Many people choose reading a book is one of the most popular ways to relax, but modern life isn’t book-friendly. Not until you find audiobooks, can you both enjoy the high-tech life and maintain your healthy hobby…Here are some tips from my personal experience and I hope it will help new listeners.
Why should use an audiobook?
Reading a book brings about not only wisdom but your health and wealth as well. Its beauty lies in leading you to your own world of imagination.
But sometimes that’s not easy to concentrate while you’re on a crowded bus, driving out or have little free time. It goes black and white that modern life can’t accompany with books. Not until you discover audiobooks…
How to choose the best audiobook for yourself?
It is easy to find an audiobook nowadays, search Google and you can get 126 million results in 0.3 s. But how to find the best audiobook for yourself? Which one is suitable with you?
1. Make sure you love the narrator’s voice
What can be more annoying than listening to the voice you don’t like for hours? Don’t torture yourself by doing that. Even though the book’s content seems to be great, it will be half-destroyed with an unlikeable voice. An audiobook is like a song. And it needs both wonderful lyric and beat to be good.
2. Choose the audiobook based on when and where you want to listen to
Some people choose audiobooks without considering listening occasion and place. However, these two factors have profound effects on your experience with the audiobook.
Imagine that you go on a picnic with your family and you choose “The Republic” by Plato to listen on the car. It is one of the world’s most theoretical book. You choose it because you want to try reading a famous work. Still, Can you understand the meaning of it while sitting on the car that is full of noise? Or Can you fully enjoy your picnic with all the incomprehensible theories in your head? The answer is definitely “No”.
In order to achieve the best in-depth acknowledgement of an audiobook, you need to consider to “where” and “when” factors.
3. Start with the short one
In the first experience, it will be better to start with a short one. If you choose a long audiobook, you can be overwhelmed by it. Unlike reading paper book, perhaps you cannot keep pace with the narrator’s speed.
Furthermore, many people are used to reading book and pondering over its details. You cannot do the same with audiobook unless you pause all the time. That is why the best audiobook for you to start is short and easy to understand.
Some interesting audiobooks you can hear
It’s up to how long you want to hear and keep track of, there are many categories of audio books based on the whole time of the full story. Here, I only suggest some awesome books attracting most people all the time.
1. Ready Player One
Writer: Ernest Cline
Narrator: Will Wheaton
Genre: Romance, Action, Science Fiction
Length: 15 hours and 40 mins
“As narrator of this offbeat, futuristic adventure, Wil Wheaton must evoke a teen’s naïveté and cynicism about real life and incorporate this veteran gaming geek’s expertise of ‘80s culture…. Wheaton is up to the task, presenting an engaging treasure hunt while also dramatizing the hero’s enthusiasm at playing classic games like Pac-Man. Also a twist on Pilgrim’s Progress, this novel has something for everyone.” (AudioFile magazine)
2. The Handmaid’s Tale
Writer: Margaret Atwood
Narrator: Joanna David
Length: 10 hours and 23 mins
“The Handmaid’s Tale is truly a force of nature and a must-read for all women if not for everyone, as it is an vital warning against religious extremism and the radical actions such views can take”.
Writer: Yaa Gyasi
Narrator: Dominic Hoffman
Genre: Historical, Literary Fiction
Length: 13 hours and 11 mins
“The unhealed ruptures of slavery, persistent as memory and rubbed raw in such an instant, course through Homegoing, the hypnotic debut novel by Yaa Gyasi, a stirringly gifted young writer, that contemplates the consequences of human trafficking on both sides of the Atlantic”.
4. The Martian
Writer: Andy Weir
Narrator: R.C. Bray
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 10 hours and 53 mins
“While the print format is wonderful, especially given so much of Mark’s commentary is through his log book, there is something truly magical about Mr. Bray’s performance that launches the novel into the stratosphere of awesomeness”.
5. The Harry Potter series
Writer: J.K. Rowling
Narrator: Stephen Fry
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Young Adult Fiction
Length: more than 10 hours
“One thing I will say before the review itself is that a good narrator can make an average book better and a poor narrator can make a good book seem average. This is why reviewing audiobooks is often so difficult. But this audiobook review is easy as the first Harry Potter book is excellent and Stephen Fry nails it”.
6. The Night Circus
Writer: Erin Morgenstern
Narrator: Jim Dale
Genre: Romance, Action, Science Fiction
Length: 13 hours and 38 mins
“Don’t worry about all the book comparisons, The Night Circus is a beautifully written novel that stands on its own. It truly does what a good fantasy novel should, taking it’s readers on a trip full of wonder and magic.”
Writer: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Narrator: Mark Bramhall
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Length: 10 hours and 31 mins
“It’s hard to imagine a better way to experience this story than in the audiobook format. Music infuses the entire plot line; the characters are cellists, pianists, conductors, and singers. They hear orchestras and have chamber concerts in their homes. And a simple harmonica links the three main narratives…”
8. Master and Commander
Writer: Patrick O’Brian
Narrator: Ric Jerrom
Genre: Historical Fiction, Action, Adventure
Length: 15 hours and 49 mins
“The best historical novels ever written.” (The New York Times Book Review)
“No writer alive can move one as O’Brian can; no one can make you laugh so loud with hilarity, whiten your knuckles with unbearable tension or choke with emotion. He is the master.” (Irish Times)
9. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
Writer: Cary Elwes
Narrator: Cary Elwes
Genre: Art, Biography
Length: 7 hours and 1 mins
“The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come”.
10. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Writer: Benjamin Alire Saenz
Narrator: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Genre: Novel, Family, Teens
Length: 7 hours and 29 mins
“That beauty of the writing style contrasted with the reality of the plot in this book. It’s a somewhat harsh portrayal of growing up. Things aren’t easy for these characters and they are placed in some really tough situations that have life-changing consequences…”
11. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
Writer: Jenny Lawson
Narrator: Jenny Lawson
Genre: Comedy, Personal Memoirs, Biography & Autobiography
Length: 8 hours and 41 mins
“Though Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) is neither fiction nor YA, I thought readers would enjoy hearing about it since it has some of the same intimacy, wistfulness, and lighthearted tone found in many books I review”.
12. Bleak House
Writer: Charles Dickens
Narrator: Sean Barrett, Teresa Gallagher
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Classic Novel
Length: 35 hours and 14 mins
“It is held to be one of Dickens’s finest novels, containing one of the most vast, complex and engaging arrays of minor characters and sub-plots in his entire canon. At the novel’s core is long-running litigation in England’s Court of Chancery, Jarndyce v Jarndyce, which has far-reaching consequences for all involved”.
13. The Game of Thrones series
Writer: George R. R. Martin
Narrator: Roy Dotrice
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Fiction
Length: 33 hours and 46 mins
“This novel is an absorbing combination of the mythic, the sweepingly historical, and the intensely personal.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
14. American Gods
Writer: Neil Gaiman
Narrator: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Length: 19 hours and 36 mins
“Original, engrossing, and endlessly inventive, a picaresque journey across America where the travelers are even stranger than the roadside attractions.” (George R. R. Martin)
“A very fine and imaginative writer”. (The Times)
15. The Goldfinch
Writer: Donna Tartt
Narrator: David Pittu
Genre: Fiction, General & Contemporary
Length: 32 hours and 25 mins
“The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling power. Combining unforgettably vivid characters and thrilling suspense, it is a beautiful, addictive triumph – a sweeping story of loss and obsession, of survival and self-invention, of the deepest mysteries of love, identity and fate…”
16. Do the KIND Thing
Writer: Daniel Lubetzky
Narrator: Daniel Lubetzky
Genre: Biography, Personal Memoirs
Length: 7 hours and 41 mins
“Do the KIND Thing isn’t just a behind-the-scenes tour of one company’s staggering growth. It’s the story of one entrepreneur’s belief that success can be built on a foundation of empathy and, yes, kindness. By sharing the 10 tenets that helped KIND grow, Daniel Lubetzky has given entrepreneurs a road map to success that includes both passion and purpose”. (Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief, Huffington Post Media Group)
Those are my tips in choosing the best audiobook for new listeners. I hope it will be useful to you.