Audiobook Pantheon Challenge

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I have a personal Pantheon of All-Time Great Audiobooks:

1984 (by George Orwell; narrated by Simon Prebble);
The Ghosts of Belfast (by Stuart Neville; narrated by Gerard Doyle);
A Happy Marriage (by Rafael Yglesias; narrated by Grover Gardner);
In Cold Blood (by Truman Capote; narrated by Scott Brick);
Life of Pi (by Yaan Martel; narrated by Jeff Woodman);
Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War (by Karl Marlantes; narrated by Bronson Pinchot);
The Millennium Trilogy (by Stieg Larsson; narrated by Simon Vance);
The Power of the Dog (by Don Winslow; narrated by Ray Porter);
The Sally Lockhart Quatrain (by Philip Pullman; narrated by Anton Lesser);
Shantaram (by Gregory David Roberts; narrated by Humphrey Bower);
The Thirteenth Tale (by Diane Setterfield; narrated by Bianca Amato & Jill Tanner);
To Kill a Mockingbird (by Harper Lee; narrated by Sissy Spacek)

I posted my list on twitter, and three of my friends were encouraged to post their lists as well. I decided that in 2016, I would listen to as many titles from their lists as I could. The ones that I’ve already listened to are checked off and underlined; and with star ratings. In 2016, I plan on listening to as many of the unchecked titles as possible, and writing & posting reviews/commentary here on this blog.

The following list comes from prolific audiobook reviewer, @guildedearlobe:

Love Minus Eighty (by @WillMcIntoshSF; read by @KevinTcollins, Eileen Stephens and Ali Ahn);
The Troupe (@robertjbennett read by Luis Moreno);
The Book of Strange New Things (by Michel Faber read by Josh Cohen);
The Power of the Dog (★ ★ ★ ★ ★) and The Cartel (★ ★ ★ ★) (by Don Winslow; narrated by Ray Porter);
The Reapers are the Angels (by Alden Bell; narrated by Tai Sammons) ★ ★ ★ ★
Ready Player One (by Ernest Clines; narrated by Wil Wheaton) ★ ★ ★ ★
The Flight of the Silvers (by Daniel Price read by Rich Orlow);
So Cold the River (by @mjkoryta read by Robert @petkoff);
Swan Song (by Robert @MacCammon read by Tom Stechschulte);
The Stand (by Stephen King read by @GroverGardner);
A Gift Upon the Shore (by MK Wren read by@GabraZackman);
The Rook (by @DenimAlley rd by @SusanDuerden)

The following list comes from an AudioFileMagazine reviewer and prolific audiobook reviewer, @BethFishReads:

Beauty Queens (by Libba Bray / read by Libba Bray);
The Girl with All the Gifts (by M R Carey / read by Finty Williams);
Lords of Discipline (by Pat Conroy / read by Dan Lee Miller);
The Ocean at the End of the Lane ( by Neil Gaiman / read by Neil Gaiman);
☐ Outlander series ( by Diana Gabaldon / read by Davina Porter);
☐ Pillars of the Earth series (by Ken Follett / read by John Lee);
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth (by Christopher Scotton / read by Robert Petkoff);
The Thirteenth Tale (by Diane Setterfield; narrated by Bianca Amato and Jill Tanner) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
☐ Tomorrow series (by John Marsden / read by Suzi Doughtery);
Wicked Lovely (by Melissa Marr / read by Alyssa Bresnahan)

The following list comes from the Audiobook Publisher’s 2015 Blogger of the Year, @LitHouseWife:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (by Stieg Larsson; narrated by Simon Vance) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The End of the Affair (by Graham Greene, narrated by Michael Kitchen);
Trespass (by Rose Tremain, narrated by Juliet Stevenson);
The Spinning Heart (by Donal Ryan; narrated by Will Farrell) ★ ★ ★ ★
The Graveyard Book (by@neilhimself, narrated by a full cast);
Outlander (by Diana Gabaldon, narrated by Davina Porter.);
An Unnamed State (by Roxanne Gay, narrated by@rmilesvox);
Schroder (by Amity Gaige, narrated by@wcollyer);
Rebecca (by Daphne du Maurier, narrated by Anna Massey);
The Years of Rice and Salt (by Kim Stanley Robinson; narrated by Bronson Pinchot) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Born with Teeth (written and narrated by Kate Mulgrew);
A Land More Kind Than Home (by@WileyCash, narrated by Nick Sullivan, Lorna Raver, &@mark_bramhall)

Each of these lists was produced within a few minutes after the question was posed – so these are the first audiobooks that came to mind, not a comprehensive survey!

I’m looking forward to a year of listening. Maybe my own Parthenon will expand or change! 🙂