Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, I’m talking about audiobooks! I go through phases throughout the year. There are months in which I listen to quite a few audiobooks, and there are months I don’t listen to any.
I do believe that audiobooks are such a gift to readers all over the world for so many reasons. If English is not your first language, it can help you with pronunciation. Or if you’re learning a different language, it can improve your fluency, vocabulary and pronunciation. If you are always on-the-go and busy, audiobooks allow you to read while doing tasks such as cleaning, cooking, driving, working out, and more. That’s why I love them as well, multitasking. If you have a learning disorder like dyslexia, or have difficulty reading in physical format for any reason whatsoever, audiobooks allow you to consume the stories in a way that works for you. Don’t come at me with the opinion that listening to an audiobook is not reading, because that’s ableist and ridiculous.
Here are some of the audiobooks I’ve listened to in the past few years and would recommend to every single person in the world.
Binti (Binti #1) by Nnedi Okorafor
I listened to this novella as an audiobook at the start of 2019, and absolutely loved it. If you aren’t used to listening to audiobooks, I would highly recommend starting with Binti. As it’s a novella, it only takes about 2.5 hours to listen to it – if you don’t change the reading pace. Robin Miles does a fantastic job bringing the story to life, and I’d like to listen to more of her narrations.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
A novel told in verse, on my recommendations list? Who would’ve thought. I don’t read much poetry or novels in verse because I tend to have difficulty connecting with the writing style. I’m not used to it, and it hinders the reading experience for me. That’s why I decided to listen to this instead of reading it myself. Jason Reynolds narrates it himself, which is truly a perfect choice. After all, he knows best where to put the emphasis and where to pause. I think that listening to this book made it much more of an emotional read for me, and led to it having a bigger impact than it would’ve otherwise.
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1) by Kevin Kwan
I listened to this audiobook while I was traveling last year. I find that audiobooks are perfect for traveling for me, because I tend to take trips on my own. If you think I should make a post on why I love solo travel so much, let me know! I could read this book while exploring a new city, and it was perfect. I know this book has some problems, but I had such a good time listening to it! It made me laugh out loud several times, and always managed to put me in a good mood.
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman
I’m going to be honest, I didn’t think this would work as an audiobook. This science fiction novel is told through different formats such as interviews, surveillance footage, official reports, and so on. How would that translate into audio? Wouldn’t you miss out on the true experience? I’m happy to say that the audiobook is an incredible way to consume this story. It was so immersive and captivating! It’s a full cast production, so if you’re worried about 1 person narrating different characters, this might be the way to go for you.
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch
I’ve always been worried about listening to fantasy novels on audio. When reading a fantasy novel, it’s very important to have a good grasp on the world, history and magic to understand the book. I thought that listening to the audiobook would hinder the way I absorb that information. The Gentleman Bastard series was one of the first fantasy series I ever listened to on audio, and it was a fantastic experience. I definitely want to listen to more books narrated by Michael Page.
The Crown Tower (Riyria Chronicles #1) by Michael J. Sullivan
If you’ve been reading my blog posts for a while, you’ll know how much I love this series and world. While I read the Riyria Revelations in paperback version, I listened to the audiobooks of the prequel series. Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds, this series chronicles the start of Riyria – when Hadrian and Royce first meet.
White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black
I listened to this entire trilogy on audio, and I think that’s one of the main reasons I loved it so much. They are narrated by Jesse Eisenberg which has lead to me forever associating Cassel with Jesse. He has a very specific way of talking, and thus narrating, but it really worked for me. I remember listening to one of the books in the trilogy while on a trip to Dublin in 2016! The fun thing about listening to audiobooks while traveling is that I’ll always associate those books with wandering the streets of a certain place.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
I’m 100% sure I wouldn’t have loved this book as much as I did if I had read the physical copy instead of listening to it. The narrator brings Monty to life, and makes the dialogue, banter and sarcasm even better. If you haven’t read this book, I would highly recommend listening to it! It made me laugh, smile, and even snort at times. 10/10, would listen to again.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Another book I listened to while traveling last year. You see a trend here? I really should have read this book in 2017, but I didn’t. I found it quite intimidating since so many people loved it and kept praising it. The audiobook seemed more accessible to me for some reason, and I didn’t feel as intimidated when listening to it. Now I’m convinced the audiobook is the best way to read this book.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Clearly, I couldn’t make this list without including Harry Potter. As for the audiobook, I highly recommend the ones narrated by Stephen Fry. I know everyone talks about the Jim Dale narration, but Stephen Fry is honestly the best narrator of Harry Potter.
Listening to more audiobooks is definitely something I want to do in 2019! I listened to more than before in 2018 too, but there’s always room for improvement. In a lot of these cases, listening to the book truly added to my reading experience and I don’t want to miss out on that in the future. Have you listened to any of these books? What are your favorite audiobooks? Who are your favorite narrators?