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This week’s topic is:
Top Ten Audiobooks to Make Your Ears Read
- Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz- Let’s start with my Odd one. I’ve never not listened to audiobooks because my dad was a fan of books on tape. But, I wasn’t hardcore into audiobooks until Odd Thomas entered my life. Would I still love Odd as much if it weren’t for the wonderful, heartfelt narration of David Aaron Baker? Because he nails Odd’s voice.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern- Oh, Jim Dale! His voice is literally made for magic! I could have put the Harry Potter books down, which are amazing on audio, whether it’s Jim Dale or Stephen Fry, but Dale is why I finally gave into The Night Circus. It’s my favorite book, but I resisted it because I’m not big into circuses (see, I had no idea that Le Cirque des Rêves was no ordinary circus!). But I loved Dale’s narration on the HP books, so I gave in. And, not to be dramatic, but it kind of changed my life.
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova- I am about to recommend an ABRIDGED audiobook, so look away if you can’t bear the idea. Here’s my excuse: I bought this version of The Historian on sale, not knowing it was abridged. It had a full cast of characters and I was entranced. I’ve listened to it a bunch of times (this time of year especially). And I have listened to the unabridged version, which is narrated quite nicely by just two narrators. BUT, this remains one of my favorite audiobooks. And honestly, even though it is literally half as long as the unabridged, it’s not a hack job. I just adore the sound production, it’s a bit like listening to a spooky ass radio play.
- 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter- this is one of my first audiobook reads after I moved back to Virginia. The cover caught my eye, and because I’m a huge fan of the movie 16 Candles, I had to check it out from the library. This is another one I’ve listened to a million times. The narrator is awesome, the book is hilarious, and you should listen to it now. I’ll wait.
- Amber House by Kelly Moore, Larkin Reed, Tucker Reed- I fell in love with the cover of this book, but it was the audio version I first listened to. It’s narrated by Tucker Reed, who co-authored the book with her mom and sister, and she reads it like she is the character. It’s meant to be a trilogy, but so far only the 2nd book has released. I really, really, really need book 3 to come out soon!
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline- read by none other than Wil Wheaton!!! Ready Player One is a cool book, but trust me when I say it’s even better in audio format. The 80’s love is strong in this book, and so is my love for 80’s star Wil Wheaton. He is literally made to narrate this story. Let Wil read to you, you won’t regret it!
- The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires by Molly Harper- I could have chosen almost any of Molly Harper’s books- but here’s why you need to listen to these hilarious romances- narrator Amanda Ronconi! She’s the voice of my inner snark, let her be yours too.
- Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor- oh, how I love this series! Taylor’s writing is gorgeous, but it’s narrator Khristine Hvam who adds a little extra magic to this story. I love Hvam’s narration so well that I have legit bought books just on the basis of her being the narrator.
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler- I do want to re-read this book in print someday, but this audio is amazing. Poehler narrates herself, and I swear it’s like she’s in the room with you. And sometimes, other people stop by and join in on the chat. I’ve listened to parts of this book with my teen nieces, because Poehler has a lot of good shiz to say.
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss- You know how because you’re a bookworm everyone and their mother tells you about a book you MUST read? The Hubs, who is weirdly proud and slightly baffled by my love for reading, invariably mentions my love for reading to other people. He was chatting with someone about Game of Thrones and mentioned I had read the books, that person insisted that if I loved GoT then I HAD to read The Name of the Wind. The Hubs dutifully reported the title to me, but I was skeptical. So I listened to an audiobook clip, and was like, yup, I could listen to this for hours and hours (it’s a long book, ya’ll, not gonna lie). And while it is fantasy, it’s really nothing at all like GoT. But it’s still amazing and magical and adventure and heart break and storytelling by the campfire.
What audiobooks/narrators do you love?
*Where possible I linked to Libro.fm, since that’s the audiobook company the bookstore I work for partners up with to sell audiobooks. So if you feel like trying Libro.fm out, then use the code FOUNTAINSUMMER for 20% off, good through the end of the month. Libro.fm is still new, so there are a few titles I had to link to Audible. Those are 2 ways that I listen to most of my audiobooks, but now that the Overdrive app allows me to listen at 2x speed, I use that to borrow audiobooks from my library.
**If you’re just getting into audiobooks, I’d suggest trying Overdrive first. Audiobooks are not always a love at first listen experience, a lot of my friends took time to warm up to the idea and get use to reading with their ears instead of their eyes. I usually recommend starting with a book you’ve already read and enjoyed before listening to your first audiobook.