Perhaps this sounds familiar: As of right now, my to-be-read list is 762 books.
So how is it possible to get through more books? After thinking on it, I realized I spend a lot of time in my life doing mundane actions, like driving to work, doing the dishes, mowing the yard, folding laundry, running…and I thought why not try audio books?
Audio books turned out to be a huge win for me. Now those tasks are accompanied by an audiobook. The ironic thing, however, is that instead of whittling down that to-be-read list I have found myself picking up some of my favorite series and listening to them. No matter how many times I read a book, when someone else reads it to me…why, it is like reading it for the first time all over again!
Here are some of my favorite series and how I felt about them as audio books:
In Death series by J.D. Robb (narrated by Susan Ericksen):
Susan Ericksen does a fantastic job on the voices in this series. There are tons of secondary characters and I don’t even need to hear their names to know who is talking. And Roarke…oh Roarke, when I hear his Irish goodness speaking in my ear, I melt. My love of this series on audio has grown so out of control that I can’t even read a new release normally. I must listen to it. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of books in this series, grab the first one in audio.
Fever series by Karen Marie Moning (books 1-3 narrated by Joyce Bean books 4-5 narrated by Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross)
While there is nothing wrong with how Joyce Bean narrates the first three books of this series, the final two books come alive with Phil Gigante doing Barrons’s voice. I had a bit of trouble getting used to the switch in the female voices but the addition of Gigante doing the men’s voices quickly overruled any issue I had. If you are looking for new way to read this series, I would suggest audio.
Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost (narrated by Tavia Gilbert)
Cat and Bones are probably my favorite couple and I have reread this series many times. But Bones’s voice doesn't sound quite right, at least not the way he sounds in my head. He has that British accent, but it doesn't entirely work for me. I will say that by book three or so, I got used to it.
Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews (narrated by Renee Raudman)
I recently did an audio re-read to get ready for the release of Magic Rises and realized just how well Renee Raudman keeps the flow of these books. There are times when we have a lot of mythical or historical information given to us and she is so smooth in her delivery of each story. Her voices for Kate and Curran are both well done and she even nails Jim’s lyrical tone that is mentioned in the books.
What about you? Do you have audio book series that you would recommend or not recommend?