43: Road Trip Audiobook Draft

With summer upon us, we are taking a virtual road trip with another Audiobook draft. Panelists Shachi Bhatt, Gilbert Tang, and Mark Siegal join me to discuss what makes a good road trip audiobook and to share our favorite audiobooks for listening with friends, family, or solo on road trips and long car rides.

Round 1:

Shachi: I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend written and narrated by Martin Short [8:40]

Mark: What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions written by Randall Munroe; narrated by Wil Wheaton [6:36]

Gilbert: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! written by Richard P. Feyman; narrated by Raymond Todd [11:31]

Scott: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride written by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden; narrated by Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, Norman Lear, Rob Reiner, Chris Sarandon, Andy Scheinman, Wallace Shawn, Robin Wright, and Billy Crystal [7:01]

Round 2:

Shachi: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin written by Erik Larson; narrated by Stephen Hoye [12:52]

Mark: Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self written and narrated by Manoush Zomorodi [6:58] // [Episode 10]

Gilbert: Born a Crime written and narrated by Trevor Noah [8:44] // [Episode 16]

Scott: Good Omens written by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett; narrated by Martin Jarvis [12:32]

Round 3:

Shachi: James and the Giant Peach written by Roald Dahl; narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt [3:18]

Mark: The Tale of Despereaux written by Kate DiCamillo; narrated by Graeme Malcolm [3:30]

Gilbert: The Golden Compass written by Philip Pullman; narrated by Philip Pullman & a full cast // His Dark Materials (series)

Scott: One Summer: America, 1927 written and narrated by Bill Bryson [17:03]

Additional Picks:

Shachi: Namesake [10:10]

Mark: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [5:51]; On the Road [11:08]

Gilbert: Calypso [6:39]; Scythe [10:32] // [Episode 12]

Scott: Harry Potter (series); The Hobbit [11:05]; Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void [10:27]

Other Drafts:

Episode 22: Mount Everest Audiobook Draft

Episode 35: Audiobook Draft for New Audiobook Listeners

35: Audiobook Draft for New Audiobook Listeners

We are back for another Audiobook draft. This time we are selecting audiobooks that we recommend for new audiobook listeners. Panelists include Linus Edwards, Shachi Bhatt, and Mark Siegal.

Round 1:

Linus: Born Standing Up

Shachi: Matilda // [Episode 5]

Mark: The Night Circus // [Episode 1]

Scott: The Graveyard Book

Round 2:

Linus: Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself

Shachi: I’m Judging You

Mark: The Time Traveler's Wife

Scott: The Good Neighbor

Round 3:

Linus: Sapiens

Shachi: Becoming

Mark: On Writing

Scott: The Martian

Additional Picks:

Shachi: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe// [Episode 17]

Mark: Matilda; Stardust; Ready Player One // [Episode 7]; The Help

Scott: Penric's Demon; Harry Potter (series); We Are Legion (We Are Bob), Ready Player One; Born A Crime // [Episode 16]; Spinning Silver // [Episode 30]; The Golem and the Jinni // [Episode 14]

Other References:

Episode 22: Mount Everest Audiobook Draft


"Carpe Diem" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License, excerpts from original


22: Mount Everest Audiobook Draft

Inspired by Audible's Mount Everest Badge, we explore longer audiobooks by drafting our favorite audiobooks longer than 20 hours. Guests include Mark Siegal and Gilbert Tang.

Round 1:

Mark: Leviathan Wakes [20:56]

Gilbert: Song of Ice and Fire [33:46-48:55]

Scott: Stormlight Archive [45:29 - 55:05]

Round 2:

Mark: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [27:02]

Gilbert: Console Wars [20:41]

Scott: The Found and the Lost [34:03]

Round 3:

Mark: The Lord of the Rings (Omnibus) [54:05]

Gilbert: 1Q84 [46:45]

Scott: Dark Forest [22:36]

Additional Picks:

Mark: A Discovery of Witches [24:02], Infinite Jest [56:11], Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose [60:26]

Gilbert: The Century Trilogy [30:38 - 36:51], The Kingsbridge Novels [30:19 - 45:32], The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire [126:31], Anna Karenina [35:35], David Copperfield [Audible] [35:35], Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination [33:24], Benjamin Franklin: An American Life [24:45], Moby Dick [21:19]

Scott: KingKiller Chronicle [27:54 - 42:55], Oxford Time Travel [20:58 - 26:20], Dune [21:08], Oxford Time Travel [20:58 - 26:20], A Deepness in the Sky [28:25], European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman [24:27]

Patrick Rothfuss' "review" of Doors of Stone (KingKiller Chronicle, #3)