I love to read, however one of my struggles is that you have to be seated while you do it. Sometimes I love to read for hours on end, although it’s tough to sit for that long. If I want to exercise, drive somewhere, or clean, there is a great alternative…
Enter: audiobooks. The best of both worlds! You can listen to your favourite book while you stay active. Audiobooks can be even better than reading when you have a fantastic narrator. I just found out there are two audiobook versions of Harry Potter! I may have to re-listen with Stephen Fry’s version as I wasn’t a fan of the U.S. version done by Jim Dale. Anyways, here is my list of my favourite audiobooks:
The Authenticity Project
by Clare Pooley
I was scrolling through my library’s app looking for a new book, and the title caught my eye. One of my values is to be authentic. Narrator, Anna Cordell, does an amazing job with all the different character’s accents. This story is heartwarming, funny, dramatic, with so many loveable characters. You get to listen in on all the different character’s point of view.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman
I believe I heard about this book in an interview with one of my favourite singers, Ellie Rowsell (of the British band, Wolf Alice). Once again, another amazing narrator (Cathleen McCarron), who did a wonderful job on the different character’s voices and accents. Listening to different accents helps me feel like I’m traveling to a new place. ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ is a beautiful story about loneliness, friendship & mental health.
Big Little Lies
by Liane Moriarty
The HBO TV series for Lianne Mortiary’s novel blew my mind! It’s one of my favourite shows, I’ve watched it at least a dozen times. Director Jean Marc Valée did such an amazing job, so I felt inclined to give the audiobook a try. You always hear the book is better than the movie, right? The audiobook helped dive deeper into the characters; some were better in the book (Madeline & Ed), and others were better in the TV series (Bonnie played by Zoe Kravitz). Because the book differs from the series in certain places, it’s a great addition if you loved the TV series.
by Gillian Flynn
I loved HBO’s Big Little Lies, so I rented the other series (based on a book) that Jean Marc Valée directed for HBO. ‘Sharp Objects’ is a great story of a woman dealing with addiction, a troubled past, and a little bit of detective work, which I always enjoy. Compared to my other favourite audiobooks, this one is the darkest, but it’s a great mystery that had me guessing until the end.
I will add more titles to this list as I continue to listen to more audiobooks. Do you have any audiobook recommendations? Please share in the comments below.