Welcome to another edition of “Top Ten Tuesday”, a weekly blog linkup spearheaded by the lovely folks at The Broke & The Bookish. This week is an “all about audio” freebie, but because I’m not a huge fan of audiobooks I’m sticking to the basics. In other words, I’m going to talk about the select few audiobooks I do actually enjoy and then end with a plea for certain books to be available in audio.
(Clicking on the covers will take you to Amazon where you can listen to an audio sample)
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
These are by far my favorite audiobooks – and my husband’s. It’s really more like radio theater! His mastery of all the different voices is incredible.
Sylvester by Georgette Heyer
This came highly recommended by author (and blog follower!) DeAnna Julie Dodson – and oh my goodness! SWOON! Richard Armitage could read a phone book and I would be happy. As it is, he does a marvelous job with Heyer’s books too. Also worth checking out by Richard Armitage – Classic Love Poems and Heyer’s Venetia and The Convenient Marriage.
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
The narrator for this classic is spot-on in her characterizations of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and adds exactly the right touch of humor to her tone as appropriate.
Now & Forever by Mary Connealy
Actually, anything by Barbara McCulloh makes my list. I love her natural way of reading, her faster pace (so I don’t feel like I’m waiting around for the narrator to get on with it), and her comedic timing.
Like There’s No Tomorrow by Camille Eide
Becky gave new life to the adorable elderly Scottish sisters in Camille Eide’s novel, not to mention the hunky Scottish hero! Her variety of accents is marvelous!
A Damsel in Distress by P.G. Wodehouse
My husband loves Wodehouse – and audiobooks. And he kept insisting I listen to this one. Well, I confess I haven’t had time to listen to the whole thing yet but the clips he’s played for me are hilarious and droll and the narration is perfection!
Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary
It’s clear that Channing is an actress and yet it feels not so much like she’s performing a play but that you’re curled up beside her on the couch listening to her read the book. Because… well… you are, rather.
A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin
Confession: I haven’t actually listened to this audiobook reading of one of my favorite novels but it comes highly recommended by my husband who, he wants it noted, is not ashamed to admit he “read” this book.
Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer
Another one I haven’t personally listened to but comes highly recommended by my husband in his quest to read some of my favorite books!
As You Wish by Cary Elwes
This one is a no-brainer if you love The Princess Bride. Cary Elwes’ narration is smooth and delightful PLUS he’s joined by several cast members – the icing on the cake.
The following books are some that i NEED in audiobook form ASAP.
Powers that be, are you listening?
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano
Umm… all I really need to say is #myJames. And Scotland. MyJames in Scotland. SWOON.
A Class of Their Own series by Jen Turano
Ok. Any series by Jen Turano. These books are so delightful that it’s a travesty for them not to be available on audiobooks.
Ok, what about you? What are your favorite audiobooks/narrators?