Monday, July 10, 2017

Books For You Ears - Audio Book Recommendations!

Ah, audio books. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Truth be told, almost 1/3 of the books that I finish every month are audio books. I pop one on to zone out on the train ride to/from work, to relax in my hammock and take in the day, or even to amuse me while I clean or cook. I've worked my way through hundreds of audio masterpieces, and even a few duds. I've found narrators that I absolutely adore, and ones that I'm not too fond of. I'm here to share some of that knowledge with you all, if you're amiable.

First off, if you're new to the world of audio books, please let me assure you that it's not cheating and no, you don't have to feel bad about not physically reading a book. If you're worried about not being able to pay attention, that is one thing that I do understand. Listening to audio books takes a bit of practice, to learn to focus. If you pick a good narrator though, that helps immensely! So here are some of my picks for things you might fall in love with.


Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

One of my new favorite things is full cast audio books. Getting to hear a story with a full range of actual characters is a lot of fun! In the case of Sleeping Giants, it's also kind of necessary. This book is told through a series of interviews, journal entries, and event logs. So getting a chance to hear all of those things, in the voices of the characters themselves, makes for a much more fulfilling experience! I highly recommend this as an audio book!

Goodreads | Amazon

Neverwhere (Author's Preferred Text) by Neil Gaiman

Another thing I love is when the narrator of the book is also the author of the book. There's no greater example of that, than Neil Gaiman. Okay, so I'm admittedly a bit biased. Gaiman is one of my favorite authors of all time. That doesn't change the fact that he's also an absolutely amazing narrator though. He reads all his own books, and rightly so. No one tells a story like Gaiman, and no one narrates it like him either.

Goodreads | Amazon

A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1) by Deanna Raybourn

Speaking of fantastic narrators, I need to give lots of love to Angèle Masters. I started this series by first reading it, and I just didn't get the hype. Then I listened to the first book instead, and fell completely in love. Masters brings Veronica Speedwell to life. She is Veronica. It takes a talented narrator to do that, and I'm so pleased to have found her!

Goodreads | Amazon


So there you have it, some books I've found that will knock your socks off! (Or so I hope.) Do you have any recommendations for me? Any books/narrators that you love? Let me know!


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