What were your favourite audiobooks in 2019?
I’ve never been a huge fan of audiobooks if I’m being honest. I’m too easily distracted by what’s around me. Like a baby or a puppy. If anything were to happen near me or if I spotted anything, I was doomed. And don’t get me started on listening to them in bed. Anyone who can stay awake when they listen to Audible needs to tell me their secret. If I tried to listen to an audiobook, I’d just be forever skipping back to the start of the chapter. But towards the end of this year, I started listening to one audiobook every weekend. Not only was it a really lovely way to relax when I had nothing planned but it got my reading numbers up even further. By the end of 2019, I’d got through 10 audiobooks. So, without them, I’d not have got to my reading total. When it came to listing them, I wanted to do a top 5 but, in the end, couldn’t decide between a few. So, I went with a top 6. I know what you’re thinking, why not just put all 10 in order? Laziness. I’ve already written two top 10 lists already tonight. I didn’t fancy another. So, here we go.
6. Peter Pan: An Audible Original Drama
The reason that this list is a top 6 instead of a top 5. This was a free audiobook that Audible gave its members this Christmas. I was interested with this one because it has Rupert Everett playing Captain Hook. Now I love Everett but he wouldn’t have been my first choice for Hook. Still, I was pleasantly surprised by him. He was silly and scary enough for it to work. Kids will love him. And the rest of the story is really well done. It’s such a sweet and fun tale to listen to as a family. Or for a 31-year-old to listen to alone. If you don’t believe me read my review here.
5. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
You can’t beat a lazy Sunday listening to Neil Gaiman narrate his story to you. Having done this with a few of his books now, I don’t think I’ll be able to go back to reading them myself. He has such a great voice and really brings a new dimension to the words. This dark fairy tale has always been one of my favourites so it was fabulous to go back to it. I still think the ending is a bit unnecessary but I also quite like that its there. For one thing, it means you get more Gaiman. You can read more about this in my review here.
4. Treasure Island by Stephen Fry
This was the book that started my recent audiobook turnaround. I listened to this one Sunday and had a great time. Treasure Island is another of those stories I haven’t really experienced for a while. Well, outside of The Muppets film adaptation. So, this was a good way to hear the story again. The cast really does make this dramatisation work really well. They are all perfectly cast in their roles and they bring the story to life. Audible has done a lot of great original content like this and it makes me happier that I rejoined. We need more of this stuff. Read my review here.
3. Mythos by Stephen Fry
One of my earliest reads of this year was Stephen Fry’s breakdown of Greek myths. I’d read Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology and The Song of Achilles last year so was obviously in that kind of mood. I think listening to this as an audiobook made it a much more enjoyable experience. Stephen Fry is an insanely clever man and listening to him speak his own words is really engaging. He has a way of presenting the myths in such a digestible way. And he brought so much humour to them. As I posted my review basically a year ago you might have missed it. Go and find it here.
2. The Murder of Roger Akroyd by Agatha Christie
I don’t normally return to many of my most loved books because my TBR is so full. As you’ll have seen on my Top 10 books of 2019 post, I managed to do a bit or rereading this year. I think audiobooks are a great way to go back to books you already know. For one thing, it’s easier to concentrate if you know the story and, for another, it meant I could get the reading out of the way in one or two sittings at the weekend. I decided this was the year to go back to The Murder of Roget Akroyd as it’s one of my favourite Agatha Christie novels. It’s been a while since I last read it so I wanted to see whether my love was just as strong. To find out if it was read my review here.
1.Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds: The Musical Drama
I came back to audible in October thanks to this audiobook. I’d wanted to get a copy as soon as it came out but couldn’t justify the cost of a membership at the time. When I suddenly started hearing adverts for it everywhere, I knew it was a sign to go back. I used my first credit to get a copy and am so glad I did. It was such an enjoyable few hours. It takes the story of The War of the Worlds, the amazing music by Jeff Wayne and throws Michael Sheen into the mix. It’s like it was made for me personally. To hear me gush about this more check out my review here.