I’m an avid reader and am always trying to squeeze in reading time. I find audiobooks to be great for those times when you can’t sit down and read because they allow me to multi-task when I wouldn’t have been able to with a print book. I didn’t always love audiobooks, they did take me quite a few tries to get used to but I’m so glad that I do now.
These five titles are ones I would recommend to a new audiobook listener looking to see what all the fuss is about. A few of these were some of my first audiobooks too! Be sure to check out the full tour where every day a new blogger is celebrating audiobooks the entire month of June.
If you’re looking for something Sci-Fi, listen to Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
This epistolary type story told using interview transcripts, news articles, journal entries, etc. is the perfect audiobook to listen to. The full cast narration that includes 9 separate narrators is immensely thrilling to listen to. If you love it, make sure to pick up the equally impressive follow-up, Waking Gods.
If you’re looking for something Historical Fiction, listen to: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Narrator Allan Corduner transforms this devastating book into something unique with his sardonic and humorous performance. This story of a motherless girl set in Germany during WWII will break your heart and leave even the hardest of hearts crying (speaking from experience) but Zusak’s prose is something not to be missed.
If you’re looking for something Funny, listen to: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
Hands down, the most hysterical novel I have ever read. Jenny Lawson personally narrates her memoir and only succeeds in making this even funnier (which I didn’t think was possible.) If you’re looking for something to put a smile on your face (and maybe a few laugh tears) give this one a listen.
If you’re looking for something Fantasy, listen to: The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass was one of my very first audiobooks and it’s brilliantly narrated by a full cast which includes the author himself, Philip Pullman. While many of you read this as a kid, this is well worth a re-visit. I personally plan on doing a re-read in anticipation for the new installment, The Book of Dust, which is set ten years before The Golden Compass.
If you’re looking for something Contemporary, listen to: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl has a dual narration that is easy and entertaining to follow courtesy of Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfield. It’s a story written for any “fangirl” out there, but especially you Harry Potter fans. If you love this audiobook, you’ll also love Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.
Thanks to the Audio Publishers Association, I have a giveaway to offer today! One lucky reader will receive earbuds and a card with 3 free audiobook downloads on Audiobooks.com.
To enter, tell me in the comment box below what you love about audiobooks. Never listened to audiobooks before but would like to start? Tell me where you’d like to listen to audiobooks!
One entry per person, available to US readers only. Last day to enter is July 3rd, 2017.