Title: 20 best audio books of all time
Author: Carole Mansur, The Telegraph
The Internet, Online, 20/01/2017
Following the announcement that sales have doubled in the past five years, Carole Mansur picks the 20 best audiobooks of all time:
1 A Delicate Truth written and read by John le Carré
(10 hrs 30 mins, Penguin/Audible download £13.10)
Le Carré’s 23rd novel, a post-Iraq inquest into the privatisation of war, seals his reputation as a consummate reader of his own work, even into his 80s.
2 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
read by Ben Tibber
(6 hrs 3 mins, Random House/Audible download £15.20)
Peripheral sounds – thuds on the stairs, the roar of a Tube train – suggest the sensitivity to noise of the 15-year-old narrator with Asperger’s. Precursor of the acclaimed play.
3 Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling
read by Martin Jarvis
(4 hrs 59 mins, CSA/Audible download £9.60)
The doyen of audiobook readers reveals the arch imperialist to be a sly and subtle observer of the British caste system in India. You can almost hear the tinkle of teacups.
4 A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
read by William Roberts
(18 hrs, Audible download £18.35)
In his journey around the universe, or the story of “how nothing became something”, Bryson is a lucid guide and creator of mostly good jokes.
5 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling
read by Stephen Fry
(20 hrs 55 mins, Pottermore download £32.99)
Fry deserves a long-service award for narrating the seven-volume series of wizardry. In this, the fourth, he skewers Rita Skeeter, the journalist with a Quick Quotes quill.
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