Top Ten Tuesday #12: Favorite Audiobooks

I’m not much of a music person. Seriously. I almost never listen to music except during a workout. This week’s topic was supposed to be about music and books, but as I don’t know many songs or artists, I didn’t even know where to begin.
Usually I prefer to listen to audiobooks. And when I want background “music”, I just put on one of my favorite audiobooks. Listening to books I’ve read many times before provides a nice distraction from tedious tasks or a long workday.
Here are 10 of my favorite audiobooks. These are the ones I’ve listened to several times, and I turn to these stories when I need some filler noise.
1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Jim Dale does such an amazing job reading this entire series. He does all of the voices. It’s like watching the movies, only better because he reads the full books. If you’re a fan of this series, and you haven’t listened to these books, you are missing out. 
2. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but this book is my favorite time travel story. It’s so believable…and romantic. I have listened to this book countless times. The alternating perspectives of Clare and Henry are read by Meg Reed and Christopher Burns. They do an excellent job. I just love this story.
3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
This book is read by a whole cast of people, but it’s not really a full cast production. Because of the epistolary nature of the story, it lends itself well to being read by multiple people. They do a whole host of voices to match the many characters in this story. It’s so well done. I really love this story of long distance friendship and love of books.
4. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Rebecca Soler does such an amazing job with this series. She brings all of the characters to life so well, but I especially love her personification of Iko. This is another series that is worth reading again if you haven’t yet listened to the audiobooks. 
5. The Selection by Kiera Cass
This series is another one of my favorites. Since I like to re-read books before the next installment of a series is published, I often listen to the older books. I got hooked on Amy Rubinate’s reading of this series, and now I just listen because I love it so much.
6. The Martian by Andy Weir
Unlike all of the other books I’ve listed, I have never actually read this book. I’ve only listened to the audiobook read by R.C. Bray, and it is AMAZING! Seriously, I think a huge part of why I was so disappointed in the movie was because the audiobook had already done such a great job of bringing this story to life. No movie could live up to this audiobook. If you haven’t read The Martian yet, I highly recommend the audio version. Bray brings the humor and horror of the situation to life so well.
7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This story is narrated by death, so it lends itself well to audio format. Allan Corduner reads it so well. I don’t think I ever read this book either. Sometimes stories that take place in other countries work better in audio for me because the reader is always better as pronouncing the foreign words. This is a great story, and the audio is done very well.
8. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
Often times when an author reads they’re own story, it doesn’t go well. Writers don’t necessarily make good readers, but Phillip Pullman is phenomenal. I’ve only listened to this series as well, and it is so entertaining. Great adventure stories lend well to being listened to. Even though this is middle grade, it’s so enchanting and riveting. 
9. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Tara Sands reads this book very well. The slow romance and the descriptions of the flowers all make this story so mesmerizing. Again, I’ve only listened to this book, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a joy to listen to even though the story is hard to hear at times.
10. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I couldn’t come up with a 10th book/series, so I thought I’d mention Harry Potter again as it truly is my favorite series ever and definitely the best audio I’ve listened to. I love it so much that I listened to it while I was in labor with Christopher. It’s exciting, it’s relaxing, and it’s been the background noise to my life for the last 16 years or so ever since my parents bought my sister and me the first three books on CD for Christmas in 2000.

Do you prefer music or audiobooks? What are some of your favorite audiobooks?

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

You may also like


    1. The Raven Boys is on my list for my new author challenge, so I'll check out the audio. Narrators definitely make or break an audiobook.

      I got Game of Thrones from the library on audio, but I was intimidated by the length and took it back. I need a long road trip of something because listening 20 mins per day, it would take WAY too long.

  1. Yes! I have degrees in music and I don't even listen to music very much, because I'm ALWAYS listening to audiobooks. I even have a hard time giving up precious audiobook listening time to listen to a podcast, but will do it if the show is interesting enough.

    I also love 1, 5, and 10 šŸ™‚ Good choices. Some of my other recent favorite audiobooks –
    1. And then there were none by Agatha Christie (narrated by Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey!)
    2. Someday someday maybe by Lauren Graham (and narrated by her, too!)
    3. The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling (I couldn't get into this book by just reading my hardcover copy, but the audio was so well done.)

    1. Yeah. Glad I'm not the only one. I'm the same with podcasts. I have been listening to What Should I Read Next by Anne Bogel.

      I listened to The Casual Vacancy as well, and I liked it. The hardcover was impossible to read. Too many characters. I literally took notes while listening to the audiobook (at red lights and stuff). Crazy!

      I LOVED Someday Someday Maybe. I really love Lauren Graham, and that book was so fun. I really hope they make it into a TV show. I heard that was happening. Is it?

    2. Oh yes – I love Anne Bogel's podcast. My TBR list keeps growing! The only other podcast I really give up audiobook time for is Alohomora – a global re-read of the entire HP series. It started in 2012, and each episode is dedicated to an analysis/discussion of one chapter and it's themes and events. It's so good! I know you love HP, so it might be worth a listen šŸ™‚ And I'm not sure about Lauren Graham's book becoming a show, but that would be great! Although as a Gilmore Girls fan, I have to say that I'm plenty excited for the reboot of that show already.

    3. OMG. That podcast sounds amazing! I will definitely check it out. Thanks for the info!!

      I am still working through Gilmore Girls. I don't know how I didn't watch it when it was originally on. I should get through all the episodes before the new ones start. I'm excited to see where the story goes.

  2. I loved The Time Traveler's Wife! I haven't listened to the audiobook but the book is amazing. I've heard nothing but great things about the Lunar Chronicles audiobooks. I've only read the first two in the series so maybe I'll check out an audiobook for one of the others šŸ™‚ I love the audiobooks for Ready Player One and Armada because they're narrated by Wil Wheaton and he's amazing. I'm listening to a Graphic Audio audiobook for the first time now and its SO GOOD! I highly recommend them if they have a title you're interested in. I'm listening to The Well of Ascension.

    1. I love Wil Wheaton. Ready Player One and Armada were so great! I thought about putting them on my list – they'd be on my husband's for sure. But since I've only listened to them once, I didn't include them.

      Hmm. Graphic Audio. I'll have to check it out. šŸ™‚

  3. I love that you did this. I'm a huge audiobook fan as well. I loved The Lunar Chronicles, The Martian, and His Dark Materials. It's funny because I think with The Lunar Chronicles, the narrator does a great job of the tone for each characters, but for His Dark Materials I like the full cast recordings.

    Also if you like audiobooks, I know that I recommended Steelheart to you but you should definitely listen to the audio for that one. It is probably my all-time favorite audio. The narrator is brilliant and the tone of the book is so perfect for that format.
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

    1. I'll check to see if my library has Steelheart on audio. Thanks.

      I forgot that His Dark Material was full cast. I must have been looking at the wrong recording in Goodreads when writing this post. Oops. šŸ™‚

  4. Thank you for the lovely list! I've enjoyed 1, 3, 6 and 7 as well! I re-listen to Harry Potter every 2-3 years myself. Other books/series I keep coming back to on audio are the Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett, the Raven Boys and the Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

    1. Thanks. I have never read Terry Pratchett. I'll have to check out that series. Maggie Stiefvater is on my list for 2016 as part of my new author challenge. I think I'm going to start with The Raven Boys.

      I also love Ready Player One, but since I've only listened to it once, I didn't list it. My husband has listened to it about 10 times I think. He loves the book and Wil Wheaton. I have never read Animal Vegetable Miracle. I'll look at that one too.

    1. Oh wow. I definitely recommend them. I read at least 1-2 extra books a month on audio. It helps get through all the books I want to read.

      Good luck! Let me know what you end up trying. I'm curious to hear how you like the experience.

  5. I can listen to audio books at work so I burn through books. I work as a cleaner at a gov't office building and nobody cares that I listen to books and often people ask for recommendations. Today I had a very long walk home from work due to a snowstorm and was thankful for the audiobook.

    Gretchen Moll did an amazing/creepy job with The Other Typist (Suzanne Rindell)
    Arliss Howard had to do so many different accents for Up In Honey's Room (Elmore Leonard)
    Stephen Briggs was a lot of fun for Dodger (Terry Pratchett)
    Blindspot, warning, this book is quite naughty so there might be a bit of blushing! You definitely don't want to listen to it on speaker with little ones around!!! Narrated by John Lee and Cassandra Campbell (Jane Kamensky and Jane Lepore)

    My friend was so engrossed in The Martian she scarcely remembers the drive home.I am gonna wait until JK finishes all the Harry books before I commit.

    I just finished an audiobook and the narrator could not get the accents right. She had no problems with the British characters but could not get Eleanor Roosevelt's accent right, in this incarnation, Eleanor is the first lady but sounded a lot like Queen Elizabeth.

    1. Narrators definitely make or break the book. Bad accents are distracting. I'm a little jealous you can listen to audiobooks while you work. I can only do that with books I've listened to before, and then only part of the time because I spend a lot of my day in meetings.

      I will look into the books you recommended. Thanks!

    1. Yes. I know! I tell people all of the time that the best way to experience Harry Potter is to listen to Jim Dale. He also read The Night Circus, which is a huge part of what made it such a great read for me.

  6. Ooh I only recently started getting into audiobooks, so I'll definitely be keeping these recommendations in mind when I look for one next time! My favourite audiobook so far is the first Harry Potter, but it was narrated by Stephen Fry. I thought he did a fantastic job with the voices. For background noise, I usually prefer music, but that's largely because I haven't listened to enough audiobook to want to ignore one, haha.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge