Some suggestions from author Orson Scott Card (this from a recent NRO summer-reading symposium), who says “have a book from Audible.com in your Shuffle or Nano to keep it interesting”:
Karl Rove, Courage and Consequence (read by the author): Before this book, I knew little about Rove except that everybody blamed him for everything that went right for George W. Bush and wrong for the Democrats. Rove manages not to make himself the hero of Bush’s administration, telling his story as candidly as can be done while most of the players are still alive.
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield (Simon Vance, unabridged): There’s a reason why Charles Dickens was the most popular and beloved author in the world, and this book shows it. Long as it is, you’ll be sorry when it’s over — but be prepared for the emotional rollercoaster it takes you on!
Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind (Linda Stephens, unabridged): This is a Pulitzer Prize–winning Great American Novel . . . that happens to have a romance in it. Though you have to hold your nose for the N-words and racial attitudes of the 1930s when it was written, it’s a devastating look at a spoiled girl who takes on enormous responsibilities amid the collapse and rebuilding of a civilization.
Lisa Gardner, The Neighbor (Kirsten Potter, Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, unabridged): When devoted wife, mother, and middle-school teacher Sandra Jones disappears, nobody looks innocent — not her husband, not her father, and not the convicted sex offender who lives five doors down. Probing everyone’s dark secrets makes this a great ride. (Parental warning: F-bombs, sex scenes, mistreatment of children.)