I have listend to so many brilliant audiobooks this year – 25 total as of my writing this – and I am really excited to share my favorites with you. I loved each of these books, and I think I liked them all even more because I “read” the as audiobooks. Not only are they great books, they’re really great audiobooks. Here are my top ten audiobooks this year (in the order I listened to them):
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher, read by the author. This is the last book Carrie Fisher published, and the only one I’ve read so far. But I loved it! She is absolutely brilliant. I loved that she read the book, but that he daughter read the excerpts from the diary she wrote at 19. I just had so much fun listening to this one.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, read by George Newbern. I absolutely fell in love with this audiobook. It’s a slow build, but the characters are amazing, the story is really beautiful, and the narrator does a great job of capturing the feeling of the novel and Ove’s personality.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, read by the author. This is definitely one of those books I don’t think I would have enjoyed quite as much if I’d read a physical (or digital) copy vs. listening to the audiobook. Mohsin Hamid’s reading gives the story so much more meaning, and I felt like I was hearing the story the way he meant to tell it.
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, read by the author. Again, I gained so much from hearing the author read the book as opposed to me reading it on my own. It was just like having Neil deGrasse Tyson explain astrophysics to me, which even I have to admit was better than reading a book.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, read by Christian Coulson. I need more audiobooks read my Christian Coulson, stat. Because this book was amazing. I listened to the entire ten-hour audiobook in about three days (something I never do), and loved it. The book was incredible – I instantly became a huge fan of Mackenzi Lee – and Coulson is the perfect narrator. Love.
Hunger by Roxane Gay, read by the author. I was completely immersed in this memoir then entire time I was listening to it (which took about a week). It is engrossing and just so raw, which I loved. Again, Roxane Gay is an author I hadn’t read before, but instantly became a fan of.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, read by Jake Gyllenhaal. This actually a reread, but I think I appreciated it more this time around. Jake Gyllenhaal was the perfect choice to read this book. His voice just fit the story so well, and I could listen for an hour or two at a time without loosing focus, which is kind of a big deal for me.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, read by the author. I could pretty much just copy and paste what I said about Hunger here. Except this book was a lot funnier and much more ridiculous, in a great way. I loved learning about Trevor Noah’s life and how it led to where he is now. And I definitely would not have any idea how to pronounce all of the African names had I not heard Noah read them in the audiobook.
Artemis by Andy Weir, read by Rosario Dawson. I had a ton of fun listening to this book. I think Dawson did a really great job reading it; she really captured the main character well, and her voices for the other characters were actually really great.
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, read by the author. I just finished listening to this yesterday, and I loved it so much. One caveat: Jahren reads a little bit slowly, so I did speed this up a bit, but I still think it’s great. It is a fun and interesting book, and, again, I liked that this story was told to me, rather than me reading it. It felt much more personal.
It was really difficult to narrow these down, but I think these are definitely my favorites of the year. I really enjoyed listening to audiobooks this year, especially during my commute. It’s just really helped me relax, and I’m looking forward to some more great audiobooks in 2018.
What was your favorite audiobook of the year?