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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Arts on Audio
Born to Run. By Bruce Springsteen. Read by the author. 2016. 20hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, CD, $49.99 (9781508224228).
Springsteen reads his frank and insightful autobiography, adding pitch-perfect nuance to his emotional story and capturing the era and culture that shaped him.
Boys in the Trees. By Carly Simon. Read by the author. 2015. 13.5hr. Macmillan, CD, $39.99 (9781427271952).
In her sugar-smooth voice, Simon elevates the print version of her candid memoir as she transports listeners into a world filled with both glamour and insecurity.
Hamilton: The Revolution. By Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter. Read by Mariska Hargitay and Lin-Manuel Miranda. 2016. 6hr. Hachette, CD, $35 (9781478913641).
Hargitay charts the musical’s creation, and Miranda’s research, intensity, humor, and enthusiasm shine in his reading of the footnotes (found on a bonus disc, along with lyrics and photos).
Kill ’Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul. By James McBride. Read by Dominic Hoffman. 2016. 9hr. Books on Tape, CD, $35 (9780147522788).
McBride’s transfixing biography of soul legend James Brown and his times traces the singer’s rags-to-riches-to-rags story. Hoffman’s sober telling delivers the complexity and nobility of Brown’s life.
A Life in Parts. By Bryan Cranston. Read by the author. 2016. 9hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, CD, $29.99 (9781508226314).
In this engrossing recording from a refreshingly grounded figure, Cranston warmly narrates, chronicling his life so naturally that listeners will imagine he’s sharing his story, one-on-one.
Pete Seeger: Storm King, v.2. By Pete Seeger. Read by the author. 2016. 2.5hr. Hachette, CD, $20 (9781478964612).
The late Seeger offers philosophical tidbits and recalls past events in this “spoken word and musical journey,” a captivating mix of musical styles, singing, storytelling, and reminiscences.
Scrappy Little Nobody. By Anna Kendrick. Read by the author. 2016. 6hr. Simon & Schuster, CD, $29.99 (9781508213543).
Kendrick’s humorous memoir tells of growing up in Maine, starting as an actor, and becoming a celebrity. The refreshing, cheeky essays reveal a grounded, witty, yet vulnerable movie star.
The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness. By Paula Poundstone. Read by the author. 2017. 7.5hr. HighBridge, CD, $34.99 (9781681684031).
Comedian Poundstone recounts her experiments to discover what activities bring happiness, from the practical (exercising) to the indulgent (renting a Lamborghini). Somber moments contrast with her self-deprecating humor and sharp wit.
Tradition! The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway-to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, the World’s Most Beloved Musical. By Barbara Isenberg. Read by Adam Grupper. 2016. 8hr. LA Theatre Works, CD, $29.95 (9781682660232).
Grupper’s affectionate reading complements Isenberg’s breezy writing and lively pace, immersing listeners in the genesis of this unlikely popular-culture icon that has touched audiences and performers around the world.
Yes, My Accent Is Real. By Kunal Nayyar. Read by the author. 2015. 7hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, CD, $29.99 (9781442371286).
In entertaining, insightful, and heartfelt essays read with self-effacing humor and charm, Nayyar celebrates the Indian culture in which he was raised and the American one in which he achieved success.
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