This week, The Broke and the Bookish is giving us a freebie, and I’ve been on such on audiobook kick lately, that I wanted to make a list of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton
While there’s something about Wil Wheaton that really bugs me, Ready Player One is just as excellent an audiobook as a physical one. You can tell when the voice actor really loves the story and when the voice actor is just phoning it in, and this pair is a match made in the OASIS.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell
A stunning book and a terrific audiobook. I would say to read Code Name Verity first, to see the clues, but holy crap is the audio done well. I was much more emotional while reading, partly because of the spectacular job the narrators do and partly because I already knew what was coming.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett, narrated by Jenna Lamia, Octavia Spencer, Bahni Turpin, and Cassandra Campbell
While I didn’t have the best experience with this one (every CD was scratched and part of the last disc was so damaged it was unlistenable), the quality and performance was terrific. I loved having so many narrators instead of just one or two trying to do different voices. Jenna Lamia also narrates The Wolves of Mercy Falls as Grace, which I recently listened to, and it was cool (I have a weird idea of what’s cool maybe) to recognize her voice.
The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Will Patton
Will Patton took a while to grow on me, but I wound up loving his narration. He does each of the boys perfectly and distinctly and I’m sure Blue Lily, Lily Blue is just as good, I’m just waiting for it to be available at the library.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, narrated by Jim Dale
Jim Dale is best known for narrating the Harry Potter series (which I am audio re-reading this year), but he’s also so perfect for The Night Circus. He should read me every book with magic. He should just read me every book, period.
How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzler, narrated by Joshilyn Jackson
This is another one where the narration took a little bit of getting used to, but it wound up being wonderful for this quirky story.
Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor, narrated by Khristine Hvam
I’m listening to Dreams of Gods and Monsters in my binge audio re-read right now, and holy hell Karou, these are great. I would recommend for a re-read or for first time readers of the series.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Steve West and Fiona Hardingham
This one is tricky, because I feel like it’s more on the list because it’s one of my favorite books that I just happened to audio re-read. There’s nothing wrong with it as an audiobook, it just didn’t pack the same emotional punch as reading the beautiful writing.
Everything Neil Gaiman has written, narrated by Neil Gaiman