Friday, September 25, 2015

Audio Obsession #3. Favorite audiobooks

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Audio Obsession is a feature where I spread my love for audiobooks around blogosphere. Here you’ll see all things audio related.

Today I want to share with you my favorite audiobooks. I also asked my blogger friends and fellow audiobook lovers to share their favorite titles.

Rachel from Reader's Den

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and Steven France
The story is beyond amazing, and I think the narration only enhanced this beautiful story. There are four narrators all with English accents, one for each of the main characters. This is a rarity with audiobooks; most only have one narrator, so it was a treat to have one for each POV. All sounded age appropriate and just right for the character.
The Iron Druid Chronicles (the whole series) by Kevin Hearne narrated by Luke Daniels
The story is out of my comfort zone, because at first there is no romance. BUT the series is soooo good it doesn't need it. Romance junkies fear not, I did say at first. Luke Daniels nails the humor and accents and I dare you not to laugh throughout.
Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs narrated by Lorelei King
One of my favorite urban fantasy series and one of my favorite narrators. I love this series even more with every book I "read". Lorelei King is another narrator who has a gift with comedic timing. She also narrates the Charley Davidson series which is a laugh a minute!
It's very difficult to narrow down to three favorites because I have so many. The Others by Anne Bishop is also one of my favorite series. The best fantasy I've read, and narration is top notch. The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. After book three we get Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante. Mac and Barrons are brought to life by these talented performers! Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews narrated by Renee Raudman. I could go on, and on and on!

Arlene from Waves of Fiction

Here are some of my favorite titles I’ve enjoyed these past few months that are worth checking out!

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah narrated by Polly Stone
The Nightingale was absolutely AMAZING! Kristin Hannah is a master storyteller that knows how to weave time, people, places and events in a way that creates an adventure that is hard to let go and forget. Couple that with the amazing narration of Polly Stone, and there’s no doubt that The Nightingale will remain one of my top picks for this year.
I Was Here by Gayle Forman narrated by Jorjeana Marie
This was one of the first audiobooks I downloaded from Overdrive. I was extremely excited to dive into this one because I had the chance to meet the narrator, Jorjeana Marie, at the book signing for I Was Here. She read a caption from the book to the audience, and I was absolutely hooked!! Her narration of this story makes it even more compelling and spellbinding. I believe I finished this audiobook in just two days. Definitely one that I highly recommend!
Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby narrated by Amanda Wallace
If I had to choose one final audio book to recommend, Things We Know by Heart would have to make the top three. This story was perfect for me because the narration, plot, and characters equally captured my attention and took me on an emotional roll-a-coater. Kirby’s novel has staying power with me because she knows how to tell an amazing story, and the narrator Amanda Wallace knew how to bring it to life. I really enjoyed this one!!


Breakable by Tammara Webber narrated by Zachary Webber
The narrator had a sexy voice and sounded just like Lucas
Angelfall by Susan Ee narrated by Caitlin Davies

Me

It’s hard for me to choose, because I love audiobooks and there so many amazing ones. But if I have to narrow down to three, here they are:

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater narrated by Steve West, Fiona Hardingham
It was my first book by Maggie Stiefvater and it is my favorite one. I love everything about this book: original idea behind it, unique setting, amazing characters and of course beautiful writing. Narrators Steve West and Fiona Hardingham perfectly captured mood of this story and brought to life main characters Puck and Sean.
Where She Went by Gayle Forman narrator Dan Bittner
I’ve read my first book by Gayle Forman only this year and became an instant fan. Where She Went is a beautiful heartbreaking and emotional story. Adam is one of the most genuine male voices I’ve come across. This book resonated with me on such deep level. The audiobook is narrated by my favorite male narrator Dan Bittner. His performance is amazing and he added so much to the story.
Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
Urban Fantasy is not actually my genre since I’m a contemporary girl. I’ll choose mundane problems and feelings of imperfect people over action packed paranormal book every time. But I loved this series! The author created a fascinating world full of dangerous creatures, weaved intriguing plot with mysteries, twists and turns on every page. She added to the mix alluring and sensual romance. The result was imputable. I binge listened to the whole series last year. First three books were narrated by Joyce Bean and she did a great job. But the audio version began to really shine from the forth book when we have a dual narration by Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross. Their performance of Mac and Baron is perfect.


What are you favorite audiobooks? Tell me in comments.




13 comments:

  1. BARRONS!!!!! I would try that audiobook just to hear his voice Ksenia! I so loved the Scorpio Races as well, and I've heard amazing things about the Iron Druid Chronicles. If there are Irish accents in the audiobook, I'm sold. SOLD I TELL YOU!

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    1. Phil Gigante sounded exactly like Barrons, Jenny! Try it!

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  2. Thanks for including me Ksenia! I can't wait to check out the other recs. :)

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    1. Thank you for sharing your favorites, Arlene! After your praises to Jorjeana Marie, I picked up the book. She is an amazing narrator. Now I’m hunting for audiobooks, narrated by her.

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  3. Brilliant post, Ksenia! I I loved The Scorpio Races and I've always wanted to do a re-read. Somehow with listening to so many audio books I didn't even think about the audio version of The Scorpio Races. A male and female narrator? I'm so on board!

    I agree Joyce Bean did a pretty good job, but I wasn't thrilled with her male voices. So thrilled they switched to Natalie Ross & Phil Gigante. Perfection. :)

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    1. I hope you would enjoy the audio version of Scorpio Races, Rachel. I’m definitely going to check out your recs. Thanks again for participation!

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  4. P. S. Thanks for including me on this fun post! :)

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  5. I've enjoyed SO many of these books, though I haven't listened to the majority of these on audio--I should definitely do that on a re-read/re-listen, though! The Scorpio Races is beautifully narrated so I'm definitely going to be checking out these other recommendations too. Thanks for such a fantastic post, dear--LOVE these recs!

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    1. Thank you Keertana! I hope you would love audiobooks if you picked them.

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  6. Zachary Webber's voice everything! I love his voice!

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    1. I haven’t heard anything narrated by him, Nereyda, though I’ve heard a lot about his voice. I need to pick up one of his audiobooks soon.

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  7. I have never ever listened to an audiobook, only graphic audios, but I've loved the Mistborn ones, Simon Green's first book, and Warbreaker/Elantris. You guys have to try it!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. I’ve never listened to graphic audios, thanks for the recs, Faye!

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