TTT: For the Love of Narration.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT) brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.

Welcome to another TTT here at Hidden Staircase! This week’s prompt?

Ten Books Every X Should Read (up to you! Examples: every history nerd, memoir lover, ballet lover, feminist, college student, etc etc.)

Lately I think I’ve been listening to more books than reading them. So naturally, when I saw this open ended prompt, my list drifted to:

Ten Books Every Audio Book Lover Should Read Listen To

I don’t know about you, but I love to listen to audio books. The majority of the time I’m listening in the car. It makes the drive so pleasant. And my yearly reading count skyrockets by squeezing these books in.


Technically, this list is 11 books – I couldn’t pick between two Liane Moriarty’s that I’ve read. 🙂

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – A real page turner. I couldn’t wait to get back in the car and hear what happened next. I especially enjoyed that they used three different narrators to cover the three different women’s perspective chapters. Especially since one of them was the lovely Louise Brealey.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Okay, I’m actually listening to this book right now in the car. I had planned on reading Fan Girl first, but Carry On was available at the library and I went for it. Let me tell you, the narrator sucked me in from simply saying Chapter One. Lovely voice, lovely accent, and of course Rainbow Rowell’s story so far is fantastic.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – I’ll be honest, I picked Azkaban because it’s my favorite Harry Potter. Anything read by Jim Dale is amazing.

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson- again, read by Jim Dale. These books look into how Peter became Peter Pan, and are filled with adventure and humor. Oh my goodness, I remember I just died laughing when Captain Hook hoisted The Ladies on his ship. So funny.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – The narrator was Don Tillman. He was fantastic. I can’t imagine reading this book, the narration was perfect.

The Patriot Threat by Steve Berry – What makes this book different? Steve Berry. Literally. Mr. Berry pops in at the end of the majority of the chapters to give you tidbits and insight into his writing – it could be as simple as why they characters are eating Chick-fil-a, or where a character’s name came from. It made listening to the book so interesting.

Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres – I love to listen to a book that is narrated by the author. You just know you are hearing it as they intended to write it. For me, a comedic memoir is one of the best audio books. Ellen’s book is full of humor and also great insights of life.

The Husband’s Secret or Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – I tried to pick between these two books, but I couldn’t. They are both fantastic stories, read by the same narrator. I love the way Ms. Moriarty flips between different characters viewpoints. When I read both books I found myself staying in the car a little longer than needed just to see what happened next.

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler – Another narrator that I loved to listen to, and the story was a page turner. This book flips between the present and the past to learn about Simon Watson and his family history.

Mansfield Park (A BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation) by Jane Austen – This one I’m cheating on a bit – I haven’t listened to it yet. But Benedict Cumberbatch AND David Tennant? You know it’s going to be fabulous.


What about you? Have you listened to a fantastic audio book that I simply must hear? What was your topic this week? Comment below and link up to your own TTT if you’ve got one!

And don’t miss my giveaway this week for a copy of The Corpse with the Garnet Face. 🙂

9 thoughts on “TTT: For the Love of Narration.

  1. ok… i’m sorry… i know i’m supposed to comment here but I’m still up there drooling over that BC gif. And the thought of that audiobook with BC and David Tennant! A must have for sure! (P.S. – Love love love Jim Dale’s narration of the Harry Potter series) My TTT


  2. I just listened to my first full audiobook last week and surprisingly loved it. It was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I enjoyed it so much, and it really helped me pass the time at work. I’ve been hearing for ages about Jim Dale’s HP narration, and this first foray into audiobooks makes me really want to listen.


  3. I used to listen to a lot of audio books years ago commuting to work. My favorite was Dan Brown’s books. Paul Michael, the narrator, was exactly how I would expect Robert Langdon to sound. Great choice for this week!


  4. I love audiobooks! I listen every day driving to and from work — and sometimes take the long way around so I can finish a chapter.:) I’m finally listening to Harry Potter — I adore the series, but never tried the audiobooks until now. Just one chapter in, but I’m really enjoying Jim Dale so far! I went through all of Jane Austen last year, and thought the books were amazing via audio (especially Emma, which is just so darn funny!). Great post!


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