For those of you that might not know, June is audiobook month. I’ve been talking a lot about audiobooks this year with both my reviews and Audiobook Discussions series, so I had to take part in this event to continue to share the audiobook love.
For this tour, I was asked to share 5 audiobooks that I think would be great for a new listener or to introduce someone to the world of audiobooks. I will link to reviews below, where applicable. One of the things that I think all these audiobooks share is a compelling narrative that pulls you along and an excellent narrator that makes an already compelling story even more engaging and entertaining with the way they present it. These are not presented in any particular order.
A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt pulls you along with a compelling mystery and Carly Robbins imbues the main character with a personality that the reader can immediately connect to. HIGHLY recommend this book and can’t wait for the next in the series.
The Secret Life of Anna Blanc by Jennifer Kincheloe is another top notch historical mystery that I have recently enjoyed. I am quite sure this is the BEST audio production I have listened to and Moira Quirk is among my top rated narrators. Her characters are individualized to such an extent that you can picture their mannerisms! Another that I am eagerly awaiting the second book and will certainly await the audio release.
Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S.C. Gwynne is my pick for best of my non-fiction listens. Not only was the book stellar in its ability to bring me to tears about a historical figure from the Confederacy, which I considered a major feat, but the narration was strong. Non-fiction can be hard to narrate based on the material being more fact based rather than plot based, but you could feel the passion behind Cotter Smith’s words as he read the material and he brought it to vivid life.
My Last Continent by Midge Raymond brought me to tears. I don’t honestly cry much while reading, but I have found that an on-point narration can imbue a story with so much more passion than just my own reading of a book that I find myself tearing up more when listening to a book. A powerful book about love and relationships set in the treacherous world of Antarctica as narrated by the fabulous Cassandra Campbell cannot be recommended highly enough!
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed is a memoir, which is not my usual genre. This was a book read for reasons very close to my heart, due to the loss of my mother last year and how the author chose this quest because of the same event in her life. I laughed, I cried, and then laughed again throughout this moving and honest tale of her life. Bernadette Dunne did a fabulous job with the material – this is actually the first memoir that I have read that was not narrated by the author, so that makes it interesting to me. She made it feel like her own story.
I would encourage you to pick up any of these books and provided you enjoy the genre, you will not be disappointed in your experience. And to help you take advantage of any of these books, I have an awesome giveaway courtesy of the Audiobook Publishers Association. I have a set of earbuds and a card with codes for 3 free audiobook downloads from Audiobooks.com! How awesome is that! This giveaway rules are simple: entries are made via the Rafflecopter below and you must be a US resident (as I will be mailing this out). I can’t wait to see what you choose to listen to!
Make sure to check out the other stops on this tour this month to check out all the AWESOME audiobooks out there! I’m sure you will find something to fall in love with!
June 1 – Lost in Literature
June 2 – AudioGals
June 3 – Book Riot
June 4 – Collector of Book Boyfriends
June 5 –The Book Nympho
June 6 – BJ’s Reviews
June 7 – Everyday I Write the Book Blog
June 8 – Book of Secrets
June 9 – AudioGals
June 10 – Elsie’s Audiobook Digest
June 11 – Great Kid Books
June 12 – Adolescent Audio Adventures
June 13 – To Read or Not To Read
June 14 – Caffeinated Book Reviewer
June 15 – Beth Fish Reads
June 16 – AudioGals
June 17 – The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shh
June 18 – The Book’s The Thing
June 19 – The Maiden’s Court – HERE!
June 20 – I Am Indeed
June 21 – Shelf Addiction
June 22 – Under My Apple Tree
June 23 – AudioGals
June 24 – Books Movies Reviews Oh My
June 25 – Mumfection
June 26 – For the Love of Words
June 27 – A Bookworm’s World
June 28 – Literate Housewife
June 29 – Hot Listens
June 30 – Under the Boardwalk