Multi-tasking with Books

Are you a bookworm but life just gets in the way of your bibliophilia?

Why not try audiobooks?

With audiobooks, you can do chores, take your dog (and yourself) out for a walk, jog, commute and wait on queue. All while listening to narrators read you an interesting story.

Does your roommate want you to turn out the lights but you still want to read? You can use audiobooks to listen to the story. Audiobook apps/players even come with sleep timers.

Prior to the age of the internet, I think audiobooks were only available on tape or CD. But now, you can actually purchase audiobooks online and download them on the spot with services such as Audible and Downpour

A lot of Audio Publishers get talented professionals to narrate it for you. So the narrators can make the story 100x better with their changes in tone and voice. Some publishers would even include music and sound effects.

And others would even get the authors to narrate their works, which often fun.

So here are some audiobooks that you might enjoy

1. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Narrated by Libba Bray

Teenaged beauty pageant contestants find themselves stuck on an island when their plane crashes. But these ladies are no damsels in distress.

Libba Bray’s narration is funny and incredible. Also notable are the special sound effects during some “commercial” segments

2. The Diviners by Libba Bray

Narrated by January LaVoy

Set in the 1920’s, main character Evie is sent to live with her uncle in New York for a scandal that involves knowing things she shouldn’t have due to a supernatural gift she keeps secret. Her uncle is in charge of a museum for the occult. When her uncle is asked to consult in a murder, Evie tags along. And it seems the murderer is not human

It takes some time to warm up to this book. But I found the audiobook charming due to the 1920’s sounds it incorporated

3. Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, Andrews MacLeod and Rebecca Soler

Three Sister Princesses are cursed and trapped into a harmonica by a witch with heavy case of self-entitlement. They can only be freed if they manage to save a life.

How could that be done while stuck in a harmonica? Not to worry. There’s always hope as the harmonica is passed under the possession of different owners each with stories of their own and lives in their own kind of peril

A very powerful novel (IMO). This book was definitely made for a full audio experience. If there’s anything in this selection you should listen to first, I think it should be this one.

4. Red Shirts by John Scalzi

Narrated by Wil Wheaton

Main character Andrew is assigned to a spaceship. Unfortunately, he notices some things as time goes by. Like how no one wants to go on a mission with the captain. Or how only the captain, chief science officer and Lt Kerensky survives in every mission…

Wil Wheaton (known as Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Sheldon Cooper’s nemesis on the first few seasons of The Big Bang Theory) lends his voice to this funny book that pokes fun at what I think are Star Trek tropes (sorry! I never watched Star Trek)

5. The Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith

Narrated by James Marsters

In a world where vampires rule the Earth’s Northern Hemisphere, human countries could usually only flourish in the South, near to the Equator. Vampires are not undead creatures in this world. But a blood-sucking species that breed and give birth to young. The only man who can deal with them effectively is a mysterious swordsman named Greyfriar, who saves the Princess Adele in the first half of the book

I particularly enjoyed the story. And I feel tickled knowing that the narrator is the same actor who played Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

James Marsters does a great job to show the gravity of The Greyfriar and I like his voice for the Senator.

6. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

Narrated by Katherine Kellgren

An alternate take on the history of England’s Lady Jane Grey with a fantasy twist. I certainly recommend this book for its humor that’s made 100x more so by Narrator Katherine Kellgren’s talent

There are currently a lot of audiobook titles to choose from. Admittedly, audiobooks are pricier. An alternative is to check whether your library lends ebooks and audiobooks. Overdrive for example partners with libraries to lend ebooks and audiobooks to members.


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