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March 27, 2019

top ten tuesday: audiobooks i’ve enjoyed
posted by soe 1:34 am

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl is audiobooks. Because the focus within that is up to us, I thought I’d share some audiobooks that really worked for me:

  1. The Harry Potter series, narrated by Jim Dale.
    Yes, Dale’s Hermione is awful and screechy (and while Hermione can be screechy, that’s not her default) and his take on other female characters isn’t much better, but each one of his characters stands on their own — and there are a lot of them over the course of seven books.
  2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, narrated by Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, and Juliet Mills.
    I listened to this after reading the print book, which is good, because I knew what was going to happen and didn’t have to feel all the feels the first time through listening. This multi-voice cast does a great job with the story and really bringing the correspondents to life.
  3. See You in the Cosmos, narrated by Kivlighan de Montebello, Brittany Pressley, Graham Halstead, Michael Crouch, and Jason Culp.
    Another multi-voice cast brings this heartwarming middle grade novel about an eleven-year-old boy, his dog Carl Sagan, and his quest to launch a golden ipod (filled with the sounds of the world around him) into space as he journeys across the west and as his family life falls apart — and rebuilds itself in new and surprising ways.
  4. The Woman Who Smashed Codes, narrated by Cassandra Campbell.
    This nonfiction history was a recent read for me. Campbell does such a good job narrating a book written by a guy that I kept being surprised she wasn’t the author. She really brings cryptologist Elizebeth Smith Friedman to life and helps you appreciate the great debt we owe her — both for her work bringing Nazis in South America to justice and for helping to develop the very codes that form the bedrock of our modern spy system — and our modern electronics. (If you like Campbell as a narrator, raidergirl3 has a whole list of books narrated by her that she recommends.)
  5. Becoming, narrated by Michelle Obama.
    I love this book. I love this woman. Listening to her read it just makes me feel so much better about the world.
  6. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, narrated by Xe Sands.
    Sands does a good job voicing an 85-year-old New Yorker heading out for an evening stroll on New Year’s Eve in 1984 and thinking back on her life.
  7. Norse Mythology, narrated by Neil Gaiman.
    Count me amongst those who would listen to Gaiman read the phone book. He has such a surprisingly soothing voice for someone who makes a living with his pen. For me, listening to this title allowed me to better picture the story peopled by the actors of the Marvel movies, from Tom Hiddleston to Jamie Alexander to Anthony Hopkins.
  8. A Conspiracy in Belgravia, narrated by Kate Reading.
    I love the Lady Sherlock mysteries and Reading (pronounced “redding”) does a great job reading. I love when people’s names and occupations match up! Rudi and I listened to this one together and both of us enjoyed it.
  9. Creative Quest by Questlove.
    I’m still in the middle of reading this self-help guide to creativity from the literary drummer of The Roots, but am really enjoying his casual approach to the narration. He paused at one point in talking about a French chef to phone the guy and ask him to pronounce his name. He intersperses his explanations of drummers whose work has inspired him with beats they’ve laid down. It just really works in this format.
  10. The Fox and O’Hare series, narrated by Scott Brick.
    This is a cheesy heist series, and Brick’s reading makes certain interactions between FBI agent Kate O’Hare and master thief Nicholas Fox seem more salacious than sexy, but maybe they would come across that way on the page, as well. Either way, this is totally ear candy.

Are there audiobooks you’ve particularly enjoyed listening to?

Category: books. There is/are 4 Comments.

Thank you for the link to raidergirl3 – I loved Campbell’s reading and have added a few other books she has narrated to my “read soon” list!

Comment by Kat 03.27.19 @ 6:46 am

I have a book in print I am dying to read, but I have to finish the baby sweater first. Im listening to lots of good podcasts these days. Cant think of a single one right now! Peter Coyote was always and still is my favorite voice guy

Comment by kathy b 03.27.19 @ 5:26 pm

Yes, Norse Mythology was awesome!

Lauren @ Always Me

Comment by Lauren @ Always Me 03.29.19 @ 7:55 pm

I really want to listen to the audiobooks of HP. I love reading them but haven’t given them a listen.
Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

Comment by Krystianna 03.31.19 @ 2:46 pm