I’ve always loved listening to audiobooks, but after I got my kindle I’ve really taken off. Not only does my kindle sync to my audible account so I can read or listen as I like, there are also a lot of kindle deals that includes the audiobook. Cheap audiobooks? Yes please! So I’ve put together a list of 8 audiobooks I’ve listened to and enjoyed!
When putting together this list I noticed a pattern; I love memoirs narrated by their author, it seems personal and like they are inviting me into their life. Sometimes it’s a bit uncomfortable, like when Alan Cumming talks about confronting his abusive father, but other times it’s comforting, like when Johanna Gaines tells me to pursue my dreams.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Born a Crime – Read by the author
Trevor Noah tells the story of growing up in South Africa during apartheid and the turmoil after. With his parents being different races, he was literally born a crime in a country where everyone was kept divided. The book contains 18 personal essays from a small boy living most of his life inside, away from prying eyes, to a restless young man trying to find his way in a country that’s changing. The book also a love letter to his mother, who always went for what she wanted and never compromised her beliefs or her family.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables – Read by Rachel McAdams
This classic is out with new narration by Rachel McAdams, and it’s really good! I’ve loved getting to rediscover this book I haven’t read in 15 years. McAdams is an excellent narrator, who brings Anne to life just as I remember her. Narration is so important in any audiobook and this one makes me want to listen forever.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – read by Nick Offerman
Same as Anne of Green Gables, this is a new look at a classic. And there is a reason the audiobook cover above says performed by, this is a great performance. Nick Offerman has a great voice and brings the story to life.
Not my Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
Not my Father’s Son – Read by the author
Alan Cumming hadn’t spoken to his father in over 10 years, but while filming Who Do You Think You Are?, a celebrity genealogy show, he talks to his father again. Cumming’s father was hostile and violent when Alan was young, and the book is truly terribly reading sometimes. But Alan Cumming’s voice, humor and optimism shines through on every page, and the things I like about his acting and comedy is here as well.
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian – Read by R.C. Bray
I’ve written about the Martian before so I wont say too much about the book. This book is perfect for an audiobook, with Mark giving voice to the whole book and RC Bray really brings him to life. It brings me even closer to the crises, the successes and just life on Mars. It’s an excellent narration and brings new life to the book I loved when I read it.
The Magnolia Story by Chip and Johanna Gaines with Mark Dagostino
The Magnolia Story – Read by Chip and Johanna Gaines
I love Fixer Upper. I’m not someone who does a lot of home decor, or talk a lot about shiplap in my day to day life, but Fixer Upper just makes it all work for me. The Magnolia Story audiobook is personal, up close and inspirational. Johanna reads most of it, while Chip cuts in when he has something to say. It keeps the story fun and moving. The book talks about their life before the TV-show, their families, how they meet and how their business got started.
Walden on Wheels by Ken Ilgunas
Walden on Wheels – Read by Nick Podehl
Ken Ilgunas writes about his life from finishing college with debt, to repaying everything and going back to school: this time living in a van. I both loved and found this one irritating. Ilgunas tells a truly inspiring tale of a life lived on the move, on the road and in the strangest places. But he also seem to think that any other way of living is the wrong way to live. I would rather live by the motto from the next book on this list: “good for you, not for me”. However Ilgunas is quite young in this book and by the end of it, he does come around a bit. And I liked listening to his journey and how he grows.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Yes Please – Read by the Author (+ guests)
I have spoken about this one before, but it’s just that good. It’s read by Amy Poehler herself, with guests stepping in to read with her. I love this book and listen to it again and again.