Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Books For Every X To Read“. I’ve picked books for audiobook newbies, because I found it really hard to find audiobooks I really clicked with and know several other people who said the same. I haven’t got ten because I wanted to stick with titles I thought were really stand out awesome!
The Martian by Andy Weir
I originally read The Martian as a review copy, but my other half wanted to read it before the film came out, and so we decided to give the audiobook a go. I thought R.C. Bray’s narration was absolutely great, and because it’s so funny (and oh so addictive), I thought it worked really well as an audio.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ready Player One was probably the first audiobook that I got really hooked on. Wil Wheaton’s narration is absolutely fantastic, and he will forever be the voice for Wade Watts in my head. Another funny and addictive one, with the added bonus that everytime you get one of the pop culture references it makes you feel like a rockstar (just me?).
Storm Front by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files #1)
If you’re a paranormal or urban fantasy fan, you should definitely give the audio of the Dresden Files a go. Narrated by James Marsters (Spike from Buffy), part of the reason this series works so well is because it’s entirely from the perspective of Harry Dresden – practicing wizard – and Marsters totally nails the dry, sarcastic tone that makes Dresden so funny.
Off to be the Wizard by Scott Meyer (Magic 2.0 series)
After The Martian, Off To Be the Wizard is the funniest audiobook I’ve listened to so far for sure. After discovering the world is actually a computer program, Martin plays around with the file to give himself money etc, only for the FBI to come chasing him. He uses the program to head back in time and pretend to be a wizard so as not to get caught. It’s every bit as silly as it sounds, but also hilarious, and shot Luke Daniels instantly onto my list of favourite narrators.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson (The Reckoners trilogy)
The first (and so far only) Sanderson series I’ve read, The Reckoners series is truly brilliant on audiobook. Since David’s father was killed by an Epic, he’s been learning as much as he can about Epics, determined to join the Reckoners and get revenge. MacLeod Andrews, who narrates this series, is probably my favourite audiobook narrator so far, and David is an immensely likeable character.
The Happiness Project
I listened to The Happiness Project on the way to and from uni, and can honestly say I loved it. It’s narrated by the author herself, and it had me nodding my head in agreement all the way through. It’s funny, it’s inspiring and listening to it genuinely made sitting on the M25 immensely more bearable!