61fSQq54ToL._AA300_There are books to be read silently and those to be read aloud.  Lincoln in the Bardo is best read aloud, performed in fact by a cast of 166 narrators!

George Saunders tells the tale of Abraham Lincoln losing his son and follows him in his grief.  It takes place in a cemetery and is told primarily by ghosts.  The actual text of the book looks like you are in an internet chat room- do those even exist anymore?

I like to consider myself a good reader, but I found the text of my signed copy rather confusing to follow and was never able to “get into it”.  It felt like work the whole time.  That said, I loved the creativity of the story and knew it would work well as an audiobook or play.  I instantly requested the it from my library and I LOVED it!  It was pretty much the most entertaining audiobook ever- apart from Educating Esme or Let’s Pretend This Never Happened!  There are also big name cast members!!!  See below for Audible’s highlights:

Nick Offerman as HANS VOLLMAN
David Sedaris as ROGER BEVINS III
Carrie Brownstein as ISABELLE PERKINS
George Saunders as THE REVEREND EVERLY THOMAS
Miranda July as MRS. ELIZABETH CRAWFORD
Lena Dunham as ELISE TRAYNOR
Ben Stiller as JACK MANDERS
Julianne Moore as JANE ELLIS
Susan Sarandon as MRS. ABIGAIL BLASS
Bradley Whitford as LT. CECIL STONE
Bill Hader as EDDIE BARON
Megan Mullally as BETSY BARON
Rainn Wilson as PERCIVAL “DASH” COLLIER
Jeff Tweedy as CAPTAIN WILLIAM PRINCE
Kat Dennings as MISS TAMARA DOOLITTLE
Jeffrey Tambor as PROFESSOR EDMUND BLOOMER
Mike O’Brien as LAWRENCE T. DECROIX
Keegan-Michael Key as ELSON FARWELL
Don Cheadle as THOMAS HAVENS
and Patrick Wilson as STANLEY “PERFESSER” LIPPERT
with Kirby Heyborne as WILLIE LINCOLN,
Mary Karr as MRS. ROSE MILLAND,
and Cassandra Campbell as Your Narrator

So… if you are looking for a great audiobook to get you through some upcoming road trips, this is one that I would definitely recommend!  What are your favorite audiobooks?

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