Here at Readerly we love to listen to books while we commute, clean, run, garden, and generally live our lives. As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer we find more time to listen, but that means we need to get more audiobooks in our queue. If you, like us, are always looking for your next great listen, here are a few titles to get you started.
The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell, narrated by Jack Davenport (Simon & Schuster Audio)
Alex Andreou and his brother are both priests employed by the Vatican and both are friends with Ugo Nogaro, the Vatican museum curator working on an explosive new exhibit. When Nogaro turns up dead the same night Alex’s house is broken into the Vatican police are suspicious, but ultimately unhelpful, leaving Alex to have to investigate on his own. Davenport’s narration is just as thrilling as Caldwell’s story, making for an utterly addictive listening experience.
Girl at War by Sara Novic, narrated by Julia Whelan (Random House Audio)
When most Americans think about the Balkan states and the wars which raged there in the second half of the 20th century we think about Bosnia or Kosovo. In Girl at War, Novic offers another perspective, that of a young woman caught up in the fear and heartache of the Croatian War for Independence. Whelan’s narration is very well balanced, striking the appropriate emotional notes without being melodramatic.
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer, narrated by Mozhan Marno and Scott Brick (Random House Audio)
After hearing about a friend’s sexual assault, Krakauer launched into an investigation of acquaintance rape in America by examining the realities of acquaintance rape in the college town of Missoula, Montana. Krakauer unpacks the psychological complexities of acquaintance rape that make it so difficult for those who are unaffected to comprehend and thus so difficult to prosecute. Marno provides the vast majority of the narration; her delivery is straightforward yet empathetic which makes Missoula easy to listen to, despite the difficult and often disturbing subject matter.