Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is an all about audio freebie.
Honestly, I don’t listen to very many audio books and I didn’t want to pad out this list. So, I’m cutting this week’s list into two top fives. The first half of the list will be my five favorite audio books. And, since I watch a ridiculous amount of YouTube, the second half of will be my top five favorite web series (at the moment).
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Narrator: Michael C. Hall
Truman Capote’s writing is gorgeous and Michael C. Hall did a truly spectacular job of narrating this one. This is my all time favorite audio book. If you get the opportunity, it’s definitely worth a listen.
Back Cover Description: It’s New York in the 1940s, where the martinis flow from cocktail hour till breakfast at Tiffany’s. And nice girls don’t, except, of course, Holly Golightly. Pursued by Mafia gangsters and playboy millionaires, Holly is a fragile eyeful of tawny hair and turned-up nose, a heart-breaker, a perplexer, a traveller, a tease. She is irrepressibly ‘top banana in the shock department’, and one of the shining flowers of American fiction.
The Martian by Andy Weir
Narrator: R.C. Bray
I expect this one will make it onto a lot of audio book lists this week. R.C. Bray nailed Mark Watney in his narration of “The Martian”. The way this one is written makes it so excellent to listen to since it feels like you’re hearing to recordings Watney is making while stranded. This is one book where I’ll actually suggest someone listen to it vs. read it.
Back Cover Description: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, Mark won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.
As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.
But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.