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Check Out Our Team’s Audiobook Recommendations! – Sept. ’18

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Our Team Picks and Audiobook Recommendations for September 2018!

We listened to a good mix of fiction and nonfiction audiobooks at hibooks this month. Some of our choices were inspired by our ’13 for Halloween’ campaign: The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Rust and Stardust by T. Greenwood. But it wasn’t all doom, gloom, and serial murder. Many of us enjoyed a giggle listening to three of the biggest comedians of the moment: Tina Fey (Bossypants), Amy Poehler (Yes Please), and Aziz Anzari’s take on contemporary dating (Modern Romance). Take a look at the rest of our September listening and our recommended audiobooks.

Check back next soon for October’s selection.

Happy listening!

Louise

This month's genres

  • Memoir
  • Fiction
  • Business

The Pants of Perspective by Anna McNuff, narrated by the author

Fun listen of the memoir of Anna McNuff’s run along the full north and south distance of New Zealand. Good for anyone contemplating such an adventure or for those who prefer to live vicariously through others. Anna is the narrator and a lovely narration it is!

Rating: 5*

Scrum. The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland, narrated by J.J. Sutherland

Great description of the concept of scrum, used in high tech to speed development, but with this book targeted toward general businesses. Great suggestions on how to generate faster progress using examples. Very listenable.

Rating: 4.5*

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman, narrated by Marin Ireland
The follow-up to Beartown. An ode to small towns — their good and bad, their bright and dark stories and the challenges of the people living there.

Rating: 4.5*

Madeline

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, narrated by Allan Corduner
Rating: 4.5*

The Fact of a Body. A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, narrated by the author
Rating: 4*

Tuesdays with Morrie. An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson, 20th Anniversary Edition by Mitch Albom, narrated by the author
Rating: 4*

This month's genres

  • Young Adult Fiction
  • True Crime
  • Memoir

Karin

Bossypants by Tina Fey, narrated by Victoria Hammerstein

Hilarious autobiography type collection of essays. They’re frank, honest, and totally entertaining. She talks about her childhood, how she was hired by SNL, lots of celebrity stories, and great backstage antics. She also talks marriage, motherhood, and family. A great listen!

Rating: 4*

Yes Please by Amy Poehler, narrated by Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Kathleen Turner, Mike Schur
Super relatable, this autobiography is down to earth, silly and a really fun listen. Amy talks about her rise to fame and has lots of celebrity guests, stories about her time on SNL all sprinkled with great anecdotes and hilarious one-liners. Her narration is perfection as well!
Rating: 5*

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg, narrated by Aziz Ansari

I loved this! Aziz went above and beyond, collaborating with research teams, traveling the world and studying how people get into relationships today. His data points on dating apps were fascinating, the chapter on Japanese culture and dating today was super interesting and because he narrates he does funny impressions and makes jokes throughout. This was a memorable and fun one.
Rating: 5*

This month's genres

  • Memoir
  • Cultural Commentary

Cat

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner, narrated by the author

I have to say it was the music by Kim Gordon that pulled me in, but after I discovered the story I was hooked! If you like ‘Orange Is The New Black’ you can’t miss this, like, what are you doing if you don’t check this one out!

Rating3.5*

Broad Band by Claire L. Evans narrated by the author
Listening to Claire L. Evans narrate her own book is like having a conversation with a friend. This book is learning by stealth: there were some things in here that were genuinely surprising to me. There are massive chunks of really important and engaging history that people just have no idea about. I beasted through this in a matter of days!
The quality and ease of the story telling, along with modern references, made this really compelling listening. I can’t wait to hear more from Evans.

Rating: 4.5*

This month's genres

  • Fiction
  • Science and Tech

Peter

This month's genres

  • Crime Fiction

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood, narrated by Therese Plummer
T. Greenwood is one of my favorite authors (confession: I published 8 of her novels) and her lyrical writing is made for reading aloud and listening. Her latest, a fictionalized imagining of what might have happened to Sally Horner, whose kidnapping inspired Nabakov’s Lolita, is a stellar example of that. The narration is so lush and well-performed it will immerse listeners in the harrowing world Sally endured. Tough subject matter, so not for everyone, but heart-wrenching and gorgeous. I read it and listened to the audio book.

Rating: 4.5*

Team reading stats – September 2018
Audiobooks listened to: 13
Total listening hours: 112:33:02

  • Male authors
  • Female authors
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction

Curious to know what the team read last month? Check out our recommended audiobooks for August!

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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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    Jose D. Morgan November 2, 2018

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