Sophia Rose’s Top Ten Audiobooks of 2020

Posted December 22, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Year End / 18 Comments

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Today, I honor books in audio format and the narrators who bring them vividly to life.  I listen more and more audio so I’m glad to have a category to honor my favs.  These are in random order. 

In the Dark by Loreth Ann White, narrated by Susan Hanfield, thriller

Slow build to riveting, mastery of a huge cast of characters and the mounting tension in the story.

Who Speaks for the Damned by CS Harris, narrated by Davina Porter, historical mystery

Characters, Setting, and plot are fab, stellar storyteller and enhanced an already fantastic story.

The Ladies Room by Carolyn Brown, narrated by Donna Postel, women’s fic

Starting over in mid-life and everyday happenings, voice brought story to life and gave color the the people with good accent

Network Effect by Martha Wells, narrated by Kevin R. Free, sci-fi

Murderbot and Art 4evR, brings the non-human to life and natural at suspense building with a nice degree of wit to leaven things

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, narrated by Kim Mai Guest, Johnathan McClain, Candice Moll, Lincoln Hoppe, Donnabella Mortel, Jonathan Todd Ross, Erin Spencer, and Steve West, Young Adult Sci-Fi
Strong plot and exciting scenes, a cast that matched the characters so I felt I was there and captured the sci-fi genre well

First Place Witch by Danielle Garrett, narrated by Amanda Ronconi, Paranormal Cozy Mystery

Fun and light, great continuity of voices across the series, prize for voicing a hilarious ghost cat

The Tory by TJ London, narrated by Shane East, Tara Langela, Patrick Zeller, and Marnye Young, Historical Fiction
Grew the main characters, authentic backdrop, and engaging, exciting voice portrayals eliciting so much emotion.

 

Below the Bones by Kendra Elliot, narrated by Christine Williams, Romantic Suspense
Atmospheric and engaging, took me right inside the story and lives of characters.

 

Down the Long Hills by Louis L’Amour, narrated by Michael Crouch, Western fiction
Exciting survival adventure, vocalized children and adults with equal prowess with a flavor of the west.

Lydia Bennet: The Pilgrim by Don Jacobson, narrated by Amanda Berry, Time Travel Romance.
Drew the emotions, main character growth, details, and narrator captured large cast, accents, and time periods superbly.

So, those are my top audio picks.  Any catch your eye?  Have your own fav audios from this year’s listening?  Do Tell!

My thanks to Anne @ Books Are My Heart for hosting the event.  Here’s the link to her info page if you want to check out her blog and further about the week-long event:  https://booksofmyheart.net/2020/11/29/top-10-of-2020/

 

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Sam@wlabb
28 days ago

Kaufman and Kristoff’s audiobooks are always so good. They go hard on the production with them.

Sophia Rose
28 days ago
Reply to  Sam@wlabb

I agree. It feels like I’m right in the middle of the action.

Anne - Books of My Heart

Some amazing choices. There are several here I enjoyed too. Thanks for joining our celebration of special reads of this year.

Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
28 days ago

Thank you, Anne! One of my more challenging lists this week since I judged on the balance of story and narration work.

Caffeinated PR
28 days ago

YES!! So happy to see THE TORY on your list. It was one of my favorites, too. The Traitor is coming Spring 2021!

Sophia Rose
28 days ago
Reply to  Caffeinated PR

It had to be there. 🙂

Lover of Romance
28 days ago

It looks like you had a great year of audio listens, I just love how those narrators really awaken a story for us.

I haven’t listened to any of these, but I do have Kendra Elliot on my watchlist.

Sophia Rose
28 days ago

I’ve loved every Kendra Elliot book I’ve listened to and am glad I have several more to go. 🙂 You are so right about the gift the narrators contribute to the stories.

Lorna
Lorna
28 days ago

And again, I haven’t read/listened to any of these. However, I’m a fan if Loreth Ann White. I didn’t get this one because it sounded so much like others. Like 10 Little Indians. Still tempted though. My favorite listen this year was probably The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.

Sophia Rose
27 days ago
Reply to  Lorna

This was my first Loreth Ann White so it was all new for me. I was enthralled. 🙂

Oh, I’d not heard of your fav. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks, Lorna!

Lorna
Lorna
27 days ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

It’s so unique Sophia. I loved it. Also, if you have KU there’s several of White’s books/series to listen/read for free.

Sophia Rose
27 days ago
Reply to  Lorna

I do have KU for the next two months. I’ll have to see about that backlist of hers. 🙂

Carole Rae
27 days ago

The Tory was awesomeeee!

Sophia Rose
27 days ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yes!!!!

Lola
26 days ago

These all sound like great listens. I’ve only heard of the narrator Amanda Ronconi and I’ve listened to the first Beechwood Harbor book which I enjoyed. Two of my favorite listens this year were Bonds of Brass and a Flock and a Fluke.

Sophia Rose
26 days ago
Reply to  Lola

Amanda Ronconi and Nicole Poole were a pair of my favs since my first audios. I look forward to a re-read of Bonds of Brass and I’ll be it’s even better in audio.

Rachel
26 days ago

I loved In the Dark, too! The audio was wonderful, the story gave me an Agatha Christie vibe.

Sophia Rose
26 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

Yes! Total And Then There Were None chiller. 🙂