I started listening to audio books a little bit over a year ago and I haven’t regretted it. I’m not listening to them as often as I would like, but I have found a lot of amazing narrators and books that I probably wouldn’t have read otherwise. I’ve also learned that just like the covers of books change with each country, the narrators of audio books often change by country too.
A few of my favorite audio books from the past year:
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. (The UK version.) The amazing Lin-Manuel Miranda narrates this story in such a way that I felt like I was having a conversation with him.
- Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend by Bill Russell. I’m listening to this right now and I’m enjoying it so much. Russell narrates the prologue while the rest of the book is read by Peter Jay Fernandez. I love Fernandez’s voice. Bill Russell is in his 70’s and Fernandez’s voice go perfectly with this story of an older gentleman looking back on his life from his childhood in Jim Crow Louisiana to becoming a professional basketball player.
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Narrated by George Guidall. I don’t know who told me about the audio version of this book, but I’m glad they did.
- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Steid. Narrated by Cynthia Holloway. This is a fantasy MG book that’s great for all ages. Winner of the Newbery award.
- The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Narrated by Nick Podehl. Podehl does such a great job narrating, that I rushed out and bought an ebook version to read along with Podehl.
That’s a few of my favorite audio books. What’s yours?