Hello! Welcome to today’s #FiveOnFriday blog. Today I’m talking about my five favorite (recent) audio books. I mainly listen to audio books on my ride to and from work. Occasionally, when my eyes are tired, I’ll listen to an audio book at home. The problem with that is I usually end up falling asleep! So, without further ado, let’s started!
First on my list is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, narrated by Alma Cuervo and Julia Whelan. I was hearing really good things about this book, so I had added it to my TBR without really knowing what it was about. The MC Monique Grant, who is a journalist, is sought out by famous actress Evelyn Hugo to write her biography. Monique has no idea why Evelyn has chosen her when she’s essentially a nobody in journalism. The SHoEH is a narration that alternates between Monique’s and Evelyn’s interactions and Evelyn telling her life story for the autobiography. I absolutely loved the audio version of this book and I think it absolutely enhanced the experience. Both women did a phenomenal job narrating this book and sharing this story.
Next is Heartless by Marissa Meyer, narrated by Rebecca Soler. This book is about the Queen of Hearts of Wonderland before she became the Queen of Hearts. We follow Catherine as an adolescent and learn of her experiences which eventually led her to become the QoH. Rebecca Soler does an incredible job narrating this story and became an instant favorite. I just love her commitment to creating all the different voices for the different characters. I would solely recommend this book just on her performance alone.
My third choice is Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, narrated by Andy Secombe, Eric Meyers, Laurel Lefkow, Charlie Anson, Liza Ross, William Hope, Christopher Ragland, Katharine Mangold, and Adna Sablyich. I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed this book nearly as much if I had read it versus listening to the audio version. The cast of characters made this book amazing to experience. One of the characters, Rose, finds a hand of what appears to be a giant statue in a hole in the ground in her neighborhood. She grows up to become a scientist and eventually leads a team to discover the secrets behind this hand. The story is presented as a series of interviews that I think communicated better through audio than it would have the book (imo). This is one of my all time favorite audio books and sci-fi books and I recommend it to everyone.
I also really enjoyed The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, narrated by Kathleen Gati. The Bear and the Nightingale was decent, but I felt this book was so much more action-packed and had a lot more going on. We continue following Vasya’s story after we meet her in the first book. She was an unusual child and becomes an unusual, but independent and strong woman. (**THE NEXT LINE IS A SPOILER FOR THE FIRST BOOK**)
She loses most if her family in the first story and we find her reuniting with some of her siblings in this story. She also meets several other allies and enemies and must prove herself to all of Moscow. I think Kathleen Gati did a beautiful job narrating this story and made me feel completely engrossed. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Russian fairy tale type of books or general fantasy.
Lastly, I enjoyed One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, narrated by Kim Mai Guest, Shannon McManus, Robbie Daymond, and Macleod Andrews. I definitely don’t think I would’ve enjoyed this physical book. I gave it 5 Stars because I listened to the audio, but I’m guessing I would’ve given it 3, maybe 4 if I had read it. One out of five high schoolers dies during detention and the 4 become suspects. We follow their experiences of the aftermath and are led on a old-fashioned “who-dun-it”. I think the cast of narrators really brought this story to life. Hearing the intonations and suspicions and reflections in their voices kept me engrossed in the story. The ending wasn’t a complete surprise, but I felt the journey there was very interesting and well told. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in YA and/or mystery/thriller books.
Thank you so much for reading!