The Map That Changed the World is a great lesson on the birth of geology as an academic field. Winchester then takes off on a journey across the American continent. When he reaches San Francisco, he launches into the cultural history of the city around the time of its 1906 earthquake. When I finished listening, I passed my copy on to a geologist friend who told me he doesn't listen to books. He is now an audiobook convert.
Over the years, I've tried quite a few great author-read audiobooks. Barack Obama was great reading his own memoir, Dreams from My Father. Not surprisingly book-writing funny people, like David Sedaris reading Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls and Amy Poehler reading Yes Please, left me in stitches in public places.
Big name authors can have big name actors to do the reading for them.
- Meryl Streep read The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin
- Rita Moreno read My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
- William Hurt read Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
If you're interested in the process of book recording, this video series from Openbook Recording shows you how these books are recorded and edited.
Have you tried audiobooks? Are there specific genres or authors you prefer as audiobooks?