Top 5 Favorite Audiobooks | Top 5 Tuesdays

Hello again! It’s Tuesday, and of course that means it’s time for a Top 5 post. Top 5 Tuesdays and their topics are brought to you by Shanah @ the Bionic Bookworm. Check out her blog, she’s awesome, and this page for the list of topics for October!

So, it’s been a while since I made one of these posts. One reason is that Shanah has been on hiatus for the past couple wees. Another is that I didn’t do a post for Top 5 Booktubers, since I don’t really watch Booktubers. So…it’s been a minute!

But now I’m back and I’m excited for this prompt because I love audiobooks and I think that, in general, they can be really hit and miss, because you have to have the right reader for the right book. Not to mention that some people find a narrator annoying while others may not. Audiobooks are very subjective that way.

But I think I have a pretty smashing list for you all, so check it out below!

1. As You Wish – Cary Elwes, Joe Layden

Read by: Cary Elwes & Others

One of the things I love most about the audio for this book is that Cary Elwes has an amazing speaking voice. It’s so soothing and gentle. It’s definitely a swoon-worthy voice, especially with it’s British accent. But another reason why this makes my top 5 audiobooks is because Elwes was able to get many of his co-stars from The Princess Bride to read their own submitted writings for this book. You get to hear Robin Wright, Rob Reiner, Wallace Shawn, and all. It’s really awesome.

2. Dealing with Dragons – Patricia C. Wrede

Read by: Words Take Wing Repertory Company of Syracuse, NY (Full Cast)

This is probably one of the first audiobooks I listened to that had a full cast. I loved it! I already loved the book, but listening to the audio…it was fantastic! I couldn’t believe how awesome the book was with different speakers for each of the characters. It brought a whole new level of game to the audiobook world. I think because it brings a level of theatre to it? It makes it feel more real, having different people voice each of the characters. The added bonus? I loved everyone’s voices.

3. The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson

Read by: Scott Brick

Not only is this book fascinating, but the narrator is really, really good! I don’t know what it is other than I just really like Brick’s voice. I think it’s the really smooth, low tone that appeals to me. Whatever the case, it’s a great audiobook to listen to on a long car ride. You’ll learn a lot!

4. The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher

Read by: Carrie Fisher & Billie Lourd

I love Carrie Fisher and I’m sad that I didn’t realize what a great writer she was until after she died. I chose to listen to the audio version of this book and it’s read by Fisher, which is awesome! It’s nice to hear someone’s writing in their own voice (provided that they are a good speaker – which is not always the case!). I also liked how Billie Lourd, Fisher’s daughter, read Fisher’s poetry section of the book. It was really moving and beautiful. I definitely recommend this one!

5. The Harry Potter Series – J. K. Rowling

Read by: Jim Dale

And lastly, I have to include the Harry Potter series. I grew up with these books – and the audio! Every family vacation, we would listen to this series. I have a lot of great memories. And Jim Dale is my preferred narrator for this series. I know it’s probably because I heard him first, but I also think he’s a super talented reader. If you ever want to hear him read anything else, he also narrates the audiobook of The Night Circus.

Thoughts & Thanks!

What do you think of my selections? Did any of your favorites make it on this list? Thank you for reading this post. Let’s chat in the comments! And, as always, happy reading!

11 thoughts on “Top 5 Favorite Audiobooks | Top 5 Tuesdays

    1. It’s like a whole new medium. And I think it is perhaps likely that there are some books that I prefer the audio of compared to the actual book. Kind of like how there are movies I prefer over book (though there aren’t many!).

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  1. I’m definitely listening to more audio books and you’ve got some great recommendations here, Sara.

    I’ve got my next credit coming up and I think I’ll have to use it to buy Carrie Fisher’s book. Have you read/listened to any of her other books?

    Here’s my Top 5 Tuesday Post
    Flora x

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    1. Yay! I’m happy you like my list! I have Audible, too, and they have some pretty great selections. I’ve read Carrie’s other book, Wishful Drinking, but I didn’t listen to the audio of it. I might, though, if she reads it! I’ll definitely check out your post!


  2. Harry Potter was on my list too!! And both The Princess Diarist and As You Wish are on my TBR. They are actually the only books on my TBR that I want to listen to the Audiobook rather than read the books. I love the idea that Carrie and Cary narrate their own books (and it just noticed they both have the same name 😂 )

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    1. Lol! That’s funny, they do have the same name! I know you’ll love the audio books. They are excellently done and both Carrie and Cary have great narrative voices, so it’s wonderful listening to them! Happy listening!

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    1. Jim Dale is an audiobook narrating god! He’s fantastic and he always does a different voice for each character, which is so amazing. I wouldn’t be surprised if he did have a “best narrator” award!


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