Topic Tuesday – Top 10 Audiobooks

Welcome to Topic Tuesday! Today I am going to be talking about my Top 10 favorite audiobooks!

Audiobooks to me are a unique experience. It wasn’t until last year that I really started getting into them. I had listened to some here and there on my way to and from work, but that was almost out of necessity – I needed something to fill the time of driving 1.5 hours both way! In order for me to really love an audiobook and invest those hours into it, it has to have a phenomenal narration. I am so picky with my narrators. My top 10 favorite audiobooks will include the voice actors that I love and why these books are so great!

  1. The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff, narrated by Holter Graham – Holter Graham gave an Oscar winning performance when narrating The Nevernight Chronicles. There was never a time where I questioned his artistic choices. His cadence is so unique, his voice for Mia is spot on – honestly, her sass would not have come through nearly as much without him! Sex scenes usually make me uncomfortable on audio, but not these!
  2. The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, narrated by a full cast of 20! – This is narrated by a full cast, not narrators switching with POV. It is literally like listening to an awesome SCIFI movie on in the background. Need I say more?
  3. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, narrated by a full cast – The full cast in this SCIFI adventure switches narrators with each POV! You will hear a lot of your Illuminae favorites in this one! Zila’s narrator is ICONIC.
  4. An Ember in the Ashes series (soon to be quartet) by Sabaa Tahir, narrated by Fiona Hardingham, Steve West, and Katherine McEwan – AEITA is a YA fantasy filled with action, drama, and heartbreak. The narration switches with each POV. You really get into the grit of the story in A Torch Against the Night when we are introduced to Katherine McEwan. Her voice is one of my favorites. She is saw gritty and raw, you can feel all of the characters emotions. I also love her in The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein!
  5. Strange the Dreamer Duology by Laini Taylor, narrated by Steve West – This is an audiobook I can fall asleep to every night. Steve West has a dreamy, lyrical voice that matches the way the books are written. There are a lot of female characters, but his voice wasn’t distracting. I think he did a marvelous job! He also narrates in Gemina as well as AEITA!
  6. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld and Holter Graham – I just finished listening to this book and I am ready to listen again. Saskia Maarleveld has one of the most breathy, beautiful, and addicting voices. There are books I’m not really interested in, but after finding out she narrates them, I am adding them to my TBR. Her french does not sound forced or fake in this book, which sometimes can easily be ruined with the wrong narrator. Lou would not be the same without Saskia! Holter Graham delivers a perfect performance as the male POV!
  7. The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, narrated by Michael Kramer – Michael Kramer took some getting used to. When I first listened to his voice in The Final Empire I honestly was kind of… turned off by it. I was unsure of his deep voice. It sounds like a older guy reading to you by a fireplace and he’s almost falling asleep. It’s weird, I know, but TRUST ME. His narration is GOLD. I am addicted to his voice. He narrates all of Mistborn and I am currently reading the Stormlight Archive in which he narrates them, too along with his wife!
  8. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Neil Gaiman – This was the first audiobook I ever listened to. Neil Gaiman has a wonderful voice for reading out loud. Especially since he likes to narrate his own books, he understands the character, how they would sound in that scene, what their feelings are. It’s truly amazing to listen to him. He narrates Coraline and The Graveyard book as well!
  9. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, narrated by Jim Dale – Can we sing enough praises about Jim Dale? Not only does he give an iconic performance throughout the Harry Potter series, but his tone and accent are perfect for this whimsical tale. I will say, if you aren’t paying attention, you can lose your place very easily with this one!
  10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JKR, narrated by Eddie Redmayne – This super short audiobook is a companion book to Harry Potter and it is SO FUN! The fact that Eddie Redmayne narrates it should say enough. There’s also sound effects!

Well, there you have it folks! I’m sure there’s audiobooks I missed or things I forgot I wanted to say, but those are the first 10 that came to my mind so they must be important, right?! Let me know if you have listened to any of these books and what you think! I wouldn’t survive without audio!

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline

Title: Coraline
Author: Neil Gaiman
Pages: 162 (depending on the version)
Published: February 24th, 2002
Read: 3/8/2019 via Audible

Coraline Jones is an explorer. The day she moves into her new home she begins to unravel the mysteries that surround her. The house is old, the mice seem to move with intention, and when she is turned away from her parents due to their busy schedules, she begins to wish for something more.

When she goes through a secret passageway in a locked room she finds a world like her own but with a twist. At first Coraline loves this new world. The other mother and father are always there for her, the food is delicious, and the toys come to life! But when Coraline realizes that things are not what they seem, she begins to discover the truth to the happiness of the other world.

***SPOILERS***

Coraline is the hero that I always wish that I could be. She is so brave and never turns away from a challenge. The first glimpse of those button eyes would have had me screaming for home! When she realizes that there are children’s souls that are trapped, she does everything she can to set their souls free. I love the cast of characters like the acrobat grannies and their dogs, the weird man upstairs with the circus mice, and the cat. I love the cat, I think that he’s a perfect companion for this book because he doesn’t actually tell you anything but he drives the plot forward. I also cheered when the other dad defied the other mother to save Coraline!

***END SPOILERS***

I read this book via Audible and I loved it so much. Basically anything Neil himself narrates just turns to gold!

Coraline is a dark and whimsical children’s story told by Neil Gaiman. He is the master at taking something small and turning it into something unforgettable!