Booklovers north of the border listen to much of the same literature found on bestseller lists in the US. (“Talk Less, Say More” tops both the Canadian and US lists, as does George Bush’s “Decision Points”). Not all titles coincide, however. Here are a few of Canada's current top-selling audiobook titles:
“The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” by Deepak Chopra tosses the common conception that success is a result of ambition and hard work out the window. Instead, the author relies on what he calls spiritual laws such as pure potentiality, karma, detachment, and dharma.
Brazilian author Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” became an instant bestseller in Latin America almost 20 years ago, then followed suit in the US, Canada, and nearly everywhere else. This inspirational fable, about a shepherd boy who travels from Spain to Egypt in search of buried treasure, is honed from a traditional fairy tale moral.
“Room” by Emma Donoghue has a frightful, potentially claustrophobia-producing premise, one that might deter readers from playing the audiobook on long road trips. Nonetheless, the escape story, told from the perspective of a 5-year-old one who has lived his entire life in one room with his imprisoned mother, is a top seller.