Audiobooks, or sound recordings of published books, are becoming increasingly popular. They make great companions for people with busy lifestyles. Leaving your phone to play in the background while driving or doing chores transports you into your favorite fictional world while giving your hands and eyes the freedom to do other tasks.
To get you into the hype of reading on-the-go, here is a list of some of the highest rated 2019 audiobooks, recommended by the Manila International Book Fair. Slated on Sept. 10-15, the 40th MIBF will gather hundreds of book-sellers, publishers, and enthusiasts at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex.
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Narrator: Jack Hawkins and Louise Brealey
We start with “Silent Patient”, one of the eeriest and most harrowing in the “shot her husband” genre. The public is in shock when Alicia Berenson, a famous painter with a seemingly perfect life, shoots her fashion photographer husband in the face five times. Her silence propels criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber into action, unraveling not only the truth behind the domestic tragedy but also his own grey motivations.
- I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
Narrator: Fiona Hardingham
Written by one of the queens of modern women’s fiction, Kinsella really sells the authenticity of Fixie Farr and her struggle to grow away from her filial obligations in this bright and introspective novel. An encounter at a café with a stranger who asks her to look after his laptop sets off a chain of I.O.U.s that compels her to choose between her family and her desires.
- The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
Narrator: Candace Thaxton, Henriette Meire, and Elizabeth Knowelden
It’s the keen attention to detail that puts this fresh take on World War II and its players onto the list. Written by bestselling author Pam Jenoff, the story tells the tale of Grace Healey and her quest to solve the disappearance of a dozen or so female secret agents—in particular three brilliant women—during the height of WWII. Historical world-building is blended with intricate storytelling to paint an audioscape that will pull you away from real life.
- Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline
Narrator: Ari Fliakos and Brittany Pressley
We now jump to the “I know what you did last summer” category and uncover the secret of what happened 20 years ago in Allie Garvey’s Philadelphia hometown. This protagonist has been keeping a secret with three other friends, the death of one forcing her to go back to her home and face the horror she and her friends wrought on a fifth friend. The look into the past will make you want to evaluate your own life decisions while listening to this story.
- Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
Narrator: Rachel Hollis
Multi-millionaire, motivational mogul Rachel Hollis lifts up women in her bestselling novel “Girl, Stop Apologizing”. “A goal is a dream with work boots on.” “Who you are is defined by the next decision you make, not the last one.” Aside from being Insta-quotable, Hollis’ motivational work resonates with the woman-on-the-go. Any working lady heading off to the office can press play on this recording and listen to Hollis as if she’s a friend giving them real talk.
- Supermarket by Bobby Hall a.k.a. Logic
Narrator: Bobby Hall a.k.a. Logic
Rapper Logic doesn’t spit fire on this record (or maybe he does? You’ll have to find out yourself). But “Supermarket” is a thrill nonetheless, set in a reality that hits close to home for most middle-class citizens. In his debut novel, Logic throws protagonist Flynn, a struggling writer who works at a supermarket, into a psychological crime narrative that critics say are half-creative genius and half-mindbending madness. Logic accompanies this audiobook with a studio album release of the same name, complimenting the work with another layer of entertainment.
- Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham
Narrator: Jacques Roy
Journalist Adam Higginbotham’s “Midnight in Chernobyl” is not just a novel but an amalgam of the collective experiences of the Chernobyl victims. From memoirs to witness accounts, de-classified documents and unearthed letters, this audiobook tugs at the humanity in us all, delivered the only way a journalist is trained to deliver historical accounts: with terrifying truth and unflinching accuracy.
- The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose by Oprah Winfrey
Narrator: Oprah Winfrey
“Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible.” You don’t have to imagine Oprah herself speaking motivational blurbs into your ear, because the audiobook version of “The Path Made Clear” makes this a reality for you. With this in your phone, you can listen to the Queen of All Media guide you through your daily hardships and walk you through the clutter in your life.
These audiobooks are available on any online platform catering to those who prefer the intimacy of listening to stories.