5 Audiobooks To Take On Your Next Run

Listening While You RunMarketing Manager Samantha Edelson shares the audiobooks she recommends when on the run.

I ran my first half marathon last year and most of the time I ran I had music playing. And not just any music, but high energy, Top 40, sing-along music… though I mostly tried to keep the singing along inside my head since other runners tend to look at you funny if you’re belting out Taylor Swift.

However, for those long, leisurely runs, I turned to audiobooks. A good story kept me going and stopped me from obsessing about the time. Here are a few titles that put a spring in my step:

  1. Runner by Patrick LeeI mean, it has “run” in the title! This explosive thriller has former Special Forces operative Sam Dryden and a terrified young girl on the run (often literally) from evil government forces. As they raced to escape the danger, I felt my own pace quickening. And Tony-nominated actor Raul Esparza does an excellent job with the story.
  2. The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman and Jay BonansingaI recently heard about the Zombies, Run! app that motivates you to run by making it seem as though zombies are chasing you. It sounds like a great idea and one I’ve implemented myself just by listening to the Walking Dead audiobooks out on the trail. Fred Berman’s voice has just the right amount of creepiness to make it feel possible.
  3. Big Little Lies by Liane MoriartyI’ve been on a Liane Moriarty audiobook jag (those Australian accents are so pleasant to listen to) and I was instantly hooked on Big Little Lies. I had to keep listening to find out who died and who did it and how. That meant putting in a few extra miles when out for a run.
  4. The Edge of Normal by Carla NortonAs former kidnapping victim Reeve LeClaire finds herself protecting another young girl from a dangerous predator, my heart was pounding. Was it the story or the run? Probably both!
  5. Born to Run by Christopher McDougallI actually listened to Born to Run before I started running, but I found it fascinating and inspiring. I can see how it would be very motivating to listen to on a jog… how bad can these three miles really be if there are people doing 100 miles in the woods barefoot?

Sound Clip Saturday: Mightier Than The Sword

Mightier Than The Sword is the next installment in Jeffrey Archer’s New York Times bestselling Clifton Chronicles series. This spellbinding story of the Clifton and Barrington families opens with an IRA bomb exploding during the MV Buckingham’s maiden voyage across the Atlantic, but how many passengers lose their lives? 

In The Studio With Regis Philbin

Regis Philbin and Robert Van Kolken

In Arlene Alda’s upcoming Just Kids From the Bronx, vivid oral histories reveal what it was like to grow up in the place that bred influencers in just about every field of endeavor today. Alda’s own Bronx memories were a jumping-off point from which to reminisce with a nun, a police officer, an urban planner, and with Al Pacino, Mary Higgins Clark, Colin Powell, and many more.

One such contributor is Regis Philbin. The media personality didn’t just lend his story to the book, but he also lent his voice to the audiobook edition. “In The Studio” may be a misnomer for the title of this post because in reality our producer Bob Van Kolken (pictured above with Regis) headed uptown to Philbin’s apartment to record his essay. Philbin read his part expertly and even made time to laugh, joke, and make a short video for Van Kolken’s mother-in-law (making Bob hands down “Son-In-Law of the Year”).

Philbin’s narration joins that of Majora Carter, Milton Glaser, Robert Klein, Gabrielle Salvatto, and Carlos Serrano, plus Alan Alda, Arlene Alda, and Christina Delaine.

My First Time: A Suitable Vengeance

A Suitable VengeanceIn this edition of “My First Time,” Editorial Director Robert Allen shares the first audiobook he listened to and how his listening has evolved.

I had always been read to as a child and the idea of listening to an audiobook was very appealing. I thought mysteries would be a good place to start because they are usually plot driven and easy to follow. My first audiobook was A Suitable Vengeance by Elizabeth George, and not only did it bring me into the world of audio but introduced me to George and the Inspector Lynley series. With that first audiobook I became an avid listener and a devoted fan of the author, both in audio and in print.

At the time, most audiobooks were abridged and I was always concerned about missing out on the story. As the prevalence of unabridged audio grew so did my listening habits. My listening is now an extension of my reading and incudes pretty much all categories – from fiction to nonfiction, from commercial to literary. In fact an audio program will sometimes give me a way to re-experience something I have already read and loved by offering a new dimension to the story. I recently listened to The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. I loved reading the book but the audiobook gave me a new appreciation to the beautiful writing and how it actually sounds read aloud. It was a wonderful experience.

You’ve been granted Unabridged Access!

Behind the micWelcome to Macmillan Audio’s new blog, Unabridged Access. Here’s where we’ll give you a peek (listen?) behind the microphone. You’ll get photos from the studio, audiobook recommendations for any situation, excerpts from exciting new programs, glimpses into audiobook publishing, Q&As with industry folks, and so much more.

To celebrate our blog’s birth, we’re hosting a sweepstakes! Enter for a chance to win a year’s worth of audiobooks. The winner will be announced on the blog on March 24.

So check back frequently to see what we’re up to and learn about all the cool things going on in the audiobook world. And please do jump into the conversation. Tell us what you think, how you feel, and what you think about how you feel in the comments. We can’t wait to discuss with you hot button topics from the best audiobooks to listen to on a run to which narrators we’re crushing on and everything in between.