Five Audiobooks You Need to Check Out

I am a big fan of audiobooks; they're a great way to read more books than you could normally! Personally, I mostly use them to reread books. I have a huge issue with rereading physical books because I feel like I'm wasting time I could be spending reading a new one. On the other hand, I only listen to audiobooks when I can't physically read so it's not a waste of time in my head anymore. That being said, I have read small handful of books for the first time as audiobooks and I loved them all the same.

Having listened to audiobooks a lot, I feel like I've learnt a few things along the way. The biggest thing is that the narrator will make or break the audiobook. If I don't like their narration in the sample, I won't buy it. (sad times when a bunch of my favourite books are narrated by one person I don't like the narration style of). So, I thought I'd share my current top five audiobooks I've listened to, in no particular order of course. They're all excellent books with equally excellent narrators, so here we go!

1. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

This was such an easy one to add to the list. If you haven't read Ready Player One, it doesn't matter which format you read it in, all are excellent. The audiobook is narrated by none other than Wil Wheaton and he does a fantastic job. Wheaton really brings the character of Wade Watts to life and draws you into the amazing world Ernest Cline created. If you didn't know, Ready Player One tells the story of the teeanger Wade trying to find all of the Easter Eggs in the world's biggest virtual reality game in order to win ownership of the game and it's business empire. Of course, what really makes this audiobook so good is the hilarious, engaging writing. You just don't want to stop listening and laughing. Honestly such a good audiobook, I've listened it to a few times now, including two back to back listens because I just didn't want to stop!

2. The Martian - Andy Weir

Yes it's another humour-filled sci-fi but who can say no to the award winning audiobook of the Martian? This is another case of a narrator really making this book even more special than it already was. R.C. Bray sounds just how I imagined Mark Watney would and it feels like you're really listening to the real Mark Watney. The inflection and the attitude is just perfect. The book itself is a compelling read that tugs on your heartstrings a little but it will also make you laugh out loud more than once. It's all about the race to save astronaut Mark Watney after he gets stranded on Mars! You'll fall in love with Watney (even easier when you're listening to him) and all of the people working to save the stranded astronaut's life.

3. Harry Potter Series - J.K. Rowling

Of course no list of epic audiobooks is complete without the Harry Potter series read by Stephen Fry. Honestly if Stephen Fry could read all audiobooks I would be a happy bookworm because he truly is fantastic. He is the narrator every parent reading to their child wishes they were; he has a unique voice for every character and you just disappear into this world so easily as he reads. The wizarding world is so complex and intricate but Stephen Fry is just amazing at making it accessible and funny and involved in such a unique way. The voices don't sound forced or strange, they all fit so wonderfully, it's truly special. These audiobooks are expensive but they're worth the money if you have it.

4. The Help - Katherine Stockett

Narrated by Jemma Lamia, Octavia Spencer and Bahni Turpin, this audiobook really is something else. I loved that with each new persepctive you got a unique voice and personality, with each narrator so perfectly matched to their character. Especially Octavia Spencer; not only does she play Minnie Jackson in the movie adaptation but she also does her narration. Octavia Spencer is a gift to this world and deserves so much more praise than she gets. Can you tell I'm a fan? But anyway, this slow-burn story following the lives of two black maids and a young white woman during segregation-era Mississippi is really something else. If you haven't read it yet, the audiobook is definitely worth checking out!

5. The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

What's this? I managed to sneak TGGTVAV into yet another post? If you're new here, get used to it because I am never going to shut up about this book. It's so good. But anyway, I actually read this book via the audiobook. I got a deal on amazon where if I bought the kindle book, which was on sale for 99p, I got the audiobook for something silly like £3.99. Once I started the audiobook I just could not stop listening to it! I don't think I've ever come across a more perfect narrator for a character before. Christian Coulson (none other than Tom Riddle in Chamber of secrets, a choice I'm sure Monty would approve of) just truly captures the sass, confidence and ridiculousness that is Henry Montague. The book itself is all about Monty's tour around Europe which of course goes wrong in every which way possible. It's difficult to summarise so here's my full review if you're interested (you really should be it's so so good)!

So there you have it, those are five audiobooks I absolutely adored that I think you should check out! Audiobooks are a really wonderful way of reading, especially if you're a busy person like me, so if you haven't tried them yet I'd definitely give it a go. Chances are you'll be able to get a free trial on Audible, and with that free credit you could even try one of these five! Happy reading and listening. 

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