Favorite audiobooks of 2012

Just to clarify, I listened to these books in 2012, but they were not necessarily published this year. Quotes are from my reviews, which are linked to the titles. All of these titles could have ended up on my favorites post for their particular genre, but these books truly stand out on audio, and should be experienced that way, in my opinion.

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. Jayne Entwistle, who was a new narrator to me, was an amazing choice to read this book.”

The Passage by Justin Cronin: “This is an epic story, with multiple points-of-view, an intricately layered plot, and amazing characters whom I came to love. It’s got so much going on – you’ve got FBI agents, a nun from Sierra Leone, a little girl who talks to animals, vampires, dystopian societies, a little romance, epic battles, blood, babies, psychic old ladies, armies, cabins in the woods, RPGs, and an atomic bomb.” (I read this book in 2010, but listened to it on audio in 2012 to refresh my memory before reading book two. The audio is read by Scott Brick, whose voice is like chocolate and velvet, and he does an amazing job.)

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….And if you like audiobooks, that is definitely the way to go with this one, as the narrators are all pitch-perfect.” (Read by Justine Eyre, Cassandra Campbell, and Kirby Heyborne.)

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson: “f you are a regular audiobook listener, listen to this book on audio. If you are an occasional audiobook listener, listen to this book on audio. If you’ve ever considered, even for the slightest instant, listening to an audiobook – listen to this book on audio.” (Read by the author.)

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen: “These essays on the nature of aging, and how aging changes our relationships and roles, are simply perfect. While I may be a little more centrist in my political leanings than Ms. Quindlen, I still loved listening to her thoughts on being a working mother, watching her kids grow up, and dealing with loss. This is a must-listen.” (Read by the author.)

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson: “Locomotion is Lonnie’s book of poems, the ones he writes at his teacher’s request. And Lonnie has a knack for writing, for putting his experiences down on paper. For such a young man, he has lived through some pretty terrible things, events that have shaped his life and his personality. He is damaged, yet so full of strength, and I absolutely fell in love with him while listening to his poems, especially since it is the brilliant narrator Dion Graham who gives Lonnie his voice.”

Previous “favorites” posts:
~ Favorite crime fiction of 2012
~ Favorite historical fiction of 2012
~ Favorite contemporary fiction of 2012
~ Favorite speculative fiction of 2012

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8 Responses to Favorite audiobooks of 2012

  1. bermudaonion(Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion

    I’ve only read one of those books and it was in print. I’ll make note of the rest.

  2. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread

    I listened to The Passage on audio when it first came out, and I do have The Twelve loaded…I just haven’t fortified myself for the journey! I do take your audio recommendations to heart, so I’m going to see which of these I can get from my library!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Sandy – I hope you can find some of them! I wish my library had more of the ones on your list.

  3. I’m paying closer attention to audio book lists this year, making notes for ones I might like to try. Who would have thought?! It sounds like you listened to quite a few good ones this year, Carrie! I’ve always been curious and Quindlen and Jackson.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Wendy – so cool you’re going to branch out with audiobooks this year! Quindlen and Jackson read their books wonderfully.

  4. I love this list. I could not agree more about A Grown Up Kind of Pretty. I’m still working on my 2012 reflections but this is by far my favorite audio of the year too!