If you’re feeling a little down these days, listening to an audiobook can provide the perfect escape. Not sure where to start? We’re here to help! Check out our staff recommendations for feel-good listening this weekend (and beyond):
Sam: Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
Eleanor Flood is not having a good day. But her problems are small and strange and described with a such humor and zaniness that it will surely take your mind off whatever is troubling you. While it’s no Where’d You Go Bernadette, Today Will Be Different is just the sort of quirky read that will be keeping a smile on my face this weekend.
Alex: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Jenny’s essays are a reminder that it’s okay to have moments when you feel like you’ll never crawl out from beneath your desk, but that you will eventually find that strength. The stories she tells help us remember that life is truly wonderful when you can collect all of the crazy, absurd moments that you bring into your own life and the lives of those around you. This audiobook is what I would recommend to any human that needs a good laugh, tinged with tears that only come from what anyone would find deeply resonating, comforting and inspiring.
Danielle: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo written and read by Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer has made a career of making people laugh, and listening to her reading this collection of stories gave me a new appreciation for this smart, funny lady. While the recollections and observations aren’t all written to be laugh-out-loud (in fact, some of the things Schumer has experienced were enough to have me tearing up), I finished this audiobook with a smile on my face and a new determination to be unapologetically myself in all aspects of life.
Conor: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Magic lives. At the time of the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, two very different magicians bring English magic back into practice. You probably won’t be LOLing very much with this novel, but I promise you’ll be transported. There may be no better time than now for you to escape into this (audio)book and to meet the “gentleman with the thistledown hair.”
Brisa: Bucky F*cking Dent written and read by David Duchovny
Baseball season is over, but this is the perfect audiobook to help with the withdrawls. It’s 1978 and Ted works as a peanut vendor at Yankee stadium, but after learning that his estranged father is dying of lung cancer he moves back home. But tensions are high due to old wounds, as well as his father’s allegiance to the Red Sox. Ted notices his father’s health takes a dip whenever the Sox lose, so Ted conspires with the neighborhood to give his father the illusion of a Red Sox winning streak, culminating with the fateful day in October. If a Yankee fan can overcome his differences with his die-hard Red Sox superfan father, then there’s hope for all of us to find common ground.
Abby: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
James Herriot’s love of animals is delightful, but it’s his enduring empathy for his fellow human beings, no matter how frustrating they may seem, that sets his writing apart. Herriot finds humor and meaning in even the most challenging situations. Christopher Timothy, who played Herriot on the BBC adaptation of the book, performs the audiobook with all the charm, warmth, and authenticity for which the TV show was beloved. Laugh, cry, and rekindle your childhood ambition to become a veterinarian.
Emily: A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart
Cry worthy and laugh worthy, Keith Stuart’s A Boy Made of Blocks tells the heartwarming story of Alex and his son, Sam. Listeners follow along as Alex struggles to deal with Sam’s autism and repair his fractured marriage. Honest and relatable, Alex’s journey showcases the peaks and valleys that make up all of our lives, and the love that endures throughout.