I'm an audiobook fan and I'm always trying to get others to discover the joys of listening to a book! Why should having a book read to you have to stop just because you can read on your own? I listened to audiobooks as a kid, but then stopped listening to them until a few years ago. My husband and I were taking a long road trip and we decided to get one of the Harry Potter books on CD. Since then I've been hooked on audiobooks! I listen to them in my car, on my iPhone, and on my computer. I can end up reading more books this way because I've got one to listen to and one I'm reading.
But as much as I praise audiobooks, I still encounter readers who aren't quite sure about audio. So I'm going to help you out and give you a list of audiobooks and narrators that I think all readers should listen to! And the titles are linked to Audible, so you can get a preview of each one!
-Katherine Kellgren-Katherine Kellgren is the audiobook queen! If you're shy about audiobooks, listen to something narrated by Katherine Kellgren and I think you'll be a fan. Seriously, she's amazing. She narrates a wide variety of books and I know each one I listen to is going to be great. But my absolute favorite book narrated by Katherine Kellgren is the Bloody Jack series. The voices, the accents, the way she brings Jackie to life along with the fantastic storyline that L.A. Meyer has written that's full of adventure (and a bit of romance) is perfect!
-Jim Dale-Jim Dale narrating the Harry Potter Series on audio is something every reader needs to listen to. The range of character voices he comes up with is incredible and honestly they sound just like the characters did in my head as I read the books (before I saw the movies, btw). Plus, Jim Dale is one of the few audiobook narrators that Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan and I can agree on!
-Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford, narrated by Nick Podehl-OK, this book is hilarious, but on audio I think it's even more so. Nick Podehl's narration of Carter is spot on and he really makes Carter come to life. This audiobook made me a fan of Nick Podehl and he's quickly becoming one of my audiobook narrators to seek out.
-Airborn by Kenneth Oppel, narrated by Full Cast Audio-If you're not sure you'll be a fan of audiobooks, give Full Cast Audio a try. The full cast narration bring the stories to life and I think they're great for families wanting to listen together. Having a full cast makes it feel almost like a radio play. They have a huge selection of audiobooks, but Airborn is my favorite with it's action and adventure. I wasn't sure if I'd like the book and I ended up loving it, thanks in part to the audiobook.
-Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, narrated by Rupert Degas-I love audiobooks and Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan loves audiobooks, but together it's hard to find something we can agree on. So when we both listened to and loved Skulduggery Pleasant, I knew we had found a gem of an audiobook! Rupert Degas gets Skulduggery's snark just perfect and his smooth voice is exactly what I think a talking skeleton would sound like (you know, if they were real!) Add in the sound effects of skeleton bones and some music to break up chapters and you've got a darkly comic audibook that's perfect for fans of Harry Potter. I sell this one to my library patrons as "the best after-Harry read (or listen) I've found."
Did I miss one? Is there an audiobook you've listened to that you think would convert someone to audio? Or is there a great book on audio that's a must listen?