Top Ten Audiobooks I’ve Listened To
This was actually a pretty tough topic since I’ve been listening to A LOT of audiobooks lately. But I came up with a list I’m happy with.
Here are ten of my favorite audiobooks:
For this list, I’m focusing specifically on books where the narration added to the overall reading experience, not just books that I really loved. (Links go to my reviews. These aren’t listed in any particular order.)
1.The Raven Cycle Series by Maggie Stiefvater, Narrated by Will Patton
Yeah, so I’m cheating a lot in this post by listing series as a single book, but it would be impossible to come up with an interesting top ten list otherwise.
First up is The Raven Cycle Series. Stiefvater’s writing is just utterly gorgeous, and having the books read to me was perfect. I’ll confess that there are parts of this series that are slow when it comes to plot–they meander a bit (though it all comes together beautifully, you have to have patience). Books like this work SO much better for me in audiobook form. Plus, Will Patton is a fantastic narrator!
2. The Goldseer Trilogy by Rae Carson, Narrated by Erin Mallon
Erin Mallon’s lilting country accent carries gives this series the perfect cadence. I could honestly listen to that voice all day. And, again, this is a series that could possibly seem slow in places (especially if you’re looking for a lot of fantastical elements—they’re subtle), so for me, this is an audio win!
3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Narrated by Bahni Turpin
This is one of the only books where I specifically went into detail about why I loved the narration. Here’s a little taste of that review:
First off, I just have to start by saying that the audiobook version of this book is amazing! Bahni Turpin is a fantastic narrator, and I absolutely love the accents she uses for the book I have no idea if they are accurate African accents—or if they’re even meant to be, since the book takes place in a fantasy world, not the real world—but they definitely have an African flair to them. I appreciated the differences between Zélie’s more rural sounding accent and the smoother sound of Amari and Inan’s voices (those ultra-rolling r’s are so beautiful to listen to). I almost never had trouble determining whose narration I was listening to, which is hard for a single narrator to manage.
4. Nyxia by Scott Reintgen, Narrated by Sullivan Jones & Dominic Hoffman
This is another book where the narrator’s voices really added to the experience of the book for me. I 100% believed that the narrators embodied the characters, and I felt like the overall story was better for it. I ended up participating in a tour for the second book, so I read the ebook instead of listening, but I think I missed out by doing so. I highly recommend the audio for these!
5. Heartless by Marissa Meyer, Narrated by Rebecca Soler
This was my first experience listening to Rebecca Soler, and I was immediately won over. She is easily my favorite audiobook narrator (and probably the only narrator whose name I can easily come up with off the top of my head). Her myriad of voices for this Alice in Wonderland retelling were spot-on and she made the book SO entertaining. Just thinking about it now, I want to listen again.
6. Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor, Narrated by Khristine Hvam
This series took me on a wild ride, and I was so glad to be listening to the lovely Khristine Hvam’s narration while on it. Her accent for Zuzana was especially delightful, and she brought that character to life for me!!
7. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, Narrated by Rebecca Macauley
This book was so bizarre. Honestly, I don’t know if I would have been able to handle it if I’d been reading. It just might have lost me and I would have started skimming until I knew what the heck was going on (which would have been a very bad idea). So I’m incredibly glad that I listened to the audio version and I stuck with it because I ended up LOVING this book! Oh, and Rebecca Macauley has a delightful Australian accent, so there’s that.
8. Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway, Narrated by Chris Patton
Chris Patton does the best, most authentic kid voice!! He made this story come alive with his spot-on narration. (I will say, though, that he was so perfect at this kid voice that I had a really hard time believing him as an alpha guy character when I listened to the Talon Series by Julie Kagawa. His voice stuck in my head, and I totally recognized it, but in this case, it wasn’t necessarily a good thing).
9. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Narrated by Rebecca Soler
Well, I’ve already established that this author/narrator combo is like a dream team, right? I wanted to reread the beginning of The Lunar Chronicles when I finally got the final book. Only problem is, I loved the narration so much that I couldn’t bear to switch back to my physical books when I got to Fairest (which is where I’d stopped reading previously). At least I have a pretty collection to show for it. 🙂
10. The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, Narrated by Colby Minifie
This is another case of pure, unadulterated accent love. Can I just please just listen to Coly Minifie talk forever? Her Irish brogue is beyond gorgeous! And again, this book was a little odd, so the audio book worked well to help keep me focused.
What audiobooks have you loved? I want to know!