Currently “Reading” 📚

I have been listening to audiobooks plenty before but since I started to use Storytel, the audiobook streaming thingy I wrote earlier about, I have been a bit on binge.

After having finished Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry I continued re-reading Douglas Adams’s Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy read by Stephen Fry. I enjoyed how his reading brought the book to life, which also reminded me how much I liked his podcast when it was still around1.
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Cotton Reloaded

The other day another audiobook recommendation on Google Music caught my eye and I’m hooked on it ever since: the Jerry Cotton Reloaded audiobook series. Cotton Reloaded is the remake of the popular German crime stories series1 and tells the adventures of FBI agent Jerry Cotton in New York.

The books are well read, entertaining and will keep me busy for a while. By the time of this writing there are 41 audiobooks/episodes on Google Play and each appears to be around 3 hrs of length.


  1. Hence this is auf Deutsch 

Dan Brown Audiobooks on Google Play Music

The other day I posted some Stephen King audiobooks and this time a few by Dan Brown, again in German language. I enjoy his stories and have read most of them already in English, but I look forward to listen to them in German.

I’m currently binging on the Stephen King audiobooks1, and guess it will take a while before I have time to listen to any of these, but look forward to that.


  1. Finished two, and currently listening the third one 

Buk

While looking for new audiobooks on Spotify, I ran, much to my surprise, into some with the works of Charles Bukowski. I found a couple of readings and a german-language audiobook of Der Mann mit der Ledertasche which is the somewhat oddly translated title of Post Office.

When I was young I read everything from Bukowski that I could get my hands on. Today it would be binging, then I just read a lot. Something that I haven’t done much since then. Years have passed, boxes of books have been packed, unpacked, shuffled around, moved from one apartment to the other, yet his books have followed me all the time and still have a place in my bookshelf.
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Audiobooks On Spotify

Yes, at some point I knew already that one can find audiobooks on Spotify, but it obviously has slipped my mind and I simply haven’t had it on the radar anymore. This post on Open Culture with Classics on Spotify sure brought it back to my attention1. It is a very good list, but at the moment I’m only interested into a few of them2.
The list though got me searching for other audiobooks on Spotify and after a little bit of further digging, I found some more, and at least to me, more interesting books.

Audiobooks

J.R.R.Tolkien – The Hobbit
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Also I found a lot of material by H.P.Lovecraft.

H.P.Lovecraft:

Tales of Horror
The Dunwich Horror & The Thing On Your Doorstep
The Whisperer in Darkness
The Call of Cthulhu & Other Stories
Imprisoned with the Pharoahs & Other Stories
The Shadow over Innsmouth

I was surprised by the amount of works by H.P.Lovecraft and have to admit that I am not familiar with his work at all. This will probably change soon.

The experience is of course not quite the same as listening in a dedicated audiobook player, since important features like bookmarks are naturally missing, but that of course doesn’t matter much. I will continue to look for audiobooks on Spotify and maybe one day a Spotify for Audiobooks comes around. But until then, there is a lot to listen to.


  1. It also let me to find something very different and unexpected, of which you can read in this post 
  2. The H.G.Wells and Dracula one though are intneresting. The latter one is read by Dracula, erm Christopher Lee, himself, which is of course nice.