The Best Audiobooks of 2014 Blog Hop Giveway

Best Audiobooks of 2014 Blog Hop 600x407Hey Audiobook fans! Today we are celebrating our favorite audiobooks in the Best Audiobooks of 2014 Blog Hop! All the blog hop participants will be highlighting their top 5 audiobook titles of the year, so it’s a great time to get some audiobook recs and enter to win some audiobook prizes. This event is brought to you by The Book Nympho, The Geeky Blogger’s Book BlogHot Listens and runs from Jan 25 to Feb. 3.

I listened to just over 100 audiobooks in 2014, over 60% of my reading total. And today I’m highlighting 5 of my favorites- books or series that are even more enjoyable when you listen. (Check out the list of all the titles I listened to last year on Goodreads)

BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty, performed by Caroline Lee – Penguin Audio, July 2014, 16 hours. From my review, “Lee makes this story really absorbing as she brings the small-town story to life. She is especially great with her larger than life portrayal of Madeline, but also subtle when the scene calls for it. I whole-heartedly recommend this as an audiobook- you will be looking for excuses to keep listening either by taking the long way home, staying on the treadmill longer, or volunteering to do the dishes. Lee is a great partner-in-crime for Moriarty’s complex story.” Take a listen at Audible.

SILVER SHADOWS (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead, performed by Emily Shaffer, Alden Ford – Penguin Audio, July 2014, 10 hours, 41 minutes. As I said in my review, “Both performers get to show a lot of range in this book considering all the highs and lows that take place over the almost-11-hour book. Shaffer is a wonderful Sydney, and Ford fits Adrian to a T. Ford’s Adrian is cool and confident and distinctly Adrian. While Shaffer’s Sydney is smart, no-nonsense, yet emotional at all the right times. This was an audiobook I did not want to stop listening to.”  Take a listen at Audible.

CROWN OF MIDNIGHT (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas, performed by Elizabeth Evans – Audible Studios for Bloomsbury, November 2013, 12 hours. As I said in my review, “With all of the action in Crown of Midnight, Evans keeps up by reading with more intensity. She matches Celaena’s growth beat by beat and gets you good and wrapped up in the story. Evans makes all the characters sound unique and with their own personalities so there’s never any doubt as to who is speaking.  She uses an appropriate tone for the romantic, action, and quiet scenes and reads with a brisk pace.” Take a listen at Audible.

OUTLANDER series by Diana Gabaldon, performed by Davina Porter – Recorded Books, 8-book series of very long books. I’ve listened to the first 3.5 books in this series after I got hooked on the TV series. As I said about Dragonfly in Amber, “(Davina Porter’s) performance is so steady and consistent, and her voice makes it easy to get lost in the story. There are a lot of different voices for Porter to convey and she is expert at making all the voices sound distinct. I was always surprised seeing the time fly by when I was listening.” Take a listen at Audible.

WILD SEASONS series by Christina Lauren, performed by various – Simon & Schuster Audio, 2014. I listened to the first two books in the Wild Seasons series. From my review of Dirty Rowdy Thing, “this book is written in dual POV, and there are two narrators to match. Shayna Thibodeaux returns to narrate this book as Harlow, and Sebastian York (Beautiful Player) takes on Finn. Thibodeaux has a sassy, sarcastic, flirty tone that works great for Harlow. And York has that deep Southern drawl that is so hypnotic. Thibodeaux and York handle the funny/sexy/emotional scenes with ease and make this an addictive listen. I’ve only listened to Laurens’ books in audio format and think that is the way to go.” Take a listen at Audible.

Giveaway!

One winner will receive:

One audiobook (gifted via Audible) from my list of favorites (All except Big Little Lies are books in a series, so you are welcome to choose book 1 in the series, or whichever # you prefer)

Giveaway open to US entrants age 18 and up.

Winner will be notified on Feb. 3

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42 thoughts on “The Best Audiobooks of 2014 Blog Hop Giveway

  1. I also listened to Big Little Lies in 2014 and enjoyed it a lot. A while back I listened to Dragon Fly in Amber, even though I liked it I had problems with Davina Porter’s voice. I think it sounds too old for Claire.
    From my favorite listens I think you might enjoy The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. Linda Townsend says:

    I loved the whole World of Fae series by Terry Spear and the Gods’ Trilogy by Debra Holland and Talon by Julie Kagawa. Your choices sound great! I have read Silver Shadows (and loved it!). I’d probably pick Crown of Midnight as that series is on my to-read list :-))) Thanks for participating!

  3. I need to catch up on the Richelle Mead Series. That is my plan in Feb/March 🙂

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  4. LilyElement says:

    I started reading Christina Lauren books recently and love them. Haven’t read the WILD SEASONS series though!

  5. Anya Breton says:

    I just read the Beautiful Bastard and LOVED it. I’d love to win one of the Christina Lauren books…

  6. I’m definitely interested in the Christina Lauren series. I have the paperbooks, but if it’s a good listen, I may listen instead.

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  7. I love Diana Gabaldon’s novels!! The Outlander series is awesome… I’m still reading through the series.

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  8. nrlymrtl says:

    There were so many great audiobooks last year. I listened to so many! I will go with the Dead Eye series by Jim Bernheimer narrated by Jeffry Kaffer. Great urban fantasy fun!

  9. Diane Galbodons series is one I hope to start this year!

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  10. YvonneJ says:

    Deborah Harkness’ ALL SOULS TRILOGY was/were my favorite audiobook(s) of 2014. I listened to the series back-to-back so I’m counting them as one book.

  11. Lupdilup says:

    I loved the narration of Big Little Lies, and if my list could have been longer it would have made it. Ah! Crown of Midnight! Yes!!
    I have to check Silver Shadows for sure. I love Diana Gabaldon/Davina Potter books.
    Great list!!!
    I have something that I know you’d really enjoy, The Girl in the Train..check the synopsis 🙂
    Thank you for participating and sharing with us your favorites.
    Happy Listening! I want to win!

    1. Lupdilup says:

      I forgot to say, you got love York! He’s awesome 🙂

  12. I listened to around 30 audiobooks, and my favorite was probably Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. And I can already say that Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle is starting out my 2015 listens strong — I can’t put it down!

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  13. Suzanne Dix says:

    Loved Code Name Verity. Hoping to win Big Little Lies. Thanks for offering the contest!

  14. bn100 says:

    BIG LITTLE LIES sounds interesting

  15. January says:

    I’ve been meaning to read the Outlander series, but I also love the Bloodlines series, so I would probably pick one of those books! And the best book I listened to in 2014 was written waaay before 2014. The Stand by Stephen King! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 🙂

  16. I have got to get my hands on Big Little Lies! Thanks so much for the recommendation. I’m glad you also are doing this givaway, because I could have sworn I was already following you on Twitter. I found out I wasn’t. Must be the Twitter goblins. I’ve fixed it now. 🙂

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  17. Diana Leigh says:

    I’d love to listen to BIG LITTLE LIES. I’ve heard wonderful things about Liane Moriarty’s novels!

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  18. I have been wanting to read Throne of Glass, so I would choose the first book in that series. Big Little Lies sounds so good! I’ve got the Outlander audiobook on order from the library.

  19. I just finished Dragonfly in Amber on audio. Love Davina’s narration of the series!

  20. Stormi says:

    I must admit to being curious about Outlander after watching the show but the heftiness of the books have halted me..lol. Last year I listened to Dakota Cassidy’s Accidental series and they were pretty funny and the narrator is great. 🙂

  21. Wow I can’t believe you listened to 100 audiobooks last year. That’s crazy. Sadly the car I am renting does not have a hookup for audio with my phone so I’ve been curbed in my audiobook listening. Hopefully I will get back on it when I get a new car.

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  22. Anne says:

    Written in Red and Murder of crows both by Anne Bishop are really good on audio.

  23. I’d love to try The Crown of Midnight!

  24. I’ve only listened to one audiobook in 2014, though I want to listen to them more. It was Phantom’s Dance by Lesa Howard and I loved it!

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  25. Lisa Vazquezanzua says:

    I would love to win CROWN OF MIDNIGHT!

  26. Sophia Rose says:

    My favorite audio was Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and narrated by Davina Porter. I was tickled to see that you like these too. If I were to win, I would like Drums of Autumn which is the next one I need in the series. Thanks for the opportunity.

  27. Rebecca says:

    loved the kite runner audiobook because the author narrarates it himself

  28. Courtney W says:

    I listened to 50+ audiobooks in 2014 and my favorite listen was Entwined by Heather Dixon. Mandy Williams was the perfect choice to narrate this story and I loved it!

  29. Tanya Guthrie says:

    I listened to Remy by Katy Evans, and loved it! Thanks for the chance!

  30. I love Big Little Lies, The Others series, Kate Daniels series, You and so many more! Thanks 🙂 audiobooks are addicting

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  31. Nicole Sender says:

    I’d like to win “Big Little Lies!”

  32. BookLady says:

    Audiobooks are a new format for me. I would love to win Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  33. Leslie says:

    I listened to 63 audiobooks last year so it’s difficult to pick just one favorite. Station Eleven and Murder of Crows are two good ones.

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  34. Seventh Grave by Darynda Jones was one of my faves and I love that series on audio.

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  35. JoAnna B says:

    I loved the latest in the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. I would love to listen to the Wild Season series.

  36. Marcia says:

    Enjoyed seeing your list all new to me except Outlander of course. You would have to live in a rock in space to not have heard of Outlander. I tried to listen to it but I just could not get into it.

  37. I loved “The Night Circus” and “Night of Cake and Puppet” I had so many loves in the audiobooks section that it is hard to really pick. Thanks for the giveaway I would love to win something off of my Audible.com wish list. LOL!

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  38. stacybuckeye says:

    I would love to win Big Little Lies!

  39. Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages says:

    I’d love to win Big Little Lies!

  40. Janie McGaugh says:

    Kresley Cole’s Dark Skye was my favorite audio book of 2014.

  41. I’d love to get a Richelle Mead book. I’ve been wanting to read Bloodlines for a while now. I loved the VA series but never got a chance to start this one. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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