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Audiobooks are an intriguing addition to the book world. People either absolutely adore using them or cannot focus on the narration at ALL. I used to think I fell in with the latter, until one day, after seeing them continuously pop up, I tried one. And trust me, I have not looked back.
Audiobooks have helped me get through some super boring situations. I usually have one going at all times in my car, since I have a long drive to work. Instead of listening to boring morning shows or the same Bastille songs over and over and over (well, okay, this is a lie because I can get behind this and have done this multiple times), I can knock a few books off my TBR.
However, not all audiobooks are created equal. There has been plenty a time that I have listened to part of the first disc and instantly shot that CD out of my car radio — whether it was because I disliked the narrator, couldn’t follow the plot or I just didn’t jive with the story at all. Some narrators are simply fantastic giving their all and changing up their voices/accents/etc., and some are just…so meh.
I thought I would give a list of some of the best audiobooks that I have ever read in case anyone is looking for some recommendations or some to try out to dive into the audiobook world!
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THE DIVINERS (series)
Author: Libba Bray
Narrator: January LaVoy
Seriously, I can’t even with these audiobooks. They are simply amazinggggggggggg. The same narrator does the entire series, and it is…UGH. NO WORDS. LaVoy creates such a spooky atmosphere, distinct voices/characters, and makes you eager to jump into 18 hours worth of book. She made each of these characters feel extra alive for me, and I mean, this poor gal has like a million characters to create voices for, but I swear I never heard a character have the same voice as another. And when she was doing them ghosties??? Yeah, creeps.
IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU
Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm
Narrator: Stephanie Kate Strohm
This book is totally unique and brilliant on its own, but the audiobook? Oh gosh, it was unique and brilliant tooooooooooooo. It involves a full cast, and each voice was AMAZING. Again, there was a lot of characters, but each one had a distinct voice that was hilarioussssssss. Seriously, the words that are written are epically funny but then adding some of the voices really amps up the hilarity. Strohm even narrates herself, and she has found her second coming because it was wondrous. If you’re ever looking for an adorable contemporary to do in audio, this is the ONE.
Author: Dhonielle Clayton
Narrator: Rosie Jones
I’m only a bit into this audiobook, but I can easily recommend it. If I can easily follow a complex and intense fantasy world in audiobook, you know an audiobook is the goodnessssssss. Rosie Jones, the narrator, has a fantastic voice, and she has been switching up accents and voices so nicely. I could easily listen to her voice narrate a hundred books.
AS YOU WISH
Author: Cary Elwes
Narrator: Cary Elwes
Cary’s story about his time on the set of making the Princess Bride read by Cary and other cast members. Yes, it is as magical as it sounds. It felt like I was just sitting, having a conversation with Cary, and it was such a cool feeling. I super recommend if you’re a fan of the movie and always wanted to learn more.
ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE
Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Narrator: Lin Manuel Miranda
Well, ya know, Lin Manuel Miranda narrates this one, so it automatically gets alllllllllllllll the stars??? Seriously, he did such an amazing job and while he didn’t change around voices a lot, he read it so clearly and easy to follow, it didn’t matter. Even though this is a slower pace book, I was always eager to go back to it.
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR
Author: Nicola Yoon
Narrator: Bahni Turpin, Dominic Hoffman, Raymond Lee
Recommended by Cal’s Constant Raving Reviews. “It’s magnificent.”
THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Narrator: Alma Cuervo, Julia Whelan, Robin Miles
Recommended by Eve at Brilliantly Bookish. “I loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.”
If you have other audiobook recommendations, please suggest in the comments so I can add to the list!