Top Ten Tuesday #14

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday post. This week’s topic is Favorite Audiobook Narrators (or, if you don’t listen to audiobooks, name people—celebrities or otherwise—who might make you reconsider).

Confession time — I hate audiobooks. I know, I know…I just hurt some of your hearts. I am so sorry. But I do hate them. Let me explain. I have dyslexia and I just can’t. If I am not doing the active work of reading I lose focus. Audiobooks take away my physical ability to do the active work of reading. If I’m forced to listen to an audiobook, I have to purchase the actual book as well so I can use my finger or ruler to track each line and employ my other reading tricks. I will admit that this makes me a little sad because audiobooks, in and of themselves, are super cool. Imagine how much reading I could accomplish if I could “read” an audiobook while I did chores around the house or lesson planned for school. But it is not to be with my unique brain, and I am OK with that!

So, how am I going to address today’s topic? This week, I’m going to share ten famous authors who have, or had, dyslexia. I searched online for lists of dyslexic authors. I ended up using the list curated by Trisha Dunbar in her article 10 Famous Books Written by Dyslexic Authors. I recommend reading this article as it is rather interesting. Thank you, Trisha, for writing it in the first place so I could filch your list of authors. LOL!

Avi, author of such notable books as Crispen, Poppy, and The Fighting Ground

Avi Audiobooks

Lewis Carroll, author of the Alice in Wonderland stories (and other books, too, but they’re mostly math books)

Lewis Carroll Audiobooks

Agatha Christie, author of Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile, and many, many more!

Agatha Christie Audiobooks

Hans Christian Andersen, author of many beloved Fairy Tales such as “The Little Mermaid,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” and “The Princess and the Pea”

Hans Christian Andersen Audiobooks

F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night

F. Scott Fitzgerald Audiobooks

John Irving, author of The Cider House Rules and Until I Find You

John Irving Audiobooks

Dav Pilkey, author of the Dog Man series and the Captain Underpants series

Dav Pilkey Audiobooks

Lynda La Plante, author of the DC Jack Warr series and the Anna Travis series

Lynda La Plante Audiobooks

Jules Verne, author of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Journey to the Center of the Earth

Jules Verne Audiobooks

Victor Villasenor, author of Rain of Gold and Wild Steps of Heaven

Victor Villasenor Audiobooks

What do you think about this list?

Are there any authors on this list that surprise you?

Have you read (or listened to) any of their books?

17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #14

  1. Nicole, admitting you hate audiobooks and why, there is nothing wrong with it! They are not for everyone. I hated them for a while too, but now I love them 🙂 Although, there are still some books I cannot listen to in audio format (usually suspense) because I can’t follow them. I LOVE your topic/take for this week. I also enjoyed learning you were dyslexic, which makes your love of reading and blogging even more impressive!!!

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    1. Thank you, Cindy! I’m glad you enjoyed my post. My dyslexia is why it takes me so long to read a book. It typically takes me a week to read a standard 350-page novel. I can’t read quickly. Words jumble and move. But it’s no big deal. Especially if the story is awesome! 🙂

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  2. I am surprised by some of the authors on your list since some of their work is gritty and not what you usually review. I have read all except the “underpants” one and my grandchildren enjoyed that one.

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    1. I haven’t read all these authors’ books. They’re authors with dyslexia. I was showcasing authors who had or have dyslexia. My daughter loved Captain Underpants, but she loved Dog Man more. I highly recommend the Dog Man series if your grandkids haven’t read them yet. 🙂

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      1. Thank you for clarifying. It’s amazing how people can overcome their disability. I will check out Dog Man and see if I think their mom will let them read it. She is very picky about what books she allows them to read. Thanks for the recommendation.

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      2. I know. I am blessed that my children are grown but still concerned about my grandchildren. There is so much evil these days and instead of condemning it as sin, many are accepting it. Thus, I prefer books to the news.

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  3. Nicole, I’m not a big fan of audiobooks, either. I just can’t shut out my surroundings while I do other things. It bothers me not to be able to hear what’s going on in the background. I wish I could listen to audiobooks and enjoy them. I could read so many more that way!

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