Top Ten Tuesday – The Best Audios

Posted September 19, 2016 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 19 Comments

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey [Purchase//Review]
I went through a phase where I tried to read all those books that one typically reads in school that I somehow missed (I went to a shit school apparently.) This was one of them and not only did I adore the narration (by Tom Parker) but this became one of my all time favorite books.

Blindness by José Saramago [Purchase//Review]
Blindness was another one of those lacking any sort of normal punctuation, à la McCarthy, so I opted for the audiobook. Narrated by Jonathan Davis. I was so impressed, I’ll definitely be seeking out more of his narrations.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak [Purchase//Review]
A couple years ago one of my kids was assigned this in his English class. Considering it was one of those I’d always been meaning to read, I decided to do an impromptu buddy read with him. I remember vividly finishing this before going to work one morning and thoroughly exhausting myself sobbing. What a heartbreaker. The narrator, Allan Corduner, did an insanely great job at being the voice of Death.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath [Purchase//Review]
I was skeptical when I first picked this audiobook up, but Maggie Gyllenhaal emulates the words of Esther Greenwood flawlessly.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [Purchase//Review]
I only just recently read this but I can honestly say I wouldn’t have appreciated it half as much if I had read this in my teen years. I picked up the edition narrated by Dan Stevens, who has the swooniest voice in the world. <3

Lolita by Vladimir Naboko [Purchase//Review]
I tried to read this at one point in my life and didn’t get very far, at all. When this happens I usually try to pick up the audio just to see if it works out better and it really did with this one. Narrated by Jeremy Irons who does an incredible job.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman [Purchase]
I listened to the version of this entire series which is narrated by Pullman himself and I adored it. Sure made me wish I hadn’t waited till so late in life to finally read/listen!

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson [Purchase//Review]
This is hands down the funniest audiobook/book I’ve never listened to/read. I made the mistake of listening to this while at the gym on the treadmill and about injured myself laughing so hard. Narrated by the author herself.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy [Purchase]
This is another one that I tried to originally read but it didn’t work out, mainly because of McCarthy’s refusal to use quotation marks. Never fails to cause my eye to twitch. Can’t tell when you listen though! hahaha Narrated by Tom Stechschulte.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood [Purchase//Review]
I’d been wanting to read this one for years, but I finally discovered that Claire Danes was set to narrate this classic and I decided to wait for its release. This story consists of a heavy and distressing subject matter but Danes did an amazing job at thoroughly enthralling you.

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19 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – The Best Audios

  1. I’ve recently realized that audiobooks can make some works more accessible too. If I’m having trouble getting going on a book, but feel like it’s worth the effort, I’ll try to find an audio version. Often, once I’ve listened to the first CD or two, I’m invested enough that I can pick up the hard copy and finish it that way.
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  2. I still need to read the Book Thief. I bought it when I first got my Kindle in 2008, and I still haven’t worked up the courage to read it. Now I think I am going to have to listen to it.

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