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Have I mentioned that I love to read Stephen King’s novels? I was a huge fan of his books for many years, with a brief respite – I couldn’t stomach Cell and abandoned From a Buick 8 – but found that he had returned to the King I loved with Duma Key and Under the Dome.

King’s Writing Column

Anyway, recently he has been writing a pop culture column for Entertainment Weekly magazine. His most recent article listed the books that he recommends for the summer. Here are the details of the audio book versions.

King’s Recommendations

King recommends checking out The Millennium Trilogy by Steig Larsson. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest are all narrated by Simon Vance. The trilogy’s main characters are Lisbeth Salander, a young woman with a photographic memory, and Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist. The series has been made into movies in Denmark and Hollywood is supposedly working on its own versions. I have the first two books in hand and will be attacking them soon.

Audio Book Author Stephen King

The Passage by Justin Cronin and narrated by Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, and Abby Craden is on everyone’s summer reading list. Is it really a surprise to anyone that this thriller is on King’s list? Vampires, created by a government experiment gone wrong, populate this novel. There are no sparkly angsty teen vamps as in Twilight here. My son is now glued to The Passage.

The Unnamed is written and narrated by Joshua Ferris. The cover of this looks so familiar… I may have even have won it on Twitter. I should go sort through my hundreds of books to see. Anyway, this unusual story is about a man who is compelled to walk. He walks no matter what, until he falls asleep. Medical science has no explanation. Intriguing, no?

More Recommendations!

King’s next choice is Strip, written by Thomas Perry and read by Michael Kramer. A strip club owner is robbed and sends his security guys after the newcomer that he thinks is the thief. Mistakes snowball and lead to a huge mess. King says that Perry can actually make you root for the sleaze ball…

John Sandford’s Storm Prey, read by Richard Ferrone, also made the list. I have read all the Lucas Davenport novels and love them all. This one is no exception. It is tightly plotted, fast paced, and a great read. I agree with King. This is worth reading.

the last book on King’s list.

Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd and read by Gideon Emery is the last book on King’s list. When a climatologist picks up an abandoned briefcase and tries to return it to the owner, he finds himself in a heap of trouble. In no time, he ends up on the streets – framed for murder. King says this one is the “pick of the litter”, so maybe I should bump it up on my summer reading list..

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