I figured I’d make my first post back after a while of being completely off WordPress a little simpler, so today I’m going to talk about some of the audiobooks I’ve read this year, and why audiobooks were one of the best thing to happen to my reading life.
Before this year I had never listened to an audiobook. I think the closest I’ve come is trying to play a cassette of Robert Munch reading The Paper Bag Princess on my radio when I was like 8. For many years after that all I knew about audiobooks was that they were expensive, and that some people decided listening to them doesn’t count as reading because it doesn’t involve your eyes (which is a ridiculous and ableist argument).
But earlier this year, Laini Taylor posted that Libro.fm was giving way the Strange the Dreamer audiobook for free for one day only, and I haven’t gone back since. Now I use Libby to get audiobooks from my library, and audiobooks and my class readings are the only reason I hit my Goodreads goal this year. And because I still have no idea how to review audiobooks (and have other books I need to review first anyway), here is what audiobooks I listened to this year and what I thought of them.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I started this one right before the release of Muse of Nightmares (which I am still allegedly currently reading on Goodreads) in order to remember everything that happened in the first book. I thought the audiobook was really well done. The narrator (Steve West) did some amazing male voices. The female voices weren’t the best, but I could still tell everyone apart. Listening to the audiobook did lower my rating of the book as a whole, but I’ve been feeling like my initial rating was probably a little too high for about a year anyway. I highly recommend this one.
Sadie by Courtney Summers
This was the first one I read from my library, and while the book itself wasn’t for me, I can still appreciate the audiobook. There’s a podcast within the audiobook, and it’s just incredible. If you’re looking to pick up Sadie and are able to get your hands on the audiobook, I recommend listening to it instead of reading it.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
I had heard good things about this book, and the audiobook was available to borrow from my library, so I decided to give it a try. I don’t remember much of it. Anything else I try to say about Radio Silence is going to be unreliable, so I’m just going to leave it at that.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This one is narrated by Lin Manuel Miranda! I probably would have never picked this book up, but I had to read it for a class. I don’t think I would have enjoyed it nearly as much if I hadn’t listened to the audiobook. Lin Manuel Miranda isn’t great at the voices, but I could still instantly tell who was talking. I coul4d be found shouting at my phone for the duration of the audiobook (especially when I was encouraging Ari to do bad things because of things that happened to Dante).
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
If you’ve been following me for a long time, you may know about my history with this series. If not, the short version is that while I loved the books when I read them independently, my dad at one point convinced me that they copied Harry Potter. I then shunned the series until I finally came to my senses this year (because I am a very stubborn person). I currently have books 2 and 3 on hold from my library because listening to this reminded me of why I loved this series so much. The mythology nerd in me was so happy listening to this, and it was even better with the amount of knowledge I have now. The only thing was that I wasn’t the biggest fan of the narrator, but this is a personal preference type of thing.
The Diviners by Libba Bray
I originally put this on hold to read it in October, but I didn’t get to read it until a couple weeks ago. The narrator (January LaVoy) was incredible. Her male voices blended together a bit for me, but overall I really recommend the audiobook. I did have a few issues with the book itself, mainly that it felt a little all over the place. It also felt like it was trying to take on far too much (I still have no idea what genre to put it in). That’s the only thing that makes me a little hesitant to recommend it whole-heartedly.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
I think me and Ibi Zoboi’s writing just don’t mesh well together. I wish her books all the success in the world because she’s done some really interesting stuff, but her books just aren’t for me. I don’t really have any opinions for or against the narrator (Elizabeth Acevedo) here, but I did have some issues with the book itself the more I listened to it that were less opinion based.
Those are all the audiobooks I’ve listened to this year. I’m really loving listening to audiobooks so far. I can easily play one while I walk to class, so they really help me get some reading done with my ridiculous workload.
What are some of the audiobooks you’ve really loved? I would love to see if my library has them. Also, since I’ve been gone for so long, feel free to leave the link/ title of any posts you’ve done that I may have missed that you’re really proud of. I’d love to give them some belated love. If there aren’t any posts you’ve done lately, let me know how life is treating you. I hope at the very least life has been treating you okay.