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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are particularly fond of lists (as are we!). Each week a new Top Ten list topic is given and bloggers can participate.

 Today’s Topic: Ten Audiobooks We Love

Ricki

I am very picky about my audiobooks. In fact, I think I could recommend more books that don’t work well on audio than ones that do. That said, there is something remarkable about a book that works well as an audiobook. Often I think I’d prefer the audio over the print version for these texts. Below are five texts that made my ears sing. I’d recommend each of them highly.

1. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the Sun

I can’t say enough good things about this book. I can’t stop including it on my lists! I simply loved the audio and highly recommend it to anyone who wants a really great listen.

2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

me before you

This is the first adult book that I enjoyed on audio. The reader is fantastic. I was crying in my car while sitting in my garage through half of the book.

3. Knockout Games by G. Neri

knockout games

When I think about this book, I remember physically cringing as I listened to several sections. The audio is fast paced, and I liked the narrator a lot.

4. All American Boys by Brendan Kiely

All American Boys

Both narrators are absolutely fantastic. I am so glad that I listened to this book. I wish I could relive it and listen to it for the very first time again.

5. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

east of eden

This book is slower paced than the others listed above. It is a classic I always wanted to read. It took me several months to get through it (23 discs, I believe), but it was well worth it. East of Eden is quite an epic, and I recommend it highly.

Kellee

These audiobooks are the trifecta: great production, wonderful narrator(s), and an amazing story! You’ll also notice that they are all series because I couldn’t stop listening to them!

1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

harry potter series

Jim Dale is a brilliant narrator. I read the Harry Potter books first, but before book #7 came out, I wanted to reread, and I decided to listen. Man, am I glad I did! The only issue is that now I can’t listen to Jim Dale read anything else because all I hear is Harry.

2. Matt Cruse Series by Kenneth Oppel

matt cruse

This series is epic, and I think the full cast production of it really brings it to life! If you like unique ideas with epic plot twists and well-developed characters, you shouldn’t miss this series!

3. Curse Workers series by Holly Black

curse workers series

I loved Jesse Eisenberg’s production of this series. His voice was perfect for the tone and mood of the novels and Cassel’s personality. Another book with a very unique concept and strong characters!

4. The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series by Caroline Carlson

very nearly honorable league

You all know I love this series because as I was listening to it, I couldn’t stop raving about it! Katherine Kellgren is brilliant! She does amazing voices and just brings the book to life!

5. Nate series by Tim Federle

nate federle

These books are narrated by the author, and I don’t think they would have been as good any other way. Because Nate is from Tim’s imagination, Tim’s voice just perfectly fits the story.

Which audiobooks did you love?

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7 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Audiobooks We Love

  1. Ahhhhhh, I bet I’ll Give You the Sun is beautiful on audio! I should really get it. And I loved the Curse Workers series! Never thought about listening to it before.

    Here’s my TTT this week~

  2. It’s interesting to see how many lists that Harry Potter has made, because it seems we are all pretty divided on who did it better, Jim Dale or Stephen Fry. I’m in the Fry camp, but Dale’s version wasn’t awful.

    My TTT.

  3. I would have to add The Raven Cycle series to this list. Will Patton’s voice became a necessity for me. The books felt incomplete without it.

  4. I LOVED I’ll Give You the Sun. I know I’ll read it again so maybe next time I’ll do the audio. Great list.

  5. I’ve never been a big audiobook listener – I find I get too easily distracted and drift away, but perhaps with the right narrator I’ll be too engrossed to get distracted! 🙂 I love pretty much anything by Kenneth Oppel, though I’ve yet to hear them read aloud.

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