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?
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