Summer is the perfect time to enjoy audiobooks, whether you’re on vacation, gardening or out for a long drive or walk. These eight recent releases offer something for every taste.
Gentleman of Jazz: A Life in Music by Ramsey Lewis and Aaron Cohen
Read by Dion Graham
4 hours, 49 minutes
Graham offers brisk narration appropriate to this story about the energetic life and celebrated career of legendary jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, a three-time Grammy winner who recorded some 80 albums and made major contributions to 20th-century music. He brings the icon’s own first-person chapters to life — from his piano lessons during his youth in 1930s Chicago, where he learned classical techniques, and onward to his later musical triumphs.
Harold and Maude by Colin Higgins
Read by Barbara Rosenblat
The audio portrayal of this story may have even more charms than the quirky, classic 1971 film upon which it’s based. Written by Higgins, who also released an accompanying novel, the black comedy features young Harold — strange and obsessed with death — who strikes an unlikely friendship with Maude, a sunny 79-year-old free spirit, after they meet at a funeral. Rosenblat, a seasoned narrator (she performed the first book ever recorded at Audible, in 1999), is a marvel: Her performance is witty, sympathetic and perfectly controlled.