Audiobooks are something that it took me a long time to get into. I didn’t originally like listening to someone reading me something when I could read it myself faster. But I’ve since discovered you can choose the speed yourself on Scribd, Libby and Audible and now I’m hooked.
But some audiobooks are just a stand out from the rest and I want to let you guys know why these audiobooks are so good so you can check them out!
Technically You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson
This is the first audiobook that I listened to when I was trying to get into them. And it was a great choice. This is a contemporary YA novel that is told solely through text messages. And with this book being full cast it just sounds like a conversation.
And I loved it.
This book was emotional and funny. It discussed sexuality and have a really cute romance at it’s heart. Contemporary is something I’m only really just getting into in YA but this book was just everything that was good about it.
If you want something short, funny and easy to listen to then this is the audiobook for you.
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Skyward was my first foray into Brandon Sanderson after a friend bugged me for years about giving him a try and I was really curious to check this one out. But with it being thick I wasn’t sure how quickly I’d get through it. I should probably note that I also enjoyed physically reading the book so I could see the doodles between sections as well.
This was a fun listen. It was easy to get through the chapters and the voices for the different characters were easily recognisable. I loved that M-Bot had a Scottish accent. It kind of made it even better as it just added an extra layer of amusement.
And was another reason why my friend who loved Sanderson will love this audiobook as she lives in Scotland.
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Where Skyward was pretty good for different character voices, Gideon the Ninth was amazing.
This is a book that was pretty confusing with the entire cast of characters, different terms and roles etc. If it wasn’t for the audiobook then I probably would’ve been even more confused then I was as each character did have their own individual voice even though there was only one narrator. But she did such a good job in putting different emotion and accents in place.
Though I want to get physical copies of these books to read, I’ll definitely be listening to Harrow in audio. It just opened the world so much more and once again just made it so much easier to get through quickly.
I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick
This is the most recent audiobook that I’ve listened to and is actually the reason why I’m writing this post. This is another full-cast audio book but it’s mostly narrated by two different narrators. One for each of the two main characters.
But where does this full-cast come in you ask?
In the podcasts that pop up in between the chapters. They sound like actual podcast episodes and it was so damn awesome. The chapters were mostly short and I just couldn’t stop listening. This book works so well on audio and it’s well-worth listening to if you want the full experience.
Thriller is a difficult genre to do well in audio as the tension has to be built just right and this book did it perfectly. I completely adored it.
Definitely give this a listen!