#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, please refer to this post: It’s Audiobook Month!
Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen, narrated by Robin Miles
I did not know that I needed a speculative fiction book set in the Old West that explores gender, sexuality, and race until I got exactly that. This book gave me such a book hangover that I was discussing it for days after reading it. I can’t wait to get my hand on the sequel after such an dramatic finish. Robin Miles put on another A+ performance and made me love the characters in this book with all my heart.
Salvage Merc One by Jake Bible, narrated by Andrew B. Wehrlen
I have a feeling this is going to be one of my surprise reads for the year. Based on the description alone, I wouldn’t have expected to enjoy this as much as I did. I thought I was about to read a serious business military science fiction story, and it was in parts. But a larger part of it was funny. Jake Bible would make a great Mass Effect writer. (That is the highest compliment I can bestow on any writer.) Wehrlen was such an excellent voice for this story. His narration was infused with so much good humor that it was hard not to smile and chuckle during so much of this book. He made the main character, Joe, so likable.
An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire, narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal
I started this series of books with the SF/F Read Alongs. This has been my favorite in the series so far because of the darker tone it took in this book and its focus on The Wild Hunt which is a subject I love to see explored in fiction. In fact, this whole series has been excellent with it’s usage of folklore, legend, mythology, and fairy tales. Mary Robinette Kowal is an authorator (that is an author that narrates books). It took me a moment to appreciate some of her voices, but mostly her narration has kept me mesmerized. I’ll definitely continue to listen to this story.
Lightless by C.A. Higgins, narrated by Fiona Hardingham
Psychological deep space story coupled with emerging A.I. awareness in a dystopian universe on the brink of civil war. Sign me up, please. I have quite a few books that Fiona Hardingham has read, but this is my first experience with her. Her narration worked extremely well with its straightforward manner, which I felt really fit this book.
You by Caroline Kepnes, narrated by Santino Fontana
This is not a speculative read, but I’d be remiss not to mention it. Told from the POV of a stalker, You is one of those books you love to hate thanks to the main character’s insane actions. This story employs second person: “If we were teenagers, I could kiss you. But I’m on a platform behind a counter wearing a name tag and we’re too old to be young.” I think that this could appeal to speculative fans who like quirky horror stories, as this story does incorporate some familiar ideas. Santino Fontana’s narration probably made me love this book more than I would. He was the perfect voice for Joe (the stalker) and his condescending aversion to everything “cool.” I would love to hear this narrator work on a speculative book probably something in the Urban Fantasy vein.