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Our audiobook recommendations for July 2018

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Our team picks and audiobook recommendations for July 2018!

Each month, we’ll share our favorite audiobooks that we’ve listened to during the month and give you our audiobook recommendations . If you’ve read any of these let us know in the comments. We’d also love to hear your recommendations for what to listen to next!

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This month's genres

  • History
  • Memoir
  • Nature writing

The Electrifying Woman. A Memoir in Death-Defying Act by Tessa Fontaine, narrated by the author

After binge watching glow this was exactly what I wanted. Women who choose the long way round, and a different way of living. 

Rating: 2.5*

Spying on Whales. The Past, The Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures by Nick Pyenson, narrated by the author

Cold hard whale facts wrapped in a lovely blanket of human experience. Pyenson’s writing style is really accessible, and it’s a perfect blend of imagination, travel and learning.

Rating: 4*

Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph and Tragedy, 1905-1953 by Simon Ings, narrated by Tim Bruce

I’m geek and I can’t help it. Again, perfect storm of accessible writing style and facts. There are some really nice anecdotal pieces in here. Not for everyone, but if you like modern history give a wee go. 

Rating: 3*

Steve

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson, narrated by Roger Wayne

I usually don’t like ‘self-help’ books but I wanted to give the new generation of the genre, a.k.a books with expletives in the title, a try. I took a lot away from listening to this. Basically: you can give a f*ck about everything, so choose your f*cks given wisely!

Rating: 3.5*

Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace, narrated by Corey Gagne

A catering company that serves the supernatural world, need I say more?

Rating: 4*

This month's genres

  • Self-help
  • Fantasy

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The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish, narrated by the author

Rating: 5*

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae, narrated by the author

Rating: 5*

The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis, narrated by the author

Rating: 4*

I’m Fine…and other Lies by Whitney Cummings, narrated by the author

Rating: 4.5*

This month's genres

  • Memoir

Saulo

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish, narrated by the author

Hilarious. Extreme. Tough. It’s got a bit of everything and her life was so difficult. You hear these cringe-worthy things but the way she explains them, you can’t help but laugh. I’ve got so much respect for her now. I listened to the audiobook, and there are so many nuggets in her voice, expressions, pauses and even how she updates things from the time of writing versus the time of recording – this is a clear book that’s meant to be LISTENED to!

Rating: 4*

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton

Simply amazing. This is now one of my favorite books of all time. It’s incredibly well written, the details are amazing. The historical research into 80s trivia and gaming is extremely impressive. I dove into a world I’ve lived in the past and imagine will experience in the future. It blends things so beautifully. The hardest part is making all this believable and Cline does that extremely well. Reading this book was similar to the first time I read The Hobbit or even Harry Potter. It took me on an impressive adventure and kept me excited the entire way through.

Rating: 5*

Origin by Dan Brown, narrated by Paul Michael

I know people shit on Dan Brown books, but they’re so entertaining. I love them. This one is no different. The description of Barcelona is amazing, the storyline is great. I love the characters, the historical fiction element, the research. Everything. The plot is a bit out there and gets extremely predictable about 60% through the book, but it’s still a super entertaining read. I think this is one of his best, definitely better than Inferno and The Lost Symbol.
Rating: 4*

 

This month's genres

  • Memoir
  • Thriller
  • Sci-fi

This month's genres

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne, narrated by Stephen Hogan

Being from America, you kind of grow accustomed to a lot of books about bigoted people. However, with books like John Boyne’s most recent novel, you can see not only where it comes from, but also where ignorance is alive and well. Skipping through time, this novel made me angry, sad, and empathetic toward Cyril and lives he touches (and destroys). The language, sarcasm, and blatant disdain this book carries is enough to make you laugh, even at the most unfortunate of circumstances.

Rating: 4.5*

Little Soldiers. An American Boy, A Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve by Lenora Chu, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller

Having lived in Shanghai and worked with many students, I thought I would give this book a try. I’m always a bit wary to really trust American authors writing on China as many of the fruits of these authors are biased and accusatory, still painting China as the Great Red Enemy. This account of the Chinese education system, however, was actually quite honest. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still loaded with assumptions and one-sided opinions, but the author is at least honest and self-aware of the majority of them. All in all, it’s an interesting look into one section of the education system that seems to churn out so many avid learners every single day.

Rating: 4*

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, narrated by Dominic Hoffman

Cultural texts are so often totally overlooked outside of high school reading lists. That’s why I think it’s important that people actually take time to read books like Homegoing. Heritage is something that we cling to desperately, and it echos through politics, personal choice, and global interaction. This novel really speaks to the impact that our culture, ancestry, and choices have on ourselves, our future lineage, and the people around us.
Rating: 4*

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, narrated by Cathleen McCarron

I read this book when I was in a weird Sci-Fi/Thriller rabbit hole that for whatever reason I couldn’t claw myself out of. I picked this up mostly because someone told me that it “effed them up” and who doesn’t want that feeling, am I right? Anyway, it’s a very captivating, truly interesting concept. I don’t want to say much more because nothing is worse than a review that basically tells the entire plot.

Rating: 4.5* 

Team reading stats – July 2018:

Audiobooks listened to: 16

Total listening hours: 176:18:15

  • 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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