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Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is:
Ten Books I’d Give to Readers Who Want to Start Listening to Audiobooks!
I will just say this: when I discovered audiobooks, my life changed completely! As a car reader, I hated having to do things like drive because I couldn’t read! But then I checked out my first audiobook……and I fell in love! What a way to continue to read while I drove myself places! And they are more entertaining than the radio (most of the time)! They are a great way to supplement my reading by listening to books I probably wouldn’t have time to read otherwise (like Stephen King or Game of Thrones). Also, they allow you to multitask when you are cleaning or working out as well.
I could go on and on about how awesome audiobooks are, but instead I will just suggest to you 10 fantastic audiobooks/series on audio if you want to get started!
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson/Read by Robert Sean Leonard: A classic children’s book, and a fantastic narrative performance. Listening to this story invokes all the emotions of this story. (Read a snippet review here)
See You At Harrys by Jo Knowles/Read by Kate Rudd: Guys, this story is beautiful and emotional and inspiring and heartbreaking and hopeful–everything you want in a great story. And Kate Rudd’s performance is seriously top notch! (Read a snippet review here)
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green/Read by Jeff Woodman: Fantastically hilarious! I didn’t really know what I was getting into with this story, and Jeff Woodman surprised me with his voices and his narrative style, keeping the characters quirky and humorous. (Read a snippet review here)
Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson/Read by Suzy Jackson: Emotional and swoonworthy, Suzy Jackson narrates this fantastic novel with a sincerity and a clarity of voice. Such a great contemporary roadtrip listen! (Read a snippet review here)
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card/Read by
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion/Read by Dan O’Grady: My favorite audiobook of the year! This story is quirky and hilarious and real, and Dan O’Grady perfectly embodies the character of Don Tillman. Such a joy to listen to! (For more, see my review here)
Joyland by Stephen King/Read by Michael Kelly: I know that sometimes people see Stephen King and may assume something about the story, but this story is SO different from typical horror-writer King. This is a coming of age/character-driven story, and Michael Kelly embodies Devin Jones so beautifully. It is truly a fantastic listen! (Read a snippet review here)
Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan/Read by Jim Gaffigan: This audio is stinkin’ hilarious! Because Jim Gaffigan reads it himself! If you haven’t heard his comedy sketches before, Youtube him, because he is HILARIOUS! And his memoir is just full of the same comedic style, and I loved listening to it! (For more, see my review here)
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett/Read by Ann Patchett: Ann Patchett’s new memoir is all about life, marriage, writing, family, dogs, and friendship. It is a collection of essays that Patchett has written over the years, and they are all fantastic. And the fact that Ann Patchett reads them is such a treat to listen to. And, if you have any desire to potentially start writing, listen to this book. It’s inspiring. (You can read my snippet review here)
Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter/Read by
A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin/Read by Roy Dotrice: If you have any interest in reading this series but don’t want to devote your reading time to these chunky books, PICK UP THE AUDIOS! That is what I did, and I LOVE them! Roy Dotrice has won the award for most unique voices in an audio performance. Each and every character has a unique voice (which is saying a lot, as there are 5 million characters in this series!!). Yes, they are really long (26-32 hours a piece), but they are a great way to experience these texts!
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling/Read by Jim Dale: Even if you have read the books 1000 times a piece like I have, I would STILL recommend listening to this series on audio. For me, listening to them was almost like reading them for the first time again. Jim Dale is SUCH a fantastic narrator, and he gives a new and different life to the text. Listen to them. They are awesome!
So, I think this is a great starter list for anyone who wants to try an audiobook or 12. Have you listened to any of these? Did you like them, too? What would you recommend on audio? Leave me a comment and let me know!
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