My Favorite . . Audiobook

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I listened to just under 30 audiobooks last year, which was a little down from the year before. I like audiobooks a lot, so it’s really tough to pick my favorite. A lot are good books, period, regardless of if you read them in print or listen to them on audio, presuming the narrator is at all decent. Others are probably better in one format or the other.

One of my favorite series is Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Gamache mysteries, and I always listen to them on audio (except #1). The series takes place in Canada, but with all the French names and phrases, it flows so much better on audio for me than it would in print. The same is true of  Keigo Higashino‘s Detective Galileo series, except the names and places are Japanese. Honestly though, both of these series would be just as good in print, I just enjoy the sound of someone else reading them so fluently.

One book that I listened to that I don’t think I would have enjoyed nearly as much in print was Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles. she reads the collection of essays and sing pieces of a few of her songs along the way, and you just can’t duplicate that in print.

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18 Comments

  1. For me whether I like the audiobook is because of the narrator. They make all the difference in the world and Phil Gigante, Kate Mulgrew, Davina Porter, Tavia Gilbert are some of my favorite narrators but there are so many others that need to be recognized and I can’t remember their names off hand. How good the book is, is important as well but the voice of the narrator plays a significant role and yes sometimes it is fun to listen to a book if their are hard words to pronounce but sometimes the narrator doesn’t pronounce things correctly and that’s annoying )

    • I agree. It does take longer, but I can listen while I do things like the dishes when I couldn’t be reading in print. I don’t have must trouble focusing although sometimes my family gets a bit annoyed when I’m doing things around the house with my earphones on.

  2. Wow 30 audiobooks.. That’s amazing! I always plan on listening to more audiobooks, but in the end I never do. The one I did love was ‘The Silent Waters’ by Brittainy C. Cherry. I couldn’t stop listening to that one.
    Thanks for signing up and sharing your favorite.

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