Read by the Author

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Have you ever tried listening to audiobooks?  They offer a versatility to reading that paper-and-ink, or device and e-text, does not.  You can listen to audiobooks while commuting, exercising, cleaning, or even if your eyeballs just need a break.  Whether you’re new to audiobooks or a seasoned listener, a common topic of conversation is audiobook narrators.  The voice and timing of an audiobook narrator is extremely important.  I hate to admit it, but I have stopped listening to an audiobook just because the narrator didn’t work for me.  Maybe it was their tone of voice, or maybe it was the way that they emphasized certain words, but something about them just didn’t click. In my experience, the best audiobook narrators are the authors of the books themselves.  It makes sense, doesn’t it?  An author knows the tone of their book, the characters and the nuances, and they know how the book ends.  Here are some of my favorite audiobooks read by the author.

T. S. Eliot: Poems and Selections

Recordings of poetry read by the author including “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “Geronition,” “Sweeney Among the Nightingales,” and “The Waste Land.” Audiobook.

Holidays on Ice

An anthology of humorous Christmas tales and essays including “The Santaland Diaries,” “Season’s Greetings to Our Friends and Family,” and other tales of holiday mayhem. Audiobook.

The Pleasure of My Company

Daniel, a troubled man who lives alone, detached from the world, passes his time filling out contest applications and counting ceiling tiles, until his attachment to Clarissa and Teddy helps him rediscover the outside world. Audiobook.