I love listening to audiobooks when I am doing menial tasks. I have this internal battle between whether I should be focused on staying present in the moment, or whether its okay to layer my hobby (reading books) on top of what actually needs to be done. Sometimes I find myself partially present while listening to an audiobook. But other times the story really transports me to a different world and I completely lose track of what I am doing in the 3D. Here are 5 audiobooks I listened to recently that transported me to a different world.
I loved listening to American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins on a weekend when I had a lot of housework to do. I finished the whole book in two days. As I person who loves books, I related instantly to the character Lydia, a bookshop owner in Acapulco, Mexico. I couldn’t imagine the journey she went on to find freedom.
This book took me on a trip to Mexico where Lydia was being chased by a cartel. It moved back and forth in time, weaving the story together in a captivating way.
I didn’t realize until after I finished the book how controversial it became. I only had a quick read through some of the protesting reviews to this work of fiction and what I quickly decided was that everyone has their opinion.
Those that are upset that the experience wasn’t authentic have their perspective. That is fine. But it is a work of fiction. No one reading it should be expecting it to be historically accurate. And to every single story, there are multiple perspectives. I don’t see the harm in this book being shared. But I won’t try to analyze it either. Once I heard a statement that if what you write never pisses anyone off, then you aren’t saying much. So kudos to the author for saying what she believed needed to be said, regardless of the pushback.
The story is beautiful and if you are looking to be transported by audiobooks, this one is worth checking out.