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My Latest Bookish Addiction [17] – Audiobooks Give Me Life!

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In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Audiobooks… Again… Again! 

Audiobooks again again? What the heck does that mean?

Well, I’ve now posted about audiobooks being a bookish addiction twice now, so this is the third time but seriously. IT’S RELEVANT. I promise.

Because I went through all of my books that I’ve read so far this year and I’ve ready a grand total of… *drumroll please* 59! (Okay, at that number wasn’t big.)

But guess how many were audiobooks? 41. FOURTY-ONE BOOKS OUT OF FIFTY-NINE. That’s 70% audiobooks this year. What would I do without them!? No, seriously, what would I do? I would be listening to music while I work or drive, which is all well and good, but I would have read… 18 books this year? Huh!? That’s insane.

Audiobooks give me life. I’ve been sooooo busy with candles that I don’t have time to sit and read. I don’t have to read. Hell, I don’t have time to sit. So I listen to audiobooks while I do most things and THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT. So yes, we’re talking about audiobooks for a third time here on this feature that I give little love to. Because we need to!

Instead of rehashing all the wonderful things about audiobooks, let’s skip straight to my favorites from this year!


THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne.
Narrated by Katie Schorr.
This book was so cute! I loved the tension between the characters, there was some serious snark and serious romance, and the overall feel was just fun! Katie Schorr’s voice is a little high-pitched but I actually thought it added a cuteness to the book, somehow!| Audible

AMY AND ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR by Morgan Matson. 
Narrated by Suzy Jackson.
This was my second Morgan Matson book and I loved the balance between serious and fun. The story was great, I loved the music selections included, and the message was just lovely. I’ve listened to Suzy Jackson before and I like her voice for YA contemporary! | Audible

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern. 
Narrated by Jim Dale. 
This was a re-read for me and it was even more magical the second time around! I adore Jim Dale and his narration. He just has that narrator’s voice!! | Audible

THE QUEEN’S THIEF SERIES by Megan Whelan Turner. 
Narrated by Steve West. 
I picked this up specifically because STEVE WEST. Sigh. I love his voice. But I also did want to read this series so I’m so glad I read it and binged! | Audible

STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor. 
Narrated by Steve West. 
Yeah, so? So what if I’ve listened to Steve West narrate like 8 books to me this year? What of it? But no, really. Laini Taylor’s books are just gorgeous and this may be my favorite read so far this year. | Audible

THE SHADES OF MAGIC TRILOGY by V.E. Schwab. 
Narrated by Steven Crossley (book one), Michael Kramer and Kate Reading (books two/three).
Part of the reason I wanted to read these books was because I wanted to listen to more Michael Kramer. I adore his narration and I always need more! The books were also very good haha! | Audible

And my favorite part of any audiobook, the Audible guy! “Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program.” Don’t you just love him?


Of course I can’t let you go without making some recommendations. Last time I just threw out some audiobook recs but I’m digging a little deeper this time — audio beginner or master, there’s something here for everyone! 

FAVORITE NARRATORS

  • Steve West | The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whelan Turner, The Crown’s Game duology be Evelyn Skye
  • Fiona HardinghamThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Jim Dale | Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  • MacLeod Andrews | Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown, The Reckoners Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  • Michael Kramer | The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, The Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab
  • Michael Page | The Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch
  • Neil Gaiman | The Graveyard Book and others by Neil Gaiman

CELEBRITY NARRATORS

  • Wil Wheaton | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Armada by Ernest Cline
  • Jesse Eisenberg | The Curse Workers Trilogy by Holly Black
  • Anne Hathaway | The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

MY AUDIOBOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Check out my audiobook list on Goodreads for even MORE recommendations or you can always comment or email me for recs! These are the ones I would start with but I’ve listened to a bunch more than I’ve also enjoyed! What audiobooks do YOU recommend?

Top Ten Tuesday – September 20, 2016: All About Audio

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
September 20, 2016

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was All About Audio! 

I accidentally jumped the gun on this topic a couple weeks ago when I posted about my favorite audiobook narrators (Rats!) so instead, for today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I’m going to compile a sort of hodgepodge of my favorite audiobooks, narrators, and other things audio-related, except in threes instead of tens!

BY BOOK

MY TOP THREE WELL-KNOWN SERIES RECS

  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling | Read by Jim Dale
  • The Magicians series by Lev Grossman | Read by
  • The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich | Read by Lorelai King

MY TOP THREE BRANDON SANDERSON READS/LISTENS (because I’ve read so many)

  • The Mistborn series | Read by Michael Kramer
  • The Reckoners Trilogy | Read by MacLeod Andrews
  • The Rithmatist | Read by Michael Kramer

THREE AUDIOBOOKS I DNFed WHOSE NARRATORS I ACTUALLY LIKED

  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan

THREE SERIES I’VE RE-READ AS AUDIOBOOKS

  • Harry Potter
  • The Lunar Chronicles
  • The Grisha Trilogy

THREE SERIES I BINGED AS AUDIOBOOKS

  • The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas
  • The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
  • The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

THREE BOOKS I HALF READ & HALF LISTENED

  • A Song of Ice and Fire (series) by George R.R. Martin
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (I couldn’t stop!)
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (wanted to hurry up and read!)

MY TOP AUDIOBOOKS EVER

  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

BY NARRATOR

MY TOP THREE NARRATORS WITH AN ACCENT

  • Michael Page
  • Jim Dale
  • Philip Battley

THREE SURPRISING NARRATOR CHOICES THAT TOTALLY WORKED

  • Will Patton for The Raven Cycle (old southern guy narrating a teen novel)
  • Michael Kramer for The Rithmatist (usually does adult audiobooks)
  • Jesse Eisenberg for The Curse Worker Trilogy (surprise celeb narrator)

MY TOP THREE MALE NARRATORS

  • MacLeod Andrews
  • Steve West
  • Michael Kramer

MY TOP THREE FEMALE NARRATORS

  • Julia Whelan
  • Jorjeana Marie
  • Lorelai King

MY TOP THREE CELEBRITY NARRATORS

  • Wil Wheaton
  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Anne Hathaway

MY TOP THREE “AUTHORATORS” (AUTHORS WHO NARRATE THEIR OWN BOOKS)

  • Neil Gaiman | The Graveyard Book
  • Adriana Mather | How to Hang a Witch
  • Libba Bray | Beauty Queens

MY TOP FULL CAST/MORE THAN THREE NARRATOR RECORDINGS

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • As You Wish by Cary Elwes

MY TOP THREE NARRATORS OVERALL

  • MacLeod Andrews
  • Wil Wheaton
  • Michael Kramer

Those are some of my audiobook favorites! It was actually really fun breaking them down into categories. I’ve never done that before!

My Latest Bookish Addiction [16] – Audiobooks (Again!)

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In keeping with the theme of my blog, I decided to start bringing you updates of the newest and greatest bookish addictions in my life so I can share with you some awesomely bookish things or discuss if maybe we share the same bookish loves. It seemed like a great way to get a little discussion going in a very relaxed way.

This Edition’s Bookish Addiction? Audiobooks… Again! 

I’ve already celebrated audiobooks as My Latest Bookish Addiction but I must must share my love for them again. My original post on audiobooks is already over a year and a half old and oh, how things have changed since then! I have a lot more titles to recommend, favorite narrators, and audiobook habits since my original post so the topic bears repeating!

Audiobooking has become a way of life for me. In my original post, I was already becoming a seasoned audiobook listener but now I’m at the point where I crave a good audio and I’m always on the hunt for more fantastic stories with amazing narrators! There’s just something an audiobook that really lends that extra “oomph” to a book — there’s another layer of performance being able to hear a narrator voice the characters, put action sequences in motion, and add a general tone to a story.

I wouldn’t say that I’m a picky listener but I am choosy. There’s not much that I’ll immediately nix as far as an audiobook option except for a few less-than-thrilling narrators that I’ve run into but I’ve definitely had more amazing experiences than poor. Whether it’s for the better or worse, a narrator can really make or break a book for me. But I’ve also learned that a narrator also can’t save a book for me. Two of my favorite narrators of all time voiced a new book and I swore I could listen to them read the phone book… But I ended up DNFing the audio and returning it to Audible, feeling confident about my decision. I’ll usually finish most audios because I can always speed them up or just listen mindlessly if I’m not thoroughly enjoying. This was one of the rare cases where it just felt like a waste of time.

I feel like audiobooks offer a lot of perks for a reader! It may be challenging for some to focus on listening (I know I have to focus sometimes) but if you’re hesitant about trying some, think about this!

  • You can listen to a book while driving, cleaning, cooking dinner, working out, etc. Ever get annoyed that you have to stop reading when you get in the car to go places? Not anymore! I always have an audiobook running so I’ll pop it on during my drive to work, while I’m making dinner, or doing chores. It feels nice that I’m still making progress with a current read.
  • Audiobooks bring a whole new level of performance to a book. Sure, I can do voices in my head… But if anyone talks with an accent, let’s be honest. I try to do it in my head and slowly it just becomes me reading in my own voice again. The voice actors for audios really do a great job giving each character a different voice and most are great at different accents when needed! They also bring heightened emotions, especially in cases like Wil Wheaton’s narration of Ernest Cline’s books!
  • They’re excellent ways to experience your favorite books in new ways.love re-reading and I often times will pick up the audiobooks of my favorites to experience them in a whole different way! It’s almost always a positive experience and really fun to re-read like that.
  • They bring a more personal connection to the book. I have some favorite narrators that sort of made me fall in love with them — I mean, the characters — a little bit more than I might have just reading the words on the page. Hearing the emotion in a character’s voice or just hearing a character’s voice brings a more personal connection to a story and it tugs on my heartstrings that much more.
  • They can make okay books good or even great. Okay, I’ll be honest. If I had just read ARMADA, I’m not sure I would have loved it. But Wil Wheaton is such a good narrator that he really brought so much to the story and I felt like I was almost watching a movie instead of listening to a book. His enthusiasm is amazing and it really got me into the book when I might have felt some lulls if I had read in print.

So what do you think? Any of these reasons convince you to pick up an audiobook? Which ones would you agree with?


Of course I can’t let you go without making some recommendations. Last time I just threw out some audiobook recs but I’m digging a little deeper this time — audio beginner or master, there’s something here for everyone! 

FAVORITE NARRATORS

  • Steve West | The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Fiona HardinghamThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Jim Dale | Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson
  • MacLeod Andrews | Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown, The Reckoners Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
  • Michael Kramer | The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
  • Michael Page | The Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch
  • Neil Gaiman | The Graveyard Book and others by Neil Gaiman

CELEBRITY NARRATORS

  • Wil Wheaton | Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Armada by Ernest Cline
  • Jesse Eisenberg | The Curse Workers Trilogy by Holly Black
  • Anne Hathaway | The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

MY AUDIOBOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Check out my audiobook list on Goodreads for even MORE recommendations or you can always comment or email me for recs! These are the ones I would start with but I’ve listened to a bunch more than I’ve also enjoyed! What audiobooks do YOU recommend?