Friday, May 4, 2012

5 Must-Listen Audiobooks

5 must-listen audiobooks

I have started listening to audiobooks on my commute into work. And frankly, they've transformed my commute into something that I no longer dread, but something that I enjoy! But, even if you don't have a long commute into work, there are plenty of ways to enjoy audiobooks. While cleaning, doing dishes, or waiting in the doctor's office. Audiobooks are a particularly good choice for road trips.

The following are a list of audiobooks that are great choices if you've never listened to audiobooks and want to give them a try:

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
The Demon King
By: Cinda Williams Chima
Narrated by: Carol Monda
my review

This is one of my very favorite series. And it's particularly good on audio. It's a little bit long at about 15 hours, but definitely worth going through the entire thing. The narrator does a wonderful job, and you'll find excuses to keep on listening!

Ashes by Ilsa J Bick
Ashes
By: Ilsa J. Bick
Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
my review

This has been one of my favorite reads this year. If you like zombies or scary books at all, you've got to give this one a try. The narrator does a superb job of keeping the tension going through the entire book. A little content warning; however, this book does contain a little heavy language.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Leviathan
By: Scott Westerfeld
Narrated by: Alan Cumming
my review

This is my number one recommended audiobook series. Alan Cumming does a brilliant job narrating this entire series. He is a master of voices, and each character has a very unique accent and sound. This is a series that if worth listening to on audio and reading the actual books, since the print version has amazing illustrations. However you get to reading it, just get to it!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help
By: Kathryn Stockett
Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, Cassandra Campbell

If you haven't read this book yet, then let me tell you that audio really is the only way to listen to this book. Because the book is written from multiple perspectives, each character has a different narrator. Every single one of them is outstanding, and together they create an absolute masterpiece to listen to. This audio had me bawling my eyes out in several parts and was beautifully done.

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Life As We Knew It
By: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Narrated by: Emily Bauer
my review

It's no secret that I absolutely adored this book. I can't remember why I picked it up, but I'd heard it was good on audio. I started listening to it on my commute. I had to leave it on a particularly tense part on a weekend. I ended up bringing the CD's in from my car and finished it while sitting on my bed while I should have been sleeping. Emily Bauer does a great job with this title. If you're looking for a great post-apocolyptic novel, then you should definitely pick this one up.

27 comments:

  1. I listened to the Leviathan trilogy on audio and it was brilliant. I have 'The Help' on audio, so I should get stuck into that one!

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    1. Oh, you'll LOVE The Help, it's such a great performance. And, I'm so glad you love Leviathan too!

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  2. Leviathan is actually the audiobook that convinced me that I CAN like them. I'd given up on them years ago after a couple of terrible books on tape (back when I was in middle school.

    Alan Cumming is so incredibly awesome!

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    1. Yes!! So much love for Leviathan! It's such a great series.

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  3. Water for Elephants is great in audio form. Also, the Flavia deLuce mysteries by Bradley.

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    1. Yes! I listened to Water for Elephants on audio and it rocked.

      Another of my favourite audio series is Artemis Fowl, narrated by Nathaniel Parker. Can't wait for The Last Guardian! ♥

      Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is also really good. I read the book first but have since listened to it on audio twice.

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    2. I listened to Water for Elephants when it was offered as a free audiobook. I have to admit that I gave up on it. The reader was fine, but I didn't like the book.

      I listened to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies as well! It's a creepy read, but really entertaining.

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  4. I listened to Life as we Knew It. It was really good. I really love The Book Thief audiobook too. It is really well done.

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    1. I bet The Book Thief would be great on audio! I'll have to check it out.

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  5. Oh, I need to check out Ashes!! And I'll give a big fat YES DEFINITELY to Leviathan and The Demon King (as you know). :D

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    1. I think you'll like Ashes, but beware, it's totally creeptastic!

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  6. Yay, more recommendations. Thanks for these. While I don't have a long commute, I feel like I spend a lot of time in my car, running errands, etc.

    I listed to "Speak" when I had my Lasik surgery and wasn't supposed to open my eyes that night. I loved it. I haven't had a lot of luck, but haven't really tried, either.

    I wouldn't recommend any of the Inheritance Cycle on audio. They're good, but the last one was 39.5 hours. I think I read it in less time than that!

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    1. Wow! 39.5 hours is really long. My max is about 10-12 hours. Then I start to get bored. Those kinds of books I'd rather just read on my own.

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  7. Ah, Carol Monda reading The Seven Realms was just one of the most pleasurable experiences in my reading life! <3

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  8. Life as We Knew It is one of few DNFs ever for me..:) Graceling is one of my favorite audiobooks (it has a full cast), and for adult I love the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones: the narrator is perfect!:)

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    1. I bet Graceling would be awesome on audio!

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  9. I have never listened to an audiobook! I really need to try it out. These are great suggestions, thanks Emily. I want to try Graceling, too--that would be an awesome audiobook!

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    1. I'll have to get you some. I think you'll enjoy them. They are great for sticking in some earbuds while cleaning, or to listen to in the car.

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  10. Thanks for the recommendations! I haven't read any of them (yet) but agree audios most definitely improve a long commute. I also enjoy listening to a book after I've read it in paperback.

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    1. It's a great way to re-read a book, I agree!

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  11. I could not have done my commute without audiobooks; they've totally saved my life!

    I've got to try the Seven Realms series in audio - I adore those books. Same with Leviathan. My all-time favorite audio is the Bloody Jack series by LA Meyer - the narrator Katherine Kellgren is AMAZING. She made my commute beyond bearable, even enjoyable.

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    1. Katherine Kellgren did Ashes and I LOVE IT! I'll definitely have to pick up Bloody Jack.

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    2. How could I forget Bloody Jack? Loved that one and I've started listening to the sequel. ♥

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  12. I agree with the audiobooks and commute. I had a nearly 2 hour commute for a while and listening to the Delirium audiobook was like the bridge between home and work for me. It was something to look forward to. A good audiobook and a cup of iced coffee almost made me a morning person.

    I love this post--I started the Leviathan one, but then I had to take it back to the library. How do you listen to them ? Do you use Audible ? I have it, but I'm not sure if it a good deal.

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  13. I have read The Help, but I don't know what I'm waiting for on the others on the list! One of the ways I find audiobooks is from my ever-growing TBR shelf. If there is a book (like Ashes or Leviathan) that has been sitting on my shelf for a while, once I find out the audio is good, I'm so much more likely to listen. Thank you for the round-up, this was GREAT!

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  14. The Help is definitely one of the best audiobook productions ever. I wish I could find the Cinda Chima books on audio at my library.

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