vance, were released in 2008 and 2009, but have major staying power.

The imminent release of the third volume of the trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (now available via pre sale) as well as plans to turn the popular first book into a movie must be factors in its longevity.

I have finally begun reading this. I actually started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a while ago, but was in the mood for something lighter and set it aside. I’ll keep you posted on my thoughts.

Audiobook The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonMore Best Selling Titles

Under the Dome by Stephen King, read by Raul Esparza is hanging in on the list as well. The recording is well over 34 hours, but worth every minute. I really enjoyed this book and it’s good to see that others like it as well.

Another title that has hung onto bestseller status is The Help by Kathryn Stockett with a full cast of narrators. Okay, it’s ugly confession time. The real reason I haven’t read this book, despite the rave reviews, awards, and persistence on top ten lists is the cover.

Yes, I have judged this book by its cover. Something about those little birds and the purple rounded label with the title just turns me off. I don’t know why, but it does. Sad, but true.

A new release on the list is Deception by Jonathan Kellerman, read by John Rubinstein. I really enjoyed this book, and if you like psychological mystery/thrillers, you probably will like this as well. I think the best thing about the series is the idiosyncratic main characters. Milo is a rumpled looking, tough talking, gay detective. Alex is an intuitive, overly curious psychologist. Between them, they unravel some disturbing mysteries.

Jodi Picoult

My best friend and I refer books with cop-out endings as “Picoult endings” and try to avoid them

House Rules by the ever-popular Jodi Picoult (this novel read by a full cast) is also on the list. Here’s my take on Picoult: She takes whatever controversy is in the headlines, adds even more drama to it and some polarizing characters… then she wimps out. My best friend and I refer books with cop-out endings as “Picoult endings” and try to avoid them.

While I love her writing style, I am annoyed when she can’t just go for it in the end. Yes, I’m talking My Sister’s Keeper. I won’t spoil it here, but come to the forum if you want to hear my rant. I’ll be posting it later.

So… what are you reading this week? Is it on the bestseller list?

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