Holiday books: Grab a great listen with these audiobooks
Gloria Steinem shares her story, a dive into Buddhism, Elizabeth Gilbert on creativity and an appearance by James Franco.
Rethinking the Dharma For a Secular Age
Stephen Batchelor, read by Stephen Batchelor
Blackstone Audio, $39.95 CD, $22.95 download
The British scholar and teacher reads his treatise on secular Buddhism, positioning Buddha as a "pragmatic ethicist."
Robert Crais, read by MacLeod Andrews and Luke Daniels
Brilliance Audio, $24.99, $20.95 download
The latest thriller from bestselling author Crais has private eyes Elvis Cole and Joe Pike join an LAPD cop and his K-9 partner to solve a case that begins in Echo Park.
Creative Living Beyond Fear
Elizabeth Gilbert, read by Elizabeth Gilbert
Penguin Audio, $32 CD, $16 download
With warmth and humor, the "Eat, Pray, Love" author shares her thoughts on the act of creation and how to get in touch with our creative selves.
Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff, read by Will Damron and Julia Whelan
Penguin Audio, $45 CD, $22.50 download
This book about a married couple's deep secrets, told from their different points of view, is one of the most acclaimed novels of the year.
A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Jenny Lawson, read by Jenny Lawson
Macmillan Audio, $34.99 CD, $23.99 download
Popular Internet personality the Bloggess reads her new book, a moving, hilarious chronicle of her long struggle with mental illness.
My Life on the Road
Gloria Steinem, read by Debra Winger and Gloria Steinem
Random House Audio, $40 CD, $20 download
A long-awaited memoir from the feminist that looks at her early life and continued activism. Steinem reads her introduction; the rest is narrated by Oscar-nominated actress Winger.
Kurt Vonnegut, read by James Franco
Audible, $19.95 download
Vonnegut's dark, twisted World War II parable is read by Franco, the famously prolific actor, author and filmmaker.
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
Sarah Vowell, read by Sarah Vowell with Fred Armisen, Bobby Cannavale, Alexis Denisof, John Hodgman, Stephanie Murch, Nick Offerman, Patton Oswalt and John Slattery
Simon & Schuster Audio, $29.99 CD, $17.99 download
An all-star cast narrates Vowell's take on the American Revolution and its famous French supporter, the young Marquis de Lafayette.
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