Firstly, hello, it’s been a while I know. I’ve not been reading or blogging a lot recently. Hopefully I’ll be able to find more time for blogging and reading in 2020!
I’ve become a massive fan of audiobooks since I started working last year. I love that I can spend my whole journey to work (both when I was getting the train and now when I walk) reading, rather than just part of it. I can also read and do other things; like cook, clean, play video games or even shower! It gives me so much more time to read. Audiobooks have very quickly become one of my favourite things. That being said, Therefore, I thought I’d list the best audiobooks I’ve listened to so far.
Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
I loved listening to this book. It was the first time I read them but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator (Steve West) has a lovely voice, and I really loved listening to him reading the book. This book was excellent and I enjoyed it immensely, as I’ve probably mentioned many times on here. I’m looking forward to rereading it at some point in the future.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
Obviously you would have noticed that this series is my favourite book series, and the audiobooks didn’t change that. If anything, I enjoyed them even more. I love reading and rereading the series but I also loved listening to the stories being read. This was the first time I’ve listened to the audiobooks and I absolutely adored them. Stephen Fry’s voice is perfect for narrating these books, and I love how he does different voices for every character.
Sadie – Courtney Summers
The format of this audiobook was different to what I expected: it was both audiobook storytelling and podcast/interviews. It was a difficult book to listen to, but it was written really well. I listened to it within a couple of days I think. With it having podcast and interview elements, it worked really well as an audiobook, and if you were interested in reading this book, then I highly recommend listening to it.
The Flatshare – Beth O’Leary
This book was amazing. It had dual narrations, which I adored. I loved the two narrators (Carrie Hope Fletcher and Kwaku Fortune) and I loved hearing about Tiffy and Leon’s unconventional living situation. The way the story unfolded and the way the characters spoke came across really well via audiobook, I can’t recommend this book enough.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
This was another reread, but the first time I listened to the audiobook and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This was another book narrated by Stephen Fry and I think he did an excellent job (again)! His voice worked really well for this story, as it does for many things.
Scythe – Neal Shusterman
As you’ve probably guessed from previous posts, I loved the first two books in this trilogy, so when I realised the third book was coming out, I decided to reread the first two books via audiobook. Now, I’ve still not finished the third book, but I’m still really enjoying it, but I loved listening to these books. At first I wasn’t sure how I’d get on with the narrator’s voice but it grew on me pretty quickly. I’m aiming to finish The Toll today, New Year’s Eve, so that I can start the New Year fresh for reading!
Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo
This book was great! I loved the dual narratives (it seems to be something I enjoy in a book, by this post anyway) and I enjoyed it more as an audiobook than I did reading it physically. I found that I was getting distracted when reading the book, but I wasn’t with the audiobook. I think the pacing worked really well as an audiobook. I thought I was going to DNF the physical book, so I’m glad I decided to get the audiobook!
Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
What a book! This book made me laugh out loud quite a few times. The narrator was excellent and it was great to listen to the story. I’ll definitely be rereading this book at some point, and will probably get the physical copy too.
I’ve loved discovering another way to read and some way to read whilst I’m doing other things. I can’t wait to listen to more audiobooks in 2020!
What are your favourite audiobooks? Are any of them on this list? Let me know!