Summer Listening | Wyatt’s World

June is audiobook month, nicely coinciding with the start of summer reading. Here are five must-listens, perfect for hot commutes or epic road trips.

  • The Little French Bistro by Nina George; read by Emma Bering (Random Audio/Books on Tape).
    The author of The Little Paris Bookshop returns with another enriching tale about starting over and finding yourself. Narrator Bering proves her abilities to render French settings and voices with conviction, her engaging voice sweeping readers along with this heartwarming tale.
  • Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash; read by Will Damron (HighBridge Audio).
    The world of college wrestling is laid bare in this roughly poetic and character-centered debut, which follows the obsessions of a college senior facing his last chance at the national championship. Damron has earned praise for his ability to master a wide range of tones and pace. His delivery here is immediately intimate and startling; a good match for this buzzy first book.
  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman; read by Cathleen McCarron (Penguin Audio/Books on Tape).
    Another hotly anticipated first novel and a No. 1 LibraryReads Pick, this charming story tells of the quirky Eleanor, who moves from feeling isolated and alone to forming deep connections with others. Offering pitch-perfect voices and accents, McCarron sends up an award-winning performance, set to a “keep you listening” pace, capturing a strong, emotional characterization of Eleanor that is a delight.
  • Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar; read by Maggie Siff (S. & S. Audio).
    Reader Siff is an example of exceptional casting as she embodies the character of Gwendy Peterson, a young girl given a mysterious box by an equally mysterious man. The box can deliver sweets and terrors; it is Gwendy’s task to guard and use it. Siff expertly creates persona and voice, making King and Chizmar proud.
  • Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane; read by Julia Whelan (Harper Audio).
    Lehane puts lead character Rachel Childs through the wringer in his latest thriller, which starts out slow and builds to a burn. And Whelan keeps up with it all, matching Lehane’s full cast with accents that fit the protagonists well. She further excels at getting the inferences just right, which is very useful in a Lehane novel.
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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at

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