Laura is much more well adept to discuss audiobook recommendations. Hannah mostly uses them for Wheel of Time or for her nonfiction books that she really wants to read (Malcolm Gladwell for the win). But overall, here are some of her favorite recommendations.
1. The Godfather by Mario Puzo narrated by Joe Mantegna (18 hrs and 5 mins)
The Godfather has gained a place as a classic both on and off screen for its portrayal of the fictional Corleone family and the Mafia, but I feel like the audiobook rarely gets the credit it deserves. Narrator Joe Mantegna does an excellent job bringing this book to life and keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout the drama, revenge, violence, lust and suspense.
2. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett narrated by Martin Jarvis (12 hrs and 32 mins)
Hilarious, zany, fast-paced. Overall, just a lot of fun. The tale of two friends, an angel and a demon, and the role they play in armageddon. The humor is corny at times and deeply sarcastic at others, and the references are great. The authors did a wonderful job creating this very clever book and the narrator brings the characters to life and sets the tone perfectly throughout.
3. Heavy by Kiese Laymon narrated by the author (6 hrs and 17 mins)
Kiese Laymon’s memoir is one that sits with you for a long time. Throughout the book Laymon beautifully navigates through his experiences as a Black man in America, the weight of his body and the weight of his relationship with his mother. Hearing the author read the memoir adds so much to an already amazing book.
4. Becoming Becoming by Michelle Obama narrated by the author (19 hrs and 3 mins)
Michelle Obama is an incredible woman who I greatly admire, so there was no doubt in my mind that I would enjoy reading Becoming. Hearing the “behind the scenes” version of the Obama’s journey to each other, the White House, and beyond was great and Michelle’s narration of the events helps bring you into the moments and to experience the emotions alongside her and her family.
5. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson narrated by Alaska Jackson (7 hrs and 18 min)
A young-adult novel about a girl in a small town who decides to run for prom queen in order to win some money for college. The main character is a queer girl who you immediately love and root for throughout. Pair this story with a fun/quirky narration and it feels like you’re listening to a movie.