Perhaps you, like me, once thought that your life would be more full if you had children. With a consenting spouse or partner who was equally doe-eyed and innocent, you proceeded completely unaware into the joys of parenthood. Oh sure, you had seen children in the wild and watched them in movies, perhaps even come into contact with several at family gatherings, maybe even taken a course on child wrangling, but let’s face it: you had no idea what was coming next.

I have three children whom my wife tells me I love very much. I wouldn’t send them back to the store if I could figure out a way to legally do that, but... Wow, they can be exhausting.

Figure 1: Children enjoying wholesome, outdoor games.

It so happens that I also love to read. (I think the first novel I remember reading was T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone. The years have not been kind to my memory [nor have my beloved, screaming children] and it could well be that the book is every bit as enthralling as I remember it.) But nowadays, time to read is scarce. Between a varying schedule wherever it is I work and three miniature human hurricanes, it doesn’t leave me so much time for reading. So, I cheat. I get audiobooks. They fill my commute time with something a bit more engaging than music, which is great, because I don’t want to fall asleep while driving home. (Driving to work, on the other hand...)

As it happens, I have recently been given $30.00CAD in iTunes gift cards. So far, my audiobook collection consists only of The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake, Starship Titanic by Douglas Adams and Terry Jones, Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke, A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr., and World War Z by Max Brooks. (World War Z’s full cast recording is a little bit spoiling me, though, and now I want more full cast recordings. It brings a whole lot more life to a book.)

So, what can you recommend? Are there any audiobooks (full cast or other) that you particularly enjoy? Naturally, I prefer science fiction and fantasy, skewing more toward classic sci-fi, but feel free to recommend anything that you feel really warrants a listen.

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Figure 2: I read a book, once.