Time for Audiobook Favorites list #3 and this one just may be the biggest one yet! And I’m so excited, cause I’m officially a member of Audible and paid up for the whole year & now I have lots of credits!!! So I took it to Facebook, and received a plethora of recommendations AND Audible & audiobook tips.
And I just realized while building this list. Not only is this a composite of our favorite audiobooks, but better yet, our favorite narrators!!! Because we’ve all come to realize, a narrator can make or break an audiobook. SO YAY!!!!!! 😀
Maryse: Okay I just got a yearly Audible membership and I can choose 12 audiobooks right off the bat (and then 2 a month – I think… anyway). Eeeeeep!! HOLY. MOLY.
My question to you is… what are your absolute FAVORITE audiobooks? ANY genre please. I’m like a kid in a candy store and I don’t know what to pick.
Shain: Thanks for asking Maryse …this totally something I want to start too 🙂
P.S. You’ll see a whole bunch of recommendations for various super-deal audible programs too, so here they are for reference:
- Not a member of Audible? Get a free 30 day audible trial (which includes 1 free audiobook + 2 audible originals)
- AND! Audiobook Matchmaker!! <— Find out which of YOUR Kindle books are available as audiobooks at a BARGAIN-PRICE! This is how it works. Click on that link & Amazon will show you all of your Kindle books that are also available as an audiobook at a seriously discounted price. This way, you can switch back and forth, seamlessly between your ebooks and your audiobooks. VERY COOL!
Leslie M: Maryse, I am so excited you are into audio now. Isn’t it the best?? I really love the “Matchmaker” thingy as you can purchase audiobooks for $1.99!!! I don’t buy a lot of books, but audios for that price I cant resist.
Maryse: Ohhhh wait!!! I forgot about the $1.99 audiobook matches to our ebooks. I’m gonna try it right now since I haven’t in awhile… 😀 OH YAY!! I already just found “When I Was You” by Minka Kent for super-deal since I have the audiobook. I love that author and I love psych thrillers and now I get to listen to it.
Diana: Wait, audiobooks for $1.99?? What is this?
Maryse: Diana… the “Matchmaker” link is up there in the post, in the audiobooks section. Click it and it will show you audiobook deals for ebooks you already have. 😀
- Audible now has an “Escape” package membership (30 day free trial) – used to be called the “Romance” package <— this one is SO cool, and worth it (unlimited listening for all of the audiobooks in the program, and there are tons – kind of like Kindle Unlimited)!!
Angela: I highly recommend adding on Audible Escape if you plan to listen a lot. Sooooo many books are on there!
Susan: I suggest signing up for audible escape to take advantage of a lot of romance books.
Krystal: I love having the Audible Escape pkg because it works like a library borrowing system with multiple loans
Kimberly: Krystal I agree I have that also. Great Deal – I have had it awhile and LOVE IT!!
Lynette: I don’t know if you added the romance package but there is so many unlimited listening with that
AUDIOBOOK TIPS & TRICKS:
Heather: I would suggest not getting them all at once. Audible has specials throughout the year where you can get 2 books for 1 credit. 🙂
Amy: RE: For your yearly paid membership – The 12 credits is all you get for the year. You will also get 2 free Audible originals a month from a list Audible provides. I would suggest adding Audible Escape as they have a lot of great titles and that is much cheaper than a credit.
Also check the price prior to purchasing using a credit as a lot of audiobooks are cheaper if you already own the ebook. I save my credits for the 2 for 1 sales and audiobooks that are favorites from established series that I don’t plan on buying the ebook due to price (mostly traditionally published).
Maryse: Oh thank you!! GREAT tips. Much appreciate that!!!! <3
Katie: My main advice is to check the sample cause you might not like the voice of the reader and choose unabridged as then you get the whole story… also the mobile app has trophies to collect 😉🙂🙃
Krista: It definitely depends on the narrator
Jules: Anything narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt. Book doesn’t even have to be good 😂🤣😂🤣
Dani: It’s all in the narrators.
Katie: Make sure you speed the narration up to 1.25 or 1.50. That’s conversation speed and you will enjoy it so much more. Trust me.
Maryse: I’m thrilled with the tip!!! I had no idea!
Cheri: Interesting to increase speed. I don’t know if I did that.
Katie: Yes. the normal speed is very slow for proper annunciation and it drives regular readers mad. The sped up version is like us reading to ourselves.
FAVORITE AUDIOBOOKS RECOMMENDATIONS:
Victoria: I love my audiobooks it is so easy to clean and take care of the baby while listening to them! My favorite books are Heartless by Marissa Meyer and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Both are so well narrated that you feel like you are watching a tv show instead of just listening to the book!
Lola: The In Death series by JD Robb (Nora Roberts)! Narrator Susan Ericksen is so good- she really brings each character to life! I highly recommend them!!!
Maryse: I loved The Idea of You!! YES!!
Shanna: this one is always the highest recommendation
Angela: Shanna they have GOT to turn it into a movie!!!!!
Marion: The Idea of You by Robinne Lee on Audible is the best thing you’ll ever hear hands down
Heidi: The Charlie Davidson series by Darynda Jones!!!!
Kimberly: Kevin Hearne has the absolute BEST audible narrator & his “Iron Druid chronicles” are First Rate !!
Jessica: You by Caroline Kepnes. best narrator
Maryse: I LOVED the books and the show so I bet in audiobook it’s amazing!!!
Yung: Jessica That was so good on Audible!
Donna: You by Caroline Kepnes is my favourite audible ever!
Ashley: The narrator for On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves is great too
Kathleen: Kristen Ashley’s The Beginning of Everything: The Rising, Book 1 and The Plan Commences: The Rising, Book 2. They are the first 2 in a 4 part series. They’re connected to The Fantasyland Series of hers.
Abby: I love Kristen Ashley’s Fantasyland Series on audible.
LD: yes. THIS
Jaimee: Kathleen, and her Games of the Heart is great on audible.
Lisa: All the Kristen Ashley books are wonderful. The narrators are top notch!! I listen to them over and over!!!
Tammy: Heaven and Hell by Kristen Ashley. I am not joking it is my absolute favorite audible book. I cannot tell you how often I have read it
Jennifer: Anything Kristen Ashley!!
Charity: Anything Kristen Ashley
Melanie: The Golden Dynasty – Kristen Ashley
Nancy: Melanie I agree- I love hearing the ‘proper pronunciation’ of the names and the language!
Katie: the entire Rock Chick Series. SO DANG GOOD. And the female narrator in the Rock Chick series is one of my favs.
Cheri: I love the Rock Chick series on audiobook as well. They are my favorites in audiobook. Interesting to increase speed. I don’t know if I did that. Loved the narrator and they were great!
Amy: Krista I loved the Shadow and Bone series as well! Wonderfully narrated.
Krista: Amy yes it was. I’ve listened to it twice.
Victoria: I loved the Harry Potter audio books – think they were read by Stephen Fry 🙂
Emily: The Harry Potter series, the guy that reads them is amazing. And I’m also loving the new Nora Roberts series’s.
Candace: Nora Roberts Chronicles of the One Trilogy… not only were the books fantastic, the narrator was phenomenal.
Jaimee: Kulti… Actually anything Mariana Zapata is great on audible. Ilona Andrews is amazing on audible. I kind of love listening to books I have already read… Takes the pressure off the book somehow 🤔
Joanne: Mariana Zapata: Under Locke
Gina: Mariana Zapata’s books are perfection in Audio. My favorite is The Wall of Winnepeg and Kulti is second. They’re all good!
Lynette: Gina YES YES YES
Diann: Mists of the Serengeti ❤️
- The Jane Yellowrock series. Great books and amazing narrator.
Mindi: Jane Yellowrock series if you like SciFi. Narrator is awesome! Once I find a narrator that I like, then I try other books with that narrator.
Ashley: Until the End of the World series by Sarah Lyons Fleming. Julia Whelan is a great narrator!
Jeri: Ashley I 💯agree!
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,
- Sleeping Beauties: A Novel,
- Practical Magic,
- NOS4A2: A Novel,
- Ready Player One,
- and anything Will Patton reads for Stephen King.
Amy: The entire Outlander series! It is amazing on Audible. I’ve listened to them over and over again. And….they are very long, so you get your money’s worth. Well over 30 hours compared to many books that are 15 hours or less.
Teri: Davina Porter is one of the best narrators I have ever listened to. I’m with you, I’ve listened to this entire series over and over again…
Amy: I could listen to Davina Porter for hours and never tire of her voice. I’ve actually downloaded other books just because it was her reading them. She did amazing with Anna Karenina.
Kelly: Completely agree!!! I listen to the Outlander series over and over in between books and every night when I’m going to sleep. My absolute favorite book and narrator ever!
Jaimee: Agree! Her narration is my favourite!
Rachel: The best Audio book I have ever listened to is Stephen King’s It performed by Steven Weber. Amazing!!
Robin: The best audio book was Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel. Books narrated by Andi Ardnt and Sebastian York are good. A bad narrator can really kill a book’s vibe. I listened to Vicious by LJ Shen and the male narrator often sound like he was stoned, when the character’s voice was supposed to be “sexy”. Through the entire book I couldn’t stop focusing on how Chistian Rummel was a very poor choice and it pulled me out of the story.
Jules: Anything narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt. Book doesn’t even have to be good 😂🤣😂🤣
Ray: Daisy Jones and the six is excellent on audible.
Becky: Daisy Jones and the Six was amazing! And if you like memoirs, Comedy Sex God by Pete Holmes is hilarious and thought provoking.
Ryn: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Quite possible my favourite audiobook EVER!
Maryse: I DID get that one a week ago!! YAY!! I still need to start it but I can’t wait!
Ryn: Maryse, sooooo good!
Vi Keeland: Daisy and the Six!! It’s such a good audio book!
Kimberly: I just finished this story and OMG I have NEVER heard a book read with so many narrators but it was Great!
KM: Daisy and the Six is by far the best audio I’ve listened to. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel was great too.
Kelly: Am looking forward to Daisy Jones, Benjamin Bratt and Jennifer Beals!
- Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel,
- My Oxford Year: A Novel,
- One Day in December: A Novel,
- Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel
- Bird Box: A Novel,
- Mists of the Serengeti &
- The Hating Game: A Novel.
- Runners up: Mine (You need to read this if you don’t listen to it. It’s right up your alley),
- Call Me by Your Name: A Novel,
- Things You Save in a Fire,
- The Lost Husband,
- The Pisces: A Novel, &
- The Promise of Stardust: A Novel
- The Kiss Quotient: A Novel
Natasha: The two Helen Hoang books are EXQUISITE in audio.
Misty: The IQ series by Joe IDE. Fantastic narrator!
Leslie: my favorite Audible book ever!!!!
Michelle: Children of Blood and Bone and the sequel Children of Virtue and Vengeance: Legacy of Orisha, Book 2 are the best narrated books I’ve ever listened to, and I’ve been listening to audio books for years!
Katie: My absolute favourites are Discworld by Terry Pratchett (unabridged, read by Nigel Planer or Stephen Briggs), Harry Potter the UK editions (unabridged and read by Stephen Fry). Stephen Fry actually has a few books read/written by him and they are good!
I listen to:
- Percy Jackson,
- Pride and Prejudice,
- Gone with the Wind
- May Sage’s books are amazing and so are Lorelei James.
Susan: Best books I’ve listened to were Her Royal Spyness series
- What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
- Born In Trilogy by Nora Roberts
- Where the Blame Lies by Mia Sheridan
- JD Robb In Death series is great. I could go on and on lol
Laura: What the Wind Knows
Anne Bishop’s The Others series has an excellent narrator.
Augh! How could I forget Seanan McGuire?! Mary Robinette Kowall does an amazing job with her Toby Daye series, InCryptid has a variety of narrators who all do wonderfully, and Sean herself reads her Wayward Children series (except the first one, I believe). All excellent novels!
Robyn: The Redhead Series – Alice Clayton
Tasha: Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words by Tara Sivec is sooo funny!!
Pamela: Tasha agreed! I adored every minute. I know people thought I was crazy driving down the road laughing. Listen to it now, so funny.
Yvonne: Pamela YES!!! This is one of my favorite audiobooks!
Pamela: I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard. Andi Arndt nailed the narration. 🤣
Joanne: Lisa Kleypas: Smooth Talking Stranger: A Novel (Travis Series, Book 3)
Carina: Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life. So good. Great audio
Kris: It’s the BEST! 🤩 I love all non-fiction, self-development…so Rachel Hollis’s books are great in audio for that, and you can listen over and over again (or maybe that’s just me 😬)!💜
Maryse: Self help is my favorite in audiobooks (at least so far – I’m not very experienced in other genres yet) and I listen to them repeatedly too. 😀
Kris: Maryse It’s worth every penny! Love! Enjoy whatever you choose! 💜
Kris: I have another one! Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life Beyond Your Wildest Dreams by Gabby Bernstein! Life changing 💜💜💜
Maryse: Oh yeah! I bet that’s awesome!!! I do love when the artists read their own. Like Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (the author read it and it was fabulous)
Gina: loved Big Magic audio
Joanna: Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick was really good!
Erin: Jannah Findley The Wives narrators was excellent!!
Sue: Anything by:
Tasara: Bobbie I am so excited for The Priest!
Helena: I love Molly Harpers Nice Girls/ Half Moon Hollow Series. Have them all on Audible
Nicola: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah, and The Order of Time by Carlos Rovelli. It will blow your everlovin mind, and narrated by BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH. I will not apologize for the capslock. 😛
Joanna: Born a Crime <— And this one!! His accent is so cool!
KM: A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas. Love her audios too.
Francisca: Neil Shusterman’s audiobooks are soooo good!!
Francisca: Sadie was also fantastic and an entire Cast
Andrea: Find things narrated by Bianca Amato. “Her fearful symmetry”, the Tudor series. Her voice is other worldly.
Magan: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (she narrates it and does her own little commercials and all the voices. Seriously THE BEST).
JoAnna: The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel This is a MUST on audible!! Narrator absolutely killed it!! Amazing.
Mia: The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune narrated by Michael Lesley. Quite possibly one of the funniest audiobooks out there 🙂
Beth: The Pucked series by Helena Hunting. The first book I don’t care for the narrators, but the rest are awesome. I love Rose Diorio and Jacob Morgan. Favorite narrators
- Under Locke
- Bad Things trilogy
- TM Frazier’s Dark Light of Day, and her extra hot King books 1-3 narrated by Rob Shapiro and OY is his voice hot!!!
bev: Someone has to listen to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe as narrated by Lin Manuel Miranda. It’s so good and he is so very good….as you’d imagine. Somebody please, just give it a listen.
Cary Elwes narrating As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride is delightful as is the book. He has a wonderful speaking voice.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler is a fun listen. I mean she is so smart and funny and occasionally Patrick Stewart drops in.
Lynette: I have so many!!!! Been on audible from the start. But these are some of my favorite series:
- Lick: Stage Dive, Book 1 by Kylie Scott
- Rugby Series by Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway
- Ashes & Embers series by Carian Cole
- Cake: A Love Story by J. Bengtsson
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
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