Didn’t think I’d be participating in a meme so quickly after It’s Monday! What am I reading and Tell me Something Tuesday (I’ve got stuff to do!!!). But thanks to Rebecca at Bookishly Rebecca, here I am: Top 5 Tuesday (actually top 7 since I’ve ‘read’ exactly 7 audio books). Didn’t think I’d read 5 audio books much less 7 but here (in order from least to most favourite – though I enjoyed them all).
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (Baldwin has deeply revealing insights about race and Black masculinity in America in deeply evocative language; the only reason this is so far down the list is I’d rather read Baldwin than listen to his words in someone else’s voice – this is why Sonny’s Blues is also a DNF)
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (glad I finally ‘read’ this – she is a classic horror writer, she built the house a lot of horror writers now live in – it might be slow for modern readers and more subtle than the modern appetite might like but for me, as delivered, it was appropriately spooky – the narrator is male and males doing their version of the female voice is always…entertaining)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (not sure who the narrator is but I found the story compelling and was only now and again distracted by the delivery – it did underscore for me one reason I prefer reading and hearing the story in my own voice – if it makes a difference, I liked the audio book better than the movie)
Animal Farm by George Orwell (I’m not sure if it’s the writing or reading but this was extremely vivid and disturbing – the fact that I can’t get it out of my head might have a bit to do with the politics of our times though)
Born a Crime: Stories of My South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (narrated by the author – felt just like him telling us stories of his childhood; very engaging)
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton (this was just full on nostalgia for me as I am of the Brat Pack era and was in love with this movie as a kid)
World War Z: an Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks (this was soooo good! With multiple actors, I imagine it plays like one of those pre-TV radio plays must-ve and I can see why they were so gripping that when War of the Worlds ran on CBS radio in 1938 people really thought they were in the midst of an alien invasion)