I’m not an auditory learner; I’m super visual. I need illustrations and demonstrations, I need to write things down and look at them over and over again. This is how my brain works. But a couple of years ago, I decided to give audiobooks a try. I’ve noticed that when I listen to an audiobook and do other things at the same time, I don’t process everything that happens, unlike when I’m actually reading the pages of a book. When my attention is split, I’m really just picking up things here and there. I tend to choose non-fiction for audiobooks, because I don’t necessarily need to keep up with a plot line. However, sometimes if I’ve already read a book once before or if I’m not 100% feeling it anyway, I’ll choose to listen to the audiobook.
These are 5 of my favorite audiobooks. My local library lets me check audiobooks out online, as well as my school library. I also have an audible subscription so that I can pick out one new audiobook a month.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale
I’ve listened to the first HP book that was narrated by Stephen Fry, as well as Jim Dale’s, and I definitely prefer my good friend Jim. I’ve only listened to the first three books so far and this one is my favorite by far. Jim Dale has a way of capturing each character’s essence and the mood of a scene that is captivating. His voice is so easy to listen to and he made me want to keep listening, no matter what I should have been doing at the time. Ha!
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, narrated by Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, and Jonathan McClain
The best way to experience this story is to listen to the audiobook and read the print at the same time. There are diagrams and pictures in the printed text that you can’t fully understand from the audio alone. I liked the narrators. I wasn’t ever really annoyed by them, which is a make or break thing for me. It SOUNDED like it was happening in space. You just have to hear it to know what I mean. This is such a cool story. Please read it. And listen to it.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, narrated by Jay Snyder, David LeDoux, Lauren Fortgang, Roger Clark, Elizabeth Evans, Tristan Morris, and Brandon Rubin
YES. There ARE that many narrators. It’s crazy; it has a full cast, you guys. I wouldn’t say that I love that it has 7 narrators because they each have slightly different interpretations of characters. There are a few scenes that played out better in my head, with my own interpretations when I read the print version. But because it has 7 narrators, it’s different and I didn’t get bored with it. (Unlike the Song of Ice and Fire audiobooks…I get burned out on hearing the same guy talk for like 48 hours.)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, narrated by Rosamund Pike
I will forever and always love this book. That being said, I was skeptical about listening to the audio because I didn’t want it to be tainted by anyone. Then I saw Rosamund Pike was the narrator and I think she was the perfect Jane Bennet, so I gave it a chance. I loved it. Rosamund Pike is one of those people that I could listen to all day and she really understands this family. I’ll probably listen to this many times in the future. If you’re skeptical about reading classics, I’d recommend starting with this audiobook.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling, narrated by Mindy Kaling
I’ve listened to quite a few good non-fiction audiobooks (including For the Love by Jen Hatmaker, who also narrates it), but this one stands out as my favorite. I know that not everyone loves Mindy Kaling (including my own mother) and I’m really ok with that, but I love her. I think she’s hilarious. I think I enjoyed listening to her read this book far more than I would have liked reading it on my own. Her words in her voice is the way to go.
What are some of your favorite audiobooks? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy listening! – Caitlyn