June is Audiobook month! To celebrate, I’m going to continue my audiobook evangelism by sharing some of my favorite audiobooks that I think are great for new listeners. I’ve covered many audiobook reviews in the seven years of this blog, but I don’t know that I’ve ever broken down my top favorite books that are just audiobooks. These are a few that I’ve enjoyed, and that I often find myself recommending to friends and coworkers who are interested in checking out their first listen. Oh, and if you’ve never tried audiobooks, make sure you check out the end of this post — I’ll be giving away a free pair of headphones and 3 free audiobook downloads to one lucky winner!
Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
Narrator: Jim Dale
Synopsis: Do I really need to give one? I’m pretty sure everyone knows about the boy wizard!
Why I Recommend It: I often recommend this book because the audio narration really brings something new to a beloved story. Many readers know this story like the back of their hand, so it’s an easy audiobook for those who are worried they won’t be able to pay attention to a story absorbed through their ears. Jim Dale’s narration is like listening to the best storyteller tell you your favorite story. It’s truly a must-listen for Potterheads!
Book: You by Caroline Kepnes
Narrator: Santino Fontana
Synopsis: A stalker story told from the point of view of the stalker.
Why I Recommend It: It’s one thing to read a stalker story, and an entirely different thing to listen to it. I like to recommend fast-paced thriller books for audiobook newbies because they are easy to to get lost in. But this book has the added element of a superior narrator who brings the creepy to the text in a way that just can’t be done on the written page. I love when audiobooks enhance the reading experience, and this book is the perfect example.
Book: The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
Narrator: Mike Chamberlain
Synopsis: A book about the complicated nature of predictions and prediction models.
Why I Recommend It: I also like to recommend non-fiction to audiobook newbies. People don’t always think about it, but non-fiction audiobooks are basically like long podcasts — and I love podcasts! Podcasts were actually my gateway to my first audiobooks. Though there are many I could recommend, The Signal and the Noise is a great one for learning great anecdotes you can whip out at parties. I can’t count how many times my ability to talk about Nate Silver has served me well in conversations! (full review)
Book: The Circle by Dave Eggers
Narrator: Stephen J. Dubner
Synopsis: A girl gets her first full-time job at a tech company that may just be too good to be true.
Why I Recommend It: With the movie coming out soon starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, reading this fast-paced novel via audiobook can be a great way to read the book before you see the movie. (full review)
Book: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Narrator: Wil Wheaton
Synopsis: A billionaire dies and leaves his entire fortune to the person who can solve three puzzles hidden inside of the massive virtual world known as OASIS.
Why I Recommend It: Okay, so this one is a bit of a cheat. While I’ve read this as an e-book, I’ve not yet listened to the audio. But I’ve heard such stellar things about the audiobook that it’s actually one of the few re-reads I’d pay to listen to again as an audiobook. I remember reading this entire action-filled, fast-paced, 80s-themed novel in pretty much a single sitting, so I’d love to get immersed in this world all over again! (full review)
And now for a giveaway!
Thank for stopping by my blog, and I hope that you will give audiobooks a try this month! I want to give a huge thanks to Audio Publishers Association for putting this blog tour together for June is Audiobook Month. They also shared with me a fun giveaway – earbuds and 3 free audiobook downloads from Audiobooks.com. Comment below for your chance to win.
- What is your favorite audiobook?
- What audiobook to recommend to audio newbies?
- What audiobooks would you buy if you won the contest?
The Fine Print: Comment for a chance to win. No purchase is necessary. The giveaway is open until midnight on Saturday, July 1 (eastern time). One winner will be chosen randomly from the eligible comments using a random number generator. The prize is a pair of earbuds and 3 free audiobook downloads at Audiobooks.com (approximate value: up to US$45.00), which expires July 15, 2017. The codes have been provided by the Audio Publisher’s Association and Audiobooks.com. Entrants are restricted to US addresses only, please. You must be 13 years or older to win, and willing to provide me with your mailing address so I can send the prize. One entry per person, please.
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