Ozzy can still rock the stage with the best of them, but for this collection of columns picked up by Rolling Stone magazine, he leaves the reading to British comic Frank Skinner, whose crisp delivery suggests what the Prince of Darkness sounded like years ago.
FICTION AUDIO BOOKS
In the case of fiction, most audio books this season need to follow only a single principle: Give a clean, clear presentation. Many veteran readers in this year's batch also give unique voices to each character that take listeners deeper into these imagined worlds.
Random House Audio, $40, 12 hours 31 minutes, read by the author
No one knows a book's characters better than their creator, and Lindsay is just right (of course) in this new tale of everyone's favorite good-guy serial killer … but you can't help wanting to hear the voice of Michael C. Hall from the hit Showtime series.
The Gormenghast Trilogy, Titus Awakes
Mervyn Peake, Maeve Gilmore
Naxos, $58.50, 18 hours 37 minutes, ready by Rupert Degas
Degas' effortless reading of Mervyn Peake's trilogy (and a final installment by Peake's widow) doesn't overperform this moving story of a fantastic kingdom where a boy named Titus lives.
Listening Library/Random House, $60, 31 hours, read by Gerard Doyle
Though there are battles aplenty — not to mention a heroic flying dragon — to tempt any narrator, Gerard Doyle resists theatrical excess and delivers a clean, clear version of this concluding installment of Paolini's bestselling fantasy cycle.