Audio Books That Will Have You Dying of Laughter

October 11, 2010

What better way to endure a long road trip than by listening to some hilarious audio books? It’s a great alternative to radio stations filled with overplayed songs or the sound of grinding gears from your car. Unfortunately, audio books are surprisingly overlooked as a form of entertainment. Or perhaps people just don’t know which ones to try. For those individuals, here’s a list of some pretty hilarious audio books that certainly won’t disappoint.

Social Commentary: If you are the type of person that craves the sort of dark humor that comes along with all-too-true statements about society, a few books in particular may appeal to you.

Animal Farm is particularly interesting because it takes large-scale social issues and examines them through the eyes of animals. It’s amusing enough to read, but to listen to animals discussing these things is almost too much to handle.

Another good audio book in the same category is Thank You for Smoking. It shows an extremely cynical view of the Tobacco Industry and American culture in general. Although not through the eyes of animals, the clever dialogue and ‘ah-hah!’ moments in this audio book are over-abundant.

Jon Stewart from the Daily Show has several good non-fiction audio books out. We all love watching him criticize the American nation on TV, so why not enjoy his books with audio? Start with America (the audio book) and then move on to Earth, “A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race.” If that doesn’t leave you satisfied, you might want to try I Am America by Stephen Colbert.

Stand-Up Comedy: Another option is listening to a comedian on tape. Because you don’t really need to see a comedian to understand their humor, audio books by stand-up comedians can be just as funny as the real thing. Countless comedians such as Lewis Black, Steve Martin, and Bob Newhart have all made audio books. Some detail life stories in a hilarious memoir-like fashion while others take playful jabs at everyday life, politics, and religion.

Television Shows: The beauty of sitcoms is that you can watch them over and over and still not get bored. Popular shows such as Seinfeld have released audio books to supplement their show. If you don’t want to listen to a sitcom, why not listen to an audio book that tells us how our life is a sitcom? You’re Lucky You’re Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom, written by Phil Rosenthal (the creator of the popular TV show Everybody Loves Raymond) tells us stories that inspired the creation of the popular TV show.

Memoirs: If you like reading memoirs, you will love listening to them. This is because instead of merely reading a book, listening to memoirs will feel as though the person is actually telling you the story. It’s much more personal. I’d suggest picking up any available memoirs by your favorite authors, but if none come to mind, my first suggestion would be The Glass Castle, written by Jeannette Walls. This memoir gives you a first-hand look at the bizarreness that can be a person’s childhood. I enjoyed reading this memoir when I was in college – I can only imagine how hilarious it would be on tape!

Sarah Danielson is a writer for PUA Reviews where you can find great tips and advice on dating and the art of seduction.

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Adele Park April 4, 2013 at 10:18 am

Dear Audiobook Update:
I agree: road trips require good audio books and laughter is the best way to travel! I own an indie recording studio which has produced an audio book called Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book. I would be honored to have you review my project for Audiobook Update and even provide give-away copies to your listeners.
Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book is a satire about a marijuana enthusiast named Blue McKenna who uses reality TV as a way to cure an apocalyptic case of writer’s block. A conglomerate of kooky contestants invades the polygamist community of Navel, Utah, to compete in a reality show called Yikes! A cast of 11 actors tell the story in funny, first-person narratives.
My first project, WHEN RADIO AND POLYGAMY COLLIDE . . . Jitters-A Quirky Little Audio Book, received a 2011 Audie from the Audio Publishers Association in the multi-voiced category. Late Night Funnyman Jimmy Fallon also honored Jitters with a spot on his Do Not Read List.
I you are interested in receiving some complimentary copies of Yikes! Another Quirky Audio Book, please let me know what address to send the produce to. Thank you for taking time to read my request.
Wishing you the best,
Adele Park

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