Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Top Ten Tuesday #34: BEST AUDIOBOOKS


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish blog. This week’s theme is actually Top Ten Halloween Books, but instead I’m taking a shot at a TTT from a few weeks ago (September 20th), about audiobooks!!! As you may know, I’m obsessed with audiobooks, so I’ve listened to quite a few. I’ve also given it a try myself! (It’s not easy.) Here is a complete list of my favorite audiobook narrators–based off their narrating skill, not the books they read–and some audiobook recommendations for each. Enjoy!

Top Ten YA Audiobook Narrators:

1.) Katherine Kellgren

The Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

The Kane Chronicles by Rich Riordan

The Tales of Frog Princess series by E.D. Baker

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

Loving Will Shakespeare by Carolyn Meyer

2.) Jim Dale

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

3.) Susan Denaker

The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall

The Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce

4.) Cristin Milioti

The Apothecary Trilogy by Maile Meloy

5.) Mandy Williams

The False Princess by Eilis O’Neal

Seraphina series by Rachel Hartman

Entwined by Heather Dixon

6.) Fiona Hardingham

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

And I Darken by Kiersten White

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

7.) Amy Rubinate

The Selection series by Kiera Cass

8.) Rebecca Soler

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Atlantia by Allie Condie

9.) Jennifer Ikeda

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

The Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson

10.) Xanthe Elbrick

Fire and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore


BONUS: Two Narrators to AVOID

(Note: This is my personal option — I can’t stand the voices of these two audiobook narrators. The books they narrate, however, are incredible and I highly recommend reading the print versions of all of them!)

1.) Carine Montbertrand

Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde

2.) Carol Monda

The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

Want more? Here’s a Goodreads-made list of audiobooks read by your favorite celebrities!

Do you listen to audiobooks? What are your favorites?


4 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday #34: BEST AUDIOBOOKS

  1. Lauren @ Always Me
    October 25, 2016

    Enchanted and Peter and the Star Catchers are so good on audio!

    • gwenkate
      October 25, 2016

      I’ll listen to almost anything narrated by Katherine Kellgren or Jim Dale. They’re my idols! ~Gwen

  2. Peter
    October 25, 2016

    I love Kirby Heyborne, especially his work on ROTTERS by Daniel Kraus and BREADCRUMBS by Anne Ursu.

    • gwenkate
      October 26, 2016

      I’ve never heard of either narrator, but Breadcrumbs was on my to-read list for a while. I still haven’t gotten to it… ~Gwen

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