Random House Audio Listening Library

Father’s Day Listens!

Newsflash: your dad doesn’t want another tie for Father’s Day, so with it just around the corner, I hope you didn’t get him one. It’s time for you to get creative with gifts. I know, I know! We’re short on time, but don’t worry. We’re not asking you to do that much extra work (although, this is for your father, so would it really be too much to ask?)

If you want to make your dad laugh:

Dad is Fat

Standup comedian Jim Gaffigan expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children in his new book DAD IS FAT. From thinking he would never have kids to having five is a huge jump, and Gaffigan lends his comedic talents to relating anecdotes about cousins, toddler’s communication skills, growing up in a big family, and four year old’s eating habits. This book is guaranteed to have your dad reminiscing about how he got through your childhood, and will have him laughing the entire way through. 

Attempting Normal

Another standup comedian, who is better known for his fantastic podcast these days, Marc Maron documents his journey through the wilderness of his own mind, a collection of explosively, painfully, addictively funny stories that add up to a moving tale of hope and hopelessness, of failing, flailing, and finding a way in ATTEMPTING NORMAL. I don’t much have much to say about this book except for… LISTEN TO IT. Your dad will love it and will thank you for introducing him to Marc Maron.


 If you want to make your dad cry:

Tell My Sons

Lt. Col. Mark M. Weber was tapped to serve in a high-profile job within the Afghan Parliament as a military advisor. Weeks later, a routine physical revealed stage IV intestinal cancer in the thirty-eight-year-old father of three. Over the next two years he would fight a desperate battle he wasn’t trained for. When Weber realized that he was not going to survive this final tour of combat, he began to write a letter to his boys, so that as they grew up without him, they would know what his life-and-death story had taught him—about courage and fear, challenge and comfort, words and actions, pride and humility, seriousness and humor, and viewing life as a never-ending search for new ideas and inspiration.
This book is that letter. TELL MY SONS is for everyone who could use the best advice a dying hero has to offer.

Make sure you also gift your father some tissues.

 If you want to send your dad on an adventure:


Robert Langdon is back in Dan Brown’s newest book, INFERNO, and up to his old tricks. Finding himself in Italy, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust…before the world is irrevocably altered. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that 87% percent of dads love Dan Brown, so gifting his latest will surely go a long way in the race to win the ‘favorite child’ award.


If these suggestions just aren’t doing it for you, then please scour the rest of the website and find something your dad will love. I guarantee we have something for everyone. Other than that, have a great Father’s day spending time with the man who helped create you (Or at least send him a card. Or call him. Come on, guys).

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