Top Ten Tuesday (#82): Ten Books For Audiobook newbies

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!

4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday (#82): Ten Books For Audiobook newbies

  1. The only audiobook we’ve both listened to here is Ready Player One but I can safely say I agree with everything you said about it. LOVED that audiobook!! Wil Wheaton’s narration was spot on ♥ I can’t wait to listen to Armada 😀 The Martian and Stormfront are ones I have on my tbr shelf so I’ll be checking with my library if I can do them on audio now for sure! And I’ve already read Steelheart but when it comes time to reread, I’ll be listening instead 😉
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    • I’m about 70% of the way through Armada and while I’m enjoying it, I don’t love it the way I did Ready Player One, maybe because RPO felt so unique?

      Storm Front is something I probably wouldn’t pick up ordinarily, because I’m not a huge urban fantasy fan, but as an audiobook (again, persuaded by narrator!) I really enjoyed it! I have to admit it took me a while to get used to James Marsters without his Buffy accent – even though he’s not British, I’m so used to his fake accent, his real one always confuses me! The Martin is amazing on audio (and in print!) and I LOVE Steelheart because it’s narrated by MacLeod Andrews who is probably my favourite narrator so far.

    • Agreed! I’ve just downloaded Fear on audio with my credit, basically just on the basis that R.C. Bray narrated it. For audiobooks, I’m definitely more likely to pick something up based on narrator rather than just anything off my TBR.

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