Book Club Listens While You Walk_March 2021
These 7 Audiobooks Are Made for Walkin’

If you started walking more during the past year, you know the joys: free, accessible, and socially distanced, a good stroll is both a stress reliever and sneakily solid cardio. Which is why we’re especially excited to recommend Winter-into-Spring fiction and travel narratives on audio for bookish bipeds looking both to fuel their motivation and their daily constitutionals. Browse this list to find your next walking companion—perfect for keeping you going whether you’re out for a quick spin or a long haul.

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Read By: Sura Siu

For walkers keeping pace with their book club (and now a Good Morning America Book Club pick as well!), Klara and the Sun is a magnificent new novel from Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro—author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize-winning The Remains of the Day.

For walkers who love full-cast listens, tune in to this masterful new novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller Behold the Dreamers. How Beautiful We Were is an exploration of what happens when the reckless drive for profit, coupled with the ghost of colonialism, comes up against one community’s determination to hold on to its ancestral land and a young woman’s willingness to sacrifice everything for freedom.

For walkers itching to travel, writer Juan Villoro brings his keen observations along as he wanders through Mexico City describing people, places, and things while brilliantly drawing connections among them. Horizontal Vertigo: A City Called Mexico is an unexpected travel narrative that reveals the vicissitudes and triumphs of the city ’s cultural, political, and social history: from indigenous antiquity to the Aztec period, from the Spanish conquest to Mexico City today.

For walkers who love travel narratives read by the author, Unsolaced is a wondrous meditation on how water, light, wind, mountain, bird, and horse have shaped Gretel Ehrlich’s life and her understanding of a world besieged by a climate crisis.

For walkers who love the dish on other people’s drama, The Smash-Up, inspired by a classic Edith Wharton novella about a strained marriage in a small town, is at once an intimate, moving portrait of a family, a vivid examination of our roiling national rancor, and a powerful exploration of how the things we fail to notice can shatter a family, a community, and a nation.

For walkers who dig a debut, queue up When I Ran Away, a startlingly honest and unforgettable first novel about love—for our partners, our children, our mothers, and ourselves—pushed to its outer limits. Read by award-winning narrator Jesse Vilinsky.

For walkers interested in contemporary homesteading, and fans of Elizabeth Strout and Marilynne Robinson, Brood is an exquisite debut that depicts one woman’s attempt to keep her four chickens alive while reflecting on a recent loss. Read by Audie Award-winning narrator Rebecca Lowman.

Looking for more walking companions? Browse our Book Club with Audio collection.