Many book clubs explore various titles and different venues to add interest and excitement to the overall book discussion experience. Some groups have included book to film excursions, or theme-related activities. Another idea that may interest book clubs is to try an audiobook for their next discussion. An audiobook can provide a unique involvement for the listener. Personally, audiobooks such as The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Other Story by Tatiana De Rosnay, Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, and The Son by Jo Nesbo have remained with me for close to a year now. I believe that if I had read these books, the characters may not have resonated in the same way.
The 20th Annual Audie Awards Gala is scheduled for May 28th in New York City. This award competition recognizes excellence in audiobook and spoken word entertainment. For the complete list of this year’s finalists, go to http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/audies/. One thing to consider is that it may be more convenient for members to choose a winner from a previous year since the audiobooks may be more accessible. If you are interested in locating previous audiobook winners, you can go to http://www.audiopub.org/audies-gala.asp. Here are some suggested audiobook titles:
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – Read by David Pittu
2014 WINNER: LITERARY FICTION & SOLE NARRATION – MALE
Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, thirteen-year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue.
Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell are My Keys by Billy Crystal—Read by Billy Crystal.
& NARRATION BY THE AUTHOR One of America’s favorite comedians looks back at his extraordinary career, highlighting the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, and outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old.
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks—Read by January LaVoy and Ron McLarty
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter— Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini.
2013 WINNER: SOLO NARRATION – MALE A novel that spans fifty years with the Italian housekeeper and his long-lost American starlet, the producer who once brought them together, and his assistant. A glittering world filled with unforgettable characters.
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett— Narrated by Hope Davis
2012 WINNER: LITERARY FICTION A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years–a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.
– posted by Jean S., Readers’ Services
This article appeared in the May 2015 issue of Syosset Public Library’s newsletter, The Book Club Insider.