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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Three 4 Thursday: 3 Great Audiobooks

I am starting a new feature on my blog:  Three 4 Thursday.  Each week I will spotlight three books with a common theme in the hope that it might inspire you to start reading one (or all) of them over the next weekend.  I am relatively new to blogging.  This is my original idea and I have not seen this feature on other blogs.  However, since there are no new ideas and I haven't seen too many other blogs, there could easily be other Three 4 Thursdays out there.  If so, please politely contact me and I will be happy to spread the word about your awesome blog.  But I am not actively trying to copy anyone.  Three 4 Thursday just sounds like a catchy phrase to me.  Now on to some good things that come in threes...

3 celebrity books that you need to listen to as audiobooks...

1.  Yes, Please by Amy Poehler:

I've always admired Amy Poehler's achievements and confidence.  In her audiobook version of Yes, Please, Amy's positive message of empowerment is enhanced by celebrity voices such as Carol Burnett, Kathleen Turner, Patrick Stewart, and her SNL news partner Seth Myers.  This really brings the stories to life and creates a truly special listening experience.  Amy works hard but you can see (or in this case, hear) how all the connections she has made with others has led to such a successful career.

2.  Not my Father's Son by Alan Cumming:

Alan Cumming's memoir is a searing account of his turbulent childhood and how it shaped the man he is today.  With his Scottish accent setting the scene, we hear the terror of growing up with a violent father and feel the anguish of the aftermath it causes in Alan Cumming's life.  The book follows Alan Cumming's appearance on the BBC television show, Who Do You Think You Are?, the show that researches the ancestry of each episode's guest.   A family mystery begins to transpire as the show moves forward with it's search for Alan's paternal grandfather.  This is a thoughtful, and at times, difficult book to listen to.  I was very touched by how he got past such trauma and learned to move beyond it.

3.  Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari:

When I first downloaded this from the library, I thought this book would be an another amusing comedian's memoir.  But it is actually a real scientific study that Aziz Ansari (with the help of a sociologist) designed to try and understand how romance has changed in the digital age.  It was fascinating listening to him explain why, and how, people use technology to find their soul-mate.  And it was so entertaining, from the very first minute of the book.  This is a great example of how an audiobook can enhance the user experience.  Through music and asides, Aziz Ansari makes us so grateful we were "too lazy to read the book."

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  1. A couple of these look interesting, I'll have to get you to show me how to download books from the library. I've tried and can't figure it out.

    1. Hi Debbie! It's actually very easy to download audiobooks. I will show you how (at Del Rey!). See you soon...

  2. This is a great idea! I don't like audiobooks that much, but I started to listen to Yes, Please by Amy Poehler and I'm enjoying it a lot! I will try to check out the other two. Great post!

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Sofia! I loved all of these audiobooks so much. I have not read a paper copy of these books, but I think the audio is the way to go with celebrity books.

  3. I love Amy Poehler! I have to read this book. I tried to leave a comment on your Feature and Follow, but there was nowhere to comment. Thank you for stopping by my blog.
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