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February 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Biographies on Audio
Charlotte Brontë: A Fiery Heart. By Claire Harman. Read by Corrie James.
2016. 16hr. HighBridge, CD, $39.99 (9781681680385).
In her expressive British-accented voice, James chronicles Charlotte Brontë’s tragic life and dramatizes excerpts from letters and manuscripts.
Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill. By Candice Millard. Read by Simon Vance. 2016. 10.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40 (9780307987990).
In a warm and energetic performance, Vance relates Churchill’s daring exploits during the Boer War in this true adventure story of a larger-than-life hero.
If at Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny. By Zach Anner. Read by the author. 2016. 10hr. Macmillan, CD, $39.99 (9781427268037).
Reality-show winner and YouTube star Anner tells funny, outrageous stories while also admitting his regrets and fears with quiet honesty in his hilarious and heartfelt memoir.
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero. By Timothy Egan. Read by Gerard Doyle. 2016. 14hr. Brilliance, CD, $29.99 (9781480562745).
Doyle lends his distinctive brogue to this gripping tale of Irish and American revolutionary Thomas Francis Meagher, who fought British tyranny in Ireland and, in America, joined the Union’s Irish Brigade.
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox. By Carol Burnett. Read by the author. 2016. 8hr. Books on Tape, CD, $35 (9780735284869).
Sharing a glimpse into her celebrated career, Burnett reminisces about her Emmy Award–winning variety show. This funny yet moving memoir is, at heart, a celebration of creativity and friendship.
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).
In a bravura performance, Hoffman immerses listeners in Brown’s life, matching his voice to Brown’s and tracing the singer’s story from his impoverished childhood to his fame as the Godfather of Soul.
A Life in Parts. By Bryan Cranston. Read by the author. 2016. 9hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, CD, $29.99 (9781508226314).
Cranston candidly relates events in his life from his difficult childhood to his iconic roles in this engrossing, intimate recording from a refreshingly grounded figure.
Pete Seeger: Storm King, v.2. By Pete Seeger. Read by the author. 2016. 2.5hr. Hachette, CD, $20 (9781478964612).
The mix of musical styles, singing, storytelling, and reminiscences makes for a totally unique audio experience as Seeger, in his familiar deep and compassionate tones, shares memories and familiar songs.
The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss.
By Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt. Read by the authors. 2016. 6hr. Harper, CD, $29.99 (9780062466563).
Hearing Cooper and Vanderbilt ask and answer tough questions in their own voices creates a personal connection with listeners and makes audio an ideal way to experience the refreshingly honest conversation.
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike. By Phil Knight. Read by Norbert Leo Butz. 2016. 13.5hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, CD, $39.99 (9781508211808).
Butz’s unassuming narration matches Knight’s voice and tone as he relates his incredible entrepreneurial journey from selling running shoes from the trunk of his car to becoming a business tycoon with a product known around the world.
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