(Non-TEF) Favorite books and stories?

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Hey guys, Quad here. I might have mentioned that due to finding out I have a reading deficiency I've been really getting into listening to audiobooks. I've listened to a few so far and I really enjoy it because I apparently can understand what's going on in the story better when I listen to it rather than try to read it.

So I wanted to ask you guys if there were any particular books/stories you would recommend to get. As far as genres I like adventure, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, classics, and so on (Not a huge fan of romance). As far as suggestions I'll consider pretty much anything, but keep in mind that many of the audiobooks on iTunes are a bit pricy, so it may be a while before I actually get to them.

I'm going to make a list on here as well with what I've listened to so far, what I have purchased but haven't listened to yet, my wishlist, and what has been recommended.

Thanks for any recommendations Eye

Recommended Stories -

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Christine by Stephen King
Desperation by Stephen King
Cujo by Stephen King
Cell by Stephen King
Under the Dome by Stephen King
11/22/63 by Stephen King
It by Stephen King
The Utterly Perfect Murder by Ray Bradbury
The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Warrior Cats by Erin Hunter
Survivors by Erin Hunter
Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake
The Named by Clare Bell
Pegasus by Robin McKinley
The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman
Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman
Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman
Check out Tony Hillerman's books
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, ect) by Christopher Paolini
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Animorphs by K. A. Applegate
Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks
The Violin by Anne Rice
Just Don't Fall by Josh Sundquist
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field

My wishlist -

Getting Unstuck: Breaking your habitual patterns and Encountering naked reality by Pema Chodron
A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
Beyond the Wall of Sleep by H. P. Lovecraft
The Mark of the Beast by Rudyard Kipling
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

What I've listened to so far -

The Forty-Seven Ronins by Takashi Takamia
The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft

What I've purchased but haven't listened to yet -

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Waning-Sun's picture

If you can handle it, I'd say

If you can handle it, I'd say any of Stephen King's novels. I love Christine, Desperation, Cujo, Cell...a lot of his older books, but Cell, Under the Dome and so far 11/22/63 are great. Ray Bradbury's short stories are wonderful as well. Utterly Perfect Murder is one of my favorites, in that department. I might have other, stand alone novels I like...I'll have to search for them in my bookcase...
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Lord of the Rings Sherlock

Lord of the Rings
Sherlock Holmes
The Hunger Games is surprisingly not that bad :3
Any classics (and I mean ANY)
if you can handle very heavy text (meaning lots of big words and fancy speech) I highly recommend "Count of Monte Cristo"

I second the Stephen King comment made by Sun.
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BluedeerLegend18's picture

I'm not sure if you like

I'm not sure if you like stories about animals, but I do, for some reason I get more hooked on a book about animals than humans.

Warrior Cats. I know it might seems like a children's book series, and technically it is, but you would be surprised how dark it is. They're really good books, you can tell the authors were creative and put a lot of thought on it. And also, I love how the book works, like the different clans and roles the cats live to keep their clan alive. Just give it a try, you might like it.

Survivors. It's a new series by the same authors that wrote Warriors, and it's also a children's book but the plot is very interesting. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where dogs take over, and it's so different compared to the other books the authors have wrote. I have not read it yet but it looks very interesting.

If I can think of anymore I'll let you know.
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Yes, any of the classics are

Yes, any of the classics are awesome. Dances with Wolves is a good little read. The Named by Clare Bell is (if I remember right) a five book fantasy series. They're older though, so I'm not sure if you can find audiobooks of them. It is wonderful too, I love It, though It too is by King. Pegasus is a good fantasy book, though it leaves off about half way through the conflict for a second book that hasn't been made yet. There's some others, but they're more on the teen level of reading. /shrug/ Oh! Remembering some. Birdwing is a good book. The Foretelling, Here on Earth, Blackbird House are great books, all by Alice Hoffman. Tony Hillerman also has good books.
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Pardon the brievety - I've

Pardon the brievety - I've got an awful headache. But here are some favorites (new, old, and childhood) and recently-reads for me:

Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Fire Bringer - David Clement-Davies
The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon etc) - Christopher Paolini
The Artemis Fowl books - Eoin Colfer
The Animorphs series - K.A. Applegate

Seems like I'm missing a few big ones, so I'll have to come back when I think of what they are.
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If you'd like something fun

If you'd like something fun with some action and adventure, you might want to try the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks. This is a great trilogy with some mature themes, but a very compelling story. If you can find them as audiobooks, definitely give them a listen. Smiling
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You guys are incredibly fast

You guys are incredibly fast at responding to this XD!!

Thanks for all the suggestions, I'll definitely look into these.

Waning-Sun - you won't believe this but I actually read Birdwing, that was an incredible story! I'm glad to meet someone else who read it.

Aivilo - I didn't include Fire Bringer only because it's one I've read, but thanks for mentioning it Eye
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The Violin by Anne Rice it

The Violin by Anne Rice

it has ghosts music and time travel...its pretty good I highly recommend it (though what it has is not what you expect it to be ;3)
You do not have a soul. You ARE a soul. You have a body.
~ C.S. Lewis
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Perhaps Just Don't Fall?

Perhaps Just Don't Fall? Great thing about this is, some of the chapters are on YouTube, posted by the author himself, so it's like you can preview it. That link is for the first chapter.
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It is an old book (found it

It is an old book (found it in an antique store) but very very cute :3
it is the story of a small doll writing her memoirs of her life from creation to present. It is Called Hitty, The first hundred years by Rachel Field.

Very imaginative and adorable.
You do not have a soul. You ARE a soul. You have a body.
~ C.S. Lewis
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Thanks for the suggestions,

Thanks for the suggestions, I've got the list updated from here.

Pega - that was a really interesting first chapter to that book, I really liked watching the accompanying drawings to what was going on, and am really interested in the story now. Thanks!
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Hey Quad :3 I would

Hey Quad :3

I would definitely recommend Watership Down by Richard Adams. You may have seen the film. Its a really good book and deserves a lot of praise.

I would also recommend the original story of Bambi by Felix Salten. I dont know if they have it on audiotape but they might someday. I have one of the old copies and I have to say, it is the most beautiful book I have ever read. Some parts are quite haunting but nonetheless its a brilliant read.

Thats all from me, dear.

Take care!
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Hey thanks for the

Hey thanks for the suggestions! I've always heard of Watership Down but haven't gotten around to reading it. I forgot I bought the animated movie on DVD but have yet to watch it yet, glad you reminded me I had it.

As for Bambi, I actually have read it. That was an amazing story, very different from the Disney movie. I got an old copy of it off of Amazon.
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It's sequel is good too,

It's sequel is good too, Bambi's Children, is its name. Smiling
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Ug, I LOVED Animorphs when I

Ug, I LOVED Animorphs when I was a kid. Though I never finished the last books. After the Author stopped really writing the books herself I lost interest. However I plan on someday going back to finish reading the series. Though I don't know you well, Quad, I still feel you would enjoy this series. But if you do end up disliking it please let me know my judgment is off. XD I still have many of the first books and I wouldn't mind owning the whole series to occasionally read a book again for fun.

I've also read "Warriors". It is not the best written but it is a fun and easy read. I finished up to... the last book of "The New Prophecy".
By the way BluedeerLegend18 I never heard of that Author's "Survivors". I will have to look into that.

Tailchaser's Song is another 'cat story' that was out way before Warriors. Tad Williams tends to write very long books but this one was an average length I'd say. It reminds me a bit more of 'Watership Down' but not even close to how dark Watership Down was.
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I'm currently readying The Demon Cycle series. First book which I finished reading "The Warded Man" and the second book which I haven't started reading yet "The Desert Spear". Author Peter V. Brett. How to explain this series? It's a fantasy... There are demons involved... It's been a bit since I read the first book. I should start on the second before the third comes out. Kind of reading it with a friend and her mother.

I'd suggest more but the first two I just saw in your list and had to comment on, Tailchaser's Song just happened to be on a shelf I can see, and The Desert Spear is the book waiting to be read. While I use to read 24/7 when I was younger I haven't read as much recently so off the top of my head I can't remember much. XP I'm so bad. If I think of any good books later I'll let you know. Though I am not sure what are and what are not on tapes/audio.

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^ Gustiro, Tailchaser's Song

^ Gustiro, Tailchaser's Song is one of my favourite books ever. I still go back and read it, and each time I get something new out of it. Smiling
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Trigger_mortis, Yay, another

Yay, another Tailchaser's Song lover! You make me happy.

Also, Quad. Have you heard of The Giver by Lois Lowry? I read it in a class once. I found it to be excellent. Though it's another in my list considered a 'children's book'. lol

Though what the heck makes something a 'children's book'? I've read 'children's books' that were insanely dark that also included rape or attempted rape. So what the heck classifies as a child's or even a teenager's book???!!! Is it just how supposedly easy it is to read?

Excuse my moment of bookworm rage.
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I still need to get a copy of

I still need to get a copy of Bambi's Children. I think I still have it on my Amazon wishlist

Gustiro - I remember Animorphs being popular when I was in elementary school, but the series I read back then was Goosebumps. I still have many of my Goosebumps books, and I think the best ones were the "Choose your own adventure" ones...even though most of the time I got killed in one way or another. In my favorite ending from one of those, I got bitten by a lizardman and was transformed into one myself.

I find 'teen' and 'children's' books to be easier to read personally, which makes sense with this deficiency I never knew I had, it explains why I'd get a headache after reading a few pages of a longer novel. I tell ya, one of my favorite book series still to this day is Dinotopia. Of course being an obsessive dinosaur fan when I was a kid, I was nuts over those books.

I'll certainly have to check out the ones you listed, thank you for the suggestions Eye
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Oh, my... "Choose your own

Oh, my... "Choose your own adventure" I remember those. Do they still make books like that anymore? lol
And Goosebumps, yes! I also watched the TV series for that. Haha. I miss the 80s and 90s. :/
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try Heart Shaped Box, by Joe

try Heart Shaped Box, by Joe Hill. c:

Very much love "The Hunger

Very much love "The Hunger Games", "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay" by Suzanne Collins
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Same as Linorra. The Hunger

Same as Linorra. The Hunger Games Trilogy is probably one of the best books that I've ever read.,
I'd also recommend a book a called The Hate List. It's about a teen who's boyfriend caused a mass shooting at their school... it's really good and kind of heartbreaking, though I don't remember who the author is >o<

(Now to think of it... I actually used to read Animorphs and Dinotopia all the time. I was a dinosaur fanatic back then and still somewhat am now XD
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