So, after I listed my favourite books of 2019, I decided to do the same with audiobooks. It was actually my first full year of listening, and I’m definitely a fan. And I thought choosing would be easier, as I haven’t listened to as many books as I’ve read.
I was so wrong.
So I decided not to limit myself to a specific number, nor to releases from 2019 only.
I got codes from authors or narrators for some of these (thank you!), others I got with my own credits. Whether I paid for them or not, if they’re on this list, it’s because I loved them. So here we go (once again, in no particular order):
#1 Princess of Dorsa (The Chronicles of Dorsa Book 1) by Eliza Andrews, narrated by Elizabeth Saydah (2019)
#2 The Compass series by Lise Gold, narrated by Addison Barnes: Northern Lights (2018) / Southern Roots (2019) / Eastern Nights (2019)
#3 The Devil Between Us by S.C. Wilson, narrated by Jennifer Nicole Stang (2018)
#4 The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) by Becky Chambers, narrated by Patricia Rodríguez (2018)
#5 The Amnesia Project by Barbara Winkes, narrated by T.J. Richards (2018)
#6 Party of Three by Sandy Lowe, narrated by Lori Prince (2019)
#7 Living by Lise Gold, narrated by TJ Richards (2018)
#8 Ardulum Trilogy by J. S. Fields, narrated by Lynn Norris: Ardulum: First Don (2018) / Ardulum: Second Don (2018) / Ardulum: Third Don (2019)
#9 When the Stars Sang by Caren J. Werlinger, narrated by Ann Etter (2019)
#10 Fireflies by Lise Gold, narrated by Stevie Zimmerman (2019)
#11 Escape and Freedom by Claire Highton-Stevenson, narrated by Sarah Sampino (2019)
#12 The Do-Over by Georgia Beers, narrated by Lori Prince (2019)
I never thought I’d enjoy audiobooks so much. The way my brain, my senses work, I didn’t expect to be able to focus on spoken words. As a child, I never learnt from listening, I have a visual memory. When I’m told something, the best way for me to remember it is to write it down. Yet I found out that I’m actually a good listener. I can’t multitask (#TeamDyspraxia) so when I listen to a book, my whole focus is on it. I feel calm, in order, something akin to what I feel when meditating.
I keep thanking authors for writing wonderful books, I also need to thank narrators. Some can bring books to another level, make a good book great. Voicing different characters, adapting to their personality, giving each their own voice, bringing them to life… I’m in awe of what some narrators can do. There’s also something very intimate about having someone’s voice in your ears, in your head. So thank you for sharing yourselves with listeners.
Also, I know there are quite a few by Lise Gold (including Living, which also tops my favourite books of the year list). What can I say? Her writing goes straight to my heart.
And just in case you don’t know it yet, check out the Lesbian Audiobooks website.