This week’s theme was audio. Since I’ve moved to Virginia, I’ve given audiobooks another try, and it’s been wonderful. I love having something to listen to in the car, and some days it’s the only reading that I can get done. This list is going to be a little short, because I haven’t listened to that many audiobooks, but I hope you like some of these.

 

Omari and the People by Stephen Whitfield

I got an Audible credit for this through The Audiobookworm for review, which will be posting on October 6, and I thoroughly enjoyed every facet of this story. Curt Simmons was the narrator and I thought he did a great job.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

I grew up on Anne of Green Gables. This series was something that my grandmother loved, and that my mom also loves, but this series always makes me think of my grandmother. I always miss her around this time of year, and when I was listening to the narration by Colleen Winton, I felt like Gramma Gina was reading the books to me again. It was absolute perfection for me. My Series Saturday post about these books will come out on  October 1, so please read about it!

Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe

I picked this up on a whim through my library’s Hoopla subscription, and the best words I could think of when I reviewed it were strange and beautiful. It deals with family relationships and mental health, as well as traveling to Lithuania, in ways that made it compelling and interesting. You can read my full review here.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic is another book that I picked up on a whim, but I loved it. The idea of the different Londons and the magic system was wonderful. I loved Lila and Ry, and I can’t wait to read A Gathering of Shadows, which I just picked up from the library!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

This book stunned me. People have been telling me to read this for years, and I finally did when I saw that it was read by Hamilton’s Lin Manuel Miranda. It was absolutely wonderful. Nobody warned me that it got sad, but everything about this book was great. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out.You can read my full review here.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I wanted to do a re-read of The Raven Boys, but my local library didn’t have a copy on hand. They did, however, have this as an audiobook, read by Will Patton. For some reason, I thought that a woman should have read this, but Will Patton did a fantastic job of reading a book I already loved.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi Novik was my first ever use of an Audible credit, and I regret absolutely nothing. I’d seen the book cover (which is beautiful!), but I had no idea just how awe-inspiring this book would be. The narrator, Julia Emelin, has a Russian accent, which took some getting used to, but I felt that it was absolutely perfect for a story that is based on a Polish fairy tale, and the stories of Baba Yaga.

What are some of your favorite audiobooks? What made you enjoy them so much? Share them with me in the comments!

6 thoughts on “Top Ten Audiobooks I’ve Loved this Year”

    1. I used to have a lot of trouble getting into them, but I’m driving so much now for work to the same places that its a nice combination. There are also definitely some books that do not work as audio books for me.

  1. Holy shit, the Ari & Dante audio book is narrated by Lin Manuel Miranda???? I think it’s time for a reread!!

    I can’t make up my mind about audiobooks 🙁 I can only seem to get into lighter fare, maybe memoirs. Novels don’t work for me in audibook form.

    1. I do on occasion- if a narrator reads really slowly sometimes it helps, but sometimes that adds a weird echo-y sound to it that bugs me. Usually I stay with 1x so that I don’t miss things when I have to put my attention elsewhere, though.

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