selected 8 audiobooks for their best audiobooks list, including an incredible collection of short stories by award-winning author James McBride, and a deeply moving memoir about a father and son’s transformative literary journey. View Slate’s full list of picks here.
“[James] McBride…writes old-fashioned short stories with real endings, populated by strongly drawn characters…The stellar assortment of narrators chosen to read these tales (many of which are told in the first person) clearly seized on their roles with a brio equal to that of the man who wrote them. Each story builds an entire world.”—Slate
“[Author Daniel] Mendelsohn, a classicist, describes the year his 82-year-old father asked to sit in on his college course on Homer’s Odyssey and the cruise the two men later took to the sites mentioned in the poem…[Narrator Bronson] Pinchot’s unaffected, even humble warmth makes a lovely counterpart to the elegant looping of Mendelsohn’s clauses and ideas. Pinchot teases forth the intimacy of the story, accentuating how Mendelsohn seeks to link what can seem like a remotely ancient literary artifact to eternal human experiences.”—Slate