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Five unique audio books to waste away the time

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Audiobooks are a great way to keep reading when you are in the car, on a walk, or doing other task that doesn’t require to much focus. Here are five audio books that are in some way unique, along with being great stories.

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Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type is a novel compiled of seventeen stories, all of them some how involving a different typewriter, told through the experiences of Tom Hanks, an avid typewriter collector. With Tom Hanks also reading the book for the audiobook, we get his unique voice, humor, and warmth. It makes for a very enjoyable read that you will find yourself lost in.

Illuminae series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Illuminae Files series is a Young Adult Sci-fi trilogy that follows a different make and female duo, and throughout each of the books, we see each of the different pairs experience the same invasion. The physical book is unique, with the pages being filled with different types of media (instead of pages of a book) such as email, text, phone recordings, etc. The audiobook is also unique in itself because the audiobook contains a full cast, each character from the book having its own person, with over 20 people.  

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Angela’s Ashes is a classic memoir written by Pulitzer Prize winning Frank McCourt. This novel takes place in Depression-era Brooklyn, where Irish immigrants, like Frank, are being raised in the slums. The audiobook comes together perfectly with Frank retelling the troubles and struggles of his childhood; we can hear the pain and humor that are perfectly placed throughout the novel, plus Frank's Irish accent further enthralls you into the book.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

The story of Harry Potter is known by many, but if you weren't aware, it tells the story of a young boy learning that he is a wizard and being sent off to a magical school. Throughout the seven-book series we see Harry Potter and his friends grow and overcome obstacles. Rather than going back to the classic British audiobook starring Stephen Fry, it's worth trying the American versions with Jim Dale voicing all of the characters - an English actor, narrator, singer, director, and composer, who does a perfect job at nailing all of the characters.

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

This is How You Lose Her is a fictional book filled with short stories about Yunior, a young, reckless, boy who longs for love. This book is also narrated by Junot Diaz, the author, giving this book a more personal and real effect. The book is filled with a lot of English and Spanish mixings that only sound true and authentic coming from the mouth of the man who wrote them.

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