Look, I know it’s 2019 but I got a little too busy and forgot to post this sooooo here it is!
I feel like audiobooks don’t get enough love. Having discovered audiobooks this (last) year, I’ve been blessed with a fantastic range of books I’ve prefered on audio over physically reading it. Here are my seven top picks for 2018 and if you haven’t listened to them, go and treat yourself.
Also, not all of these were released in 2018; they are the ones I listened to in 2018!
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
This is no surprise (because yes, I did listen to it again). It’s a sci-fi mystery following Dr. Rose Franklin as she works with an interesting team of people to uncover the secrets behind a giant robot hand she fell in when she was a young girl. Told through interview transcripts with an anonmyous interviewer (whose voice is simply riveting) and a brilliant multiple voice cast (Vincent’s voice actor melts me), it is an out-of-this-world experience.
Sadie by Courtney Summers
I freaking loved this and honestly, Courtney Summers can have my soul. Sadie is told in two forms: a true crime podcast following Sadie’s journey (it reminded me of The Teacher’s Pet and Serial), and Sadie’s own perspective as the events unfolded. The narrator for Sadie nails her stutter and the extra effects such as coffee cups in a diner, the soft coughs and murmurs, the phone ringing were the right touches to elevate the experience this audiobook gives; it’s atmospheric, mesmerising and definitely one of my favourites from this year.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The hype for this book is real. It’s an amazingly crafted narrative about a journalist, Monique Grant, who is requested by the aging and mysterious Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo to write her memoir with no filter. Having had seven husbands, a robust climb in Hollywood’s glamour, the sweetness of forbidden love and a scandalous life in the tabloids, it is a tale that will leave you breathless and heartbroken. This is probably why it’s such a fantastic audiobook.
Want by Cindy Pon
Narrated by Roger Yeh, this 9 hour audiobook swept me away. This thrilling sci-fi is set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution and polarised in wealth. It follows Jason Zhou who, with a mismatched group of teens, risk everything to bring down the wealthy and save their city. It’s a must-listen.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
This is loooooong audiobook (almost 20 hours, which isn’t that long compared to IT by Stephen King which I still haven’t read, but moving on). I did this in segments while commuting to work, and every time I listened I was enthralled by the story: a man named Shadow has just been released from prison after his wife and best friend die in an accident. He’s hired by Mr. Wednesday, an incarnation of Odin, as an errand boy, and follows him on his journey to employ the Old Gods for their battle against the New Gods, manifestations of modern life such as the Internet, television, etc. It’s an addictive read, rich with mythology and Americana. You can never go wrong with a story by Neil. Would highly recommend this!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This is narrated by Rosamund Pike and yo, she can read classics to me any day of the week. 10/10.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Do I even have to explain myself? This story is absolutely heartbreaking and listening to it again broke me.
You’ll find me crying in my corner.
Did you have any favourite audiobooks from 2018? Let me know in the comments!