I used to consider audiobooks as cheating at books. Because people can start wandering, checking their phone, while the poor narrator tells the story for no one in particular. And at the end they get to say they have read the book, even if they weren’t mentally present half of the time…
But, like with most things in my life, I gave it a try and ended up loving the thing I made fun of.
Of course, listening to a book is not the same as reading it, but I think in some cases the narrators are so wonderful they turn the same story into something else. Something worth of feeling ready to sleep while being read by a loved one.
These six audiobooks are on my wishlist right now, since their narrators are so great at reading the stories that I won’t miss reading them myself.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland read by
This is the audiobook I’m most excited about! I think Scarlett has a great voice and her acting as Alice is so fun I can’t stop to listening to the audio sample. This will definitely be my first buy as soon as I finish my current audiobooks.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane read by Neil Gaiman
I’ve read a couple of Neil Gaiman’s books and enjoyed them. The Ocean at the End of the Lane has been on my TBR list since it came out, but not so long ago I found out that the author himself narrates the audiobook version. How cool is that? Being read by Neil Gaiman, just like he intended his book to be read.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz read by Anne Hathaway
I’ve read The Wizard of Oz before, but what kind of Anne Hathaway fan would I be if I didn’t add this one to my list? Honestly though, she’s great. Just by listening to the audio sample I can tell this is going to be a very fun read, I just had to listen her mouse queen impression.
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things read by the author, Jenny Lawson
Has anyone read Furiously Happy? I came across the audio sample while preparing this list and I liked it enough to place it in fourth place. Since the theme of this book is so personal –the author’s battle with depression and anxiety– I found it interesting to listen this story from her, I feel like that would make it even more meaningful. I’ve been thinking about getting this book since it was announced but I can’t from all the reviews if it has really helped someone struggling with a mental illness… Tell me in the comments if you have read it!
The Princess Diaries read by Anne Hathaway
I know. Anne Hathaway again! But I loved The Princess Diaries movie as a kid and Anne was the perfect Mia. So it’s awesome to have her read the books too. Would it feel like listening to the movie?
The Handmaid’s Tale read by Claire Danes
I already started reading the book –a classic dystopian novel? I should have finished it long ago– but when I came across the audio sample I paused my reading until I could get the audiobook. The story is already so chilling but if we add a narrator telling us about the horrors of her life, it gets even more frightening.
Do you have any audiobook recommendations? Please tell me in the comments! Anything but Harry Potter, I’ve got that one covered 🙂