Top Ten Audiobooks of 2019
Today, Anne was kind and gave us a “Your Choice” prompt. I wasn’t original, but chose the same prompt as she. In truth, I listen more and more to audio so it made great sense to have a category to honor my favs. Again, these are not all 2019 releases and are in random order. What I’m honoring here is a combo of book and narrator where both scored high marks with me.
The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford read by Justine Eyre
This is a historical fiction following the life of real life figure Agatha Christie shortly after her divorce and also the lives of two other women she encounters headed east on the Orient Express. Maybe life isn’t over and she has a second chance at love, Agatha discovers. The voice work on this one made the settings, characters, and the emotions leap into my mind’s eye so easily.
Come From Away by Genevieve Graham read by Michelle Ferguson
Canadian Historical Romance set during WWII A true enemies to lovers romance during a time of war and high feelings about the opposing side. Set on the Canadian homefront and part of the continuing story of a family. All my feelings were engaged and I thought Michelle did great with the foreign accents and the large cast of characters.
Let There Be Light by AM Johnson read by Aaron Shedlock and Teddy Hamilton
A New Adult M/M Romance between a swimmer and a musician on a college campus. First love for a studious and shy musical genius and on the other side a bright, sunny guy who is stunned to discover that he is falling in love with a man. It was a beautiful story and this dual narration perfectly captured both voices and worked in a wonderful blend so the story had a stronger impact.
The Savior by JR Ward read by Jim Frangione
Do I even have to describe it? It’s the seventeenth of the Black Dagger Brotherhood paranormal romances and we finally get the prodigal black sheep brother- the only one to have ever lost his place as a Brother. Murhder’s backstory and even his present story grabbed my heart and squeezed. It’s been a while since I loved one of the brother’s this much. And, as the sensational voice of the series, the narrator easily nailed all the good stuff including the tense action sequences and this massive cast of characters.
Wedding Bells and Deadly Spells by Danielle Garrett read by Amanda Ronconi
I rarely put cozy mysteries on these lists because I enjoy them, but not to the depth of competing with other heavier hitting books. But, this one with its fun paranormal world, sparkling and colorful characters, personal and romance development alongside a good mystery hit the spot. Anastasia the wedding event planning witch, her loyal and hardworking supernatural cop boyfriend, her quirky talented potion witch sister, and those annoying people at the office along with the detestable wedding party were all brought to glorious life by the talented Amanda Ronconi who nails all the emotions especially the wry humor in these.
The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley read by Jayne Entwistle
The Flavia de Luce historical mysteries were something of a binge for me this year after I listened to this one. Flavia is something of a child protégé in a macabre way. She knows her poisons and is something of a genius in other ways including solving murders. She is quirky and precocious and I love the way Jayne Entwistle gave voice to a young girl and all the other sparkling village figures.
A Merciful Death by Kendra Elliot read by Teri Schnaubelt
This is a romantic suspense series I discovered while scrolling through KU offerings. I listened to the first book with Mercy Kilpatrick, FBI agent and secret prepper taking a dark and grisly case that leads her back to her home town. The blend of thriller and romance, personal story and fascinating descriptions of the off the grid life going on in rural Oregon had me hooked. This is in no small way do to the fabulous narration work that brought it all to life for me and made my heart beat fast through some intense scenes.
Come Find Me by Megan Miranda read by Jorjeana Marie and Michael Crouch
This YA Sci-Fi Thriller kept me guessing from beginning to end. Is it real? Are their loved ones alive somewhere? Are they lying? So many questions and twists. Excellent team narration work that brought this wounded pair of teens to life.
The Avengers: Thomas Bennet A Father’s Lament by Don Jacobson read by Amanda Berry
This time travel family saga has captured my interest from the beginning, but this was the book that made me feel so deeply as the family faced the aftermath of war and loss of loved ones even while others found renewed love and new love. Fun insertions of popular literary and historical figures as well as engaging original characters. The narration work make a good series even better with her versatile ability to voice such a huge cast of characters of varying ages, genders, social classes, and accents.
Where Death Meets the Devil by LJ Hayward read by Rowan Scott
Oh, I do love an adrenalin rush, twisting enemies to lovers m/m romantic suspense and this one set in Australia pulled out all the stops and really delivered. Two skilled operatives on opposite sides of the law and forced to work together. What could be a better set up for hot romancing, right? I did love the way the narrator got all those elements right including the edgy and wry humor.
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/2019/11/24/top-10-books-in-2019/
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