Holiday Books Gift Guide: Listen up! These audiobooks are a delight

Holiday Books Gift Guide:
Listen up! These audiobooks are a delight


Margaret Atwood, read by R.H. Thomson

Penguin Random House Audio, $35

A humorous retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” with Prospero re-imagined as a Canadian theater festival director, read by television actor Thomson.

Not Dead Yet

Phil Collins, read by the author

Penguin Audio, $45

But seriously: The charming English drummer and singer who started his career with the band Genesis narrates his warts-and-all memoir.

Talking As Fast As I Can

Lauren Graham, read by the author

Random House Audio, $30

Essays from the actress and author, who dishes, with her trademark wit and whiplash delivery, on her return as Lorelei in “Gilmore Girls.”

Before the Fall

Noah Hawley, read by Robert Petkoff

Hachette Audio, $35

A thriller about two unlikely survivors of a plane crash, written by the creator of the television show “Fargo” and read by prolific stage actor Petkoff.


On Homecoming and Belonging

Sebastian Junger, read by the author

Hachette Audio, $25

The combat journalist reads his book about how returning American soldiers feel adrift, and what tribal societies show us about togetherness and community.

Love Warrior

A Memoir

Glennon Doyle Melton, read by the author

Macmillan Audio, $29.99

The latest pick for Oprah’s book club, this memoir from the popular mommy blogger and author explains details how she survived a traumatic event in her marriage.

The Chemist

Stephenie Meyer, read by Ellen Archer

Hachette Audio, $40

The “Twilight” author has a new heroine — an ex-government agent who is deep undercover and on the run — who must take one last assignment to earn her freedom.

The Sport of Kings

C.E. Morgan, read by George Newbern

Macmillan Audio, $54.99

This novel traces a Kentucky family of horse breeders over generations while exploring conflicts of race and class. It’s read by character actor Newbern.

113 Minutes

James Patterson with Max DiLallo, read by Becky Ann Baker and Christopher Ryan Grant

Hachette Audio, $10

This thriller about a woman who turns vigilante after her son is murdered is part of Patterson’s new “BookShots” series of short thriller novels.

The Obsidian Chamber

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, read by René Auberjonois

Hachette Audio, $40

The latest installment in the authors’ Pendergast series opens with the FBI agent missing and possibly dead. The audio version is narrated by “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” actor Auberjonois.

Mister Monkey

Francine Prose, read by Kirby Heyborne and Nan McNamara

HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio, $39.99

The actors narrate Prose’s dark, irreverent novel about the cast and crew of a terrible children’s musical about a mischievous chimpanzee.

They May Not Mean To But They Do

Cathleen Schine, read by Cynthia Darlow

Macmillan Audio, $34.99

A comic novel about an adult brother and sister whose strong-headed, widowed mother starts dating an old beau, read by television actress Darlow.


Lisa Scottoline, read by Rebecca Lowman

Macmillan Audio, $39.99

Actress Lowman narrates the latest thriller from Scottoline, about a dyslexic 10-year-old boy accused of attacking a school employee.


My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man

William Shatner, read by William Shatner

Macmillan Audio, $29.99

The actor who brought America Captain Kirk reads his remembrance of his close friend Leonard Nimoy, who memorably portrayed Spock on “Star Trek.”

Two by Two

Nicholas Sparks, read by Ari Fliakos

Hachette Audio, $35

The newest tearjerker from the author of “The Notebook” follows a man who loses his job and his wife and must raise his 6-year-old daughter alone. Narrated by actor Fliakos.

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