Do you listen to books? I do! Mostly when I exercise. I don’t love to exercise, but I DO love books, so audiobooks bring a little joy into my yucky exercise time. I’ll walk a little further, row a little longer if I’m listening to a good book!
The tricky bit is that the narrator of the book (the one who reads it for the recording) can either make it or break it. Seriously. If a narrator smacks or has a whiny voice, I’m out of there. I choose to not listen.
But a GOOD narrator! Ahhhhh! Now there’s a beautiful thing! A good narration plus a great book? Pure magic!
My daughter and I just put our heads together and quickly came up with our top three favorite audiobooks. Here they are, in random order! (We’d never be able to rank them!)
In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll let you know that we lived in England for three years, and we love all things British! Give us a book set in London and read by the incredible Stephen Frye?!? Yes, please! This is a beautiful, sweet story that the whole family can enjoy. Yes, adults too! ESPECIALLY adults!
This hysterically funny book is also set in England and is read by Englishman Neil Gaiman (sense a trend here?) who also happens to be the author of the book. Great book plus great narrator who is also the author of the book?!? Even more magicer than magic! This book will make you laugh out loud, we promise! Another book for the whole family. (Click here to read more about what my daughter thinks about Neil Gaiman!)
This is Book Three in The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry. You may have read The Giver, but did you know there are three more books in the series?!? I didn’t until recently! I’ve read The Giver multiple times, and now I’m listening to the other three books. I’m currently listening to Messenger, and the narrator, David Morse, is just blowing me away! He’s amazing. Please, please don’t jump in with this book! Start with The Giver and work your way through the series! It’s crucial to plot development that you read/listen to these in order! The themes of these books are best understood by teens and adults, in my opinion, but there’s nothing “bad” in them for younger children.
So what are YOUR favorite audiobooks? When do you listen to them? (I MUST have a good audiobook when I’m driving around town or making a road trip!) Please comment below!