Recommended Audio List And I Need Your Suggestions


It has been three years now since I discovered the amazing world of audio books.  How I ever lived without it I do not know.  Now I listen to at least some audio every day:

  • I have my IPOD speakers set up in the bathroom off our bedroom.  I listen to audio when I get up and while I get ready for the day.
  • A second audio is in my CD player in my kitchen.  I listen to this one while I make coffee, cook, and clean.
  • A third audio is my jeep’s CD player.  I listen to that one as I drive to and from work or wherever I am going.

I love to also listen to audio while I am mowing the lawn.

Audio has doubled the books I am able to get through in a year.  When I don’t have time to sit and physically read a book, I can always listen to one. 

I LOVE great audio… and those of you who listen to audio know that not all audio books are treated alike. 

What I want to create here is a list of your FAVORITES as well as mine.  I am going to compile the responses into a sidebar page so people can click and see a list of really great audio to choose from.  If you have a blog, I will link your recommendations back to your blog (and if I can find your review of that audio, I will link it to the review.) 

Please feel free to list as many as you would recommend. 

To start things off, here are a few of my favs:

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Night by Eli Wiesel

Medium Raw by Anthony Boudain

Bossypants by Tina Fey

One Good Dog by Susan Wilson

Rococo by Adriana Trigiani

Any Harry Potter book read by Stephen Fry or Jim Dale

Worst Case by James Patterson (and this entire series)


Now, I would love to hear what your favorites are!



About Sheila (Book Journey)

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Posted on January 21, 2012, in audio review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 63 Comments.

  1. My favourite audio books are the Harry Potter-books, read by the amazing Stephen Fry 🙂

  2. I fell in love with audio books through the Bloody Jack series – such fantastic audios – they’re like movies without pictures!

  3. Try Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. The reader is fantastic and has a huge repertoire of Asian, English, American and other accents. The stories are also very good as well as the historical setting.

  4. Harry Potter series narrated by Jim Dale, Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok, Soulless by Gail Carriger, The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

  5. My favorites: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, read by Jeremy Irons; Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, read by Alan Rickman; The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, read by Scott Brick; Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, read by Jenny Sterlin; Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, read by Martin Jarvis; The Host by Stephenie Meyer, read by Kate Reading. 🙂

  6. This is link that goes to my blog’s page, Pantheon of All-Time Great Audiobooks:

    Where I have a review on my blog for the title, you can clock on the title. I’ve also linked to the publishers’ web-sites where possible.

  7. My favorites are The Help, The Gurnsey Liteary and Potato Peel Society, and Valentine series by Adriana Trigiani. I am always looking for suggestions too. I only listen to them in the car. Right now I am listening to Eat Pray Love and its okay. 🙂

  8. Oh, my – where do I start? Let’s see….

    Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani
    Alice I Have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin
    Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
    I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
    Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
    The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilynn Jackson
    Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (read by Jeremy Irons)
    Lucy by Laurence Gonzales
    Slam by Nick Hornby
    Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
    Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

    Hmmm, I’ll come back if I think of more!

  9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix
    Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
    Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
    Downside series by Stacia Kane
    The Truth in Our Stars by John Green
    Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
    Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
    Unwind by Neal Shusterman

    Those are some of absolute favorite audios other than Harry Potter which was what began my audio book obsession. I can’t wait to see the finished list! Great idea!!

  10. Ha! You sound like me with the audiobook addiction. They even got me using earbuds, something that I thought I’d never do!
    All-time favorite audiobooks is a toughie! I’ll have to go with recent favorites. I think the Three Pines series by Louise Penny, narrated by Ralph Cosham, is definitely a standout (starting with Still Life) and a good bet for the general reader, even if not a real mystery fan. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz and Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson were both outstanding and both narrated by Jonathan Davis. Faith by Jennifer Haigh was narrated by Therese Plummer, and was great. In the memoir category, I thought Diane Ackerman’s One Hundred Names for Love was read really well by Barbara McCullogh, and it was a tricky one to do because it was about the author’s husband who suffered aphasia after a stroke. I also agree with other commenters about The Help being very well done on audio!

  11. I have so many favorites!
    The Outlander series read by Davina Porter
    The Bloody Jack series read by Katherine Kellgren
    Fever Series read by Joyce Bean and then Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross
    Iron House by John Hart read by Scott Sowers
    These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf (Ali Ahn, Angela Lin, Angela Goethals)
    You’re Next by Gregg Hurwitz read by Scott Brick

  12. I’m almost halfway through 11/22./63 on audio and, so far, I’m loving it!

  13. My all-time favourite for audiobooks is the BBC radio play version of the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s full-cast, including such notables as Michael Hordern, who voices Gandalf and Ian Holm who did the voice of Frodo Baggins.

    It really is an experience to hear – they don’t stint on Tolkien’s poetry, setting most of it to music – my favourite is the last one, Bilbo’s Last Song. Always brings me to tears.

  14. My favorites are already on this list, but you can be sure I’m going to keep coming back to this post for more recommendations!!

    – Ready Player One
    – 13 Reasons Why
    – Bossypants by Tina Fey
    – Rococo (Mario!!!!)
    – The Help

    I want to listen to the audio of The Night Circus, I hear it’s fantastic!

  15. The Outlander Series is really good on audio. Now that I have kids I can’t listen to them in the car anymore since they are not kid appropriate in the least!
    For children the Magic Tree House series is really good, Mary Pope Osborne is both the author and the narrator and she does different voices for each of the kids and puts her own feeling into them.
    The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
    The Maze Runner books by James Dashner
    I haven’t gotten very far into it but so far The Night Circus with Jime Dale reading is making me recall Harry Potter but in a good way of course!
    The Swan Thief by Elizabeth Kostova was neat because a different actor did each of the voices, so whoevers voice was narrating the chapter had a diferent actor like Anne Heche doing the voice so it was easy to picture each character differently.
    Harry Potter of course!

    I’m sure I have more but that is probably overdoing it already!

  16. I’d second the Harry Potter series. I almost think of Jim Dale’s voices as much as the movie actors.

    The Chronicles of Narnia series- each is read by different British actors

    I just finished Alan Cummings reading Leviathan, and that was very good.

  17. I love all of the Alexander McCall Smith No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books read by Lissette Lecat.

  18. This is a great idea! I’ve tried to get into audio a couple times unsuccessfully but this time I think it’ll stick. I’ll be checking back for your list! I don’t think I really have enough to make a recommendation.

  19. I have had the same experience with audiobooks – I love, love, love them, and they have easily doubled my annual reading. Although a few of these are mentioned above, here is my list of all time fave audiobooks:

    Queen of the South – Arturo Perez-Reverte
    Anything by James Lee Burke – narrated by Will Patton
    For Whom the Bell Tolls – Hemingway (narrated by Campbell Scott)
    The Help – Kathryn Stockett
    The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peal Pie Society – Mary Anne Shaffer
    Juliet, Naked – Nick Hornby (narrated by Jennifer Wiltsie, Ben Miles, Bill Irwin)
    The Water is Wide – Pat Conroy (narrated by Dan John Miller)
    Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
    Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston (narrated by Ruby Dee)
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson (narrated by Simon Vance)
    In Cold Blood – Truman Capote (narrated by Scott Brick)
    Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier (narrated by Anna Massey)
    Anything by Nevada Barr – narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
    The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini (read by author)
    My Grandfather’s Son – Clarence Thomas (read by the author)
    Shanghai Girls – Lisa See (narrated by Janet Song)
    Candles Burning – Tabitha King & Michael McDowell (narrated by Carrington McDuffie)
    The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox – Maggie O’Farrell (narrator?)

  20. Danette grimsrud

    I listened to almost every audiobook in my small town public library back when I was commuting 30 minutes each way to work. I then moved onto podcasts but still enjoy a great listen! Some of my favorites are:

    The alphabet mysteries, Kinsey Milhone… Fun to listen to
    Patricia Cornwell books would never been read by me if not for audio – Kay Scarpetta
    Diane Mott Davidson books are very fun to listen to. Just don’t forget to check out the recipes!
    Brad Pitt narrates “A River Runs Through It” and that was a nice listen.
    I loved Ann Patchett’s “Bel Canto” on audio
    I listened to The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry. I liked Symmetry better as a listen.
    I loved The Life of Pi as a listen, as well as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Wow. Just felt like you were in his head. Also listened to Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Such a memorable experience. I read it after. Love love love.

    I don’t really have reviews on my blog but have written about a few of them, as they are favorites!!!

  21. I have Life f Pi but have not started it yet… I bet Bel Canto would be good!

  22. Kinsey Milhone is fun to listen to from the Sue Grafton series. I also tried The Green Mile years ago and that was a good listen too. I second The Chronicles of Narnia and The Spiderwich Chronicles was good too.

  23. I left you some direct links to reviews of my favorites yesterday. It’s probably stuck in your spam filter as wordpress hates links. They were:

    Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
    Doc by Mary Doria Russell
    To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal
    Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

  24. I love the Chet and Bernie mysteries by Spencer Quinn. The stories are narrated by Chet the dog, and I think any dog lover would love them. Chet reminds me of one of my dogs, so I suppose that helps. 🙂

    I also loved The Hunger Games on audio, and I have Bossypants waiting to be listened to.

  25. My two favorite audios I’ve ever listened to were Skippy Dies (which features a brilliant cast of Irish actors and actresses) and Watership Down (the narrator was Ralph Cosham and he was just brillant — of course the book is brilliant to start with).

  26. I just started to listen to audio this past year. I had no idea they could be so fun and bump up the amount of books I could get in!

    I will be looking for some of these great suggestions.
    Thanks Shelia!

  27. I absolutely loved “Between Shades of Gray”!

  28. Ooh, just what I needed–a list of audio recommendations! I just discovered audio last year and that was what put me over the top on my reading goal for the year. My one problem is that it is very easy for me to avoid reviewing these. I download them from my library’s digital site so I listen to them and then forget to review them because I don’t have physical copies staring me in the face! Thanks for master-minding this list!

    My favorites (that I’ve reviewed)
    Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson, read by Peter Altschuler
    M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman, read by the author (probably anything read by Gaiman. I could listen to him all day.)

    Favorites that I have not reviewed yet
    The Sweet Potato Queens’ First Big-Ass Novel by Jill Conner Browne, read by the author
    When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris, read by the author
    Bloody Jack books by L. A. Meyer, read by Katherine Kellgren (which I discovered thanks to you!)
    The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, read by Jayne Entwistle

  29. Some of my favorites audiobook series are the Serge A. Storms series by Tim Dorsey, particularly those read by Oliver Wyman, the Mickey Haller books by Michael Connolly, starting with The Lincoln Lawyer, The Hap & Leonard series by Joe Lansdale, read by Phil Gigante and Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels read by Dick Hill.

    I do have my favorite lists from 2010 , and 2011 that you can check out for more suggestions.

  30. You know I haven’t gotten into the audo books as much yet. But I’ve found a few podcasts that I really enjoy. They are short stories that are anywhere from 30 minutes to just short of an hour long. I love the vocals and sound effects they have.

    The one set is Tales from the Archives, set in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrances world by Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine.

    Great picks here. Thank you!

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