“Audiobooks speak for themselves.” ~ Paul Acampora, I Kill the Mockingbird
Haha! Well, yes they do. And if you don’t pick a good narrator, there is no way you’ll enjoy the book.
That’s one mistake I made when I first entered the land of audiobooks and I spoke about it in a blog post which also happened to be my first (and till now the only) Podcast.
But eventually, I found my way with the help of some fellow book bloggers and now I’m a happy audiobook listener!
Today, I decided to compare the two popular audiobook platforms – now that I’m subscribed to both – and share my recent listens/ current listens/ TBR (TBLT in this case) and some recommendations! Exciting life, eh?
I started enjoying audiobooks when I used Scribd – It’s a really great app for for both audiobooks and e-books at a really great price! – and have been using it since. With a really reasonable subscription amount I have access to unlimited books!
Here are some audiobooks I finished listening to (recommending some along)-
1. A Stranger in The House by Shari Lapena – I’ve shared a bit about in a previous post – My Year so far in Books. I wouldn’t have had the same experience had I not come across the audiobook.
It’s narrated by Tavia Gilbert and she’s done a brilliant job! I don’t think I’ve come across anyone who narrates a thriller/mystery as well as she does. I wouldn’t really have enjoyed the book without the audiobook and without her. So if you haven’t yet read it, go straight for the audiobook!
2. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick – It’s actually one of the earliest audiobooks I listened to and well, I just really enjoyed the way Anna narrates her own story. She’s a really funny human. I spoke a little about it in the podcast I mentioned above. If you like autobiographies and pop culture reads, you will enjoy her book too. But again, the audiobook made it way better although I missed out on the photographes that the ebook or physical copy has but then like I said, Scribd has both and so I made up for it!
3. We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Another one narrated by the author! Aah this book! So important for everyone – every human, no matter the gender, age, race blah and blah. It’s important! If you don’t want to read or listen to it watch her video on youtube about the same topic. It’s essential people!
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.”
4. Kommandant’s Girl by Pam Jenoff – The story manages really well to bring out the complexities of human nature. In a time like Nazi invasion, how further could one go to protector hide one’s identity to save oneself and the family. Moreover, the kind of internal battles a person has with oneself is also intensely showcased. Even though I wouldn’t want to continue with the series, I did like this book and the characters in it.
5. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – It’s just another experience when an author narrators his own books! Neil Gaiman really brings out the characters to life with his narration, each one getting their own distinct trait. This collection of short stories is a really fun book to read and a fascinating one too. Re-telling stories about the Norse Gods and re-visting Thor and Loki with a new look was an absolute delight!
6. Coraline by Neil Gaiman– Yup, another one! I don’t think I’ve heard a better audiobook production than this one yet. The story is definitely a classic one and the way Gaiman narrates is even better. I do want to read it again from a physical copy soon, something about the book that is super intriguing!
There’s a whole list of middle grade books that I listened to while working and painting but I’d like to compile those in a video for my YouTube channel. Now that I have the necessary tools with me and some things are sorted, I think it’s time I resume my blogger life 🙂
I’m at a stage now where I just love listening to audiobooks and at times even get them for the physical copies I already have. The idea being that once I start reading a book physically, I don’t have to let go of the story just because I have work to do. While practicing, designing, painting and work I’ll have the audiobook on and usually on Bluetooth speakers. Ah! Love it!
I’ve definitely used scribd more than any other app but recently I took a chance to try out Audible too. I’ve come to enjoy audible now that it’s finally launched in India, the prices are reasonable. But even then, it just feels restricted to have access to only one book with a credit per month. Even with the subscription, I can only get myself one book while the others I pay for on a discounted price – unlike scribd. So for any book I don’t find on Scribd, I go for on audible now.
Also, Audible really does have some quality narrators and audiobook productions.
The two books I’d like to recommend on Audible are-
- Night Circus by Erin Mogernstern – It’s sort of a twisted and magical series of events that make a great story and some really interesting characters! I was in such a hurry to know what happenes that somewhere I forgot to enjoy it. So soon, I’ll be re-reading it!
2. All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – I’m currently listening to it while reading from my copy whenever I’m not working but I can already sense that I’d like it and hence recommending it! The narration is really nicely done and the characters brought to life so much so that they just remain with you.
And now, here are my top 5 audiobooks that I’d like to read soon after!
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
- Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
- Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
I really hope you found some books to read and listen to from the list! Let me know if you’ve ready any of these.
Are you an audiobook person too?
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