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I fell in love with audiobooks in 2015. Some books are particularly good in audio format, whether it’s something about the writing, or just a great narrator. Here are 10 of my favorites:
When you read a book, the story definitely happens inside your head. When you listen, it seems to happen in a little cloud all around it, like a fuzzy cap pulled down over your eyes . . .
– Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
TWO. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, narrated by Graeme Malcolm
DiCamillo knew so well that her story was meant to be read aloud that she allowed the audiobook producers to change the many references to the “reader” into “listener”.
THREE. The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, narrated by Katherine Kellgren
Kellgren’s vocalizations for the 3 children are completely hilarious and wonderful!
FOUR. Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis, narrated by Mia Barron
I just loved the way Barron read the drone’s voices.
FIVE. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley, narrated by Susan Duerden
Duerdan’s voice is just lovely and soothing, even though the story is exciting. Something about that juxtaposition spoke to me.
SIX. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, narrated by Sissy Spacek
This one was a little different as Spacek just read the book without doing voices for the different characters. It was like listening to your Mama read a bedtime story.
SEVEN. Rebel Belle series by Rachel Hawkins, narrated by Amy Rubinate
These books are uproariously funny, and Rubinate’s Southern Belle accent was spot on.
EIGHT. Hamish Macbeth series by M.C. Beaton, narrated by Shaun Grindell
I read the first Hamish Macbeth mystery in print and I didn’t love it, but I’ve listened to a bunch of the others and the Scottish accents just make them fun!
NINE. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
When the author is a fabulously funny actress, she should totally narrate her own book!
TEN. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Even non actor authors sometimes read their own books, and it’s wonderful.