If you're going to devote a bunch of time to Cures, cleaning, clearing clutter, and reorganizing, you might as well be entertained, right? Here are a dozen ways to make time fly, whether you're scrubbing, sorting, or elliptical-ing...
Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris, read by the author
I'm listening to this one right now, and it is totally charming. The choose-your-own-adventure format has been adapted for the audiobook so you don't have to skip around, and man, NPH is all-around delightful.
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler, read by the author with guest readers Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Mike Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and Amy's parents
Yes, Please is my favorite book of the year, and while I know it's only February, I have a feeling it will stay in the top of the pack. Amy Poehler manages to be adorable, smart, insightful, tough, honest, sweet, hilarious, inspiring, and a total badass, all in each and every sentence.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova, read by the author
Now an Oscar-nominated film starring Julianne Moore, who won a Golden Globe for her role as a professor diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle, read by John Pruden
Here's the book at the heart of a controversy regarding what exactly "support the troops" can, should, and shouldn't mean— and I recommend reading Anne Helen Petersen's The True Tragedy of "American Sniper" along side it. No audio is available for that one, unfortunately.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, read by Bernadette Dunne
I'm sure Ms. Dunne does a good job reading, but I can't help but wish they'd gotten Reese Witherspoon for the audiobook. I can't resist Tracy Flick.
The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman, read by the author
Neil Gaiman is my favorite author-reader, and this time he works his magic accompanied by a string quartet. I know we're supposed to be discussing things to listen to while doing housework, but if you can manage to hear this one while sipping scotch next to a roaring fire on a foggy night, you're living the dream.
I Am The New Black by Tracy Morgan, read by the author
This one is from a few years ago, but I had to include it here because it is a wholly remarkable performance. I haven't read the book-book, but on the "adapted" audio version, it's as if someone simply gave Tracy Morgan cues— family, growing up, marriage, standup— and he spoke off the cuff for an hour on each one. Explicit and amazing.
Baron Vaughn, Raised by Cable
I find it impossible to adequately describe the joy of Baron Vaughn ("He sings a lot!") so just do yourself a favor if you're not familiar with his work.
Patton Oswalt, various
This dark, brilliant gnome has four excellent standup CDs worth a listen, and his Pandora station will include Jim Gaffigan, Brian Posehn, and Mike Birbiglia... so a heavy editing hand might be necessary.
Hannibal Buress, various
Oh how I adore the consistently excellent Hannibal, and not just because he's from Chicago. He's the only comedian that can make me laugh out loud on the rowing machine. Please note that the Baron, Patton, and Hannibal stations will all feature Wyatt Cenac, so yay.
Kumail Nanjiani, Beta Male
Ack, the cuteness! I giggle near-constantly whenever I listen to him. This station will also yield some Russell Stevens gems.
What do you like to listen to while you take care of business?