Happy Winter Solstice!
Today is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere – aka the Winter Solstice. For the North Pole region, that means 24 hours of night. For ListenUp, in Atlanta, it means less than 10 hours of daylight. To celebrate, we’ve picked some of our favorite short (less than 5 hours) audiobooks.
Funny Story: The Incomplete Works of Topher Payne, written by Topher Payne, narrated by the author and a full cast. This audiobook is 4 hours and 35 minutes long and comprised of shorter stories. Check out what the author has to say about it with Creative Loafing.
Binary Star, written and read by Sarah Gerard. This is an gripping, serious listen about a young woman’s struggle with anorexia and her turbulent relationship. At just over 3 hours, it’s an intense ride.
Two Gentlemen of Lebowski, by Adam Bertocci, narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark. What if William Shakespeare wrote The Big Lebowski? The concept is clever, the story is well-written, and the performance is Shakespearean. At just 2 hours and 7 minutes, it’s a small commitment.
The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra, by Pedro Mairal, narrated by Tony Chiroldes. The audiobook is 3 hours and 44 minutes long and Audiofile Magazine says, “Tony Chiroldes is an excellent narrator for this short novel set in Argentina.”
Waiting for our Souls to Catch Up, written and read by Carol M. Perry, SU. Sister Carol is a Catholic nun and the Resident Bible Scholar at the oldest Protestant congregation with continuous service in North America. Her story runs just 4 hours and 2 minutes long.
Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twenty-Something’s (mostly failed) Attempts at Adulthood written and read by Alida Nugent. This 4 hour, 35 minute audiobook, by the creator of The Frenemy, chronicles the author’s hilarious successes and failures in adulthood.
Holidays on Ice, by David Sedaris, narrated by David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris, and Ann Magnuson. Holidays on Ice is a holiday classic as far as we’re concerned. This audiobook is a 3 hour, 10 minute collection of beloved holiday stories by Sedaris and will keep you laughing long after it ends.
Watch Me, by Shayla Black (writing as Shelley Bradley) narrated by Sasha Dunbrooke. In true Shayla Black fashion, this quickie packs a steamy punch. This erotic romance is only 4 hours long, but that’s all you’ll need.
Have a safe and happy solstice and let us know in the comments what your favorite short audiobooks are.