2016 Audiobooks (First Half)

Audiobooks is a new category for me this year, as I only started listening to them in earnest towards the end of 2015. They wouldn’t have even blipped on my radar if it hadn’t been for Book Riot’s 2015 Read Harder Challenge. One of the categories was to listen to an audiobook (Yes Please! made the ungodly long drive from Buffalo, NY to Minneapolis, MN bearable, especially since we drove straight through).

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*Echo – This is hands down one of my favorite books of the year. I have recommended it to anyone half willing to listen to my shill. The story is beautiful and haunting, with a bittersweet ending. I cried multiple times. It absolutely must be listened to as an audiobook. Each sub-story has a different narrator, all very good at creating their characters. And given that a harmonica is what ties everything together, music is incorporated, which enhances the magical/fairy tale-like aspects.

*Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs – I came across this book in a Book Riot post about good audiobooks to run to, and I have to agree. It had me with the concept of a fired children’s librarian who is mistaken for a deer on the side of the road at night, and is shot and left for dead. She is  turned into a vampire, and the hijinks begin. The fact that the story is on the funny side of crazy, and that the narrator, Amanda Ronconi, is fabulous kept me listening. I ended up binging on Molly Harper/Amanda Ronconi audio pairings.

*Illuminae – I freaking LOVE Illuminae. Flaws are easily overlooked once the story gets rolling. And hoo boy, does it roll. Aden (the ship’s AI) is amazingly creepy as a riff on Hal9000, if Hal9000 started to develop emotional sentience. And had access to Reavers. This is definitely a book that needs to be listened to. There is a full cast along with sound effects, and both are used exceedingly well to enhance the tension. The “little birdy” scenes later in the book gave me the heebie-jeebies.

*Confessions of a Scary Mommy(copyed straight from the initial post this blurb appeared in) If All the Single Ladies and Spinster should be on all women’s TBR lists, Confessions of a Scary Mommy needs to be right there with them. Women face pressure to get married and have children. And once those children have arrived, to be a perfect, self-sacrificing mother. Motherhood is full of barf and judgment, and while we love our children, it is very hard to reconcile society’s expectations that we completely subsume our needs to those of our family’s. Scary Mommy shows the warts, embraces the warts, and tells you that it is normal to be an imperfect mother.

*Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – I’ve already made it well-known that I love this book, so instead of waxing poetical about it again, it’s getting an honorable mention.

Fiction
A Dirty Job
Secondhand Souls
Waistcoats & Weaponry
A Christmas Carol
Trollhunters
Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf
The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride
The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf
Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever
Ready Player One
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors

Dramatizations/Multi-Cast
Neverwhere: BBC Dramatization
Carmilla
Dracula
The Graveyard Book
Turn of the Screw

Nonfiction
Not My Father’s Son
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
You’re Never Weird on the Internet
Life
Modern Romance
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain
The Republic of Pirates

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