We’re Listening: Audiobook Week Day 3 #JIAM #listenlit #audiobookweek

Midweek Meme for Day 3 of Audiobook Week hosted by Devourer of Books

Audiobook Week badge imageCurrent/most recent audiobook
The Technologists
by Matthew Pearl, narrated by Stephen Hoye (Random House Audio, 2012)

ImpressionsTechnologists cover image
Stephen Hoye reads Matthew Pearl’s mystery/thriller set in late nineteenth-century Boston with an old-fashioned air, somehow, ending each sentence as if it sums something up (no contemporary questioning, irony, or self-doubt entering in). It took a little getting used to, but then I decided the rich, plummy, almost-pompous tone fit the tenor of the book, which has class and the supposed leveling effect of education as one of its themes.

The Good House cover imageCurrent/most recent favorite audiobook
I’m really behind on audiobook reviews, but my most recent favorite is The Good House by Ann Leary, narrated by Mary Beth Hurt, published this year by Macmillan Audio.

Favorite narrator you’ve discovered recently
Mary Beth Hurt is a name I’ll remember after listening to her rendition of North Shore Realtor Hildy Good’s boozy story in The Good House.

One title from your TBL (to be listened to) stack, or your audio wishlistBring Up the Bodies audiobook cover image
I might have mentioned Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, narrated by Eduardo Ballerini, which bloggers have been raving about for a while, but with a book club deadline, I ended up reading it in print, so I guess the next audiobook I absolutely need to listen to is Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel, narrated by blogger-fave Simon Vance, published in 2012 by Macmillan Audio. (It follows Wolf Hall, also narrated by Simon Vance (oops, sorry) narrated by Simon Slater, which was one of those audiobooks I ended and immediately wanted to listen to all over again. It also just won an Audie Award in the Literary Fiction category.)

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15 thoughts on “We’re Listening: Audiobook Week Day 3 #JIAM #listenlit #audiobookweek”

  1. I love Simon Vance but haven’t listened to Wolf Hall yet. I might have to move that one up the TBL, mainly because I loved Simon Vance in the Dune series.

  2. I’ve listened to Bleak House with Simon Vance narrating and I enjoyed his work. Do you happen to know if he narrates the previous book by Mantel as well?

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