School’s out, vacations are looming, and it's time to pack the Skylark to the roof and hit the road. So you have a choice to make: Play that scratchy old Van Halen II CD on repeat all the way to Disneyland (the one that always skips halfway through "Dance the Night Away"), capitulate to your kids and their Compleat Justin Bieber Collection, or pass the time by catching up on your "reading" with audiobooks. Even if you're not traveling far afield, they're not just for the car anymore. Get the latest business advice while stuck at the airport gate, tear though a white-knuckle thriller at the beach (without any of those embarrassing book-shaped tan lines), or plug in at the gym while you sweat to the oldies, er, classics.
Here’s a list of some of the hottest new releases and tried-and-true classics that you can squeeze into your busy summer--all available at Audible--read by some of today's most talented and dynamic performers.
Admit it, either you’ve never actually read Tolstoy’s epic tale of doomed love, or you read it so long ago that the beautifully written story exists as a pleasant but extremely vague memory. With this new and extremely moving performance by Crazy Heart and The Dark Knight actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, there has never been a better time to embrace or rediscover what many consider the best book ever written. Gyllenhaal cites this performance as one of the major accomplishments of her work life.
Fun fact: July 19th is the day that the series premiere of AMC’s Mad Men debuted in 2007. In 2016, it’s also the day that show creator Matthew Weiner performs the collection of poems that inspired some of his direction for the show. If you’re missing Mad Men and looking to escape back into Don Draper’s world, this is the way to do it. These poems are short and sweet, and provide the perfect escape from daily life.
Have you ever been on a family road trip where your little ones HAVEN’T whined the entire way? This magical performance by The Blind Side and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones actress is an absolute godsend for keeping the kiddies quiet. Collins transports the entire family to Neverland, and her voice is so pleasant and soothing that Mom and Dad won’t hearing it for five hours. This one is fun for the whole clan.
It’s an election year, and just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean that you can’t read up on the relevant social and political issues. Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin star Diane Guerreo shines a light on the plight of undocumented immigrants in this country through her own personal experiences, and her story absolutely comes to life in her own voice.
For the 40th anniversary of the book, which became a movie in the ‘80s starring Tom Cruise, a new print edition was issued with a foreword written by Bruce Springsteen, and the audiobook is the only place where you can hear Bruce read his foreword directly to you. That’s right, the Boss sets the tone for this extremely powerful and moving memoir in a way that you won’t want to miss.