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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: Audiobooks


During our recent time with charming Bostonian librarian Margaret Willison, we managed to sit her down for a chat about audiobooks. We discovered that while I am a frequent listener to a variety of kinds of books (as I wrote about recently), Margaret uses them in a very different way that might appeal to some of you who like to revisit and reread your favorites.

We talked about the personal touch of an author-performer's voice, the dexterity of good readers who can do lots of voices, the special magic that comes from matching just the right voice to just the right author, and the book that Margaret has spent an awful lot of hours simply rolling around in.

Below, a list of the books we talked about here, all of which are available at your favorite audiobook source (which may be your library). I will add that I have since completed The Martian, and I indeed loved it.

  • Aziz Ansari's Modern Romance, read by the author
  • Amy Poehler's Yes Please, read by the author
  • Andy Weir's The Martian, read by R.C. Bray
  • Richard Price's Lush Life, read by Bobby Cannivale
  • Agatha Christie's Murder On The Orient Express, read by Dan Stevens
  • Allie Larkin's Stay, read by Julia Whelan
  • Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters, read by Prunella Scales
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    Linda Holmes is a pop culture correspondent for NPR and the host of Pop Culture Happy Hour. She began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture, and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living room space to DVD sets of The Wire, and never looked back.