Friday, December 20, 2013

My 2013 Favorites: Audiobook Fiction

2013 was a great year for audiobooks! I listened while walking... on the beach in Florida, on the treadmill, and around my own town. I listened while driving, cleaning the house, and preparing dinner. Sometimes I even listened when sleep eluded me in the middle of the night. Audiobooks have added a new dimension to my reading, and every once in a while the combination of author's words and narrator's voice leads to an experience that is simply sublime. Each of these audiobooks was something special. Click on the titles for my review.

by Julie Kibler
narrated by Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver



by Ann Leary
narrated by Mary Beth Hurt


by Jojo Moyes
Narrated by  Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, Alex Tregear, Andrew Wincott, Owen Lindsay


by Suzanne Rindell
narrated by Gretchen Mol


Honorable Mention:
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
narrated by Simon Vance
When my interest in the print edition lagged, Simon Vance pulled me along with the audio version. Tess of the D'Urbervilles  ended up being one of my favorite books this year.


And I need to mention my current audiobook:

by Elizabeth Gilbert
narrated by Juliet Stevenson

I didn't like Eat, Pray, Love very much and wasn't going to bother listening to The Signature of All Things, but Juliet Stevenson is one of my favorite narrators... and she's at her best here. At the 3/4 mark, I may not finish before the end of the year, but if I do, I'll probably regret not including it on my list. 

30 comments:

  1. Me Before You was fantastic on audio for sure! I sobbed at the end.

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    1. Melissa - I'm going to try Hardy's other novels on audio.

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  3. I think Calling Me Home might be better on audio. I was reading it but the dialogue seemed a little stilted somehow. I might try listening.

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    1. Andi - I almost can't imagine reading Calling Me Home… the audio added so much!

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  4. Even though I don't listen to books, your titles look wonderful! The only one I've read was Me Before You, but I have been curious about most of the others.

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    1. Pat - I think you would really like the others, too.

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  5. The Good House will be appearing on my favorite audiobooks list, too - it was perfect.

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    1. Carrie - It really was perfect. Mary Beth Hurt did an amazing job narrating.

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  6. I don't often listen to audiobooks, but I've got a couple here that I should get around to. Maybe over the holidays...

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    1. Nikki-ann - I love how audiobooks let me fit so many more books into my life. Hope you get a chance to listen over the holidays :)

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  7. I actually read Calling Me Home in print and I still loved it! But The Good House and Me Before You were awesome. I also listened to The Other Typist and while I liked the listening aspect, the plot itself confused the hell out of me. I'm going to have to pursue Tess, if Simon is taking me along for the ride!

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    1. Sandy - My mother and sister both loved Calling Me Home in print, too. The Other Typist left me wondering what exactly happened, but I loved the narration. As for Tess, don't think you can ever go wrong with Simon Vance!

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  8. I listened to Tess as well. Ho do you listen? Ipod, iphone, mp3?

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    1. Stacybuckeye - I mostly listen using the audible app on my iPhone, but also listen to CDs (review copies and some borrowed from the library) in the car.

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  9. I read Me Before You and it will be on my 2013 favorite list. I have Calling me Home in print, buy may look for it in print.

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    1. Nise' - I'd definitely recommend listening to Calling Me Home.

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  10. Me Before You, for sure. I bet you cried even when you listened to it, but that way you wouldn't get the pages wet as i did.

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    1. Bellezza - I was sobbing at the end of Me Before You… so sad!

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  11. Me before You was a good audio -- I read Calling Me Home, but it wasn't a favorite of mine.

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    1. Beth F - I doubt I would have enjoyed Calling Me Home quite as much in print.

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  12. Hope you enjoy The Signature of All Things!

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    1. Melinda - I'm 3/4 through now and really enjoying it!

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  13. Hmmmm, methinks I might have to use my Jan credit on The Other Typist. I did enjoy The Good House this year, too. But I think my fave audios is a split between Doctor Sleep and Beautiful Ruins.

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    1. Care - The audio production of The Other Typist really made that book for me. Everyone raves about Beautiful Ruins…. can't figure out why I keep hesitating.

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  14. As you know, I love audiobooks too, though I listen exclusively in the car...this means I haven't listened to the news in years! I think Tess would work well in audio version--I really like listening to some of the classics this way. I will bookmark this page for when I am finally done with Pickwick Papers (all 25 discs) and am wondering what to listen to next. Probably should get on the list for the Elizabeth Gilbert--I bet the library copies are booked for months!

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    1. JaneGS - The reviewers are right when they say The Signature of All Things is like a Dickens novel and I'm enjoying it very much. Juliet Stevenson's narration is so good, I would definitely recommend audio over print.

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  15. I really need to remember to order books on audio when I'm getting new ones - my library sale way of picking audiobooks up means I won't get to any of these for a couple of years!

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    1. Lisa - Even with an audible membership, I still borrow audiobooks from my library… especially if I'm not sure I'll love them. Have been pleasantly surprised quite a few times!

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