TOP TEN TUESDAY: All About Audio


This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is  All About Audio freebie —  aka top ten audiobooks you should listen to, 10 books I want to listen to on audio,10 bands you should check out, 10 podcasts you should be listening to, 10 of my all time favorite albums, 10 songs I love, really whatever you can come up with.

I just recently listed to my first ever audiobook, and it was great! It was Illuminae, and it was a perfect choice for an audiobook. I loved it. For today’s theme, I present the audiobooks that I already listed to, and some that are on my wishlist.

by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

24044159Pub Date: 2015


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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
by Amy Schumer

29414954Pub Date: 2016


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In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is – a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.

Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friends – an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she’s experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor’s secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably – but only because it’s over.

Code Name Verity
by Elizabeth Wein

81hch97ggglPub Date: 2012


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I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine – and I will do anything, anything to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort. And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France – an Allied Invasion of Two.

We are a sensational team.

In The Darkness, That’s Where I’ll Know You
by Luke Smitherd

61-d5-3d8zl-_sl300_Pub date: 2015

On my wishlist.

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There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there’s waking up inside someone else’s head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room – a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

How did he get there? What has happened to his life? And how can he exist inside the mind of a troubled, fragile, but beautiful woman with secrets of her own? Uncertain whether he’s even real or if he’s just a figment of his host’s imagination, Charlie must enlist Minnie’s help if he is to find a way out of The Black Room, where the light of the screen goes out every time Minnie closes her eyes…

In The Darkness, That’s Where I’ll Know You tells the complete story of The Black Room, parts one to four. It contains all of the adventures of Charlie and Minnie, guaranteed to keep the listener on the edge of his or her seat.

Scrappy Little Nobody
by Anna Kendrick

5165ket-tkl-_sl300_Pub Date: November 15th, 2016

On my wishlist.

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A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.

“I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude and pettiness and the frequency with which I embarrass myself. And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to BuzzFeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: Are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!” (Anna Kendrick)

Anna Kendrick’s autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle-class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick’s essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.

Peggy and Me
by Miranda Hart

51doxtamul-_sl300_Pub Date: 10-06-16

On my wishlist.

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From the best-selling author of Is It Just Me?, Miranda Hart, comes the hilarious account of her life with her close companion, Peggy, a gorgeous white bichon frise.

For years Miranda viewed dog owners with some suspicion. She was bored by the way they talked only about their pooches, alarmed by their light coating of dog hair and troubled by their apparent comfort around excrement. But that all changed when, nine years ago, Miranda met Peggy, a gorgeous shih tzu-bichon frise cross (Miranda calls the breed a shitty frise).

She was exceptionally cute (the dog) and very smart (again, the dog), and they bonded from their very first meeting. Their love quickly blossomed, and they became inseparable.

Since then Miranda’s life has had its ups and downs – when they first met there was no such thing as a sitcom called Miranda – and she candidly charts this in the book. No one has been more surprised than Miranda herself that it’s been her wonder dog who has taught her the best life lessons, taken her on hilarious adventures and become her smart-talking but utterly loyal and loveable best friend.

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine
by Alexandra Kleeman

51egbb8g0zl-_sl300_Pub Date: 08-25-15

On my wishlist.

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A woman known only as A lives in an unnamed American city with her roommate, B, and boyfriend, C, who wants her to join him on a reality dating show called That’s My Partner! A eats mostly popsicles and oranges, watches endless amounts of television, often just for the commercials – particularly the recurring cartoon escapades of Kandy Kat, the mascot for an entirely chemical dessert – and models herself on a standard of beauty that exists only in such advertising. She fixates on the 15 minutes of fame a local celebrity named Michael has earned after buying up a Wally’s Supermarket’s entire, and increasingly ample, supply of veal.

Meanwhile, B is attempting to make herself a twin of A, who in turn hungers for something to give meaning to her life – something aside from C’s pornography addiction. Maybe something like what’s gotten into her neighbors across the street, the family who’s begun “ghosting” themselves beneath white sheets and whose garage door features a strange scrawl of graffiti: he who sits next to me, may we eat as one.

An intelligent and madly entertaining novel reminiscent of The Crying of Lot 49, White Noise, and City of Glass, Alexandra Kleeman’s unforgettable debut is a missing-person mystery told from the point of view of the missing person; an American horror story that concerns sex and friendship, consumption and appetite, faith and transformation, real food and reality television; and, above all, a wholly singular vision of modern womanhood by a frightening, “stunning” (Conjunctions), and often very funny voice of a new generation.

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned’
by Lena Dunham

51vpfh4he0l-_sl300_Pub Date: 09-30-14

On my wishlist.

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For readers or listeners of Nora Ephron, Tina Fey, and David Sedaris, this hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays confirms Lena Dunham – the acclaimed creator, producer, and star of HBO’s Girls – as one of the brightest and most original writers working today.

“If I can take what I’ve learned in this life and make one treacherous relationship or degrading job easier for you, perhaps even prevent you from becoming temporarily vegan, then every misstep of mine will have been worthwhile. This book contains stories about wonderful nights with terrible boys and terrible days with wonderful friends, about ambition and the two existential crises I had before the age of twenty. About fashion and its many discontents. About publicly sharing your body, having to prove yourself in a meeting full of fifty-year-old men, and the health fears (tinnitus, lamp dust, infertility) that keep me up at night. I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you with this book, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or having the kind of sexual encounter where you keep your sneakers on. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist, or a registered dietician. I am not a married mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in self-actualization, sending hopeful dispatches from the front lines of that struggle.”

Yes Please
by Amy Poehler

512qyi8roll-_sl300_Pub Date: 2014

On my wishlist.

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Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you’re invited to listen in! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded, with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents—Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

Hear Amy’s thoughts on her “too safe” childhood outside of Boston, her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood, and her joy at being told she has a “face for wigs.”. She’s got even more to say after that.

Also included? A one-night-only live performance at Poehler’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theater where Amy reads a chapter live in front of a Los Angeles audience.

While listening to Yes Please, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll become convinced that your phone is trying to kill you. Don’t miss hearing this collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus from the mind—and in the voice—of one of our most beloved entertainers.

Yes Please is filled with wisdom to laugh at and live by.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
by J.K. Rowling

615t8pco5ql-_sl300_Release Date: 20/11/2015

On my wishlist.

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“Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.”

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

Anything from my list that you found interesting? Did you read any of those books? What books would you add to this list – recommendations always welcome!

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16 thoughts on “TOP TEN TUESDAY: All About Audio

    • Ola says:

      Yes she is! I love it when the author is narrating the book, this is why I have so many comedians on my list – they all narrate their own books and it makes it really special.


  1. Allyson says:

    I can’t believe how many lists Illuminae made this week! If you’d have asked me before today what book I would have thought could never work as an audiobook, that one would have made the list! Now I am super curious because people are raving about it 🙂

    Also, Peggy and Me sounds absolutely delightful 🙂

    My TTT.


    • Ola says:

      She does, and it’s amazing. There are some parts in the book when she talks about hard subjects, and you can hear how much it means to her and how emotional it is.
      I read Yes Please, and I loved it, and now I’d like to refresh my memory of it with audiobook.

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    • Ola says:

      Listen to Illuminae! Trust me, it’s amazing! There is a whole cast of different voices, that makes the story alive and fascinating. And the humorous parts work perfectly.


  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I really enjoyed listening to Yes, Please! I think that it’s so important to listen to memoirs narrated by the authors because then you can get a better understanding of the emotional connection the writer has. I can’t wait for Anna Kendrick’s book either! I love essays, strangely.

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  3. TeacherofYA says:

    Gosh, a ton of those books sound interesting! I see you’re a big fan of memoirs!
    The one about A, B, and C sounds weird but fun…is that YA or adult? It’s probably adult…
    And that Into The Darkness…is that a series? You say someting about parts 1-4?
    Excellent list, though I am not an audiobook person. I tried to listen to a snippet of a book once read by a famous actress and I just didn’t like it…maybe if the voices changed for guys and girls instead of just once voice, then I might like it…
    Awesome and informative! Thank you!!


    • Ola says:

      You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine is an adult fiction. It has a pretty low rating on Goodreads, so it’s definitely not a book for everyone to love, but I have a feeling that I’d love it.
      In The Darkness is a compilation of four short parts of In The Black Room series.

      The audiobooks with a whole cast of voices are great, this is why I loved Illuminae audiobook so much, you should give it a try 🙂


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