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February 15, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Biography Audiobooks
Biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs introduce listeners to characters from diverse pursuits and backgrounds, as these outstanding examples, reviewed in Booklist between June 2012 and May 1, 2014, demonstrate. The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. By Doris Kearns Goodwin. Read by Edward Herrmann. 2013. 37hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, CD, $75 (9781442353152).
This lengthy but accessible study examines the lives of America’s twenty-sixth and twenty-seventh presidents and focuses on their friendship and the exuberant era in which they lived. Herrmann disappears into the text, letting the characters shine. Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him. By David Henry and Joe Henry. Read by Dion Graham. 2013. 9hr. Tantor, CD, $42.99 (9781452615578).
In his masterful reading of this revealing portrait of comic genius Richard Pryor, Graham captures Pryor’s speech and puts his heart and soul into his affecting performance.
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
. By Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb. Read by Archie Panjabi. 2013. 10hr. Hachette, CD, $30 (9781478979784).
Yousafzai’s passionate fight for women’s education in Pakistan and beyond is skillfully conveyed by Panjabi in a voice that closely matches Malala’s.
Miles: The Autobiography. By Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe. Read by Dion Graham. 2012. 17hr. AudioGO, CD, $99.95 (9780792784814).
Speaking in the whispery, gravelly voice that characterized Davis’ later years, Graham channels the legendary jazz trumpeter in this compelling oral history.
Mortality. By Christopher Hitchens. Read by Simon Prebble. 2012. 2hr. Hachette, CD, $22.98 (9781619691889).
Prebble’s pitch-perfect, British-accented reading of this memoir about Hitchens’ “year of living dyingly” captures the journalist’s insights and trademark wit.
Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture
. By Andy Cohen. Read by the author. 2012. 7hr. Macmillan, CD, $29.99 (9781427222589).
Cohen brings personality and verve to this don’t-miss audio, in which the loquacious television honcho talks about his career.
My Beloved World. By Sonia Sotomayor. Read by Rita Moreno. 2013. 12.5hr. Books on Tape, CD, $40 (9780307913128).
Narrating this fascinating chronicle of Sotomayor’s journey from a Bronx housing project to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, Moreno responds to every nuance of mood, stress, and tone.
The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
. By Robert A. Caro. Read by Grover Gardner. 2012. 33hr. Brilliance, CD, $89.97 (9781455890507).
Gardner’s skillful interpretation keeps listeners riveted to Caro’s award-winning study of LBJ’s vice-presidency and the transition period following the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Society’s Child: My Autobiography
. By Janis Ian. Read by the author. 2012. 12hr. Brilliance, CD, $59.97 (9781469255552).
Each chapter in this mesmerizing memoir begins with an evocative lyric read and sung by Ian, who transports listeners back in time with both words and music.
Still Foolin’ ’Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
. By Billy Crystal. Read by the author. 2013. 8hr. Macmillan, CD, $29.99 (9781427229502).
Crystal—comic genius, skilled raconteur, and genuinely nice guy—tells all in this bravura performance: authentic, heartfelt, and filled with irresistible humor, nostalgia, and insights.
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