This post was originally published in June 2021. It has been updated with the 10 best audiobooks I’ve listened to.
Did you know that June is audiobook month? It’s time to celebrate one of my favorite formats of reading because these audiobooks deserve more praise!
I’ll never stop listening to audiobooks. In fact, I sometimes listen to audiobooks more than I read physical books, just because they’re so much easier to utilize while I’m working. You’ll always find me reading one physical book and listening to one audiobook simultaneously, which is one of the reasons why I’m able to get through so many titles each month.
Since I’ve listened to so many audiobooks over the past few years, I’ve found that there are some titles that are just better in this format! In honor of audiobook month (and the fact that I celebrate it all year), I’m sharing ten of the books that you should listen to rather than read!
The Best Audiobooks I Listened To in 2020 // 9 Excellent Fantasy Audiobooks // What It’s Like to Narrate an Audiobook
10 Incredible Titles to Listen to During Audiobook Month (and Beyond)
If you’re interested in my full reviews of these audiobooks, follow my StoryGraph account, and take a look at my bookstagram – where I share mini reviews and ratings in my stories, as well as aesthetic coffee and book photos!
Because this book is like one long interview, listening to the audiobook almost feels like listening to a podcast. It’s a full cast (with celebrity narrators) and to this day it’s still the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to.
This is such an escape read and listening to the story makes you feel like you’re really living the lives of the characters in the book. I found myself quite literally forgetting my surroundings and not realizing how long I was listening because I was so captivated.
Truth time: I tried to read the physical copy of this book first and I just couldn’t get through it. I was confused and kind of bored. I tried the audiobook and BAM! It’s now one of my favorite books ever. There’s a full cast and the magic of the story whisks you away from the get-go.
If you’re a massive Gilmore Girls fan like me, you’ll love this book. Lauren Graham narrates and a huge chunk of the book follows her watching the show from beginning to end for the first time and giving her thoughts on each season. It’s my comfort audiobook. I also adore anything else Lauren narrates, such as her own novel, Someday, Someday Maybe and Rebecca Serle’s most recent release, One Italian Summer.
First of all, Elizabeth Acevedo is a poetic genius, so this book is something truly spectacular. It’s emotional and carries so much depth. Listening to her narrate her own work is a truly phenomenal experience. I found myself tearing up more than once.
Do you like jazz? How about Greek gods giving their perspective on the events that transpired during the World Wars? This is a full cast with jazz interludes and a truly breathtaking story. I didn’t want it to come to an end. I’m not a historical fiction fan, but this one hooked me from beginning to end.
This book was such a pleasant surprise to me. I’ve always loved Beth’s novels, but I’ve never been more shocked than while listening to this. However, not only does it have a phenomenal twist, but the narration is brilliantly done and has several familiar names (such as Evanna Lynch and Kathryn Drysdale).
I’m such a sucker for a good anthology – and one of the perks that comes along with books like this is a full cast! Not only were each and every one of these stories performed phenomenally, but I’m actually online friends with one of the narrators! (You can check out my interview with him here).
Let me just say a couple of things. My husband doesn’t enjoy fiction – or audiobooks – and he loved this one! We listened to it on a road trip and it made the time fly! The sequel is just as great. AND it’s narrated by Wil Wheaton.
A story about an audiobook narrator, written by an audiobook narrator (the best audiobook narrator in my opinion) is just made to be listened to if you ask me. This one truly feels like it was written for audio!