Audio Book Wins
1. In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware read by Imogen Church - I think I would have enjoyed reading both this book and Ware's 2nd book, The Woman in Cabin 10 but Church's narration really took this book up to another level. I know I can't have been holding my breath for the entire thing but it felt like it!
2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows read by Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, and Juliet Mills - This was the first book I listened to that had multiple narrators and it was absolutely wonderful. This book is told in a series of letters and the different voices brought it completely to life.
3. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming read by David Tennant - I think I would have enjoyed this book in print because the story is such fun but Tennant's reading made it spectacular. The man could probably read me a grocery list and I would sit at rapt attention but throw in an adventure story written by the creator of James Bond and it's pure magic.
4. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline read by Wil Wheaton - I don't think I would have gotten through this one if it wasn't for Wheaton's narration. I'm glad I did because I ended up really enjoying it.
5. Bossypants by Tina Fey - I actually read this one first and was kind of meh on it. I mean it was funny but it wasn't as funny as I wanted it to be. Then I saw the audio copy was available at my library's digital site and so on a whim I gave it a try. It was 100 times better in audio. There were parts were I laughed until I cried.
Audio Book Losses
1. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty read by Cassandra Campbell - Cassandra Campbell is one of my favorite narrators and when I saw she was reading this Middle Grade fiction that was high on my TBR list I was really excited. Except I didn't end up really liking it. While I love Campbell's voice something about it just didn't work for me with this story. I'd like to continue the series but I think I'll be reading instead of listening.
2. Faithful by Alice Hoffman read by Amber Tamblyn - I didn't dislike the audio and I really loved the book but it took me a little while to get into and I think part of my problem was with Tamblyn's narration. While I think her voice was perfect for the main character her pacing was very slow. Once I increased my speed to 1.25 I ended up loving the book much better.
3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon read by Bahni Turpin and Robbie Daymond - Now part of the problem here is that this book didn't really work for me (I know, I know, please don't throw anything at me) but I did have some issues with the narration that didn't help. I love Bahni Turpin's voice but found it too old for the teenage main character. As well it drove me crazy that Daymond's voice was used in the IMs but Turpin did a male voice when the boy talked in conversation. This drove me crazy!
Now I know plenty of people who loved all three of these in audio book format so I know this is purely personal preference. Are you an audio book lover? Any books or narrators work for you or really don't?