Audiobooks have become a love of mine over the last two years. When I was finding it difficult to read physical books due to lack of attention audiobooks allowed me to keep escaping into the pages of books.
Where do I get audiobooks?I get my audiobooks from two places, firstly the library. Unfortunately, my library has quite a poor selection of audiobooks available digitally, and their physical audiobooks have often skipped and not played properly. This led me to start using audible, an Amazon company. I started off with their free trial, I then went to a monthly subscription, and now I pay a year in full. Audible subscriptions work on a credit system with one credit getting you one audiobook. Another aspect I like about Audible is whispersync for voice feature. This is when you buy a Kindle book you can get the audiobook at a reduced price. When you read your Kindle book, you can then listen to the audiobook and it will have updated to where you have read to, and vice-versa. I like Audible, however, there are other places to go for audiobooks, for example, Scribed, Google Play Books, Kobo, Nook, and iTunes. These are just some examples but I do not know how good these services are or what their value for money is. I would first suggest checking out what your local library has to offer as this is a way to trial audiobooks for yourself without the outlay of money.
What audiobooks do I recommend? I recommend any book narrated by Stephen Fry. Stephen Fry has a wonderfully emotive voice and he immerses you in whatever story he is telling. I would recommend the Harry Potter books narrated by Stephen Fry. I found beginning to listen to audiobooks I could drift a bit from the story, so listening to a book I already had read I would be able to concentrate better and get into the way of audiobooks. Plus Stephen Fry just brings to life the Harry Potter books that take me back to my childhood when I first read these magical stories.
The Diviners series by Libba Bray narrated by January LaVoy are fantastically creepy and beautifully told. This is a perfect series if you are looking for a supernatural mystery with a sinister feel. Set in the 1920’s Evie O’Neil becomes integral in capturing an occult serial killer who is terrifying to read about.
The Strange the Dreamer duology By Lanni Taylor narrated by Steve West is another fantastic audiobook to listen to. This is a beautifully lyrical book that is brought to life in its narration. We follow Lazlo Strange who is obsessed with the city of Weep, a city that has lost its true name. When Lazlo gets the chance to visit Weep he is taken on a thrilling adventure where he discovers more about what happened to Weep and why this city fell. This is a series where it is best to go in without knowing much about the novels and just falling into the story. Definitely one for those who like beautiful writing and light fantasy.
Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman narrated by Neil Gaiman is also a good audiobook to listen to. His take on Norse mythology is entertaining and easy to access. It is an audiobook you can nip in and out of as each chapter is a separate story. I listened to this book in one day, but will definitely listen to again. This again is a good starting place for audiobooks as it is lots of little stories that you can listen to without having to concentrate for long periods of time, and will allow you to get into the way of listening to books.
An audiobook I really enjoyed but is a little harder to follow was Challenger Deep By Neal Schusterman narrated by Michael Curran-Dorsano. This is a novel about a young boy in a psychiatric hospital, whilst experiencing psychotic symptoms. This is a beautiful portrayal of mental illness. This is an entertaining listen with an important look at mental health. Flitting between Caden when he is present in the hospital and when he is consumed by his hallucinations we experience a story of creativity and poignancy. An important read for anyone interested in mental health.
There are a lot of audiobooks out there with fantastic narrators that bring the character to life. It is one of the most immersive forms of ready I have experienced and is delightful. I am hoping that I have convinced at least one person to try out audiobooks with this post.
Audiobooks I am looking forward to reading. I have a few audiobooks in my library that I am excited to listen to. Firstly, there is Sadie By Courtney Summers which is narrated by a full cast. I have heard fantastic things about Sadie and am interested in listening to a full cast narration of the book. Sadie’s sister has been murdered but the police investigation was botched, so Sadie is going to try and find the killer herself. West Macray is a crime podcaster and starts to publish content about Sadie’s sisters murder, we therefore listen to Sadie’s story both from her own point of view and via West’s podcasts. I think this inclusion of podcasts will make the story more immersive and interesting to listen to and I look forward to getting to this book.
Mythos by Stephen Fry narrated by himself is another audiobook I am looking forward to listening to…basically I love Stephen Fry and having a book written by him which he narrates is all I need to know!
Before the Devil Breaks You By Libba Bray is the third book in the Diviners series and having enjoyed the first two instalments I can’t wait to find out what happens to the characters next and what evil will show up in this novel.
I hope this introduction to audiobooks was interesting and helpful.