Now you’re talking! The best audiobooks, chosen by writers

Kit de Waal Author The Chimp Paradox by Prof Steven Peters (2012) is a fascinating book about cognitive behaviour that deconstructs the different parts of all of us: the human, the chimp and the computer. It’s such a serious subject, yet the narration by Peters is delivered quite flat, with a strong northern accent, which somehow makes it matter of fact and easily digestible. The sentence “There has been a breakdown in chimp management” had me howling with laughter. Jane Gardam’s Old Filth (2015) is also superb in every way, brought to life by an amazing performance by the actor Bill Wallis, of Blackadder fame. He gets under the skin of the central character, an ageing QC, with such skill that you feel you’re reading his thoughts. It’s not every writer that can narrate their own stories well but Pictures in My Head by Gabriel Byrne (1995) and Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin (2017) are outstanding. Both cover these actors’ lives from childhood to the present with humour and candour. I loved them both. Robin Ince Comedian, writer and radio presenter If you are seeking a shamanic spell that will imprint the block universe of Northampton in your mind for eternity,… Read full this story

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