Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Audiobooks I’ve Read in 2016


Hello fellow bookworms!  It’s Tuesday and that means it is time for another Top Ten Tuesday post!

  What is TTT? TTT is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.  Check out their blog for more info and to see upcoming themes.


This week’s theme is…

September 20: All About Audio freebie —  aka top ten audiobooks you should listen to, 10 books I want to listen to on audio,10 bands you should check out, 10 podcasts you should be listening to, 10 of my all time favorite albums, 10 songs I love, really whatever you can come up with.

I only started listening to audiobooks this year, and I must admit, I am hooked!  I never realized how awesome audiobooks were!  I listen to them while I am in the car, at the gym, when I go running, and while doing housework.  I actually read an extra 2+ books a month via audiobooks.

Here are a few of the best audiobooks that I’ve listened to this year…

» The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


This was my first Neil Gaiman book EVER. If you have never listened to a Neil Gaiman audiobook, you are really missing out!  Neil Gaiman narrates his own books, and is probably one of the best narrators I’ve encountered in my year of listening to audiobooks.

» Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson


Ok, technically I read this book in print version, HOWEVER I did listen to a sample on audible.  Jenny Lawson narrates her own book and I was able to tell in just a short excerpt that she nails it!

You can read my review here → Book Review: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

» The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater


The Raven Cycle is narrated by Will Patton, an American actor who is best known for his roles in films like Remember the Titans, Armageddon, and Gone in 60 Seconds, is another one of my favorite narrators.  His voice is perfect for the eerie tone of this series.

You can read my reviews here →

Book Review: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

Book Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater

Book Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Book Review: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

» Yes Please by Amy Poehler



Memoirs by comedians are best narrated by the comedians themselves.  Amy Poehler delivers an excellent narration in her book, Yes Please.

You can read my review here → Book Review: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

» The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho



The Alchemist is narrated by Jeremy Irons.  You may recognize his voice as the voice of Scar in Disney’s The Lion King.  His voice is perfection.

You can read my “review” here → 5 Things The Alchemist Taught Me About Life

» A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab


Steven Crossley narrates A Darker Shade of Magic.   He has a wonderful voice with a delightful British accent.  Actually, his voice reminded me a lot of Michael Caine’s voice…

You can read my review here → Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

» The Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King


Another series narrated by narrated by Will Patton.  Will’s voice is perfect for crime thrillers!

You can read my reviews for the first two books here →

Book Review: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Book Review: Finders Keepers by Stephen King

» The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan



This book was actually narrated by a few people.  I will say that if possible, listening to The Painted Girls on audiobook is the way to go.  Not having any experience with the French language, I would never have pronounced any of the names correctly.   Plus French is such a beautiful language, so it really enriched my reading experience to have it read to me in a French accent.

You can read my review here →

Book Review: The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Do you listen to audiobooks?

If so, which books or narrators are your favorites?

31 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Audiobooks I’ve Read in 2016”

  1. Still need to try audiobooks! But I don’t know when to listen to them XD (I don’t drive and I don’t know if I would be able to listen to something and not do anything else at home xD)

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  2. I don’t listen to audiobooks very often, but I do enjoy listening to them while I crochet sometimes. The last audiobook I listened to was The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens. I really enjoyed it as an audiobook. I’m also on a waitlist for HP and the Order of the Phoenix from Overdrive. I’m already about halfway through reading the book, but I’ve been reading other books now. Since, I’ve heard how great the audibooks are, I thought maybe I would listen to it while doing other things such as crochet.

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  3. Wow! For someone newer to audiobooks, I am really impressed with this list! I adore audiobooks. I mostly listen to them in the car, but listening to them while I cook/clean happens sometimes too. A few of my favorites from this year included All The Light We Cannot See and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
    I’ve put The Painted Girls on hold at the library!!

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    1. I have the print version of All the Light We Cannot See! How was it?! I’ve heard good things!

      I’ve seen Aristotle and Dante around! That’s the one with the truck and the night sky on the cover right?

      I hope you enjoy The Painted Girls! I never knew much about the French Opera (ballet to us) but I found it fascinating. I love when authors create a back story to a famous piece of art!


      1. All The Light We Cannot See was beautiful. I think if I had read a physical copy I would not have appreciated the way Doerr’s words come together. Plus, I was able to focus more on visualizing and trying to understand what it means to be blind– particularly in the situations Marie-Laure finds herself in. So dire and anxious!!

        Yes– you nailed it with Aristotle and Dante’s cover. It’s a coming-of-age story about two Mexican-American boys. When I picked it up, no one I knew had read it yet, so it was nothing like I expected. Also, nothing I had imagined experiencing before either. I hope that someday I can hear your opinions on it. 🙂

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  4. I’ve tried a handful of audiobooks, but I just can’t get the same experience as I do reading a regular book. I don’t know what it is! Perhaps I don’t have the attention span for listening to people read. I don’t like when people talk for too long in real life, either, lol. I’m not going to give up on them, though. Perhaps funny books or memoirs will be easier to listen to. I don’t think I could do a lengthy or serious novel in audiobook! Good on you for reading The Alchemist this way.

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    1. I think memoirs are best experienced via audiobook, especially if they are read by the author themselves. It really makes it a more personal experience. Memoirs by comedians that are narrated by the author are my absolute favorite because they can get the tone and timing perfect, thus making the book that much funnier.

      I know you’ve struggled with audiobooks, but have you tried doing re-reads via audiobook? That way if your mind tends to wander, you won’t miss anything and can pick back up when you come to?

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      1. I completely agree. I feel like listening to an audiobook memoir narrated by the author allows me to better understand what they were really feeling and trying to express. For example, when I listened to Tina Fey’s Bossypants, I had already read the physical book. Listening to it I learned that many sentences I thought were serious were jokes, and vice versa. So, maybe re-reads are the way to go?

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