If you're like me, you love to read, but you don't have endless hours during the day to curl up in a comfy chair, blanket draped over you, coffee or tea in a mug next to you, and lose yourself in another person's world. I wish I did, but being the mother of a toddler means that my book choices consist of picture books or nursery rhymes.
Sometimes the only way I can get a book in is by listening to it. I am actually pretty picky about which books I listen to. The narrator has to be interesting and not boring. Have you ever had a teacher who just drones on and on and makes you want to fall asleep? Thats exactly what I didn't want to be listening to. I also enjoy someone who does different styles of voices for the different characters. They don't have to be crazy good voices, but enough that you can tell who is talking.
Anywayyys, I hope you find this list helpful. Be sure to let me know if you end up listening to any of these! Be sure to check out my post "My Top 12 Favorite Books and Series" for more reading inspo!
1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (of course) | Narrated by Jim Dale.
It goes without saying these books are my heart and soul. I will listen and read them over and over again for the rest of my life. This series is narrated by Jim Dale and I think he has to be my favorite narrator so far. He has a British accent so pretty much everything he says is amazing. He does different voices for all the characters and I think it adds a lot to the story. I know that when I was younger and my parents used to read us the books they would do different voices. So listening to Jim Dale read reminds me of those times.
2. Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard | Narrated by Bill O'Reilly.
Man, this book is so good. I love history but sometimes with all the extra dates and stuff I can get distracted and confused. This book made it so easy to follow along with what happened before, during, and after the assassination of President Lincoln. I think I liked the book the most because I was able to learn new information about the assassination. The book is considered a "historical fiction" and I think is a perfect description. I got so into this book and I couldn't stop listening. He also has a bunch of other books of the same style already published.
3. Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris | Narrated by Georgia Maguire
"Listening Discretion Advised" This book is not a light read or one that you listen to if you want to feel happy about life. This book is about a young woman named Grace who falls in love with the seemingly perfect Jack. He loves and adores her and also dotes on her disable younger sister. All everyone sees is this perfect couple who has it all, but behind closed doors Grace faces a danger she never thought she would. (Dun dun dunnnnn. Was that a good book description or what?!)
4. The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer | Narrated by Ellen Archer
Now I already talked about this book in other book post you can check out here, but it needs another mention. I LOVED listening to this book. The narrator was so good and it just enhanced the story. Definitely worth a read (or listen!).
5. A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) Series by George R. R. Martin | Narrated by Roy Dotrice
So if you've been living under a rock since 2011, then you have no idea what Game of Thrones is. Even if you haven't watched the TV show (which if you haven't, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! THIS SHOW IS FREAKING AMAZING!!) you must have heard of it. The show is one of my favorites, but I also love the book. There is so much more information in the books and you can learn so much more about the characters. Now, only listen to this series if you have A LOT of extra time. The first book, Game of Thrones, is 33 hours and 46 minutes long. Hot damn. Like I said...only if you have a lot of time on you hands. The narrator is British so again the narration is on point.
Listening to Next:
1. Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis | Narrated by Rachel Hollis
2. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn | Narrated by Ann Marie Lee
3. Harry Potter: A History of Magic by Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies | Narrated by Natalie Dormer (Available 4 Oct 18)
4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | Narrated by Wil Wheaton
5. Girls & Boys by Dennis Kelly | Narrated by Carrie Mulligan
6. Artemis by Andy Weir | Narrated by Rosario Dawson
If you want to check any of these books out, you can either click the titles, or you can click audible.com to see all the books they offer!