Monday, 14 August 2017

5 Audiobooks to Get You Started

Last week I told you all why I think audiobooks are fantastic and why you should give them a go yourself. If you found yourself convinced but aren’t sure where to start on your audiobook journey, I’ve come up with a list of 5 audiobooks I’ve listened to and loved covering a range of genres.


First up, of course, are the crime/thriller recs. Crime/thrillers are excellent audiobook choices because having a creepy story read to you just makes it creepier. For something a bit more on the crime side, I recommend the Cormoran Strike novels by Robert Galbraith narrated by Robert Glenister. These were some of the first audiobooks I listened to and I was absolutely blown away by Robert Glenister’s narration - he is able to give every single character a distinct voice so it is always possible to tell who’s saying what.

If you’re looking for more of a thriller, then look no further than I See You by Clare Mackintosh narrated by Rachel Atkins. I’ve been recommending this to anyone who will listen for a while because it’s not often that a thriller keeps me guessing up until the very last sentences but I See You did exactly that - although it’s probably not the best option if you’re a commuter (unless you like the added creepiness).  


If you’re into YA, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz is narrated by the one and only Lin-Manuel Miranda. I thought it was an okay story, but Lin-Manuel Miranda’s narration was really what made this for me; it’s full of charisma, emotion, and just made the reading experience much more enjoyable.


If you’re looking for a non-fiction fix, I’ve recently been raving about The Gender Games: The problem with men and women from someone who has been both by Juno Dawson, narrated by the author. Juno Dawson is hilarious and a natural storyteller, and listening to her tell you her experiences with her sexuality and gender feels like having a good ol’ natter with a friend over a cup of tea.


And finally, is there any other way to end an audiobook blog post other than with the Harry Potter books narrated by Stephen Fry? Stephen Fry is another narrator who makes every single character come alive with a different voice and it really is magical to listen to him take you to Hogwarts.


Have I convinced you yet? Chat audiobooks with me in the comments below - I’d love to hear what you think!
Happy reading,
Zoe