This should be an easy one for me! I don’t listen to audiobooks often. Usually when I do its by chance, as my hubby is listening while we play WoW. I have occasionally picked up one or two so I think I have enough for a Top 5, as the ones I do have I’ve enjoyed!
Top 5 is of course created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey. And as usual these are not in any specific order.
5. Lock In by John Scalzi, Narrated by Wil Wheaton
As someone who was raised on Star Trek I have a loyalty complex when it comes to Wil Wheaton. I will try anything he does, or watch anything he’s in at least once. I like him as a person generally. I had never heard him narrate an audio book before and our book club picked Lock In, a book I’d already ready for one of our monthly books. So I got the Wil Wheaton version for the hubby. It was a good choice! I like his voice (when he’s not cracking loud jokes), I find it has a soothing qualities.
4. Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, Narrated by William Dufris
This is the 2nd of 3 cases of ‘I-read-the-book-first-but-book-club-happened-and-my-hubby-needed-it’ but I still really enjoyed this audio book as well. It might be that Scalzi’s writing lends itself well to audio format, but the narrator on this one did amazing at ‘Older John’ and then ‘Newer John’. This is a narrator I will be watching for more, and I’m excited to finish this series out!
3. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo, Narrated by Yangsze Choo
I love it when authors narrate their own work. In this case Mrs. Choo did an amazing job with the accents and dialects. Being of Chinese decent she knew how to capture those characters she’d written so well in print. I read this with the audio book and I really enjoyed it. The story overall is really amazing too, I think, especially with the heavy cultural inspirations.
2.The Martian by Andy Weir, Narrated by R.C. Bray
Is anyone surprised that The Martian made this list? Anyone?
Seriously though, the narrator on this added to it a great deal. This is the third that I listened to with hubby for book club on this list. Our book club made a comment on Mark talking to himself in the book and how for some of them it didn’t carry across, his cracks and jokes. For me (as someone who talks to myself all the time) I didn’t have too much of a problem believing it but I know listening to the same text being spoken really translated it better. A great addition.
1. Dracula by Bram Stoker, Narrated by Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, Katherine Kellgren, Susan Duerden, John Lee, Graeme Malcolm, and Steven Crossley
Do I need to point out that this has a full cast? It has a full cast guys!
This is one of the rare cases of an I picked up just for the hell of it. I wanted to read Dracula but didn’t have the time to pick it up *coughatworkcough*. I had plenty of busy work but wanted something to listen to so I tried the sample on this and was sold. I loved this one, I talk more about in my Dracula: Book vs. Movie post. Just sum it up to say I love full cast audiobooks. I’m on a hunt for more.