I love audio books, I can’t even recall when they became an integral part of my reading pleasure. Here are a couple of recent books that I could have read in print, I own print copies…haha, but I felt completely pulled in by the audio versions.
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens was originally published in 2014 by Seventh Street Books. Narration by Zach Villa. What begins with Joe, a college student, finding a subject to interview for a class takes us on a wild ride looking for some truth. Joe meets Carl Iverson, sick and dying, paroled from prison to a nursing home, Carl agrees to tell him his story, but has always quietly proclaimed his innocence. Carl has bigger sins he carries. What Joe uncovers, piece by piece is even more heinous than what everyone thought happened to a fifteen year old girl more than 30 years ago.
Excellent writing. Highly recommend, you won’t be able to stop listening or reading.
The Weight of This World was published in 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Narration by MacLeod Andrews. This is the second novel by David Joy. His writing is gritty and often difficult to listen to. He writes about the often overlooked or the people we turn away from. The people we might refer to in derogatory names, like white trash. Joy puts a face and often a heart on these people. Thad and Aiden were friends since childhood, Aiden abandoned and Thad taking him in, the two practically raising themselves in a trailer near Thad’s mom, April. April’s life has been tragic and yet she still has dreams of getting out of the small town and poverty she’s in. In a series of bad to God awful events Thad and Aiden witness a carnage they hadn’t imagined. Caught up in drugs and dealers and able to trust no one as you can imagine there is little chance for a happy ending. This book was even grittier than Joy’s first book. Still very much worth your time. It ripped my heart out.
I hope you’ll give these books a try.
Both of these audio books were purchased by me from Audible.