My 5 Favorite Audiobooks

My 5 Favorite Audiobooks

Introduction

I have always loved reading old-fashioned print books. I never thought audiobooks were for me. However, once I started trying out some audiobooks from the Clermont County Public Library, I could not stop checking out more! If you are interested in trying audiobooks or if you want some new titles to listen to, check out this list of my favorite audiobooks (so far).

 

My favorite audiobooks

book cover of gone girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I love a good thriller, and that genre is even better when it is read to you! This modern thriller by Gillian Flynn is already full of twists, drama, and suspense. With a talented reader each for the two main characters, this multiple-perspective audiobook is a listening experience you won’t forget:

“When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.”

book cover the outsider

The Outsider by Stephen King

If you watched the series and want to read the book, I suggest checking out the audiobook. Read by actor Will Patton, this suspenseful audiobook is nearly impossible to pause:

“When a young boy’s mutilated corpse is found in a public park, the evidence points to Little League coach and high school English teacher Terry Maitland. Despite his vehement claims of innocence, witnesses put him at the scene of the crime, and his fingerprints and DNA are found all over the murder scene. The police have an airtight case, except that other witnesses and video also confirm Terry’s alibi: that he was miles away at a teacher’s convention on the night of the murder. For Det. Ralph Anderson, it is simultaneously the most straightforward and frustrating case of his career. How can a man be in two places at once?”

book cover knight of the seven kingdoms

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin

This was the first audiobook I listened to in years. It was an amazing introduction to a new kind of reading! This prequel to the A Song of Ice and Fire series is performed by Harry Lloyd, who played Viserys Targaryen in the television series. With his broad acting range (and fantastic accent), this audiobook performance is the most entertaining I have encountered yet:

“Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin’s ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. These never-before-collected adventures recount an age when the Targaryen line still holds the Iron Throne, and the memory of the last dragon has not yet passed from living consciousness. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there was Dunk and Egg.”

book cover for circe

Circe by Madeline Miller

I have suggested this book before, but that’s because it is spectacular! I read the book for the first time in print last year. With my new love for audiobooks, I decided to listen to this book as well. The reader performs the story and the characters beautifully from beginning to end. Plus, you get to hear how all of those Greek names are pronounced:

“Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.”

book cover edgar allan poe

The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum & Other Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe

Complete with eerie music and a committed reader who brings the stories to life, this is a perfect audio collection of Poe’s short stories:

“The horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, with its dungeon of death, and the overhanging gloom on the House of Usher demonstrate unforgettably the unique imagination of Edgar Allan Poe. Unerringly, he touches upon some of our greatest nightmares – premature burial, ghostly transformation, words from beyond the grave. Written in the 1840s, they have retained their power to shock and frighten even now.”

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Conclusion

These are some of my favorite audiobooks. Access them and many others online using your library card number and PIN. If you need to sign up for an eCard, you can do so on our website.

Jordan Williams is a Library Assistant Specialist for the Clermont County Public Library system. She has a Master of Arts degree in English: Rhetoric & Composition and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Certificate in Strategic Communication. Her favorite part of working in a library is having access to a large collection of materials and helping others find something they will enjoy.

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