20 Jul 2017

Three audiobooks I'd recommend to those who don't usually listen to books (and how to listen to them)!

Are you someone who shakes your head at the sound of the word "audiobook"? Do you think they're just not for you? That was me until about a year ago. I decided that with my increased work load I'd never get any books read if I didn't start listening to them and basically, I fell in love.

Here are three audiobook recommendations for those who are a bit reluctant!

Number one: The Diviners by Libba Bray (read by January LaVoy) 

I have genuinely never had such fun listening to an audiobook, January pulls off a lot of different characters, not just their accents but the type of personality they all have. The best part is that the book is told from a bunch of different POV's but because of LaVoy's amazing style, I could tell who was speaking before any name was said.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.

Number two: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (read by James Fouhey) 

Josh and I had the pleasure of listening to this book on the four-hour drive to Matamata (that's where Hobbiton is for those of you who didn't know!) and by the time we got there, we barely wanted to get out of the car! Fouhey did a fantastic job with the comedic side of the book and made a very believable teenager.

Synopsis from Goodreads: 
What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions...

Number three: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (read by Will Patton)

I'm not usually someone who can listen to a fantasy book, and I know that The Raven Boys isn't technically fantasy, but it does have a lot of fantastical elements which can be difficult to hold on to but I didn't really worry about that with this narrator. He really spoke the story wonderfully and his female voices were kind of rad. I'm only saying the first book here but I listened to all four and loved each one more than the last. Plus you get to listen to the music that Stiefvater composed for all four books!

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

How do I enjoy my audiobooks?

So, I've suggested you listen to audiobooks but you may not know of a way to actually listen to them. Never fear! I have a couple of suggestions (that hopefully shouldn't break the bank! My first suggestion is to use Overdrive. Overdrive works with your local library, so all you have to do is pop in your library and library card number and you should get access to all the books that your library does (this also includes e-books). Overdrive is my main source of audiobooks!

The second app I've used in the past for audiobooks is Scribd. Scribd involves a monthly subscription fee which gives you access to audiobooks, e-books, news & magazines, and documents! Of course, it also only allows you to listen to certain material based on your location (this is to do with local rights). Another downside of Scribd is that you're only allowed a certain number of audiobook listens each month. When I was using Scribd I used it to keep up with all my favourite comic books. -- Offers a 30-day free trial!

Lastly, the one I'm pretty sure everyone knows and loves, Audible. Audible is also a service that charges a monthly fee which is $14.95 and gives you one audiobook credit. Any extra books you'd like after that is an additional $14.95. To be honest, I think that's a pretty good price as audiobooks are generally pretty expensive! 

Which audio books have been your favourite to listen to and how do you listen to them? 

1 comment :

  1. I listened to the Remnant Chronicles by Audible and it was amazing! I absolutely loved it. My absolute favourite series is the Lumatere a Chronicles though by Melinda Marchetta - such a good series! I listen while driving or colouring in! Or taking book photos. ��