I am admittedly not an audiobook lover. I know, I know. I'm all for reading as much as I possibly can (this is no surprise to anyone, I'm sure) but I just find I rarely am doing the kind of meaningless task that would allow my brain to track well with a plot line for that many hours! I can do podcasts no problem (since I often have 45-60 minute windows at work where I'm designing and need something to keep my brain engaged) but audiobooks have always daunted me.
I did, however, absolutely LOVE listening to The Martian on audio a while back when I had a free Audible credit, so it IS possible that audiobooks and I can get along if we try really hard and they're good enough quality.
So, here's the thing. I rediscovered Hoopla recently (which syncs to my library card account and gives me access to lots of audiobooks-- check to see if your library has it!) and I wanted to give audiobooks another shot. But I didn't want to waste my time listening to lame narrators or boring stories, so I asked for your feedback (on my bookstagram and Twitter).
Here are all the recommendations I received for the best audiobooks:
- Hidden Figures
- The Girl on the Train
- The Series of Unfortunate Events books
- Beautiful Ruins
- Anne Lamott's books (she reads them herself)
- A Man Called Ove
- Anne of Green Gables (recommended by multiple people!)
- The Persimmon Tree by Bryce Courtney
- Hum if You Don't Know the Words
- The Night Circus
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
- Yes Please by Amy Poehler (recommended by multiple people!)
- Mindy Kaling's books
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Brene Brown's books (especially Rising Strong) (recommended by multiple people!)
- A Quiet Life in the Country
- The Lady Hardcastle mysteries
- Matilda (narrated by Kate Winslet)
- Timothy Keller's books
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (recommended by multiple people!)
- A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
- Call Me By Your Name
- Party of One by Joy Beth Smith
- An American Marriage
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
- Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
- The Dry by Jane Harper
- The Harry Potter series read by Stephen Fry
Now tell me: What audiobooks are missing from this list that you love?!
For the curious, I grabbed Counting by 7s to start, as well as The Good House since Anne Bogel conveniently just shared a blog post about fantastic audiobooks and recommended it! I'll let you know what I think!