As cities grow and we’re behind the wheel more often, audiobooks have become a norm to the commuting book lover. With that, we wanted to sum up the top gems from the 2016 audiobook shelf, and praise the narrators who get us through that dreaded rush hour.
I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend, Martin Short
Short’s biography takes you on his own journey from his Canadian show biz hungry days, to his recent success as a beloved comedian in the United States. He highlights some of his most memorable characters and fills you in on how they came about – while making you literally “LOL” because he’s Martin Short and just that good. You also get bonus excerpts from Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, and Catherine O’Hara. Essentially, if you like laughing and biographies, this is a MUST.
All the Stars in the Heavens, Adriana Trigiani
Set in the 1930’s, the listener hears a mix of true and fictional tales of Hollywood starlets from this golden era. You’ll be emerged in the love, loss, and passion of showbiz all-stars like Clark Gable, Loretta Young and David Niven, to name a few. Movie buffs and hopeless romantics alike will indulge in this audio treat, brought to you by the voice of Blair Brown (Fringe and Orange is the New Black.) Who knows, maybe this story will spark a Hollywood romance in your own life!
Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut
Vonnegut’s 1973 classic is re-born through the riveting voice of John Malkovich. The plot circles around the skepticism that a science fiction novel may be the truth behind the dying planet. This enticing tale inspired the film starring none other than, Bruce. Despite the options available to either read or view this work of art, we still think you should stick to the audiobook version and Malkovich’s alluring narration.
The Little Shop of Monsters, R.L. Stine
From the voice of Jack Black comes a colorful children’s story centered around spirited monsters in a charming shop — perfect for family car rides, or a distraction for your little ones. Think Where the Wild Things Are and Monsters Inc. It’s guaranteed to spark the imagination in your youngsters!
We gave you our recommendations, now it’s your turn. Share your 2016 audiobook favs with us below!