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Spring Audiobook List

Driving everywhere in Pensacola takes at least 20 minutes, so Audible has become my best friend. Here are some of the books I’ve listened to in the last few months, and yes, I jump back and forth between books like a nobody’s business.

“Becoming” by Michelle Obama

Okay if you haven’t already read “Becoming” (and maybe even if you have), the Audiobook version is amazing! I tend more towards fiction hardcopy books and autobiographical audiobooks— there’s something I really like about hearing an autobiography in the author’s voice. (You’ll see there’s a theme here). But Michelle Obama is so articulate and hearing her words in her voice just feels right. I’ve loved learning more about the Obamas’ lives before, during, and after the Presidency.

“How to Change Your Mind” by Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan’s newest book is so different than his previous, food-focused books. “How to Change Your Mind” explores new research into psychedelics and the role they could play in curing things like addiction, depression, and PTSD. It’s much more personal than his previous books, and fun to listen to in his voice because he is very excited about hunting for mushrooms, and overall— super interesting.

“Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah

Okay so I listened to this one a few months ago after it was recommended by a number of friends, but I’m including it here because it is AMAZING and I’m so glad I listened to it (again, read by Trevor Noah). He grew up in South Africa during apartheid and tells some pretty intense stories with his usual comedic spin. Rumor has it that they’re making this into a movie, and Lupita Nyong’o (who I love) is playing Trevor Noah’s mother, so read it before you see it!

“Kitchen Confidential” by Anthony Bourdain

This is another one that I listened to a while ago but wanted to include— Rivet and I listened to the whole book on a roadtrip from California to Idaho and we were glued to it. It’s another one that’s great to hear in his voice, with his accent, and slightly eerie and foreshadowing to hear him reading it after he died. It gives some wild insight into the restaurant industry and tells his personal discovery of food and cooking as well.

“The Other Woman” by Sandie Jones

So this is the only fiction book that I’ve listened to recently. I did finish it without jumping around to other books so I must have been pretty hooked. It was a good “easy listen,” (equivalent to an easy read? I don’t know), because the downward spiral of this relationship is just such a mess. And the other woman isn’t who you think it is! Oh, and the narrator has a British accent so everything sounds extra dramatic.

“Creative Quest” by Questlove

I downloaded this one because it was on a bunch of “Best of 2018” lists. It’s super interesting and fun to hear about Questlove’s path/childhood etc. It’s also fun because there are a lot of sound bites mixed in that you wouldn’t get from a hard copy!

“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by JK Rowling

Audible is definitely the most economical option to purchase Harry Potter audiobooks! I was shocked by how expensive they are! I’ve obviously read the whole series but the audiobooks are so much fun and read by such an animated narrator. I’ve been wanting to go back and read the books because Rivet and I will hopefully go to Harry Potter World while we live in Florida. I started with this one because it is my favorite of the series and I think I remember the first 3 stories pretty clearly from seeing the movies multiple times!

If you haven’t tried Audible, click here to start a 30-day free trial. You get 2 free audiobooks in the first 30 days, and then after that you pay $14.95/month which includes 1 “credit” (which equals 1 book per month). Most books cost closer to $20 when you buy them outright (some are a lot more… hello Harry Potter books!) so it ends up being worth the membership.

Comment below if you have any other questions about Audible, and let me know what you’re reading!