September BAND Discussion: Non-Fiction Audiobooks

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Bloggers’ Alliance of Non-Fiction Devotees (BAND) is a project to “advocate non-fiction as a non-chore,” and is a joint effort with  Amy,  Anastasia,  Ash,  JoyKimKit, and myself. Any and everyone is welcome (and encouraged) to participate! 

This month I’m taking on hosting duties for BAND, mostly to share my favorite way to read non-fiction: audio books! Of the 76 non-fiction books I’ve read this year, almost half of them have been audio books.

If you’ve listened to non-fiction audio books before: What did you enjoy most about the experience? What’s your favorite non-fiction audio book?

If you haven’t listened to non-fiction audio books, I offer you this challenge: dare to try a non-fiction audio book, then write a review or a post about your experience. 

After you write your post, leave a direct link in the Mr. Linky.


Some suggestions:


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32 responses to “September BAND Discussion: Non-Fiction Audiobooks

  1. I have listened to so many that I really enjoyed its hard to pick…. Night by Eli Wiesel blew me away (I posted about that one last week). Last year The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks was fascinating… I enjoyed Bossypants by Tina Fey and Anthony Bordei (sp?) latest book as well.

    I am a huge audio person and usually have three going at once – one in my car, one in the kitchen and one on my IPOD (for mowing, biking…)

    • Yay! Glad to hear you’re another non-fiction audio lover! I always have an audio going as well, but only one at a time…I do tend to finish them kind of quickly because I listen while I’m at work.

  2. I *like* this BAND thing. I’m bad at nonfiction, but I want to be less bad. I’ve actually listened to some nonfiction this year, so maybe I’ll post about it!

    • Do you guys mind if I double up a BAND post with my Banned Books Week post? They’re both lists, sort of, and I want to post about both this week without getting to crazy with posting. Plus they sound alike…you know, BAND…Banned… :-)

  3. I love the idea of reading non-fiction through ebooks or on audio but I just can’t. I’m a huge note-taker and those formats make it so hard for me to take notes or even go back and look at passages that I’ve marked. :-(

    • Ah yes, that’s a valid point. If I were better about taking notes I’d definitely have a hard time with nonfiction audio as well.

    • so, I’m having a similar version of this problem. in an attempt not to a)spend money and b) acquire more books, i’ve been reading more books from the library. only… i can’t make notes in these books! and so i can barely remember what i read when i get to the next chapter, not to mention the end!

  4. Blah blah audiobooks. I keep TRYING but I’m still not sold. It’s the notes thing for me, as with others. I just can’t take them while driving which is the only time I do audiobooks really. PLUS I kind of have a terrible concentration issue where I keep getting distracted or off on tangents, and unlike real books I can’t just pause in my reading, the book keeps going without me! If there were an easier way to pause the book on the iphone while driving it might work better…

  5. Tina Fey’s book was the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to. It was great because she was reading it.

    Another NF audio I enjoyed was This Book Is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson.

  6. I’m another not sold at all on audio books. But the last I tried was fiction, maybe it would be better for nonfiction for me. It’s not note taking for me (I wish I were good enough at note taking to make that an issue). It’s speed. I read so much faster than anyone can speak that audio just feels too slow.

    • I transfer them to my ipod and listen on double time; it doesn’t sound weird but usually it makes the narrator speak at a better speed instead of being so slow.

  7. Good topic, Cass. I’m listening to The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich right now, so I’ll post about that when I’m finished. I don’t drive as much now that I moved to a small town though, so my audio book in the car time is pretty cut down.

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  12. My favorite nonfiction audiobooks are both fairly recent:
    Life by Keith Richards (amazing!!)
    Bossypants by Tina Fey

    I also really loved This Just In by Bob Schieffer. He reads it himself, and his book is full of great behind-the-scenes stories of his life in journalism.

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