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Niki’s Top Ten Favorite Audiobook Experiences!

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This is a freebie week for the TTT feature, and since I’ve had this post up my sleeve for a few months now, I’m tickled to finally have an excuse to share it. When evaluating an audiobook, it seems like you have to consider more than just the basic writing, character, setting, etc. that you usually do with a book. You also have to consider the voice of the reader and their overall performance. I’ve listened to several books that came alive in a way that words on a page just couldn’t. Conversely, I’ve listened to many that seem to take all of the things I loved about the written version and poo all over it. I find myself on an endless hunt for new audiobook series that have the perfect mix of amazing story and performance, but here are the ones I’ve discovered so far:

Niki’s Top Ten Favorite Audiobook Experiences!

The Harry Potter Series – Jim Dale
The Kingkiller Chronicles – Nick Podehl
The Stormlight Archive – Michael Kramer & Kate Reading
The Gentleman Bastards – Michael Page
The Expanse – Jefferson Mays
The Red Rising Trilogy – Tim Gerard Reynolds
The Dresden Files – James Marsters
The Hunger Games Trilogy – Carolyn McCormick
The Game of Thrones Series – Roy Dotrice
The Riley Jensen Series – Justine Eyer

I think taking a chance on an audiobook is almost more risky than taking a chance on a new book – it certainly costs a lot more (generally) and there’s that extra performance-quality factor to consider. Thank goodness Audible offers guaranteed listens, that’s all I’m saying.

What are some of your favorite audiobook experiences?

by Niki Hawkes

13 comments on “Niki’s Top Ten Favorite Audiobook Experiences!

    • Ha ha – yeah I’ve had many a moment where I had to skip back a few lines because my attention span wandered… squirrel! Anyhow, yeah – having an amazing reader like James Marsters really does help with the distractions. And actually, now that you mention it, all the books on my list had that quality which is probably why I liked them so much.

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  1. I’ve actually never listened to a audio book, and I’m not sure I ever will (maybe a short one). I have heard great things about the HP audios though. :) Great list, and thanks for sharing. :)
    Here’s my TTT

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    • I hear that a lot from other readers (that audiobooks just aren’t their thing)… For me, it’s a chance to revisit old series and try new ones without actually committing my reading time to them. It really is about finding the good-quality ones, they make all the difference! :-)

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  2. I love audio books when the narration is great, you get to rest your eyes and imagine a movie in front of you.
    If you loved Jim Dale’s narration I recommend you listen to him in The Night Circus, it’s a lovely book. Other favorites of mine would be Steven Pacey who narrated The First Law Trilogy and R. C. Bray who narrated The Martian and both are good books.

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