I have an audible.com account, so I have the benefit of having a list of all the audiobooks I have listed to in the last 2 years at my disposal. I am going to recommend books that are not just good books, but that I think work well on audiobook. I listened to Kerouac’s the Dharma Bums for example, and you would really think that Kerouac was one of those authors that was just begging to be turned into audiobook…not so much.
**Ender’s Game ** by Orson Scott Card was a good one. This is one of my favorite books ever, but I read it for the first time when I was 14, so I might be a bit unrealistically biased. Still, its very entertaining, and I like the production of it as an audio book.
Doublestar by Robert Heinlein. It’s not a great book, but a fan-freakin-tastic audiobook. Look for the version read by Lloyd James. One of the only instances I can think of where the audiobook experience was *better * than reading the book myself.
Anything by David Sedaris. Me Talk Pretty One Day is a common one. It’s a collection of comedic essay’s about his life.
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman was also a fantastic audiobook. I don’t know how to describe what Gaiman writes without unfairly stereotyping him by placing him into a category like “Fantasy”. This book has more Elmore Leonard in it than it does Robert Jordan. But it is technically a fantasy novel, I guess.
I just finished The Devils Teeth by Susan Casey. It’s a first person nonfiction book about a journalist who goes to the Farallone islands off the coast of San Francisco to write about the Great White Shark Research Project out there. Fascinating book, and if you get the unabridged version the reader is fairly good.
There are others, but those are my universal recommendations. Books that I think are well produced as audiobooks and that everyone will love.