The 5 Most Entertaining Audiobooks for Seniors
Reading books is probably one of the most entertaining activities for us that can easily find its place on our list of top hobbies for seniors. No one dislikes a hobby that teaches you something and gives you a good feeling at the same time. But for some people, reading can be challenging. It might be due to poor eyesight that comes with ageing, the high prices of purchasing the physical copy, or the difficulty some people have always had with reading. The good news is, audiobooks are here to save the day. If focusing on reading the physical book is hard for you, you can download the audio version and listen to it instead of reading. In this article, we are going to introduce the top 5 most entertaining audiobooks for seniors. And we guarantee that listening to them will be as entertaining as reading the must-read novels for seniors.
Top 5 Audiobooks for Seniors
If you are a fan of podcasts and are searching for the top podcasts for seniors, you will find listening to audiobooks just as enjoyable. Picking only five among all the good audiobooks was hard, but we tried to choose them from different genres and styles to help you get to know your taste in books and go for the type and genre you like the best. Now, without further ado, here are the top 5 audiobooks seniors might enjoy.
1. The Help
This historical fiction, written by the American author Kathryn Stockett, was published in 2009.
The novel is set in the early 1960s, when African Americans worked for white people. The story explores the racial prejudices, the difficulties, and the lack of respect these African Americans faced in 1962. Finally, one woman, named Aibileen, puts on a brave face and risks her job and life in a white household to talk about the issues the Help has to go through in the form of a book. After a few unfortunate events, others follow Aibileen and share their experience when they become too unsatisfied with their situation.
The Help’s audiobook version’s narrators are Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Cassandra Campbell, and Octavia Spencer, who was the author’s inspiration for the character of Minny. In 2011, she played Minny in the film adaptation as well.
The Help won the Goodreads Choice Awards as the best fiction, the Indies Choice Book Awards in the Adult debut category, and the SIBA Book Award, alongside a few other awards and nominations.
2. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
This comic novel was written by the Swedish author Jonas Jonasson and was published in 2009. Later, the Swedish version was translated to English by Rod Bradbury and published in 2012.
The book follows the story of Allan Karlsson, who lives in a retirement house and is about to turn 100 years old. Allan feels disinterested and detached from everything, so before celebrating his 100th birthday, he climbs out of the window and goes on an aimless journey. In a bus station, he meets a man with a very large suitcase. The young man asks Allan to watch the suitcase while he goes to the bathroom rather rudely. Allan’s bus arrives before the young man returns. Suddenly, Allan decides to take the suitcase with him, not being aware of its contents.
Little does he know that the suitcase is filled with money gained from selling illegal drugs. Both the Police searching for him and the drug dealers searching for the money are chasing after Allan. This entertaining novel is filled with Allan’s adventures almost all over the world and flashbacks from Allan’s younger days.
In 2010, this book became a bestselling novel in Sweden. And in 2013, it turned into a movie. The English audiobook is read and narrated by Peter Kenny.
3. A Short History of Nearly Everything
This outstanding work, written by Bill Bryson, is a timeless science book adored by anyone at any age. Bill Bryson takes (nearly) every scientific fact or term and explains it in the simplest way possible with terms that are easy to understand by everyone. This popular Science book explains many facts from chemistry, astronomy, physics, and paleontology. For people who are into evolution, the history of the earth, and science, but not that much to pursue it academically, this book can be a true gem.
In 2005, A Short History of Everything became a bestselling book. Richard Matthews narrates the audiobook.
4. The Price of Valor
The Price of Valor: The Life of Audie Murphy, America’s Most Decorated Hero of World War II (not to be mistaken with the romance, thriller book series written by Susan May Warren), is written by David Smith. The story looks at the life of Audie Murphy, who forged his birth certificate so that he could be eligible for fighting in the war against the Nazis when he was only seventeen years old. When he was nineteen, he fought the battle with the utmost courage and competency. He climbed on top of a tank and single-handedly forced the German Army to retreat. Although To Hell and Back, the memoir written by Audie Murphy himself, covers his war stories, The Price of Valor tells us the full, tragic life story of Audie Murphy, who eventually died when he was 45 as the most decorated hero of WWII.
This book serves all the people who want to glimpse the world during World War II, especially seniors who feel connected to those days. Tom Perkins narrates the audiobook.
5. Go Set a Watchman
Go Set a Watchman is written by Harper Lee, who gave us the popular and Pulitzer Prize-Winning work, To Kill a Mockingbird. This novel was promoted as a sequel to the other famous award-winning book, but as many parts of the novel are repeated in To Kill a Mockingbird, it was initially a draft. It raised a lot of debates and turned the publication of this book into the center of controversies. Yet its publication was a success since the book was published many years after the author wrote it and naturally raised the expectations.
Although this book was never meant to be published, it features some of the same characters in To Kill a Mockingbird and has proved to be an enjoyable read, especially for seniors. Actress Reese Witherspoon narrates this audiobook.
This list included only 5 of the best audiobooks seniors seemed to enjoy the most. Many fictional and non-fictional works have been and are being turned into audiobooks. Exploring a little more will sure take you to the books you love the best. Many of these books have film adaptations or have been turned into series that are actually among the series recommendation for the elderly. So, if you do not want to listen to a good audiobook, you can always watch a good series or movie.