The mention above of audiobooks made me smile. Several years ago a friend told me to read some Alexander McCall Smith books. He has written many, maybe dozens of wonderful stories. Many have been translated into over 20 languages. A great many on audiobook I borrowed from our local library. The wonderful thing about audiobooks is the readers consistently pronounce the characters names correctly. :o) It's much easier to follow the story when you can easily keep track of the characters. ;o) A series I especially enjoy is the Ladies Detective Agency. Takes place in Africa and has many hard to pronounce names, streets, etc. so once again, audiobooks is my answer.