The Audiobooks You Recommended for Me

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!


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