As I am sure you know by now, I love audiobooks. I always have one on the go, alongside whatever book/s I am actively reading. I think that they are a great way to read, especially as you can do stuff while listening to them. I always have mine playing when I am cooking, cleaning, walking or basically doing any mindless task. So, since I have listened to a lot of audiobooks, today I thought that I would recommend some of the best ones to you. These are all books that are brilliant books in general, but that the audiobooks for them are just incredible and are, in my opinion, the best way to read them. So, today I am continuing my Top Reads series with my Top Audio Book Reads. Let’s do this.
The Martian by Andy Weir
I don’t generally read sci-fi books, but after several people recommended it to me, I decided to give it a go and honestly this book is incredible. It is funny and dramatic and honestly brilliant. Set on Mars you follow astronaut Mark Watney as he struggles to survive on the planet and find a way home. This book is honestly hilarious, which is not something you would think upon hearing what it is about, but it really is. It opens with the line ‘Well, I’m pretty much fucked’ which sums up the feel of this book perfectly. And the audiobook for this is brilliant. It is read by R C Bray, who does a brilliant job. He really brought the story to life and drew me into it. I cannot think of a better voice for Mark. I will admit that there is one moment in the book which doesn’t work particularly well as an audiobook, but the rest of the book is perfect.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I love this book. It is the best Wonderland retelling that I have found so far. In this story you follow Kath, the future Queen of Hearts, as she discovers who she is and who she wants to be. You watch her fall in love with someone she can’t ever have and discover how she became so heartless. This is a really fun, all be it, mildly devastating, story full of love and friendship, cute couples and a lot of whimsy. And the audio book for it is just straight up amazing. It has an incredible voice actress (Rebecca Soler) who really brings the story to life. She injects so much personality into each and every character and I honestly don’t think that I would have enjoyed this book as much as I did, if it hadn’t been for the audiobook.
Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green
I fell completely in love with this trilogy as soon as I picked up Half Bad and I honestly couldn’t put them down. You follow a young boy as he navigates his way through the dangerous world in which he lives. A world of magic. These books are so addictively good and very different from what you would expect them to be. These books have so much going on in them. Love, death, torture, magic, family, drama and so much more. This is one of those series that you will either love or hate, but if you are going to read them, I would suggest looking at the audiobooks. I listened to the whole trilogy and loved the format, mainly because of how amazing Carl Prekopp (the voice actor) is. He is just the perfect voice for the trilogy and just narrates the story brilliantly. You cannot help but enjoy these books when he is voicing them.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This is the story of a 17-year-old girl’s suicide. After Hannah takes her own life, tapes suddenly start arriving on her classmate’s doorsteps, on them, Hannah’s reasons for ending her life. Throughout this book you see how people’s actions have consequences, how everything is all linked together and entwined. And how everything can snowball. This is a heart-breaking story and is well worth a read. You will laugh and cry and really connect with the characters. The reason why I suggest listening to this one, is because of the format of the book. The book is told from Clay’s (one of the people who has received the tapes) POV but is primarily Hannah speaking. The audiobook is read by Debra Wiseman and Joel Johnstone how each take a POV. This just makes the story a lot easier to follow and much more enjoyable. There is also something about listening to this that just feels right. Plus, they are both amazing actors who really help to bring the story to life and to connect you to the characters. Plus, there is a really sweet surprise at the end of this audiobook.
The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
This is the epic story of the Kane’s, a brother and sister who suddenly find themselves thrown into the world of ancient Egyptian gods. This is a fast paced trilogy full of twists and turns and so many incredible characters. You cannot help but love it. Although I always listen to Riordan’s work instead of actively reading it, I would highly recommend listening to this trilogy in particular. The books are told through tapes that Sadie and Carter Kane have recorded telling their story. This means that the audience is regularly addressed, and there are moments when you hear the pair fighting over the mic. This means that listening to this one just feels right and works so well. The audiobook is perfect. (Read by Jane Collingwood and Joseph May)
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
This trilogy borders the line between post-apocalyptic and dystopian These books follow Thomas as he is thrown into the Trails, test designed to find a cure for a disease that is ravaging the earth, causing humanity to lose their minds. The entire world has become a waste land caused by sun flares, and the disease, known as The Flare, is rapidly wiping out the last of humanity. These books are dark and twisted with teenagers fighting for their lives, being put through literal hell by an organisation called WICKED. They have no memories from their lives before the Trails and must find a way to survive. These books are wonderfully fast paced and imaginative You learn alongside the characters, nothing is just given to you. This trilogy really divides people, but I think that they are incredible. And I think that part of the reasons why I enjoyed them so much was because of the audiobooks. They really bring the story to life. I feel like if I had read them I would have been lost, but the audiobook makes it really easy to follow the storyline. Even if Mark Deakins does give Newt a really bad Scottish accent.
And those are, in my opinion, the top audiobooks that I have listened too. Obviously, there are a lot more incredible audiobooks out there, and since I always have one on the go, I am always finding more that I love. So, if you would like me to make a part two of this in the future, let me know. What are your favourite audiobooks? Any that you think that I should check out? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again soon.