June is Audiobook Month
The sounds of summer are upon us: chirping birds, a sizzling barbecue, the roar of the ocean, and the sound of pages turning on your favorite summer novel. Thanks to audiobooks, the novel being read aloud to you might replace that last sound. Formerly known as “books on tape,” audiobooks allow you to “read” many more books this summer, not only at the beach or in the back yard, but in transit as you head to your favorite summer vacation spots.
The audiobook company Audible calls listening “the new reading.”1 Listening to books is gaining popularity because they can be enjoyed while driving, walking, biking or traveling by bus, train or plane. You can also listen while performing tasks like housework, gardening, or yardwork.
Experience the Joy of Reading Without Ever Turning the Page
Celebrate Audiobook Month by experiencing the joy of listening to a best-selling novel or a work by your favorite author. You won’t be alone; the number of Americans trying it grows every year. Forty-four percent of Americans have listened to at least 1 audiobook2; 1 in 5 listened to one in the past year.3
Audiobooks are often read by the authors themselves or by trained, talented voices. Celebrity readers run the gamut from performers like Lin-Manuel Miranda to mega-stars like Meryl Streep. As a listener, you’ll not only enjoy your chosen book, but also a personal “performance” as these actors and writers bring their considerable talent and dramatic flair to each audiobook.
Try an audiobook and add richness to one of life’s pleasures. We’ve compiled some popular titles that will keep your nose—or rather, your ears—in a book all summer long.
Best-Selling Summer Reads Available as Audiobooks:
Twisted Prey by John Sanford (Fiction), narrated by Richard Ferrone
Length: 11 hrs and 29 min
In this #1 New York Times best-selling new novel, Lucas Davenport crosses paths with a former arch rival who is now a powerful U.S. senator. Twisted Prey is a page-turning thriller and exciting addition to the Prey series.
Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (Biography), narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter, and Mariska Hargitay
Length: 6 hrs
In this 2017 Audie Award winner, listeners gain insight into how the hit Broadway musical became a national phenomenon, including more than 200 funny, and often revealing, footnotes straight from the author.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Fiction), narrated by Jennifer Lim
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
By the best-selling author of Everything I Never Told You, “Little Fires Everywhere” keeps you on the edge of your seat. It tells the story of artsy Mia, a single mother who moves to the suburbs of Cleveland and her relationship with Elena, mom of four who never even thinks of straying from the status quo. Obsessed with unearthing secrets from Mia’s past, Elena’s findings leave her with a ruinous outcome.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson (Non-Fiction), narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson (and various readers)
Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
Do you have a lot of questions about the universe but not a lot of time to delve into them? Then perhaps this summer you can get a jumpstart on those perplexing phenomena that are perpetually puzzling. In Astrophysics for People in a Hurry astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson spells out big concepts in layman’s terms with succinct chapters and a witty approach that makes the search for life in the universe much more manageable. By summer’s end, you may be able to carry on a conversation about space and time that will wow friends and relatives at the barbecue.
The Best Cook in the World: Tales and Recipes from my Momma’s Table by Rick Bragg (Non-Fiction), narrated by Rick Bragg
Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
A family history with food at its center, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg shares the stories behind the food his mom, Margaret, cooked in her rural, southern kitchen. Seventy-five hand-picked recipes are included from the more than 70,000 meals Margaret cooked in her 80 years. Adept at making something from nothing, each story uses bacon and biscuits, peppergrass and poke salad in a love letter to soul food and southern life.
The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper (Fiction), narrated by Jake Tapper
Length: 9 hrs and 58 minutes
The first novel by CNN’s Jake Tapper, “The Hellfire Club” is a political thriller set on Capitol Hill, exclusive clubs, and the White House itself. A freshman congressman in the 1950s is appointed to a New York seat after the elected representative suffers a mysterious death. As the lead character begins to compromise his values, he is drawn deeper and deeper into a world where morality is scarce and those who want to take advantage of him are ready for the pounce.
In honor of Audiobooks Month, we’re giving away 3 months (1 book each month) of Audible for FREE! Follow us on Twitter to get details on how to enter. At Sonic, we believe in making life better through enhanced hearing. Listening to audiobooks is one way to do something positive for your hearing, your self-fulfillment, and your desire to enjoy worlds outside of your own. Find a hearing care center in your area to discover how Sonic can help you make Everyday Sounds Better.