This month, I decided to introduce a new feature to my blog: Audiobook of the Month (obviously). I love audiobooks – they’re a great way to get through my commute, and make me feel like I’m accomplishing something when I’m sitting in traffic. Since I’ve listened to quite a few audiobooks at this point, and fit in around one or two a month, I thought this would be a great way to highlight some of my favorites!
So, without further ado, the very first audiobook of the month is:
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Read by: Neil Gaiman
13 hours and 48 minutes
(Includes “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”)
I just finished listening to this audiobook for the second time (although it was my first time listening to “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”, which is a short story that takes place somewhere in the middle of Neverwhere). I absolutely love this book (my review of Neverwhere), and Neil Gaiman’s voice makes it even more magical. Listening to this book is one of the most enjoyable audiobook experiences I’ve ever had. To date, it is the only audiobook I’ve listened to twice. There is just something special about it, about the way it’s written, and about the way Gaiman narrates it. It’s like reading a book the way the author meant you to read it, which I don’t think happens very often.
This was the book that really sold me on audiobooks. I’d listened to a few before this one – back when I was just getting started with audiobooks – but, up until I encountered Neverwhere, I didn’t think I could love the experience of listening to a book as much as I did reading one.
Overall, I love every part of this audiobook, and highly recommend anything narrated by Neil Gaiman, because his voice is one of the best things in the world. (I actually had the pleasure of meeting him a few years back, and it was just as magical in person. I don’t think I spoke, I was so in awe.)
If you’re interested in this audiobook, you can use this link to sign up for a free trial of Audible, and choose Neverwhere as one of your free books! (You get to keep them even if you cancel, so you don’t really have anything to lose.)
And, if you like this book, definitely check out the BBC radio adaptation (also available on Audible), because it’s so, so good. It’s actually what I’m listening to right now. For the second time.
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have a favorite audiobook, share it in the comments – I’m always looking for good audiobook recommendations.
P. S. Check out my post on When to Listen to Audiobooks if you’re not an audiobook person. They’re great for many things, even if, like me, you’re not the kind of person who can listen and work at the same time.