Friday, November 14, 2014

Best Audio Books of 2014

Similar to last year's list, this will be a collection of some of the best book I've listened to in the last year, not necessarily ones that were released in the last year.

Casino Royale
James Bond, from the beginning.  I'd been curious about the books since re-watching every Bond movie and was pleasantly surprised to find it's aged quite well.  Book two, Live and Let Die, does not make the list.

Moonraker
Audible recently released several Bond novels read by celebrities.  I'd already started the series, and jumped at Moonraker after hearing the sample read by Bill Nighy.  The book isn't just the best of the series (so far), but I wish Nighy read all the Bond books.  He's absolutely brilliant.  The book, I should mention, is nothing like the movie.

Diary
Another great from Chuck Palahniuk.

3:10 to Yuma
I have several books from Elmore Leonard in my library; this remains one of my favorites.

Devil in the White City
Educational, fascinating, and horrifying.

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The first of several on this list that are comedies.  The title was enough to get me to listen to the audio sample.  The audio sample made this an instant purchase.

A Christmas Carol
I've been listening to a lot of classics.  This is the first to earn the title.

Dimension of Miracles
The return of (narrator) John Hodgman to the list.  This is written by Robert Sheckley, whose right there next to Douglas Adams for his brilliant, hilarious, insightful writing.

Year Zero
Another Hodgman narration, and another Douglas Adams comparison.  I'll be keeping an eye out for future works from Rob Reid.

Medium Raw
The return of Anthony Bourdain to the list.  And another enjoyable, entertaining listen.

Stardust
I'm surprised nothing from Neil Gaiman made last year's list.  I'm making up for that with two this year.  I enjoyed the movie, and the book is also excellent, but I especially love when Gaiman reads his own work.

Good Omens
A quote from the linked page talks of "wackiness" and "morbid humor."  Too true.

The Importance of Being Earnest
This is actually a recording of a live performance of the Oscar Wilde play.  It's both ridiculous and hilarious.

You Are Now Less Dumb
David McRaney's earlier book was on last year's list.  This one is also excellent.

George Carlin Reads to You
George Carlin reads three of his books.  What more could you ask for?

A Universe from Nothing
The subtitle is "Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing" which was what initially grabbed me.  It's informative and interesting without being dry.

Physics of the Future and Physics of the Impossible
Michio Kaku was on last year's list and I liked his book so much that I bought two more.  Both of these are good, though one is better than the other.  I just can't remember which.

13 Things That Don't Make Sense
For all our scientific knowledge, there remains many things we fundamentally don't understand.

Series

Dead Six
The team of Larry Correia and Bronson Pinchot is unbeatable.

Parker
I got into Parker because of the Darwyn Cooke adaptations.  The books are brilliant and better than all the movies put together.

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
Having loved The Hitchhiker's Guide for almost two decades, I finally ventured into Dirk Gently territory.  It was brilliant and absurd, and I wish there was more.

Millennium Trilogy
Or, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the other two."