Comments: 2 Questions with YOU and then 3 with Judy Merrill Larsen

I am an obsessive audio book listener. My all-time favorite audio book was Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, which is an awesome book and had the best reader ever. I just listened to a great short one called The Reluctant Fundamentalist (shortlisted for the Booker this year) that is also really great. I'm also a big fan of the Norwegian mysteries about Inspector Sejer by Karin Fossum, they have excellent audiobooks.

Posted by Jessica at October 2, 2007 10:16 AM

Let's see gods in Alabama is a great listen!

But seriously, my all time favorite listen was Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I loved, loved, loved this audio. The narrator was fabulous and the story is amazing.

Posted by Patti D. at October 2, 2007 10:32 AM

This may ultimately be unhelpful, since I've neither read the books nor listened to them, BUT I've heard great things about both "Bridge of Sighs" by Richard Russo and "Run" by Ann Patchett.

Posted by Keetha at October 2, 2007 10:49 AM

Footprints of God, by Greg Iles. I agree with you, The Thirteenth Tale was a great audiobook. I think you'll like the Greg Iles books.

Posted by jennielynn at October 2, 2007 12:05 PM

I am useless on the audio book front. I only JUST ripped The 13th Tale to my iPod, and haven't even started listening to it. I am hanging my head in shame.

But CIALIS and a DOBERMAN, lord, there is a very dirty joke in there.

Posted by Mir at October 2, 2007 12:16 PM

I just recently began listening to audio books. I have always said that part of the book experience was feeling the weight in my hands and listening to the rustle of the pages being turned. Memorial Day weekend, while visiting MS, I took my grandmother to a Cracker Barrel and saw The 13th Tale on the audio book rack. I had been dying to read it so I picked it up. It was a mesmerizing experience as I drove 8 hrs home. I just recently went down to MS and LA again and made sure to pick up an audio book. I selected YOUR book Between, Georgia and LOVED it. Your voice positively drew me in. This was my introduction to your work and brought me here to find out what other books you had written.

My third audio book (for the trip home) was The Tea House on Mulberry Street by Sharon Owens and read by Carlone Winterson. Ms. Winterson's Irish lilt is lovely. This book began as a series of short stories that became a cohesive story about the lives of people that overlap in a Tea Room in Belfast, Ireland.

Posted by pandoravox at October 2, 2007 12:45 PM

My all-time favorite audio book is The Girls by Lori Lansens. The narrators simply make the story even more amazing. And, on audio books, I am a hard sale.

Posted by Heather at October 2, 2007 12:49 PM

The Christopher Moore books read by Fisher Stevens are *wonderful* audio books!

Posted by Courtney at October 2, 2007 12:57 PM

I agree with pandoravox. Between Georgia is a great book to listen to. I think the author is a great reader, too.

Just finished James Patterson's The Quickie. Whew. Twists and turns galore. Loved it. Neta Jackson's series on the Yada Yada Prayer Groups is a good listen, also. The reader, Barbara Rosenblat has so many voice for the characters you don't realize it's one person reading!

I like Hank the Cow Dog for the kids. Even though I listen along with them (and sometimes without them!) I've passed up The Thirteenth Tale three times. Now I will buy!

Posted by Rhonda at October 2, 2007 2:04 PM

One that I think you will like as an audiobook is The Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin. Very good!

Posted by Deborah P at October 2, 2007 3:24 PM

Total no-brainer, but very, very enjoyable:
I Feel Bad About My Neck, read by the author, Nora Ephron.

I had NO intention of reading this book, but someone told me to listen to it on my hideously long commute. I laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed!

Posted by Debra at October 2, 2007 3:35 PM

I loved the Book Thief! It is one of the books that stay with a reader, years afterward. I'm not sure listening to the book would be as good because there is some very important illustration (I can't give too much away) but also I couldn't think of such a good book coming through some speakers and washing over you like elevator music. That's just my opinion of audio books in general, even though The Book Thief sticks in the top 10 greatest novels I have ever read.

Posted by Nicole at October 2, 2007 6:54 PM

Audio book recommendation: any of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, read by James Marsters (aka Spike from Buffy/Angel)

Posted by Cheryl at October 2, 2007 10:10 PM

I have listened to so many audiobooks over the years I can't even choose a favorite. BUT, I always try to find one by Recorded Books, because their stable of narrators is incredible. I will even sometimes choose a book because it is read by one of my favorites - George Guidall, Barbara Rosenblat (I agree, the woman has AN AMAZING repertoire of voices), and the incomparable Frank Muller, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident a few years ago and will likely never narrate again. I'd recommend Muller's reading of The Prince of Tides or Beach Music. Also, if you want to get TOTALLY HOOKED, start on the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, read by Davina Porter (another favorite). Okay, I lied, THOSE are the BEST audiobooks I've heard. The story pulls you in and the characters are totally alive. Oh, and Tara Road by Maeve Binchy, read by Jenny Sterlin - fabulous story, lovely Irish accent.

Posted by Gail at October 2, 2007 11:10 PM

Honestly? The best book I've ever listened to as an AudioBook is....gods in Alabama. Truly.

Posted by Erin at October 2, 2007 11:32 PM

I have to thank you for leading me/us to The Thirteenth Tale. It was superb and read so very well.

I did enjoy Belle Ruin by Emma Graham

And of course I LOVED Gods in Alabama.

Posted by gilly at October 2, 2007 11:33 PM

The Book Thief is SOO GOOD.

I hope you let us know what you thought about it.

Posted by aka nik at October 3, 2007 2:39 AM

See, I moved to Canada a few years back...and dog prices here?

You'd think they were little furry bundles of gold and platinum.

Even the no 'account kinds.

I still don't understand it, so we put a second mortage on the house, and are now the proud (semi-sane) owners of a giant chocolate lab with no papers that I paid less for my first car for.

Sooo happy.

Posted by daysgoby at October 3, 2007 8:14 AM

I'm no good with audio books--I lose focus & tune them out and think about other things! BUT...we did use them for a few years when my son was young, before he was reading on his own--they'd keep AND my husband happy on long drives, and I could just drift mentally...

If you can get hold of Martin Short's Dr. Doolittle, it is fantastic. He does a different voice for every character, including pretty much BEING Rex Harrison for Dr. Doolittle.

Posted by Becky Levine at October 3, 2007 10:02 AM

Okay, there's another Erin on here. Not that it's a bad thing *waves hi while changing screen name*, but I've never had the chance to listen to gods. Read it and loved it, but have never listened.

I adored the Book Thief, but I agree with Nicole. It's one of those books that's better read than listened to. But let us know what you think.

Posted by erinanne at October 3, 2007 4:26 PM

Wellll....the audiobook I finished a few days ago was Between, Georgia, BEAUTIFULLY read by the author. I don't listen to many audiobooks because I only drive about 10 minutes at a time and that takes a LONG time to finish a book. I ended up listening in the parking lot at the end of my lunch hour (with my boss walking by laughing at me for eating in the car) because I just couldn't stop listening to the part near the end when a certain person is temporarily missing. Yes, even though I had already read the darn book! Anyway, also the other night my husband came into the room, held out the actual book, and said, "Chapter 10. All your fault!" He doesn't like to read fiction, but you have sucked him in. I'm sure gods in Alabama is next.

Anyway, the only audio recommendation I have is the Harry Potter series because Jim Dale is such a wonderful reader.

Posted by Kristin at October 3, 2007 9:58 PM

I read All the Numbers a few months ago and loved it. Found her on Cassandra King's agent's website, actually. You'll love it!

Posted by Susan Cushman at October 3, 2007 11:33 PM

I think I need to read this book. I recently had a death in the family. I was completely alone in a strange city. I was barely coherent, but I was _alone_. No one was there to help or cook me meals or make sure I slept or to take care of the "arrangements."

I think that maybe was a good thing. If I'd been at home and/or had someone to look after me, I don't think I would have gotten out of bed for a month. It's the first time I've been through anything like this. It would be good to read how someone else coped, someone in a very different situation.

The bad thing is you just don't know how you'll operate until you're there, but it would be good to see another person, fictitious or not, handle something awful.

That sounded grizzly, but I didn't mean it that way.

Posted by ZaZa at October 4, 2007 1:48 AM

I agree with Kristen about the HP books - Jim Dale is amazing and I have been a fan of his ever since he was on Broadway in Barnum. I also love the Ruth Rendell mysteries - which are dark and I sometimes will put down without finishing in the flesh because they can creep me out - due in large part to the reader, Davina Porter.

Posted by dara at October 6, 2007 10:56 AM