Audiobooks are my secret reading weapon.
I understand that they’re not for everyone (although, I’m hoping some of the books on here will change that), but they have been so helpful to me over the last few months in getting me to read more. As a reader, consuming a book in the same format over and over can start to feel boring.
Sometimes your eyes just don’t feel like cooperating. Sometimes your hands are tired of holding the book. Sometimes, you just want to sit in the dark with your eyes closed and relax, while still absorbing a story.
The solution? Audiobooks. Yup. It’s that simple.
So if you’ve felt hesitant to give the little oral novels (only synonym I could think of for audiobooks) a try, then direct your attention to this post. Immediately! I cannot allow you to go on another moment without giving one of these fantastic books on tape (ah, another!) a try.
My Lady Jane
Written by: Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, And Jodi Meadows
Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
I should preface my recommendation that this is likely my absolute favorite audiobook of all time. It is magnificent. Granted, the book itself is pretty amazing, but the narrator of this audiobook? Katherine Kellgren? Her performance is phenomenal.
I definitely recommend this if you have trouble paying attention to audiobooks. Not only is the book really entertaining (I cracked up countless times), but Kellgren’s voice makes the story even more captivating and just… plain fun to listen to. Even though this wasn’t narrated with a full case, the voices for each character are so distinct and consistent, I didn’t even need to be told who was speaking in each scene.
I also listened to the sequel My Plain Jane on audio and whenever the final book comes out, I fully intend to pick up the audiobook as well.
Stalking Jack the Ripper
Written by: Kerri Maniscalco
Narrated by: Nicola Barber
For some reason, I really love listening to mystery books on audio (see: the final book on this list), and this one was no exception! One of the reasons I love audiobooks is because I get to hear the main character’s voice in whatever accent I’m supposed to read it in. In this case: British.
This is just a solid book to listen to on audio, in my opinion. Apparently, the physical book has a few pictures in it (anatomical sketches, stuff like that), but honestly, after seeing them, I don’t feel like I was missing much by listening to it.
Written by: Justina Ireland
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
I’d had this book on my shelf for well over a year, with absolutely no motivation to pick it up, even though the blurb intrigued me. Then I borrowed the audiobook from the library, and I flew through it in just a few days!
Turpin does a fantastic job at portraying each character uniquely, and I found myself turning on Dread Nation whenever I had a few minutes of quiet. If I continue the series, it will definitely be through headphones!
Also, I heard that this narrator is the same person who narrates the audiobook of On the Come Up by Angie Thomas, and I’ve heard so many amazing things about it that I’ll probably end up listening to the book instead of reading a physical copy.
Sky in the Deep
Written by: Adrienne Young
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
The way this book is written doesn’t lend itself to a bunch of wacky and exciting character voices, but there was something very calming about the steadiness of the narrator’s voice. It was captivating while not being too startling. I remember waking up one morning before the sun rose and just turning on the audiobook for hours as I laid in bed, totally at peace. You know, besides the bloodthirsty Vikings, of course.
Young has a new book coming out this fall and I’m so torn as to whether or not I want to read the physical copy or listen to the audiobook. If Khristine Hvam is going to be narrating the new book, I may just have to pop on my headphones.
Written by: Rachel Hawkins
Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
This is oldest book on this list, but I still stand by it. It’s another one that was just plain fun to listen to! If you didn’t know, Rebel Belle is all about southern pageantry (so maybe, if you liked Dumplin’, you’ll consider giving this one a listen!), and the southern accent that Rubinate does absolutely puts you in the setting.
After reading, all I wanted was some ice tea and biscuits. Plus, the book has a bit of a supernatural element that really makes it stand one. My sister and I listened to this entire thing in one day.
Which brings me to a good point about audiobooks: they are really great to enjoy with multiple people. Reading is great, but it can feel very solitary, even buddy reading. But audiobooks allow you to sit together, at the exact same point in a book, laughing and crying together.
One of Us is Lying
Written by: Karen M. McManus
Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest, MacLeod Andrews, Shannon McManus, Robbi Daymond
My final favorite for this list, One of Us is Lying enjoys a full cast of narrators to play each of the four main characters: Bronwyn, Nate, Cooper, and Addy. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one! I expected to like McManus’ debut, but I fully believe that my enjoyment of it was amplified by this amazing narrator team!
Each voice is so unique and immediately pulls you in to every chapter.
That’s all I have to recommend for you today! While I’ve definitely read more audiobooks than these, these are just the tippity-top of my favorites.
Audiobooks truly are amazing and are my number one recommendation for anyone who feels like you don’t have time to read. You’d be amazed by how many mindless tasks are made fun by a good book.
Have you guys listened to any of these before? Did you like them? Do you like audiobooks or prefer more “traditional” reading methods? Why or why not? Do you have any audiobooks that you absolutely adored? Tell me in the comments! 🙂