I recently got audible. What book should I download first? Is The Book Thief any good?

I recently got audible. What book should I download first?

Is The Book Thief any good? Any other recommendations?

68 Answers

  • The Book Thief is good in ANY form. HP books/reader are amazing! You may find a reader you like and follow them. The one little kink that audible books put into the mix of moving on to the next book is that not only do you have another writing style and story line, you have a physical voice. It makes for a 3rd adjustment. HOWEVER, I’m a big proponent and have gotten through most books as a listener. ENJOY!!

  • I really enjoyed News Of The World! which is going to be made into a movie starring Tom Hanks.

  • Listened on a trip yesterday to “Society’s Child: My Autobiography” by Janis Ian. Fascinating! Alert: so involved listening I missed my exit & had to double back. 😂

    • Hahahaha that’s the name of one of the protagonists in Mean Girls! 😂

    • 😂😂😂. Not sure of your age, but Janis Ian was a very talented folk singer of my “era” — 60’s + .

    • 😁. Or your grandparents. Remember, they were”cool” once! 😂 💃🏼

  • my tip is …. audible is quite expensive … so only buy VERY LONG books to get the most for your money ….. my favorite was revisiting the series by jean auel, clan of the cave bear … i had read it years ago and loved listening to it …

    • Our library has a good sized collection. Used bookstores even more. Finally, if traveling, some restaurants have a “rent here, return there” selection. I rarely purchase; do occasionally buy one I know will be a “keeper.”

    • I noticed that too! I’m doing the free trial. Do you guys know of any good places to purchase audiobooks?
      I do plan on using my library once I pay my fine.

    • Pay your fine – it’s probably cheaper than buying audiobooks! 😉

    • I do all my audiobooks through the library. Most are downloaded from Hoopla and never seem to care about my fines

  • I enjoy audiobooks best when they are read by their authors, and the best readers are often actors and comedians because they make a living delivering lines, so a lot of my audiobook choices are actors’ and comedians’ memoirs. My latest favourite is Trevor Noah’s *Born a Crime*, but the first book that made me realise this was Amy Poehler’s *Yes Please*.

    • I have been meaning to read Yes Please! Amy Poehler is a hoot!

    • I found not all authors make good readers. It’s sometimes better with a different narrator. Actors are usually good. Try the clips to see how you feel about the readers. A good or bad reader makes all the difference.

  • I’m listening to Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke on audible. Also, A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. I follow along in an illustrated edition with that one. It’s science and it seems to make it clearer for me to do both at the same time!

    • Simon Prebble does such a good job reading Strange & Norrell. One of my favourites 🙂

  • The Boys in the Boat was fabulous and it’s read by Edward Herrmann, who played the grandfather on Gilmore Girls. He does a great job. I’m also fond of Wil Wheaton as a narrator – Ready Player One. Lin-Manuel Miranda reads Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. I also really liked the narrator of a book called My Life in Middlemarch, but can’t recall her name.

  • I also like books narrated by their authors. Some I’ve liked recently: Bossypants by Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling’s books, BJ Novak, Hannah Hart, Felicia Day.

  • I check every morning for the daily deal, and they have lots of sales where books are $4.95 or buy two for one credit. Have fun.

  • Book thief is amazing. Be aware that the audio will not have the illustrations of which there are several in this book. I believe the Terry Pratchett audible have excellent readers.

  • I loved the The Book Thief! I am interested in trying Audible.

  • If you’re interested in Trevor Noah’s biography the audiobook is awesome. He reads it himself and does all the voices and impersonations!

  • The audible book was very well done, really liked the reader. You can get reviews of audio books on Autofile

  • Why don’t you go to your library’s Overdrive website and search for a particular book that interests you? You can listen to a sample of the book and if it appeals to you, choose that for your audible download.

    • Because it takes forever to get the book because 95% of the time, I have to put it on hold.

    • Katie Barr I meant to do that as a sample and then order the book via audible if you like it. There’s never a wait list via Hoopla but not every library subscribes to that. The content is the same at every library that subscribes.

    • I forgot all about Hoopla! My library uses that! Thanks for mentioning Hoopla!

    • I just downloaded my first audio book via Hoopla in advance of a long car trip. That’s in addition to 4 audios via Overdrive.

    • Ugh. I downloaded Hoopla and my library doesn’t offer the audiobooks anymore! >:(

    • Not sure. I guess it’s a different program they’re using.

  • Bill Bryson reads most of his early books and is fantastic if you like humor travel or history. Second the recommendation for Will Wheaton reading Ready Player One – it’s my favorite so far this year. I’ve also heard from friends that his other books are equally good.

  • I think the enjoyment of listening to a book read to you really depends on the reader. If you can sample the title, do that so you can see if you like it. I just listened to Glass Castles on Audible and enjoyed the story but didn’t care for the reader (and it was the author herself so I expected more, I guess). It’s one of those I wish I had chosen to read myself in hindsight. I recommend anything read by George Guadel (sp) who reads all of the Craig Johnson Longmire books. He does the voices of the characters just the way you would imagine them speaking!

  • Go for a long book! It by Stephen King, Swan Song by Robert McCammon, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. The Book Thief is a beautiful book but go for the longer, more expensive books for your freebie.

  • The secret place by Tana French. Long and a good story about teenage girl s at private school

  • Loved The Book Thief on Audible! He pronounced all the German words! It was wonderful!

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie, La Rose by Louise Erdrich, and The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

  • David Copperfield read by Richard Armitage, The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production, We Are Legion (We Are Bob) read by Ray Porter, The Sellout read by Prentice Onayemi all have readers that really add something special. Author-read books I have enjoyed: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard and litterally anything by Neil Gaiman.

  • Book Thief is amazing. Sycamore Row by John Grisham and A marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman are great on audio!

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