I spent SUCH a long time mulling over what I wanted to talk about this week, because I am a very eclectic reader. I could have gone the classics route, the YA route, the adult fantasy route, the nonfiction route, etc. YET, there is one thing that I just seem to excel at recommending, AUDIOBOOKS. Seriously, people ask me on twitter ALL the time what audiobook they should start with, and I happily oblige because I want to convert more people to the joy of listening.
Top Ten Audiobooks To Pop Your Ear Cherry:
1. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket narrated by Tim Curry
Why? Bro, it is Tim Curry. You have to have seen his movies, if not please come out from under your rock and rent Clue. I promise it will be a blast and you can marvel in Curry’s genius. This genius carries over into audiobook narration as I can prove with Curry’s narration of The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket. Also, it’s only 3 hours long, so not exactly a HUGE commitment.
2. Amy And Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson narrated by Suzy Turner
Why?: I have very strong reactions to things, friends. IE when the kissing scene came up on the Amy And Roger’s Epic Detour audiobook, I turned the volume up and sighed. Suzy Turner is the perfect voice of Amy. Plus Amy And Roger’s Epic Detour is a road trip book, so as you are driving to work you can feel envy that you aren’t doing something cool like driving across country.
3. The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt narrated by Joel Johnstone
Why? If you are a fan of The Wonder Years and nostalgia, then The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt is the perfect audio for you to begin with. It’s funny and at turns touching.
4. Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala narrated by Jenna Lamia
Why? Sometimes we read to feel, and I notice that audiobooks can usually enhance these feelings. Listening to Tell Me A Secret and the narration by Jenna Lamia is like having Rand tell you her story directly.
5. The Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss narrated by Nick Podehl
Why? Nick Podehl is a master. Seriously, if you want to start with one of the best, I highly recommend The Name Of The Wind. Yes, it is a longer audio, but you certainly get more bang for your buck and Podehl just nails Kvothe as well as the other characters.
6. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness narrated by Jason Issacs
Why? Would you like an explosion of emotions in your ears? YES? Okay, this 3.5 hour long audiobook of A Monster Calls can do that for you. Also, Jason Issacs plays Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, but he can do more than pompous douche with his range. Who knew?
7. Bossypants by Tina Fey narrated by Tina Fey
Why? Yo, Tina Fey is the shit. Seriously, she rocks. And her narration of Bossypants is laugh out loud funny and certainly one of the best ways to go when reading Bossypants, because of the comedic timing and all.
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak narrated by Allan Corduner
Why? Look, I’ve read The Book Thief twice – in print and in audio. While both are amazing experiences, I have to say The Book Thief is worth a re-read via audio. Allan Corduner hits right in the heart with his narration of Hans Hubermann and Rudy Steiner and Liesl Memminger.
9. The Help by Kathryn Stockett narrated by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and Cassandra Campbell
Why? Maybe you have audio ADD and get bored listening to just one voice. The Help has multiple narrators who take on the roles of each of the characters. When I listened to The Help, it was a re-read, but totally worth my time as I had forgotten the basic story and well, the narrators are FABULOUS and just bring The Help to life.
10. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling narrated by Jim Dale
Why? Yo, Jim Dale is a boss and was my gate way audio narrator. Before Jim Dale, I had listened to maybe 3 audiobooks but wasn’t addicted. After listening to Harry Potter (FYI obviously re-reads) I fell head over heels in love with audiobooks — needing to have one play while I work out and while I do chores and even in the background at work when I do filing.