Yesterday came the welcome news that Blackstone Audio will be producing four Gabriel García Márquez novels as audiobooks. This development is part of a general trend of audiobooks muscling out the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen and The Eagles on iPhones nationwide. In that vein, here are some fine works of fiction and nonfiction that don't yet have audio versions (at least not on Audible, the most widely-used outlet for audiobooks) for whatever reason — but should.
The poetry of Anne Carson: With works like Autobiography of Red and An Oresteia, Carson has established herself as one of our finest poets, remixing the works of ancient Greece for contemporary times. Poetry, especially ancient poetry, was meant to heard. Carson's poetry is not easy, but considering how much research audiobook readers are doing these days, someone is surely up for the challenge.
Gotham, Mike Wallace and Edwin Burroughs: This book is over a thousand pages in length — and ends in 1898. Nevertheless, the Pulitzer Prize-winning tome is the finest history of New York City we have. The print version, you might as well carry in a suitcase. Conversely, the audiobook won't take up much more space than a Breaking Bad episode on your smartphone.
A Naked Singularity, Sergio De La Pava: This novel was initially self-published, only to attract increasing attention, which has culminated in a PEN Literary Award for its author, who remains a public defender living in New Jersey. The complex, ambitious novel is a publishing world darling. An audiobook version, however, would allow it to reach a much wider audience.