I love audiobooks. I think they’re a great way to fit some books in while you’re doing things that don’t require much concentration, but do occupy your eyes or hands. I am almost always listening to an audiobook in the car. And this year, I have listened to some great ones. Good audiobooks are a combination of a good book and a good narrator. And when you get that magic combination, it’s really something special.
Here are my favorites this year (in the order I listened tot them):
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, narrated by Alfred Molina. I listened to this early in the year, and I am still thinking about it. I absolutely loved this book. This might be my favorite biography of all time – it’s going to be tough to beat. It was fascinating and well-written and it stuck with me.
The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo written and narrated by Amy Schumer. I was not expecting to love this as much as I did. I’m a fan of Amy Schumer, but I thought I was getting into a funny memoir. What I got was something wonderful and deep, that may or may not have made me cry.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, narrated by Gabra Zackman. I don’t read a lot of true crime, but I really enjoyed this one. It was fascinating, especially since this book was published just before the Golden State Killer was caught.
Less by Andrew Sean Greer, narrated by Robert Petkoff. I’ve listened to a few audiobooks that made me enjoy a book so much more. I tried to read this right after it won the Pulitzer for fiction, and ended up putting it down because I couldn’t get into it. A few months later, I picked up the audiobook and loved it.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, narrated by Dominic Hoffman. This is another book I tried to start over a year ago, and just couldn’t get into. And I am so glad I decided to give the audiobook a shot, because this book is amazing. And I think the narration added a lot fo the story.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, read by Anna Massey. This was a reread for me, and this time around, I decided to go with the audiobook, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was so easy to get immersed in, and was a great way to revisit a classic.
I didn’t listen to as many audiobooks this year as I usually do, but I did still find some amazing ones. I really enjoy listening to audiobooks, and I am definitely looking forward to getting to some more great ones on 2019.
Did you listen to any audiobooks this year? What was your favorite?