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Top ten recommendations for becoming an audio addict
Most of you know that I’m an audio addict. If it weren’t for audio books, I wouldn’t read half… hell two-thirds… of the books I read. And I take great pride in having converted several naysayers to audio addicts as well. So today I’m giving you my top ten recommendations for becoming an audio addict.
You’ll notice quite a variety of books here and they MAY NOT be the books to make YOU an audio addict, but they have the elements you should be looking for if you’re ready to get hooked on audio.
- Nice Girls Have Fangs by Molly Harper, narrated by Amanda Ronconi I think that finding something light and funny is a really good way to go when you’re getting started on audio books. They don’t require quite as much focus and train you to stay engaged. And you can’t go wrong with a narrator like Amanda Ronconi!
- Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham, narrated by Lauren Graham I don’t read much non-fiction, but I’ve found that grabbing an autobiography, written by someone that you (1) like a lot and (2) has an on-screen personality you enjoy, is always a hit. It’s like you get to have a conversation with this person you already love. Lauren Graham’s autobiography is just one in a series of good ones. Find YOUR person and have a blast.
- My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland, narrated by Allison McLemore. Maybe you like your humor to get a little gritty? You want more than just light? Well there’s some really good ones out there for that too. I still say stay away from the heavy fantasy with tons of world-building, you need to focus for those and that’s more for after you’ve become a skilled addict 😉 This series is a favorite because it is funny, but it also has depth and amazing characters. And once again, the narrator is amazing!
- First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones, narrated by Lorelei King This is a good example of humor that really takes you into the urban fantasy world without overwhelming you with world-building. Partly because it’s kind of a cozy mystery series, especially in these early books and also because it gives us a bit of sexy fun. Both lighten the mood and keep it from dragging on the ability to focus. And again… Lorelei King is an amazballs narrator.
- Carrots by Colleen Helme, narrated by Wendy Tremont King Speaking of cozies, they are great for audio. If you’re a mystery reader, they are a great way to break you into audio without the heaviness and hard core details of some more serious mysteries. They tend to be lighter – with an element of humor. And you can find them in every variation, you’ve got small-town, you’ve got paranormal, and like this favorite of mine, you’ve got suburban housewife with a little extra woo-woo. Oh and Wendy Tremont King is a solid narrator that brings these characters to life. Surprised?
- The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley, narrated by Angela Dawe Of course if the romance is what pulls you, you can’t go wrong with a historical romance. I swear, IMO, historical romances were MADE for audio. I think that could be my own preference for British accents, which many have, but there are also quite a few that are light and fun. This one is has some light elements, but mixes it with some amazing characters and complexity. Oh and it’s narrated by Angela FREAKING Dawe!
- Sugar Daddy by Sawyer Bennett, narrated by Christian Fox and Lucy Rivers Of course if you weren’t looking for such proper romance, there’s plenty grittier romance out there as well. I still say stay away from heavier Paranormal Romance (just for getting started) because you don’t really want tons of world building when you’re getting the hang of audio. But most contemporaries are going to fit the bill nicely, if that’s your cup of tea. This particular one is very gritty- so it doesn’t have to be light romance! Oh and the narration team of Christian Fox and Lucy Rivers is to die for! I’d love to have Christian read me a phone book…
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer, narrated by Rebecca Soler If you’re really itching for something more complex with some world-building, I’d recommend going the YA route. YA fantasy and dystopia often feels more adult, but the world-building isn’t quite as complex, so again… easier to adjust to listening. This is a very popular one, and Rebecca Soler’s voices for the variety of characters is really the ONLY way to experience this series IMO!
- My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent, Narrated by Amanda Ronconi Again, if you want fantasy with some world-building YA is the way to go. And some fantasy YA does still give you that complete YA feel, if that’s what you like. This series even takes place primarily IN high school, so you definitely get the full YA experience. Oh, and yeah, this is Amanda Ronconi again… because you can’t go wrong with Ronconi!
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling narrated by Jim Dale (or Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Stephen Fry for the original British) And a favorite reread is a perfect way to experience audio! (Yes, I went there… Harry Potter should be on every ones re-read list by this point ;)… just sayin’). Rereads can have the crazy world building because you know the details, so they won’t bog you down. And a classic that you should have read but haven’t could also work really well on audio, many of them have 5 star narrators, thanks to their classic status. Harry Potter certainly has amazing narrators – whether you go American with Jim Dale or British with Stephen Fry you’re in for a treat!
So there you have it, my 10 book guide to finding the books that will make you an audio addict. And I’m hoping you noticed they all had 1 thing in common… REALLY GREAT NARRATORS! No matter how good the book, a great narrator makes it better, a less than great narrator makes it… not so great. Listen to the samples, ask audio addicts like me, get a good narrator!