Trying Audiobooks for the First Time | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. This week’s topic is an audio freebie, and this physical/e-book reader wants to try out audiobooks, so I decided this was the perfect time to list ten of the first audiobooks I plan on listening to.

As always, click on a book’s cover image to go to its goodreads page. All links open in new tabs.

On the Come Up by angie thomas

narrated by Bahni Turpin

I’m currently listening to this one, which I think is perfect because it features a lot of rap verses.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

38746485narrated by Michelle Obama

This is Michelle Obama’s autobiography, and she narrates the audiobook herself. I’ve already listened to some of it, and it’s pretty good so far.

The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray

7728889narrated by January LaVoy

I view audiobooks as a more speedy way of getting through books, so I think rereading The Diviners in an audio format would be best. I just recently purchased a copy of its sequel, Lair of Dreams, and I badly need a reread to refresh my memory before jumping into the second book.

The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

3narrated by Jim Dale or Stephen Fry? I can’t choose!

I read these books as a child and I remember rating them all five stars, but my knowledge of the series’ events are all from watching the movies. So around Christmas time maybe, I’ll read this series for basically the first time–that’s how little I remember of it. Also I know this series and author are being canceled by everyone now, but I just want to refresh my memory of a childhood favorite. :”)

There are two audio versions of Harry Potter narrated by two different people, and apparently both are amazing, so I don’t know which one I’ll pick? Maybe I’ll alternate between the two? Help!

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi

34728667narrated by Bahni Turpin

I’m loving Bahni Turpin’s narration from my current read, On the Come Up, so I’m excited to try her again, plus I’ve been told this book contains some foreign words that’ll be hard for an English speaker to pronounce.

To be honest, I mostly just want to read this book so that I can watch Read with Cindy’s spoiler-filled Inan rant.

A Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes #3) by Sabaa Tahir

30809786narrated by Fiona Hardingham, Katherine McEwan, Maxwell Caulfield & Steve West

I don’t remember much from An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night, but I think my memory is decent enough that I can get away with reading a spoiler recap somewhere and immediately jumping into the third book. Honestly, I don’t really care for this series (Laia is such a boring main character, sorry not sorry), so that’s why I want to consume it on audio, which I think will take less time.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

32620332narrated by Alma Cuervo, Julia Whelan & Robin Miles

Am I the only one who finds hyped books slightly scary? Evelyn Hugo is one of the most hyped books ever, and I honestly am gonna cry if I don’t rate it five stars (not even exaggerating), which is why I’m so scared to read it.

Illuminae (the Illuminae Files #1) by Amir Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

23395680narrated by Olivia Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, Johnathan McClain & a full cast

I tried reading the physical version of Illuminae so many times, but I just couldn’t get through it. I felt so bad because this series is so hyped and I want to know what the buzz is about, so I’m making this my last attempt. If I still can’t get through Illuminae through the audio version, then I officially give up on this book series.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

9361589narrated by Jim Dale

The narrator is the same one as Harry Potter‘s, so maybe I’ll just listen to the Stephen Fry Harry Potter and try Jim Dale through this book?

The Night Circus is an all time favorite for some, while others just find it okay, and I’m excited to see where I fall (the all time favorite side please).

Nevermoor: the Trials of Morriagan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend

34219873narrated by Gemma Whelan

I’m actually kinda scared of listening to a fantasy book on audio (some part of me thinks I’ll miss important world-building stuff?), but here’s me trying.

That’s all, folks. Talk to me in the comments. What’s your favorite audiobook? How should I listen to the Harry Potter audiobooks? Have you ever listened to an audiobook before? Thanks so much for reading!

31 thoughts on “Trying Audiobooks for the First Time | Top Ten Tuesday

  1. I’m actually really bad at listening to audiobooks (I zone out almost right away), which is sad, because so many of these sound great! I didn’t realize there was rapping in On The Come Up, but that’s pretty neat and it sounds PERFECT to listen to as an audiobook. Also, Read with Cindy’s Inan rant is on point. xD I enjoyed it.

    Here’s my TTT post.

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  2. I love audiobooks a whole lot! I’ve read or want to read most of these audiobooks, and you have an excellent selection, I must say! the one the come up audio was excellent, evelyn hugo is not only one of my fav books but also one of my fav audiobooks (listen to it on audio. it is a must.) the illuminae audio is so unique and so so well put together! the diviners narrator is PHENOMENAL. i need to listen to before the devil breaks you soon! as for the harry potter audio, i’m currently re- listening to the stephen fry audio from my library and i find it really great. though the girl voices are fine, his Hagrid voice is so so good! sorry for being so long-winded haha, happy reading!

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  3. I am really excited to listen to Becoming when my library hold finally comes in! I’ve been on the list for months and just broke into the top 100 haha.

    The Illuminae audiobooks are incredible. Sound effects! (pewpewpew) Full cast! I read my physical books along with the audio and it felt really natural with the unique format of the book. I hope it works for you this time!

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  4. I’ve never been able to get into audio books much but I do give them a try every now and then. I think a lot depends on the narrator and how well they read. Happy reading (or listening) to you!

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  5. Oooh you’ll have to let me know how Children of Blood and Bone goes! I just picked it up (I’ve literally read 2 pages lmao), so I’d love to hear your thoughts.
    As for my favourite audiobook, I don’t know if I have one? I don’t listen to audiobooks that often, and don’t tend to notice the difference between good or bad ones. But I’m listening to Crazy Rich Asians right now and am really enjoying the narration. The narrator does all the different accents and can pronounce the foreign words correctly and everything, and so it feels more atmospheric. I’d definitely check it out 🙂

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    1. Haha, thanks! I’d like to read your thoughts too. Ohh, that’s so good to hear about crazy rich Asians. The movie was nice, but im not that interested in the book. Maybe I’ll try it since the audiobook sounds like it’s amazing. I’m always open to more informations so thank you so much for sharing! ❤️❤️

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  6. I actually really enjoyed the audiobook for The Night Circus! It’s one of those rare ones that I actually finished. Also, On the Come Up is PERFECT for audiobooks and I’m so excited to hear you’re listening to it and that it actually includes the rap verses as is. I’m super excited to look into that one in the future cos I love the novel itself. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Your thoughts on Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo were SO RELATABLE. This book is in my April TBR and honestly I don’t even know what I’ll do if I don’t rate it 5 stars, as everyone else has in my Goodreads feed. Hopefully, this won’t be the a disappointment!
    I haven’t listened to a lot of audiobooks myself, as I’m just getting started, but Becoming by Michelle Obama really does sound amazing, as she’s the narrator herself. It’s quite of a long one, though, and I’m more inclined in checking out the physical copy (though very expensive), because I really want to check all the pictures too!
    I didn’t know that the Ember in the Ashes series was available for audio as well! I don’t know if I trust my English enough to pick up this book in audio though, since I read the first two ones translated and I’m more familiarized with the “terms” for the story – such as names and places – in Portuguese than English, but if it takes too long for the third one to arrive in my country, I’ll for sure give the audiobook a chance!

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    1. Ahh, same, we can be scared together. Hopefully we both enjoy it. I didn’t know becoming had pictures what the heck! I guess I’ll just have to miss them 😦 I only have the audio version. Oh, I really hope you have no problems with the audiobook! Or that the third one arrives in your country soon. Happy reading ❤️


  8. Oh you’re not alone, I am terrified of reading Evelyn Hugo, there has been so much hype everywhere and I’m so scared I won’t love it as much as everyone else, or that I will have hyped it up way too much in my head, too, haha. That’s why I haven’t read it just yet either, oops. I hope you’ll love it though! And thank you so much for all the audiobook recommendations, I haven’t tried audiobooks a lot, but if I do, I’ll come back to this lovely list. I’ve heard great things about the audiobook of COBAB 🙂

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  9. Ohhh reading On the Come Up through audiobook is such a good idea!! It would work so well with the rap parts. And I really enjoyed the An Ember in the Ashes audiobook, though I read the other two books physically. I hope you enjoy those two! I really liked them both, though I totally get how you feel about Laia ahaha she does get kind of boring. 😅 I’m the same way with Evelyn Hugo!! I NEED to love it omg I’m terrified to pick it up 😬 I’ve heard great things about the audiobook, I hope you love it!! ❤️ Audiobooks are honestly so great and so helpful, I hope you enjoy these ones!

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    1. It does work really well with the rap parts. The narrator nails he intonations, and has a wide range of voices for all of the characters. That’s good to know! Ahaha, there’s just not really anything that makes her stand out to me. At this point, I feel like I’m just setting Evelyn Hugo up for failure. Why do I do this to myself 🙃 Yes, I’m really starting to see the merit in audiobooks! Thanks so much for the kind comments and happy reading 💓

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