This topic is divisive, but I am one of those people who believe that a well-performed audiobook can be better than the experience of actually reading a book. Sometimes my internal voice isn’t strong enough, and I like a variety of voices, or a really strong narrator to lead me through a good story.
So, I thought we could recommend each other some good audiobook selections:
My first recommendation is World War Z. I honestly find the original text, by itself, rather boring… But the addition of a full cast makes the experience much more engaging. It feels like you’re listening to ACTUAL interviews instead of reading transcripts. This book has some problems with representation, but I remember that it was a fun romp through a zombie story.
American Gods is another full-cast production that I absolutely love. Not only does Gaiman do the narration for the book, but all the lead voices are very strong, especially Shadow Moon.
Jefferson Mays didn’t do the voice work for Cibola Burn, book 4 of the Expanse series, and the fans reacted by down voting the book on Audible to oblivion. So much so, that they rerecorded it with Mays doing the narration. So, let me just say that Mays is as important to The Expanse experience as the writers are, imo… He is able to slip into ANY voice thrown at him. From Avasarala, deep Belter cadence, to any other voice he’s called forth to voice. His work here is truly incredible.
So, what can you all recommend? I have a few credits to burn.