Audiobook Week, Day One Topic: My year in audiobooks

For the first discussion topic of Audiobook Week 2012, we are to post on our favorite audiobooks since last year’s event. Here are the five-star audiobooks I’ve reviewed since last year’s event. The quotes are from my reviews, and links will take you directly to the review posts.

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool: “Books like Moon Over Manifest remind me why I still read children’s fiction. This is fiction that transcends age.”

A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd: “This is a perfect historical mystery. The historical details, the setting of the war, the creepy Graham family, the horrific crime and strange circumstances surrounding Peregrine Graham, Beth’s conflicted grief over the loss of Arthur – there are so many things to love about this book!”

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella: “I loved everything about this book – the plot was fresh and original, the characters real, the romance was perfect. And it made me laugh – over and over again.”

The Last Child by John Hart: “John Hart has crafted the perfect thriller. It has characters that will break your heart, a page-turning plot, a twist ending, and an atmospheric setting, along with brilliant writing.”

The Innocent by Taylor Stevens: “Hillary Huber was the ideal choice to narrate The Innocent. Her low, husky voice fits Michael perfectly, and allows her to voice all characters, male or female, believably.”

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson: “As I started writing this review, I kept getting choked up, and thinking how weird I am. The reason? I miss these characters!”

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak: “Marc Aden Gray was the perfect choice to tell Ed’s story. Actually, as the book is written in first person, he didn’t simply tell Ed’s story, he became Ed. I can still hear his voice in my head when I think of the book – and that only happens with the best of narrators.”

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin: “So intricately detailed and crafted is the world of Oxford and the time period Alice resides in that it almost reads like a memoir or autobiography. As I listened, I lived in England with Alice. I felt her feelings, understood her thoughts, cried her tears.”

The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson: “Codes of medical ethics and the idea of human-ness – this novel lives at the place where these two themes intersect. The world-building is amazing, and Pearson does a fantastic job of making the reader question what it means to be a person.”

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin: “Kim Mai Guest was the perfect narrator to voice Vinnie’s first-person story. She had the tonal quality you would expect from a woman of Vinnie’s diminutive size, but also perfectly captured her gentility and dignity.”

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20 Responses to Audiobook Week, Day One Topic: My year in audiobooks

  1. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I’ve listened to The Last Child, The Innocent, and GUKOP, and Joshilyn will always be a five star in my book. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I know! I have some of her books sitting on my to-read shelf, but procrastinate picking them up in the hope that the library will get more of her titles on audio.

  2. Melissa
    Twitter: avidreader12
    says:

    I’ve Got Your Number is on my list. I think it will be a perfect summer read!

  3. Oh my gosh, I bet a Markus Zusak book would be amazing on audio. I’ll definitely have to check it out. His style is perfectly suited to listening!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Emily – I’m hoping to do a Book Thief re-read via audio later this year.

  4. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    I haven’t listened to any of those but I really want to listen to one of Joshilyn Jackson’s books!

  5. Kristin T. says:

    I have I’ve Got Your Number on my iPod and it will be the next audio I listen to after I finish Still Missing. I love Sophie Kinsella’s books and just recently started reading her non-Shopaholic books.

    Kristin @ Always With a Book

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Kristin – I have only read her stand-alone titles, but will probably try the Shopaholic series at some point. :)

  6. I don’t think I’ve listened to a single one of these, although I’ve read and enjoyed some of them, will have to look into them!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Jen – I sometimes read a book in print, then read a review of the audio edition, and wish I had listened to it instead!

  7. Dorothy - The Alaskan Bookie
    Twitter: akchocoholic
    says:

    I have read and listened to Mark Zusak. I was surprised at how different the I Am The Messenger and The Book Thief were from each other. Both were great stories, but very different.

    Happy AudioBook Week!

    Dorothy – The Alaskan Bookie – Squeak
    Blog ~ http://alaskanbookie.blogspot.com/
    Twitter ~ http://twitter.com/AkChocoholic

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Dorothy – they were very different! If I hadn’t know, I would have had a hard time believing they were written by the same author.

  8. JoAnn
    Twitter: lakesidemusing
    says:

    Between you and Sandy, I absolutely must listen to A Grown Up Kind of Pretty!

  9. I have A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty on my TBL list and I love your comment on it. That is the sign of a beautifully written book.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Alysia – you should definitely listen to it soon – it is amazing!

  10. OMG I miss the characters from A Grown Up Kind of Pretty too. I so wish I could go over for dinner and check on Liza and Mosey.