Years ago, I would have told you that I didn’t like audiobooks (or even ebooks). I was exclusively a physical hard copy reader. But then I started a job with a long commute, and, within a few months, I’d turned to audiobooks. They made me feel like the two to three hours a day in the car wasn’t wasted time. I wasn’t just sitting in traffic. I was devouring stories. Since then, I’ve listened to more than fifty audiobooks, and I’m not planning on stopping.
Since today’s Top Ten Tuesday is “all about audio,” I thought I’d share some of my favorite audiobooks with you. For me audiobooks have two important elements: the story and the narrator. A good story can be ruined by a bad narrator, so that’s always something I pay attention to. I even have a few favorite narrators I like to keep tabs on and check out any other books they might read.
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, read by Neil Gaiman. I love when authors read their own books, and Neil Gaiman is by far one of my favorites. His voice is just magic! If you haven’t experienced a Neil Gaiman book read by Neil Gaiman, you are seriously missing out. Neverwhere is my favorite, but I’ve also enjoyed Stardust, The Graveyard Book, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
- Red Rising by Pierce Brown, read by Tim Gerard Reynolds. Tim Gerard Reynolds is one of my favorite audiobook narrators, hands-down. He gives life to this series, and it’s now impossible to read the Red Rising trilogy without his voice in my head. (And it’s not just me – Patrick Rothfuss recently said the same thing in his review on Goodreads.) I’ve read the Red Rising trilogy multiple times, and audiobook is one of my favorite ways to do it.
- The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North, read by Peter Kenny. I love, love, love this book. It was one of my favorite books of last year, and I really enjoyed the audiobook. I listen to audiobooks almost exclusively while I drive, and I found myself making up excuses to drive around or taking the long way home just to listen to more of this book.
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker, read by Alice Walker. This is a rare audiobook, in that I’m pretty sure listening to it made me love it so much more than if I’d read it myself. I think Alice Walker does a brilliant job bringing her story to life, and I would highly recommend choosing the audiobook if you want to read this one.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, read by Thandie Newton. Another audiobook that made me take the long way home most days. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classics, and Newton does an absolutely incredible job reading it!
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, read by Allan Corduner. This was the first audiobook that made me realize how much of a difference an excellent narrator can make. Corduner is incredible as the voice of death, and this is really an amazing book.
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, read by Frazer Douglas. I absolutely love this book, and Douglas totally does it justice in his narration. I really enjoyed listening to this one.
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, read by Tim Robbins. Bradbury’s classic is one of my favorites, and I’d been meaning to reread it when I came across this version of the audiobook. I think Robbins’s voice fits the story well, and listening to it renewed my love for this book.
- You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day, read by Felicia Day. I love Felicia Day, and her narration of this book definitely made it for me. I love the book itself – I’m planning on discussing it in a review soon – but I loved it even more hearing it in her own voice.
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, read by Lin Manuel Miranda. I’m not even halfway through this book, but I already love it. The story is so good, and Miranda’s narration is brilliant! I’m kind of sad that he hasn’t narrated any other books (besides Hamilton: Revolution).
Do you listen to audiobooks? What are some of your favorites?