Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite Audiobooks

imgresAaaah the audiobooks… I mostly listen to these during winter, when it’s too cold and too dark to read normal books or ebooks. There aren’t that many novels I’ve “read” this way, but there are few worth mentioning. There’s also a whole series of Discworld audiobooks I’ve got that I’ve listened to a long time after reading the paper books, but I’m going to skip these.

Here are my Top 5 choices for this week’s theme:

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CoralineCoraline by Neil Gaiman – if you haven’t read this one yet – you really should. It’s great novel about a little girl and all the creepy things that are happening around her in her new home. If you read anything by Gaiman you know he’s quite a storyteller, so go take this book and read it.

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SolarisSolaris by Stanisław Lem – great Polish science fiction novel loved by most, left unfinished by others (I really have no idea why). It’s not your typical SF story with aliens, space battles, etc. Instead, you have an alien planet and a strange ocean that can apparently manipulate people’s minds.

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The FamilyThe family by Mario Puzo – a historical book about Borgia family. I picked it up because of… Assassin’s Creed game :D. It’s a greatly written story concentrating on Rodrigo Borgia. I rarely pick up pure historical novels, but somehow they never disappoint me. Maybe I should read them more often.

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EnchantedEnchanted by Alethea Kontis – a lovely fairy tale retelling with an enchanting heroine. I keep thinking about reading next book in this series, but there’s always something else to read… I will need to fix this next year.

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The Martian ChroniclesMartian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury – fantastic set of science fiction stories with a philosophical feel to them. The audiobook I had was read by the author himself and I think that’s awesome :).

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Do you like audiobooks? Have you read / listened to any of the books I’ve mentioned? What are your five choices? 

Top 5 Wednesday – Books You’re Thankful For

imgresThere are many books that I liked, many I would consider my favorites (yes, I don’t have just one favorite it’s really hard to choose so don’t make me!), but there are few I’m really glad I read or was made to read.

Here are my Top 5 choices for this week’s theme:

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Harry potter books – for being the first book that kept me awake till I finished it… and started the second part :P. I would really like to have the edition below, but I bought the first book in this lovely illustrated edition and that’s even better!

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Solaris by Stanisław Lem at BBC

I have something different for you today. Instead of reviews I’ve got a proposition for some listening. There’s still 3 more days left for you to listen to part one of Solaris at BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pf12m.

I bet you’ve already heard of this book. I know there are millions of books out there, but this is one of the SF classics. I have to say it’s a must for every sf fan out there.

dramatization of Solaris
link to dramatization of Solaris

Forget about the movie with Clooney! I might have a sentiment for it, but let’s face it – it wasn’t very good. Weather you’ve already read a book or not, this dramatization is a good one. Two episodes 1 hour each are either a good reminder or an encouragement to read the book with all the fascinating details, philosophical thoughts and just a little bit of space madness.

I never understood this saying “to Lem a book” I know Lem’s books are not easy to read, but they are really well written. I got to read some of the stories in my primary school from “Tales of Pirx the Pilot” and “The Cyberiad” and although I probably haven’t understood them then, I already liked them.