#FavFiveFriday: Audiobook Edition
#FavFiveFriday is a personal challenge that I’ll be doing just for the month of June in celebration of Audiobook Month. I’ll be using it as a way to highlight my favorite audiobook listens so far in 2016, and I’ve listened to quite a few of them this year. To find out a little more about Audiobook Month and to see some past posts we’ve made during the month in the past, please refer to this post: It’s Audiobook Month!
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, narrated by Robin Miles
I know this is an early call, but I think this book will probably be one of my top ten reads for 2016. There were so many things that I loved about this book. I enjoyed Jemisin’s Hundred Thousand Kingdom trilogy, but she’s outdone herself with this latest series. Coupled with a great story is narrator Robin Miles. This was my introduction to her narration, and she was simply amazing. She brought this already lush story to life with a breathtaking narration.
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan, narrated by Jesse Bernstein
This is the series that my children and I devoured together. My son has been in love with mythology for years, and this series really plays up to his fascination. It’s spawned many great discussions between us. This book is one of my personal favorites in the series. Jesse Bernstein’s narration is phenomenal. He manages to give every character a personality all their own. Listening to Jesse Bernstein’s narration is like a creature comfort, which includes freshly brewed tea and music.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Will Patton
I was a little late to the game reading this series, but I did manage to get caught up with it in time for the release of the latest book, The Raven King. This is a fascinating series about the search for the mythical Glendower, but it excels with its characters. Will Patton’s narration had to grow on me a bit for this series. He’s not a bad narrator, but he seemed an odd choice to voice this YA series. Now, I can’t imagine the series without his narration. I love his quiet narration and his authentic sounding southern accents.
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs, narrated by Lorelei King
This was a reread for me, but this my first time listening to it. I love Moon Called. Yes, I realize that many Urban Fantasy stories are the same. Usually, it’s the characters and their interactions in this sense that gets me invested in a series. It was a treat to reread this after reading Alpha and Omega and Cry Wolf because these stories added so much context to one another. Lorelei wowed me. Her narration made this story so much more thrilling. Also, I’m rarely impressed with narrator’s voicing of the opposite sex, but I was beyond impressed with her male voices in this story.
The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells, narrated by Christopher Kipiniak
Last year, The Cloud Roads was one of my favorite reads, and Wells continues to impress me in this sequel. Wells has introduced a unique universe in a sea of sameness with her Raksura. I loved the narration for this from the moment I heard. Chris Kipiniak brings such a wealth of emotion to this series. I’ve laughed, cheered, and cried along with the Raksura thanks in part to the amazing job he does with the narration.