Audiobooks have always been a passion of mine, but never more so than since the last few years. I listen daily to audiobooks, and I’ve helped several of my friends to discover the awesomeness of listening to books. In 2014 I listened to 75 audiobooks, and I have a feeling 2015 will be just as listenable. 😉 Here’s the top audiobooks I listened to in 2014, in no particular order:
1. Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) by Laini Taylor. Narrated by Khristine Hvam.
Khristine Hvam is one of my all time favorite narrators- she has an amazing gift for voices and accents, and she has brought this magical series to life with her mad narration skills. I have literally bought audiobooks just based on the fact that she narrates them. It was so hard, seeing this series come to an end, but the auidobook was pitch perfect.
2. John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End #1) by David Wong. Narrated by Stephen R. Thorne.
The audiobook so nice, I listened twice. I love humor, and this book is full of it, narrated to perfection by Thorne (I am totally shipping him with Khristine Hvam, imagine how perfect their children would sound!). I listened to this book once in May, just because it had been in my tbr pile awhile, one of those books I kept meaning to get to. I listened to it a second time in September while the Hubs and I were roadtripping back and forth to Harry Potter World. The Hubs isn’t much of a reader, and when we finally tired of listening to music I knew I only had one shot of getting him to listen to an audiobook, so I went with this one, and he LOVED it. I have the sequel in my audible library, ready for our next road trip. 😉
3. 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter. Narrated by Adenrele Ojo.
I first listened to this audiobook back in 2009, shortly after moving here. I was still pretty lonely, as I hadn’t made many friends yet, and this audiobook was the funniest thing I’d ever listened to and it kept me laughing for days. When it came my turn to select a book for my book club, I realized that I really wanted to re-listen to this book and share it with my best friends. It was even better the second time around. The writing is awesome, but Adenrele Ojo’s performance feels so authentic, like Davie is really just sharing her story with you over drinks and 80’s movies. I cannot recommend this audiobook enough!
4. Snow Falling on Bluegrass (Bluegrass #3) by Molly Harper. Narrated by Amanda Ronconi.
Words cannot express the magical pairing of Harper and Ronconi. In fact, I am not convinced that they aren’t the same person. Literally any Harper/Ronconi audiobook could be on this list, but I really loved this book the best of the Bluegrass series, and it was a perfect winter listen. If you are really on the fence about audiobooks, then I would not hesitate to push you over onto the audiobook side of the world with one of Harper’s books narrated by Ronconi- I’d suggest starting off with Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs, but really, anything by the duo would bring you over to the dark side.
5. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Narrated by Libba Bray.
This book is MEANT to be listened to. I’m not normally a fan o f audiobooks narrated by the authors, but this one truly is perfection. Bray has a perfect narration voice, and imbues all of her many characters with their own voice and style, and she delivers the humorous lines with perfect timing. I really wish I’d listened to this one sooner, but it’s never too late for a good listen.
I’m also going to add a bonus book to my list. I didn’t listen to it in 2014, but it is the book that really got me back into the Audiobook Saddle, so to speak, many moons ago.
Odd Thomas (Odd Thomas #1) by Dean Koontz. Narrated by David Aaron Baker.
I’ve listened to audiobooks off and on pretty much my entire reading life- my dad liked them for road trips. But usually I didn’t buy them because their price can be high in bookstores, and I have return issues with libraries (I SUCK at returning items on time). Back when we lived in Oklahoma, a local bookstore/video rental place called Hastings, also rented out audiobooks. They didn’t have a large selection, but I thought I’d grab this one because Koontz is an author I sometimes enjoy (not all the time, his books are hit or miss). I don’t know if I would have fallen so much in love with the character of Odd Thomas if not for David Aaron Baker’s performance, but I did. It was also the first audiobook I ever listened to that I really even paid attention to who the narrator was. I recently listened to the final Odd Thomas book, again narrated by Baker, and his narration was just as transporting as in his first Odd book.
And now for the official Blog Hop Giveaway!
I absolutely want to share the audiobook love, so I’m also giving away a copy of the audiobook of Landline by Rainbow Rowell on cd. To enter, just leave a comment and a way to reach you if don’t have your email address attached to your blog or twitter account. It is open to international, as long as it’s legal for me to ship to your country. 😉 I’ll announce the winner next Sunday, any comments made before midnight on January 31st will be counted.