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Our Audiobook Recommendations – August 2018


Our team picks and audiobook recommendations for August 2018!

Summer’s over, so it seems, which might explain why our August listening was slightly darker than usual e.g. serial killers and murderous teenagers! We also chose the Japanese cult classic, Battle Royale for our team book club.

Take a look at our recommended August listening. Have you listened to any of these?


This month's genres

  • History
  • Fiction
  • Science and Tech

Beartown by Fredrik Backman, narrated by Marin Ireland

Rating: 4*

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh, narrated by Katherine Press

Rating: 4.5*

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou, narrated by Will Damron

Rating: 4.5*

Prairie Fires. The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser, narrated by Christina Moore

Rating: 4*


Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris, narrated by the author

I’m pretty much trash for David Sedaris and I’ve read all but one or two of his books (I’m currently listening to his diaries). This was a re-listen for me, and it was just as good the second time around. As well as enjoying his writing I also envy the fact that he’s made a living by ‘just’ writing about stuff that happens to him.

Rating: 4.5*

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, narrated by Mark Dacascos

This was August’s team bookclub. I found it tough to get into as the first few chapters are shameless info-dumping and attempts to establish characters. It picks up after that. Despite the gratuitous violence, which I sort of enjoyed, for me it felt like a high-school romance novel, interspersed with decapitation.

Rating: 3*

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, narrated by Coleen Marlo

I know, I know. I’m 15 years late to the party, but I got there in the end. This is literary novel with the pacing and twists of a thriller and it didn’t disappoint. I found one element particularly fascinating: the reality that some mothers hate their children. It’s an uncomfortable but hugely satisfying novel. 15 years after it’s publication, we’re still dealing with the tragic aftermath of school shootings.

Rating: 4.5*

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara, narrated by Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn, Patton Oswalt

As the title suggests, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark follows McNamara’s armchair detective work to discover the identity of the man she named The Golden State Killer. The author died before she could complete book and the some of the chapters were finished by people involved with Michelle’s search.

Rating: 3.5*

This month's genres

  • Literary fiction
  • Memoir/humor
  • Horror


Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark, narrated by Rob Shapiro

Pretty good. It’s quite recent, so it discusses the latest developments in the evolution of AI. Also, it gives an insight into what the big tech leaders are discussing in their private circles, and their real opinions. It also quotes from Sci-fi authors, scientists, and futurologists, since the first ideas and the inspiration for well known concepts started in these areas. Throughout the book discusses how the new form of automation relates to the introduction of steam power, tractors, cars, computers, and the role it will play in the way people work (and the professions that can’t be automated.)

Rating: 4*

This month's genres

  • Science and Tech


World War Z by Max Brooks, various narrators

Best audiobook ever. The cast is AMAZING, including several a A-listers. Even Martin Scorsese lends his voice to the book. The pace is incredible and the story is vivid. This is an example of what an audiobook should be like. MUCH better than the book, MUCH better than the movie.

Rating: 5*

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami, narrated by Mark Dacascos

One of my all time favorite books, absolutely love it. The audiobook could use a ton of work, but the book is great, the story is super engaging, and I love the mix of violence and innocence. It’s Hunger Games (before Hunger Games) for adults. Incredible.

Rating: 5*

This month's genres

  • Horror


This month's genres

  • Literary Fiction
  • Contemporary Romance

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, narrated by Alma Cuervo, Julia Whelan, Robin Miles

Evelyn Hugo is a fake celebrity with a wild life story. The wonderful charm of this novel for me is that you can’t quickly hop on Google. It’s like reading an extended tabloid. Only with Evelyn’s story, we know that there is only one version: hers. We get excerpts of newspapers and glimpses of perspective, but we are stuck with complete bias. It’s Evelyn’s life as she knew it––a journalist’s spin, but her story. Her perspective is the sole factor of significance. This book has all the entertainment of reality TV without the brain drain you feel afterward.

Rating: 4*

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, narrated by Coleen Marlo

It blows my mind that it’s been 15 years since this book was first published because it’s still so incredibly relevant. Told from the perspective of the mother, this novel is a piecemeal attempt at answering the most common question we innately ask in the face of tragedy: why? I find this book to be a tragic commentary on the age-old debate of nature/nurture. It’s unsettling, it’s significant, and it’s extremely well-delivered.

Rating: 4.5*

Team reading stats – August 2018:

Audiobooks listened to: 12

Total listening hours: 164:49:10

  • Male authors
  • Female authors
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction

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Steve Partridge

Steve is from the UK and has lived in London, Bulgaria, and Berlin. He studied Christian theology at King’s College London and spent several years working in publishing. His articles, books reviews, interviews and essays have been published in a range of digital and print magazines. In 2012, he was shortlisted for the Brighton Fringe Festival Writers Prize. His obsession with books and writing led him to start his own ‘BookTube’ channel on YouTube (to which you should probably subscribe). You can find him talking nonsense on Twitter @StPartridge.

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    Syd September 11, 2018

    Do you have titles of Young Adult novels?

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      Steve Partridge September 11, 2018

      We certainly do! In the hibooks app, click: discover > categories > young adult and cross over. Alternatively, you can search by title. We have a great selection of classic titles and the most current big YA releases. Let me know if you find what you’re looking for ? – Steve.

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