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I know that I’m the one who picked this question, but I still think it is a very difficult one!
For people who were new to audiobooks, I would probably recommend “The Help,” because I think that is a fantastic introduction to audiobooks. The multi-voiced cast is fabulous, and I think their narration really adds to the story. I’d also definitely recommend the “Harry Potter” audios as a good way to ease into audiobooks. I listened to and loved the Jim Dale versions, but I know people are crazy about the Stephen Fry versions as well.
For those already acquainted with audiobooks, I would recommend the following audios that I have loved:
- “America, America” by Ethan Canin, narrated by Robertson Dean
- “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfeld, narrated by Ruthie Henshall and Lynn Redgrave
- “So Cold the River” by Michael Kortya, narrated by Robert Petkoff
- “Paper Towns” by John Green, narrated by Dan John Miller
- “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson, narrated by Peter Altschuler
- “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, narrated by Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin
- “Bad Things Happen” by Harry Dolan, narrated by Erik Davies
- “When You Are Engulfed in Flames” by David Sedaris, narrated by David Sedaris
- “The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters, narrated by Simon Vance
I’m also loving “Feed” by Mira Grant right now, which is narrated by Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein, but I guess I can’t recommend it for sure until I finish.
What audiobooks do you recommend? I’m always happy to add to my wishlist!