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Yesterday, I began looking at Oprah’s Summer Reading List as presented by her O magazine. She seems to tend toward historical fiction and angst-ridden melodrama in general, but let’s finish looking at the list of audiobooks she’s chosen, shall we?

Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens (various versions with different narrators) are for those who simply must tackle Dickens in the summer. Right. Nobody. Too much work.

The Lost Summer

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees is narrated by Emily Janice Card. This is a mix of fiction with fact, imagining what kind of love would have driven Alcott to write such a heartbreaking story. We seem to be stuck with a lot of historical stuff, don’t we? This one takes place in 1855.

Oprah Book Club The Road Cormac McCarthy

American Music by Jane Mendelsohn

American Music by Jane Mendelsohn and narrated by Carrington MacDuffie is about a wounded soldier in a rehab facility and the physical therapist who bonds with him. When she touches him, they see images from the past… not their pasts, but mysterious pasts. I have no idea what this all means.

The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek

The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek is read by Justine Eyre. A house is inherited by half-sisters who are completely opposite. They can’t agree on what to do with the house, nor can they figure out their Aunt’s mysterious instructions. This sounds suspiciously like chick lit…

How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley

How Did You Get This Number is written and read by Sloane Crosley. This collection of essays takes listeners on her trips to Paris, Portugal, and Alaska. Finally something that isn’t historical or horribly angst-ridden! This might be the antidote to the other titles on the list!

The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Passage by Justin Cronin and narrated by Scott Brick is already on my list. “Virals” are the result of a secret government experiment and all Hell is breaking loose. I was surprised to see this on Oprah’s list, but then again, it’s on every other list for the summer, so she probably didn’t want to be left out!

Some of the titles on Oprah’s list don’t seem to be available in audiobook format.

Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch

Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch; Words That Matter (an O magazine publication of inspiring quotes and advice); Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It by Maile Meloy; Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano; The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais; What Is Left the Daughter by Howard Norman; Father of the Rain by Lily King; Someone Will Be with You Shortly: Notes from a Perfectly Imperfect Life by Lisa Kogan.

Will you follow Oprah’s advice and read any of these selections? Come to our audiobooks forum to discuss!

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