Top 10 Best Books to Read in Radio - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Radio. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Night of the Fox (The Dougal Munro and Jack Carter Novels Book 1)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Radio - August 2021

The New York Times –bestselling author’s “most tingling thriller since The Eagle Has Landed ”: An agent poses as a Nazi for a mission on the verge of D-Day ( Publishers Weekly ).   In May of 1944, shipwrecked American Colonel Hugh Kelso washes up on the shore of Nazi-occupied Jersey—with a valuable secret. As one of the few men with knowledge of the impending invasion of Normandy, Kelso must be rescued at all costs.   Enter Harry Martineau, a covert British operative charged with the dangerous mission of impersonating a Nazi officer to infiltrate Jersey and retrieve—or silence—Colonel Kelso. It is not only their lives that hang in the balance . . .   A riveting World War II thriller, Night of the Fox is “an exceptional tale” from the multimillion-selling author of the Liam Devlin and Sean Dillon series, a master of edge-of-your-seat espionage adventure ( Library Journal ). It was adapted into a TV film starring George Peppard, John Mills, and Michael York.

  • Author: Jack Higgins
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller; Illustrated edition (December 28, 2010)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


2. Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Radio - August 2021

Charlamagne Tha God - the self-proclaimed "Prince of Pissing People Off", cohost of Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club , and "hip-hop's Howard Stern" - shares his unlikely success story as well as how embracing one's truths is a fundamental key to success and happiness. In his new book, Charlamagne Tha God presents his comic, often controversial, and always brutally honest insights on how living an authentic life is the quickest path to success. Beginning with his journey from the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, to his headline grabbing interviews with celebrities like Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and Hillary Clinton, he shares how he turned his troubled early life around by owning his (many) mistakes and refusing to give up on his dreams, even after his controversial opinions got him fired from several on-air jobs. Combining his own story with bold advice and his signature commitment to honesty at all costs, Charlamagne hopes this book will give others the confidence to live their own truths.

  • Author: Charlamagne Tha God
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, Actors & Entertainers


3. Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Radio - August 2021

A group biography of four beloved women who fought sexism, covered decades of American news, and whose voices defined NPR In the years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, women in the workplace still found themselves relegated to secretarial positions or locked out of jobs entirely. This was especially true in the news business, a backwater of male chauvinism where a woman might be lucky to get a foothold on the “women’s pages.” But when a pioneering nonprofit called National Public Radio came along in the 1970s, and the door to serious journalism opened a crack, four remarkable women came along and blew it off the hinges. Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie is journalist Lisa Napoli’s captivating account of these four women, their deep and enduring friendships, and the trail they blazed to becoming icons. They had radically different stories. Cokie Roberts was born into a political dynasty, roamed the halls of Congress as a child, and felt a tug toward public service. Susan Stamberg, who had lived in India with her husband who worked for the State Department, was the first woman to anchor a nightly news program and pressed for accommodations to balance work and home life. Linda Wertheimer, the daughter of shopkeepers in New Mexico, fought her way to a scholarship and a spot on-air. And Nina Totenberg, the network's legal affairs correspondent, invented a new way to cover the Supreme Court. Based on extensive interviews and calling on the author’s deep connections in news and public radio, Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie will be as beguiling and sharp as its formidable subjects.

  • Author: Lisa Napoli
  • Publisher: Abrams Press (April 13, 2021)
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature
  • ISBN: 978-1419750403
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches


4. Howard Stern Comes Again

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Radio - August 2021

Rock stars and rap gods. Comedy legends and A-list actors. Supermodels and centerfolds. Moguls and mobsters. A president. Over his unrivaled four-decade career in radio, Howard Stern has interviewed thousands of personalities—discussing sex, relationships, money, fame, spirituality, and success with the boldest of bold-faced names. But which interviews are his favorites? It’s one of the questions he gets asked most frequently. Howard Stern Comes Again delivers his answer. This book is a feast of conversation and more, as between the lines Stern offers his definitive autobiography—a magnum opus of confession and personal exploration. Tracy Morgan opens up about his near-fatal car crash. Lady Gaga divulges her history with cocaine. Madonna reminisces on her relationship with Tupac Shakur. Bill Murray waxes philosophical on the purpose of life. Jerry Seinfeld offers a master class on comedy. Harvey Weinstein denies the existence of the so-called casting couch. An impressive array of creative visionaries weigh in on what Stern calls “the climb”—the stories of how they struggled and eventually prevailed. As he writes in the introduction, “If you’re having trouble finding motivation in life and you’re looking for that extra kick in the ass, you will find it in these pages.” Interspersed throughout are rare selections from the Howard Stern Show archives with Donald Trump that depict his own climb: transforming from Manhattan tabloid fixture to reality TV star to president of the United States. Stern also tells of his Moby Dick -like quest to land an interview with Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the 2016 election—one of many newly written revelations from the author. He speaks with extraordinary candor about a variety of subjects, including his overwhelming insecurity early in his career, his revolutionary move from terrestrial radio to SiriusXM, and his belief in the power of psychotherapy. As Stern insightfully notes in the introduction: “The interviews collected here represent my best work and show my personal evolution. But they don’t just show my evolution. Gathered together like this, they show the evolution of popular culture over the past quarter century.”

  • Author: Howard Stern
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (May 14, 2019)
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature
  • ISBN: 978-1501194290
  • Dimensions: 7.38 x 1.4 x 9.13 inches


5. The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Radio - August 2021

Most recent edition (third).

  • Author: ARRL Inc.
  • Publisher: ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio; 3rd edition (May 15, 2014)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Radio
  • ISBN: 978-1625950130
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.75 x 11 inches


6. Josephine Tey: The Daughter of Time & Other Mysteries: A BBC Radio Crime Collection

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Radio - August 2021

Dramatisations and readings of five of Josephine Tey's classic mystery novels. Scottish novelist and playwright Josephine Tey was one of the greatest Golden-Age crime writers and the author of eight mysteries, including six featuring Scotland Yard inspector Alan Grant. The most famous of these, The Daughter of Time , was acclaimed the greatest crime novel of all time by the Crime Writers' Association. A full-cast dramatisation of this iconic story is included here, along with adaptations of four of her other much-loved mystery novels. A Shilling for Candles : an independent-minded chief constable's daughter meets a suspected killer in this re-imagining of Josephine Tey's 1936 comedy thriller featuring Inspector Grant, starring Giles Fagan and Tilly Gaunt. Miss Pym Disposes : invited by her friend Henrietta to lecture at a physical education college, expert psychologist Miss Lucy Pym little suspects that among the healthy young women is someone with a mind sick enough to commit murder.... Julia Foster stars as Miss Pym, with Joan Sims as Henrietta. The Franchise Affair : a 15-year-old schoolgirl accuses Marion Sharpe and her mother of kidnapping and beating her. Can solicitor Robert Blair prove the women's innocence? An abridged reading by Edward Petherbridge. The Daughter of Time : in hospital with a broken leg, Inspector Grant is bored. To pass the time, he decides to try and solve one of history's most famous puzzles: did Richard II really kill the Princes in the Tower? Peter Gilmore stars as Alan Grant. The Singing Sands : travelling to the Highlands by train, Inspector Grant ends up investigating the mysterious death of the man in compartment B7. An abridged reading by Paul Young of Tey's final novel, published posthumously in 1952.  Also included is a Woman's Hour discussion of the life of Josephine Tey, with Andrew Taylor and fellow author Nicola Upson, whose best-selling crime novels feature Tey as the detective heroine.  A Shilling for Candles Tisdall - Giles Fagan, Erica - Tilly Gaunt, Pottinger - Steve Hodson, Bergoine - Stephen Thorne, Grant - Ben Crowe, Albert Clay - Harry Myers, Hopgood - Geoffrey Whitehead, Martha - Frances Jeater. Dramatised by John Fletcher. Directed by Tabitha Potts. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 5th December 1998. Miss Pym Disposes Lucy Pym - Julia Foster, Henrietta Hodge - Joan Sims, Teresa Desterro - Julia Swift, Miss Lux - Polly James, Miss Wragg - Zelah Clarke, Madame Lefevre - Margaret Robertson, Fröken Gustavson - Diana Olsson, Miss Meek - Eva Stuart, Miss Nash - Deborah Makepeace, Miss Innes - Moir Leslie, Miss Rouse - Susan Sheridan, Miss O'Donnell - Felicity Hayes-McCoy, Miss Dakers - Denica Fairman, Miss Gage - Caroline Gruber, Mr Nash - Michael Deacon, Mrs Nash - Eva Stuart, Rick - Paul Sirr. Dramatised by Elizabeth Proud. Directed by Glyn Dearman. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 30th December 1987. The Franchise Affair Read by Edward Petherbridge. Abridged by Pat McLoughlin. Editor: Sally Feldman. Music: Bush's Music for Orchestra. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 7th - 23rd May 1991. The Daughter of Time Alan Grant - Peter Gilmore, Nurse Ingham - Frances Jeater, Nurse Darroll - Jill Lidstone, Marta Hallard - Rosalind Shanks, Brent Carradine - Simon Hewitt, Richard - Steve Hodson, Tyrrel - Nigel Lambert, Brackenbury - Lewis Stringer, Lady Paston - Miranda Forbes, Edward - Graham Faulkner, Matron - Katherine Parr, Williams - Stuart Organ, Morton - Peter Tuddenham, Buckingham - Alex Jennings, Stillington - James Thomason, Sir John - Alaric Cotter. Dramatised by Neville Teller. Directed by Graham Gauld. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 30th August 1982. The Singing Sands : Read by Paul Young. Produced by Eilidh McCreadie. First broadcast BBC Radio 7, 17th - 20th March 2008. Woman's Hour discussion : Presented by Jane Garvey. With Nicola Upson and Andrew Taylor. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 29th February 2008.

  • Author: Julia Foster
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Radio, General Broadcasting


7. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Radio - August 2021

Don’t miss one of America’s top 100 most-loved novels, selected by PBS’s The Great American Read. A mass-market paperback edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , book two in the classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia . This edition features cover art by Cliff Nielsen and interior black-and-white illustrations by the series' original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.  Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone read, but if you would like to explore more of the Narnian realm, pick up The Horse and His Boy , the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

  • Author: C. S. Lewis
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 5, 2002)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0064471046
  • Dimensions: 4.19 x 0.45 x 6.75 inches



Top 10 Best Books to Read in Radio - August 2021

Fun, large-type challenges for fans of the TV show “Friends” We all looked forward to watching the next episode of “Friends” – now we can relive the enjoyment with a book of themed puzzles, each reminding us of another aspect of this great series. Word Search puzzles for lovers of the wonderful blockbuster series, “Friends”. Each of the puzzles relates to the locations, characters, and actors featured in the show. Clues and Puzzles are in Large Print and Easy on the Eyes Word Search Puzzles Double Jumbles Tons of Trivia Fun to do and easy on the eyes. A Perfect Gift for any Fan of the Series Hours of Entertainment Enjoyable, Relaxing, and Fun Book is Printed as 8 ½ X 11 for Ease of Use Includes Pages of “Friends” Trivia A treasure trove of fun and challenges all about the characters, actors, creators, and locations surrounding the hugely popular TV show “Friends”.

  • Author: Miranda Powell
  • Publisher: Independently published; Large type / Large print edition (November 25, 2019)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Humor
  • ISBN: 978-1711728872
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.22 x 11 inches


9. Where Do I Begin?: Stories (I Sort of Remember) from a Life Lived Out Loud

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Radio - August 2021

Elvis Duran, host of one of the nation’s top morning shows and the voice millions of Americans wake up to, shares his wildest stories and hardest learned lessons all with his trademark heart and honesty and plenty of humor. Elvis Duran’s nationally syndicated radio program, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show , is America’s most listened-to Top 40 morning show and one of the 10 most listened-to programs in all of radio, heard live by nearly 10 million people every morning. But his success didn’t happen overnight. Elvis spent years navigating the wild world of radio as a DJ for hire, working (and partying) in markets around the country before taking over the morning shift at the legendary Z100 in 1996. Over the last 20 years, he has become one of New York City’s signature voices ( Variety calls him “a permanent fixture of the area’s daily commutes”) thanks to his show’s exciting mix of music, new artist discovery , interviews, gossip, and live listener interaction. Along the way, Elvis has become known not just for his incisive interviews (and occasional feuds) with pop music’s biggest stars but for the show’s commitment to kindness and positivity and Elvis’ own candor and openness with his audience. Bold, funny, and totally candid, Where Do I Begin? is sure to be loved by anyone who listens to Elvis live every morning - or anyone who wants to know what really goes on behind the scenes of the pop music machine. It sounds like an old friend telling a new story you’ve been dying to hear.

  • Author: Elvis Duran
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Literature, Actors & Entertainers


10. Hello, I'm Paul Page: It's Race Day in Indianapolis

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Radio - August 2021

Live from the broadcast booth, Paul Page captured the excitement of 27 Indy 500 races, first as the Voice of the Indy 500 for the radio broadcast and then as chief announcer for the ABC telecast. From his first race as a pit reporter to his semi-retirement in 2016, generations of fans have witnessed the Greatest Spectacle in Racing as told by Paul Page. In a life uniquely shaped by the Indy 500, Page fell in love with racing and the Speedway as a teenager, and it became his obsession. After receiving his first press pass in 1965, Page became a fixture in Gasoline Alley, and a trusted friend and confidante to generations of drivers, mechanics and owners. His rise to fame followed a relentless pursuit of his dream, overcoming many obstacles along the way: dropping out of college, the suicide of his mentor, and recovering from a harrowing helicopter crash. No matter the setback, he used every opportunity to learn the trade of broadcast journalism and the sport of motor racing. In a career that spanned ABC, NBC, CBS, and ESPN, Page wore a headset for every imaginable race and contest: from Indy cars to drag racers, from the Olympics to the America s Cup, and from the X-Games to Nathan s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Page weaves the history, tradition, and lore of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as he traces across six decades. He introduces the great personalities of the Speedway with many candid moments. He tells great stories from broadcast booths around the world, and slices of life as a young reporter in Indianapolis.

  • Author: Paul Page
  • Publisher: Blue River Press (May 1, 2021)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Radio
  • ISBN: 978-1681572154
  • Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches