We just talked about how great Audiobooks are, so what better time to bring back my Audiobook of the Month series! I’ve discussed this before, but, to me, a great audiobook is the perfect blend of story, prose, and narration. Narrators can definitely make or break an audiobook, and when it works, it’s magic. This month’s audiobook of the month is one of my favorite books from last year, and I definitely think listening to the audiobook has something to do with it.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Read by Dominic Hoffman
13 hours and 11 minutes
Homegoing was one of my favorite books of 2018, and I think it’s definitely in my top ten historical fiction books of all time. And I read a lot of historical fiction. It’s such a beautiful and heartbreaking story. If you haven’t read it, do it now.
This is one of those books I actually picked up a while ago (March 2017, according to my Instagram) and just couldn’t quite get into it. I didn’t dislike it, I just wasn’t invested. So I put it down. But I’m always a fan of giving books a second chance, and I decided to go with the audiobook this time around. Which I think made all the difference.
If you haven’t read Homegoing, just a bit about the story: it follows two half-sisters and their descendants through several generations. So each chapter has a different narrator, which I actually really liked. I’m so glad they decided to go with a single narrator for all of the different characters, not just because I’m personally not a fan of more than one narrator in audiobooks, but because Dominic Hoffman did an amazing job! He made each character unique and true to their setting and time period, whether that be modern Harlem or eighteenth-century Africa. It was just done so well.
Homegoing made me really happy to listen to. It’s a story that will stick with me for a long time, and I genuinely think the audiobook made it all the more memorable. I highly recommend both the book and the audiobook!
If you’re interested in this audiobook, you can use this link to sign up for a free trial of Audible, and choose Homegoing one of your two free books! (You get to keep them even if you cancel, so you don’t really have anything to lose.)
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.