Top 5 Audiobooks I’ve Listened to This Year

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Audiobooks have been my THING for some time now. Listening at work, while working out, while driving. I mean, how awesome is it to get ALL THE BOOKS read while doing all my normal, mundane life things?

I find I am really picky about my Audiobooks though. I’m a little more “harsh” when it comes to rating and reviewing them. The narrator, obviously, being the huge make it or break it for me. None the less, when I find an audio book/series I love, I push it hard-core. So today, I wanted to share my favorite 5 (so far) this year!

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The Ravenels series by Lisa Kleypas

I adore this series so much. I love HR and I especially love series where you follow characters throughout; as new characters are introduced. This series is hilarious, swoony and bonus for me, not boring or repetitive. Each book (story) is unique!

Narration wise, Mary Jane Wells is one of my new favorites. She has a distinct voice for each character, and maintains it throughout the series. There are quite a bit of characters as the series goes on and I know each one by her voice. It’s amazing! Her voice isn’t weird for the male POV’s either, which is hard to find. I’m anxiously waiting for my library to stock the remaining books in the series because I can’t get enough.

I highly recommend the series! Especially those that are already a fan of Lisa’s writing, and/or HR.

Believe Me by J.P. Delaney

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One of my obsessions is True Crime**, and to correlate with that, I love psychological thrillers. I struggled in the past with listening to them, simply because I was easily distracted, but I did not have that issue with Believe Me.

First, the writing of this book is brilliant. I mean, BRILLIANT. There are parts written as a screen play, and the change really adds a layer of depth to the story. I was hooked from the first 10 minutes and would sit in my car long after reaching my destination to keep listening. It’s very dark & twisty book, and just… SO good. I continued to change my mind and question what I thought was going on several times; leaving my mind completely blown in the end. Seriously. Bonus for unreliable narrator (Claire).

The production of this audio was on point. During the “screen play” moments, there are -non distracting–  background noise and it really puts you into the scene. There were also various other narrators for these scenes. The main narrator, Sally Scott, did a remarkable job as Claire. She was hard to read throughout this entire novel, and Scott did a remarkable job portraying all the different aspects of Claire’s character.

If you love psychological thrillers, or looking to start an audio in this genre, I highly recommend you start here.

**This is not a True Crime novel.

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Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I first discovered Sea Witch right before I came back to blogging. It was available to request on audio, and, no knowing much about it, requested it because it just called to me. Honestly, this is one of my favorites this year of ALL books I’ve read, not just audio. I’ve thought about this book a lot in the weeks since finishing.

The story is beautiful. It’s a very slow-paced book; with heavy emphasis on character development and growth over plot. There are some ties to the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, but not verbatim. There are many new elements and a few surprises that I quite enjoyed. The way the story weaves itself together and how everything comes to be revealed was very well done. Actually, the epilogue is one of my favorite parts of the book. It shows a lot of who Evie really is, after everything that happened… well happened. I loved seeing that side.

This was my first listen to Billie Filford-Brown, and I hope it’s not my last. She did such a great job with the emotional parts and she fit Evie perfectly. Her voice was just lovely to listen to.

Seriously. Pick this one up if you get the chance! Such a good read/listen!

Let’s Chat!

  • Have you read/listened to any of these? If so, what are your thoughts? Any similar to mine?
  • What are some of your all time favorite Audiobooks?
  • Who’s your favorite narrator?

10 thoughts on “Top 5 Audiobooks I’ve Listened to This Year

  1. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

    I am hot and cold with audiobooks. Sometimes I just don’t have time for them. I will add Believe Me to my TBR though. Love the sound of it.

    1. tonyalee

      I feel like I go in waves with them. Sometimes, I can’t get into any. Other times, it seems like I get the best ones.

      I really think you’d like Believe Me. Let me know if you check it out and what your thoughts are if you do!

  2. Arya D.

    I’m new to listening to audiobooks. I haven’t listened to a romance yet but I’m excited to try The Ravenels series after hearing you mention it. I’ve heard of the series bt wasn’t sure about trying the audiobooks before now

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