Yesterday, I presented titles from the iTunes list of “Best Audiobooks of 2009”. Today, I would like to chat about the top sellers. It is always interesting to find that the top sellers and those titles considered “best” do not always coincide.
The Shack by William P. Young (read by Roger Mueller) When Mac Philips receives a note, apparently from God, telling him to return to the shack where his daughter may have been murdered, he is taken on an incredible journey of faith.
This story has touched many people, largely by word-of-mouth. I purchased it several months ago for my iPod and am considering the CD version as a gift for some very special people on my Christmas list.
Twilight, New Moon, and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (various narrators) It’s really no surprise that the Twilight saga is a top seller, is it? With the movies scoring millions and teens everywhere obsessed with Bella and Edward, it makes sense that the books have sold like crazy. I started Twilight when one of my sons read it, and I just couldn’t get into it…
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (read by Paul Michael) The much anticipated novel by the author of The Da Vinci Code has not thrilled reviewers. Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is again at the center of an artifact driven mystery. I got caught up in the hype and bought the book… and after reading the lukewarm reviews, I promptly set it aside.
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (narrated by William Hope and Laurel Lefkow) This is one of my favorite books. I have read it twice and recommended it to friends and family. Last year, I gave it to one of my son’s teachers as a Christmas gift. (She appreciated it immensely!) Imagine a love story that must deal with a disorder that rips the man out of time when he is stressed.
Can’t imagine it? Then read it. Really. You won’t be able to put it down.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald (various narrators) There are several editions of this short story available. The edition with various narrators and a collection of additional stories seems to receive the best ratings from readers at Audible.com. The movie starring Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt drew attention to this interesting tale of a baby who is born at age 70 and grows younger, rather than older, as time passes. I skipped the movie, but read the book. Well worth the time to read.
With spotlight on Benjamin Button, it is inevitable that the next title on the list is The Great Gatsby (read by various narrators). This story about the pursuit of happiness in the 1920s is a classic. I read it several years ago in hardcover. As for choosing one narrator, I suggest going to Audible and listening to the samples to choose a style that you find agreeable.