Dave and Barbara Ham have been listening to books together for many years, often on drives up to their house in Bridgton, Maine, as well as on longer drives to Florida and other parts of the country. They’ve been enjoying audiobooks since long before libraries started to offer them, originally paying a fee to borrow books from a company in California.
Barbara, one of the library’s long-time Senior Rebate volunteers, and Dave, have known each other since second grade. They both grew up in North Reading, attended Reading High School, and later lived in Reading for 30 years. In 1990 they moved back to North Reading to live in the house on Chestnut Street, where Dave spent his childhood.
The Hams are serious audiobook fans and they have made some excellent recommendations for summer listening here.
Books They’ve Listened to Together:
No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James Swann.
The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Ken Follett Pillars of the Earth series
Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick.
Mysteries they've listened to together include the John Sanford Prey series, the newest is Stolen Prey, read by one of their favorite narrators, Richard Farrone. They also enjoy Sue Grafton’s Alphabet series narrated by Judy Kaye. They particularly liked the newest, V is for Vengeance. Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon series, read by Barbara Rosenblat, is also a favorite.
Barbara and Dave also have separate reading interests and keep different books going on their own.
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult has seven narrators.
Defending Jacob by William Landay the new, Massachusetts-based thriller.
The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory
She also likes audiobooks by Sandra Brown, Robin Cook, Lisa Scottolini, and Amy Tan
The Hungry Sea: A Swordboat Captain's Journey by Linda Greenlaw
A Breath of Snow and Ashes and An Echo in the Bones by Diana Gabaldon, part of The Outlander series.
He also enjoys Michael Shaara, who writes about The Civil War; and mysteries by Dick Francis and Sara Paretsky.
These audiobook titles are available in the MVLC Consortium through the online catalog, Evergreen.
Do you have a favorite audiobook to recommend for a summer road trip? Please let us know.
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