I love audiobooks and have done since I was very little! Today, I’d like to share some of my favourites for both story and narration. Now, this list is by no means an exhaustive list because I have a very large collection of audiobooks spread across cassette tapes, CDs and Audible but all of the ones I’ve mentioned below are available on Audible. I’d highly recommend all of these, and I’m sure that there’s something for everyone among them!
ME BEFORE YOU – Jojo Moyes
narrated by Jo Hall et al.
I adore Me Before You anyway, both the book and the film, and so I was sure that I was going to love the audiobook too. The narration is brilliant and really absorbs you in the story – Jo Hall really does justice to the character of Louisa.
HARRY POTTER – J.K. Rowling
narrated by Stephen Fry
It wouldn’t be a list of my favourite audiobooks without this series featuring. I love the Stephen Fry and the Jim Dale audiobooks and have listened to them over and over again! One of my favourite Audible memories is driving in the Welsh countryside with my bestie listening to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – it’s divine!
CARAVAL – Stephanie Garber
narrated by Rebecca Soler
Caraval gets a lot of hype, and rightly so; it’s brilliant. Although I did receive a proof copy of this book way back when, it was listening to it as an audiobook that really made me fall in love with this story. I was captivated, and the narration is really good.
ENCHANTÉE – Gita Trelease
narrated by Justine Eyre
I love Enchantée and as soon as I finished reading I was hoping that there would be an audiobook! I was hoping for a good narrator to bring this story to life, and Justine Eyre is just that.
MIDNIGHT FOR CHARLIE BONE – Jenny Nimmo
narrated by Simon Russell Beale
This one is up there with Harry Potter for its soothing narration and magical story; I remember listening to this over and over growing up when I had it on cassette!
THE NIGHT CIRCUS – Erin Morgenstern
narrated by Jim Dale
Whilst I haven’t finished reading or listening to this one, I already know that I love The Night Circus, and Jim Dale is the perfect narrator to bring it to life. As soon as I saw who the narrator was I decided to buy it!
REASONS TO STAY ALIVE – Matt Haig
narrated by Matt Haig
I wasn’t sure what this would be like as an audiobook; it’s a highly important book, but I’d never really listened to non-fiction or self-help books before. However, it’s hands down one of my favourites and is surprisingly easy to listen to, and, like the physical book, I’d recommend it highly to anyone who struggles with their mental health and to anyone who would like to understand the difficulties some people face with regards to mental health. Matt Haig makes for a brilliant narrator and it adds a new and personal level to his book.
LOVE LESSONS – Jacqueline Wilson
narrated by Finty Williams
My favourite Jacqueline Wilson book by far, Love Lessons is just a good book and Finty Williams does well at narrating it. I had a lot of Jacqueline Wilson audiobooks when I was younger, and this one was by far the best for narration too.
MALORY TOWERS – Enid Blyton
narrated by Esther Wane et al.
I got Audible purely to download this collection. Growing up, my favourite cassettes were my abridged Malory Towers ones, and so I needed to be able to listen to it on the go in the modern age! Esther Wane is a brilliant narrator and the cast really support that, and I love that you can recognise some voices from other Blyton audiobooks!
What are your favourite audiobooks? If you’ve not tried Audible, I’d definitely recommend signing up for a free trial to see how you get on! In addition, if you fancy any of the books I’ve mentioned and haven’t received a book from someone on Audible, I can send you a copy!