This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To Someone Who Doesn’t Read _______(choose any topic you like). I’ve chosen audiobooks as my subject. I’ve just gotten into audiobooks over the past year and have found some audiobooks that are outstanding, and some that are so-so. It’s hard when you are just starting out to find the ones that are right for you, and everyone has their own personal preferences for narrators. Overall I recommend starting with a book you’ve already read at first, and then try a few audiobooks from the library to find readers you like. You can also look up audiobook reviews on sites like Audible or Audiobook Jukebox before you buy.
I am cheating by adding a few extra audiobooks to the list..
In no particular order these are the audiobooks I recommend:
1. A Million Suns by Beth Revis – Read effectively by Tara Carrozza and Lucas Salvagno. The audio sets the perfect tone for the book and makes you feel like you are enclosed in the spaceship Godspeed along with main characters Amy and Elder.
5. Delirium by Lauren Oliver – Read by Sarah Drew. Drew brings Lena’s story to life and captures the emotional intensity necessary to tell the story.
6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Read by Kim Mai Guest. Also worth a listen is the companion book Lola and the Boy Next Door, read by Shannon McManus. While you are waiting for next year’s Isla and the Happily Ever After, you can revisit the first two companion books via audio. Both books are enjoyable listens and the readers do a good job with the different character voices.
7. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan – Read by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl. The narrators do well with the hilarious material, and even sing in the audiobook. Another wonderful contemporary audiobook by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn is Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, read convincingly by Ryan Gesell and Tara Sands. A fun and entertaining holiday read/listen.
8. Unwind by Neil Shusterman – Read by Luke Daniels. A chilling and fast-paced dystopian story made even more thrilling by Daniels’ narration. Daniels does well with the character voices and there are some truly disturbing scenes that are very realistic in the audio.
9. The Help by Kathryn Stockett – A full-cast audio read by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and Cassandra Campbell. An entertaining audio, great story and audio production, and the narrators really bring the characters to life. Octavia Spencer who also plays Minny in the movie reads the character in the audiobook.
10. The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine – Read by Cynthia Holloway. I started with the books in this series, and then got hooked on the audio thanks to Holloway’s wonderful narration. Her character voices line up with the way I imagined they would sound, and she handles all the character nuances with ease.