I saw this Tag over on Jessica C Writes and as someone who loves an audiobook I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to answer these questions. Check out her responses as well!
Audiobooks have been something that has been in and out of my life. When I was young I was introduced to the Harry Potter books on audio on family trips where we would all sit in the car and enjoy the wonderful world of Harry Potter. I also had experiences with them during school when we would have ‘listening post’, I know I’ really showing my age!
It wasn’t until 3(ish) years ago that I got into listening to them on a more daily basis, although I have been re experiencing Harry Potter since that first day.
So I couldn’t just pick one.
I absolutely love the Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, listening to them on audio just gives them a whole other element! The Story is absolutely incredible and the cast does an amazing job!
‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard is one I picked up after finishing another book during my O.W.L.S readathon. I think the audio version really enhanced the book. I know I wouldn’t of been as engaged if I was physically reading this one.
‘The Mark of Athena’ by Rick Riordan is so far the only Rick Riordan book I have listened to and I really enjoyed the narrator. I really think I want to listen to the audiobooks when I get around to rereading this series.
Finally, this list would not be complete without ‘Harry Potter’. I absolutely love this series and Stephen Fry’s Narration of them are utterly incredible. I genuinely feel like I am transported whenever I listen to the series.
Everyone of these are my favourites!
That I can ‘t really take notes.
I’ve tried taking notes on my phone but its not the same, by the time you pause the book and then write the notes I’ve found that I’ve forgotten what I wanted to note down in the first place.
Also sometimes I just don’t vibe with the narrators and then I don’t enjoy listening to the story.
It depends on the book. I find books with a full cast can be more immersive than physically reading but then sometimes I feel as though you need to read a book to get the experience. But it depends on the book and the reader.
I listen at all different times. Most of the time it will be when I’m in transit, either in the car or on the train or walking to or from work.
I also listen when I am doing things around the house like cooking and cleaning. Most of the time I listen on headphones but when its a book I’m listening to with my partner we put it on the speaker to listen together.
I prefer full cast or narrated by the author. I mostly listen to fantasy, young adult and autobiographies, although contemporary is starting to play a bigger part in what I’m listening too.
Ok, so I know that’s a lot but, ‘The Illuminae Files’ has a full cast and is an absolutely amazing listen. I was genuinely crying while walking down the street when I was listening.
‘Yes Please’ By Amy Poehler is narrated by the author herself and is an intriguing glimpse into her life.
‘Norse Mythology’ By Neil Gaiman is another story narrated by the author and not only is Neil Gaiman an exceptional author but an amazing narrator.
The entire Harry Potter series narrated by Stephen Fry is utterly incredible. It an a completely immersive series that I revisit often.
‘Mythos’ By Stephen Fry is an exceptional examination of Greek Mythology that is made ever more interesting by his narration of it.
Lastly, ‘The Hobbit’ By J.R.R. Tolkien. What an immersive audiobook. It includes singing, has an incredible narrator and really takes the reader to Middle Earth.
What are some of your audiobook recommendations?