AUDIBLE EDITOR

Christina Harcar

Opinionated. omnivoracious. nostalgic. Christina loves literary and historical fiction, “big idea” nonfiction, history, and fantasy. Her guilty pleasure: unearthing books in print that aren’t in audio, yet.

Books I'm Listening to Right Now

Heavy By: Kiese Laymon
Transcription By: Kate Atkinson
The Ravenmaster By: Christopher Skaife

My New Year's Listening Resolution

My listening resolution is to make time for titles passionately recommended to me by people I trust, including but not limited to Audible Editors (sitting near Emily, Abby, and Rachel has really filled up my wishlist!)
    • Where the Crawdads Sing

    • By: Delia Owens
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 36,874
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33,692
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33,561

    For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful

    • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18
    • Daemon Voices

    • On Stories and Storytelling
    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, Simon Mason
    • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    One of the best-selling authors of our time now gives us a book that charts the history of his own enchantment with story. Daemon Voices is both a revelation of the writing mind and the methods of a great contemporary master and a fascinating exploration of storytelling itself....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Challenging, thoughtful literary journey

    • By Amanda W. on 11-27-18
    • On Stories and Storytelling
    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, Simon Mason
    • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 09-18-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 35 ratings
    • Recommended to me by my adored High School English teacher and now (still adored) Audible Listener Member, John.
    • The Fall

    • By: Albert Camus
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 11

    Elegantly styled, Camus' profoundly disturbing novel of a Parisian lawyer's confessions is a searing study of modern amorality....

    • By: Albert Camus
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Release date: 12-14-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 ratings
    • A favorite book of actor Edoardo Ballerini’s…which he also performs!
    • The Vegetarian

    • A Novel
    • By: Han Kang
    • Narrated by: Janet Song, Stephen Park
    • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 853
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 771
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 771

    Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams - invasive images of blood and brutality - torture her....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Pronunciation!

    • By J L Pasricha on 03-20-16
    • A Novel
    • By: Han Kang
    • Narrated by: Janet Song, Stephen Park
    • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
    • Release date: 02-02-16
    • 3.5 out of 5 stars 853 ratings
    • Recommended to me by my college classmate, Eric, who runs an opera company (please note I do have friends who aren’t in the business of spoken-word entertainment…some people sing their stories, lol!)
    • Stoner

    • By: John Williams
    • Narrated by: Robin Field
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,027
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,810
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815

    William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fascinating book

    • By Mark J. Lura on 07-12-11
    • By: John Williams
    • Narrated by: Robin Field
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Release date: 06-16-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,027 ratings
    • Recommended to me by Editor Emily three times. She still can't believe I haven't read it yet!
    • Convenience Store Woman

    • By: Sayaka Murata, Ginny Tapley Takemori - translator
    • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
    • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 208
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 195

    Tokyo resident Keiko Furukara has never fit in - neither in her family, nor in school - but when at the age of 18 she begins working at the convenience store chain Smile Mart, she realizes instantly that she has found her purpose in life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So good

    • By Louise on 08-07-18
    • Inheritance

    • A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
    • By: Dani Shapiro
    • Narrated by: Dani Shapiro
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 424
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 392
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 389

    Inheritance is an audiobook about secrets - kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman's urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that's been hidden from her for more than 50 years....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A spellbinding book

    • By asdasklda on 01-18-19
    • A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
    • By: Dani Shapiro
    • Narrated by: Dani Shapiro
    • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 01-15-19
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 424 ratings
    • Recommended to me by Editor Rachel S. because if there's a memoir about paternity, I'm there!
    • Washington Black

    • A Novel
    • By: Esi Edugyan
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 728
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 687
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 681

    George Washington Black, or "Wash", an 11-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be an explorer, inventor, and abolitionist....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Now what do I do?

    • By Mary L. Doyle on 10-04-18
    • A Novel
    • By: Esi Edugyan
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    • Release date: 09-18-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 728 ratings
    • Recommended to me by Editors Abby, Emily, and the fab narrator, Dion Graham.

Follow the Money

From ninjas who operate alone (The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man) to a powerful banking dynasty (The House of Morgan), from Mesopotamia (The Ascent of Money) to Bitcoin (Digital Gold), these classic audiobooks track the history of finance and the artists who work in that métier.
    • The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

    • By: John Perkins
    • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,539

    The previous edition of this now-classic book revealed the existence and subversive manipulations of "economic hit men"....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Don't buy the first "confessions. .." buy this one

    • By Bill Redfield on 02-24-16
    • The House of Morgan

    • An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
    • By: Ron Chernow
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 34 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,675
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471

    Winner of the National Book Award and now considered a classic, The House of Morgan is the most ambitious history ever written about an American banking dynasty....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Chernow's first book as good as his later ones

    • By S. Yates on 06-01-17
    • An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance
    • By: Ron Chernow
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 34 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 12-30-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,675 ratings
    • From the author of Alexander Hamilton, a truly epic story about four generations of American aristocrats.
    • The Ascent of Money

    • A Financial History of the World
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,682
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1,636
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,624

    Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An informative grind

    • By Sigil on 01-08-12
    • A Financial History of the World
    • By: Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Release date: 12-12-08
    • 4 out of 5 stars 2,682 ratings
    • Financial history as the throughline for human history, period. (Bonus: lots of juicy anecdotes to drop at the office or your next cocktail party!)
    • Digital Gold

    • Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money
    • By: Nathaniel Popper
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,633
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433

    A New York Times technology and business reporter charts the dramatic rise of Bitcoin and the fascinating personalities who are striving to create a new global money....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Informative, but dry

    • By Tomer on 05-10-16
    • Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money
    • By: Nathaniel Popper
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass
    • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
    • Release date: 05-19-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,633 ratings
    • Even though this book was written before the recent Bitcoin run-up to the five-figure range, it remains the most comprehensive account of Bitcoin’s beginnings. Plus, Robert Fass is one of my favorite narrators.
    • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • By: Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 27 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,846
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,247

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader whose one wrong turn leads to a humiliating fall from grace....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • TEN STARS

    • By JOHN on 08-23-09

Christina's Recent Reviews

    • Kristin Lavransdatter

    • By: Tiina Nunnally - translator, Sigrid Undset
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 45 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,461
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,348

    As a young girl, Kristin is deeply devoted to her father, a kind and courageous man. But when as a student in a convent school she meets the charming Erlend Nikulaussøn....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A grand listen

    • By Chicago & Indiana Scientist/Gardener/Hiker on 07-05-17
    • By: Tiina Nunnally - translator, Sigrid Undset
    • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
    • Length: 45 hrs
    • Release date: 05-16-17
    • 4 out of 5 stars 1,461 ratings
    • 2017 Will Always Be the Year of Kristin
    • I discovered Sigrid Undset in college, and wanted to bring Kristin Lavransdatter into audio for years. The audiobook, it turns out, is the gift that keeps on giving: the dialogue about the audiobook has been just as satisfying as the audiobook itself. Erin Bennett, the narrator who threw herself into a 45-hour behemoth, loved the story and heroine as much as I did, and it was a joy to start a conversation with her and with listeners about our friend, Kristin. On Twitter, listeners and readers posted pictures of their beloved paper editions, and talked about what Kristin Lavransdatter meant to them. And at Audible, many listeners loved the audiobook… while others didn’t like Kristin at all (those were some of the most enlightening reviews!). Finally, The Washington Post named Kristin Lavransdatter one of their 5 top audiobooks of the year. Wow. For my life in stories, 2017 was and always will be the Year of Kristin!
    • Parable of the Sower

    • By: Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated by: Lynne Thigpen
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,408
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,140
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,135

    Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Octavia E. Butler paints a stunning portrait of an all-too-believable near future....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Better than Mark

    • By Noah Paul on 11-05-09
    • By: Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated by: Lynne Thigpen
    • Length: 12 hrs
    • Release date: 06-16-09
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,408 ratings
    • A Prescient, Dystopian View of Society from 1993
    • I came to Parable of the Sower after binging the Xenogenesis series, and I'm glad I did. Octavia Butler’s work has a hypnotic quality, especially this apocalyptic story of a 15 year old who suffers from hyper-empathy. (What book nerd *doesn't* suffer from hyper-empathy at that age?!) Unlike the Xenogenesis audiobooks, Parable of the Sower takes place back on Earth, in the U.S., in a futuristic society where "God is change." As ever, I am amazed by Octavia Butler's clear-sightedness -- she seems to have predicted in 1993 the contemporary (2017) exigencies of income inequality and the accelerating rate of change in everyday life. Wow.

      Lynne Thigpen's performance is incomparable; she makes Lauren feel both sympathetic and real as a narrator and guide to this not-so-brave new world. If you're looking for a smart, satisfying dystopia (especially as a follow-up to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale!), this is the audiobook for you.
    • Grant

    • By: Ron Chernow
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5,615
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5,141
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5,113

    Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17
    • By: Ron Chernow
    • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
    • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
    • Release date: 10-10-17
    • 5 out of 5 stars 5,615 ratings
    • Ulysses S. Grant, I Owe You an Apology
    • I always thought Grant was a mediocre general and a lackluster president. I now know how wrong I was! As a general, Grant was the epitome of military strategy and preparedness; after all, the Civil War didn’t win itself. As president, Grant strove to heal the nation’s rifts after the Civil War, using federal power to try to crush the KKK. Ron Chernow tells a fascinating tale of one man’s ever-present humanity against the backdrop of far-reaching historic events. Mark Bramhall’s energetic performance makes the audiobook fly. Thank you, President Grant, for all you did to stop the horrors of Reconstruction; I stand corrected.

In Surprisingly Fascinating Topics…

One of the least sexy words being thrown around in politics right now is “infrastructure.” It may not have the buzzy-ness of “classified information,” but I would argue that not only is infrastructure incredibly important (duh) and in real trouble (double duh), it’s also mind-bendingly interesting. Paging Jane Jacobs! Here are three of my favorite books on roads and bridges and things-on-which-one-goes.

What Hath God Wrought By: Daniel Walker Howe
““Net Neutrality and our current crumbling transit pale before the epic challenges of laying telegraph cable and building railroads in the 19th century! This Pulitzer Prize-winning book delivers the drama.””
The Last Three Miles By: Steven Hart
““An Audible favorite because of Dion Graham’s stellar narration, and because, well...we love looking at the Pulaski skyway from our windows, dislike having to cross it to get to work. Rebel without a causeway.””
The Power Broker By: Robert A. Caro
“ “Buckle your seatbelt for a monumental work about larger-than-life figure Robert Moses who polarized and reshaped New York City, battling pretty much every other major NYC player along the way.””