Books We've Listened To
You’ve often heard us praise audiobooks. We listen to them on our way to work, when travelling and most importantly when we’re sitting down with our yarn and needles, getting lost into the soothing rhythm of knitting. We wanted to share our love for audiobooks with you and give some tips on our recent favourites.
“I love literature: the slowly swaying words, symbolic sentences, engaging stories. But I also love knitting and in recent years I have chosen needles far more often than a book. For a long time I thought that audiobooks were not the right way to read, to dive deep into words – but oh boy how wrong I was! I found the wonderful world of audiobooks about a year ago and have never looked back. All those hours, hundreds of delightful, insightful hours...
If I had to recommend one book or a book series, that would be Elena Ferrante's The Neapolitan Novels, which made the biggest impact on me since John Irving's The World According to Garp which I read when I was 17 years old. But of the recent books, I would like to recommend:
Vox by Christina Dalcher
I love Margaret Atwood's book The Handmaid's Tale and I love the TV series based on it. Vox deals with the same themes, creates a dystopia that subdues women. It is a frighteningly realistic desciption of how easily the world can be derailed. I was hooked from the very first page and listened the whole thing in one day.
Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
I have read Lisa Jewell's commercial fiction years and years ago and was surprised when I found out about her psychological thrillers. She is – still – brilliant (even more brilliant) with human figures: the characters become so familiar that you start to expect to meet them on the street, you see them vividly, know what they sound like. Then She Was Gone tells a realistic story of one family's lost daughter, of the endless secrets. It is a book you want to listen in one sitting.”
“When I was younger I had a large notebook filled with a long list of all the novels I had read. Every time I’d finish a book, I’d write down the name of the book and the author and also the date when I’ve read it. I went through children’s books, books for young adults as well as some literary classics. One particular author that is still so dear to me is Agatha Christie who ignited my love for good detective fiction all those years ago. For me as well, knitting took over from reading but luckily through audiobooks I can get the best out of both worlds. Here are are three of my recent favourites:
The Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith
I’m a Harry Potter fan through and through so I can’t for the life of me figure out why I hadn’t found this series that combines J.K.Rowling’s impeccable writing with thrilling detective fiction earlier. I am now almost through three out of the four novels that have been published so far and am trying to slow down my pace so that I can enjoy them a little while longer. If you love interesting, brilliant characters and intriguing mysteries, this series is definitely for you!
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
The enchanting story of Count Rostov is one I’ll remember forever. I’ve always been drawn to great storytellers that are able to make me feel welcome in the world they’ve created and Amor Towles has certainly done that with this novel.
The Redeemer by Jo Nesbø
Jo Nesbø’s Harry Hole series was my introduction to the world of audiobooks, and the sixth one, The Redeemer, is one of my favourites – you just can’t stop listening! There’s strong symbolism throughout the novel, and a vast range of social issues are entwined together with yet another brilliant narrative. “