Audiobooks I want to listen to (Top Ten Tuesday #4)

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This week’s topic is “all about audio freebie”. We could talk about anything relating to audio – books, musics, etc. I decided to write about audiobooks I want to list to soon.

I usually turn to audiobooks for two types of books: really long books that intimidate me in print form or non-fiction.

Long books I want to listen to on audio

I know it seems kind of counter intuitive. Since long books make even longer audiobooks, shouldn’t they be more intimidating? Sort of. But I like to read a lot of books in a month, and I don’t mind so much if only get through one audiobook, so I’m OK with really long audiobooks (sometimes).

These longer books are ones that I really want to read, but I know I’ll only ever get to if I listen on audio. A couple of them I need to get on Audible because I won’t be able to get through them in one library checkout period. But I hope to listen to these books soon.

Audiobook TBR: The Sea of Tranquility, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell, A Game of Thrones, The Royal We, Code Name Verity

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

I checked this book out from the library in paperback format, and I returned it unread.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

I have heard this book described as Harry Potter for adults, but it’s 1000 pages!

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R. R. Martin

I love the show, and I really want to read the books. I checked out the audio CD from the library and returned it immediately.

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

I checked out the hardcover, and I returned it unread. Are you sensing a pattern here?

Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity #1) by Elizabeth Wein

I’ve just heard that this audiobook is good.

Non-fiction audiobooks I want to listen to

Non-fiction books can be hard to sit and read because my mind will wander. But I listen to audiobooks while I’m doing other things: driving, cooking, or folding laundry. I’m kind of trapped then and have to listen. I’m a captive audience, and as long as the book is read well, I find it easier to focus on non-fiction when I’m doing something else at the same time.

These non-fiction titles stood out to me on my TBR list as books I hope I can get to soon.

Audiobook TBR: Four Seasons in Rome, Running A Love Story, Under a Flaming Sky, Five Days at Memorial, When We Were on Fire

Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World by Anthony Doerr

I loved All the Light We Cannot See, and I’m curious to read something else by Doerr. Plus I’m a twin and a parent, so that aspect is appealing.

Running: A Love Story: 10 Years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life-Changing Sport by Jen A. Miller

I continue to want to like running, so maybe this book will help. (I can dream, right?)

Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894 by Daniel James Brown

I really enjoyed The Boys in the Boat, and I’ve heard good things about this book from The Deliberate Reader.

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

This book was mentioned in episode 20 of What Should I Read Next?, and I’m intrigued.

When We Were on Fire: A Memoir of Consuming Faith, Tangled Love, and Starting Over by Addie Zierman

This book was mentioned in episode 13 of What Should I Read Next?, and it sounds similar to my high school youth group experience, so I really want to check it out.

Have you listened to any of these audiobooks? Which should I try first?


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    1. Thanks! My library doesn’t have TSOT on audio, so I need to find it somewhere else. Overdrive maybe. I really want to read that book. I keep hearing so many great things.

    1. Cool! I can listen to first time books in the car, but when I listen doing anything else – working, cooking, etc. – it works better for me to do re-reads. Right now I am re-listening to The Martian. That audiobook is amazing!

  1. Love this post! I have been doing almost all non-fiction audio books lately, so your non-fiction list is very helpful to me. Just added Four Seasons in Rome on Overdrive 🙂

    1. Cool! Let me know how it is. You’ll probably get to it before I do. I love audio for non-fiction. It makes them so much easier to get through, especially if I am driving because then I don’t mind listening even during the boring factual parts. 🙂

  2. I haven’t listened to any of these, and I mostly choose my audiobooks based on the narrator these days 🙂 Or if I want to re-read a book, I’ll probably listen to it rather than actually read it.
    I’ve read The Royal We, though.
    I hope you’ll find the time to listen to these soon 🙂
    Have a terrific Tuesday and happy reading.

    1. Yes, narrator makes a HUGE difference. I have listened to a couple of books just because Jim Dale was narrating, and I love him! Who are your favorites? Let me know, so I can keep an eye out for them.

      I agree. Re-reads are better on audio.

    1. My thoughts exactly! That’s why it’s in this post. I keep hearing how wonderful it is. Sadly, my library doesn’t have it on audio, so I need to find it another way.

  3. I’ve never really listened to an audio book before, but I also might pick up Code Name Verity soon as I just can’t seem to get through the actual book. A Song of Ice and Fire also sounds like a good one to listen to on audio, as its just so long! Hope you enjoy all of these 🙂

    1. I hope you like audio. I got hooked after listening to Harry Potter by Jim Dale over and over for MANY years. It’s so fun to have someone read to you, especially when they do good voices. It really can bring a story alive.

  4. 1000 pages or not, I have read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell several times. It’s an awesome book! I’m sure it would be great on audio, too. Let me know what you think if you get a chance to listen to it, because that would be a fun way to do my next reread of it! 🙂

  5. I can only manage to listen to non-fiction audiobooks so it’s great that you can do both. I’m really interested in Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell now!The Magicians was described the same way and it was amazing so I have hopes for this one. And I adore super long books haha

    1. Really? Only non-fiction. Interesting. What is it about fiction that makes it hard for you? I tried The Magicians and just couldn’t get into it. I only made it part way through book 1.

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