The Best Audible Books I Listen To This Year (2019)

Audible is fucking amazing. I started an Audible Membership in November of 2018. As with many things in my life, I thought I would lose interest in about a month. Shortly after I started my first book, however, I was in love. I had made a goal for myself to listen to at least 1 book a month in 2019, but here I am 1 year later and I listened to over 24 books. Over double my original goal! Of all the ones I listened to, the books below are the ones that were my favorite. Take it easy on me, I’ve never reviewed books before.

**This list is in no particular order.**

 

The Kingkiller Chronicles: The Name of the Wind / The Wise Man’s Fear

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Release Year: 2007 / 2011
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Narrator: Nick Podehl
Plot: A man of myth-turned-tavern-owner tells his legendary tale.
Why it’s recommended: Holy shit-balls. I cannot rave about these books enough. I’ve listed to Book 1 twice and may just listen to it a 3rd time. The world Rothfuss has built is deep and intricately filled with mystery and lore. He really takes his time with each character to the extent that I cared about all of them. I seriously found myself laughing, cheering, and worrying about the well-being of each character. Nick Podehl does a more than a phenomenal job at bringing this world to life. I was so deeply invested in every detail that was happening in these books (aside from 2 or 3 chapters from book 2) that even at the end of book 1, you know when everything is supposed to be winding down from the climax, something happens that had my heart pounding and I was basically frozen to my seat until the very last word was spoken. These two books are absolutely incredible and I cannot express that enough. Ey yo Patrick… when we gettin’ book 3?
A Quote: “Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
Goodreads Score: 4.5/5
Coffee Sip Score:
9.5/10

 

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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Release Year: 1954  – 1955
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Narrator: Rob Inglis
Plot: You know already…
Why it’s recommended: You should already know why… Okay but seriously though these books (and movies) are the definition of “ahead of their time”. Usually, it goes to show people (including me) enjoy the books more than the movies. And while I did enjoy the books more, the movies are still absolutely incredible. I actually don’t mind the changes they made from the book, I mean some of them were good choices. You can hear the passion behind Rob Inglis’ voiceover. This trilogy is a God-Tier trilogy of stories and that cannot be stressed enough.
A Quote: “It’s the job that’s never started that takes longest to finish.”
Goodreads Score: 4.5/5 (Average)
Coffee Sip Score:
10/10

The Harry Potter Series

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Release Year: 1997 – 2007
Author: JK Rowling
Narrator: Jim Dale
Plot: You already know…
Why it’s recommended: Yes, I enjoyed the books more than the movies, although the movies are still really good. I loved all the differences between the mediums, mainly how Hermione becomes a House Elf Activist and forms S.P.E.W.
A Quote:
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”
Goodreads Score: 4.5/5 (Average)
Coffee Sip Score:
9.5/10

 

Mortal Engines

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Release Year: 2004
Author: Philip Reeve
Narrator: Barnaby Edwards
Plot: In the future, cities are mobilized, and London is the biggest and most powerful. Two unlikely people join forces to stop a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.
Why it’s recommended: Incredibly fun, thrilling action, interesting characters, and a  vast world-building packed with lore. Man, it’s a shame they haven’t made a movie about these books yet. I think it would really make an interesting and fun adventure movie.
A Quote: “You aren’t a hero and I’m not beautiful and we probably won’t live happily ever after,” she said.”
Goodreads Score: 3.8/5
Coffee Sip Score:
9/10

 

Red Dragon / The Silence of the Lambs

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Release Year: 1981 / 1988
Author: Thomas Harris
Narrator: Alan Sklar / Frank Muller
Plot: Hannibal the Cannibal is pure evil in human form. In Red Dragon, Will Grahm is a retired FBI agent returns for one last job to help hunt down a serial killer known as the “Tooth Fairy”. In The Silence of the Lambs, a new FBI agent Clarice Starling is tasked with hunting down “Buffalo Bill” another serial killer threatening the country. And the only person she can go to for help is the one man possibly more evil than the one she is chasing.
Why it’s recommended: I absolutely love the Hannibal Lecter universe. Everything, the books, movies, and the TV show, I’ve read and watched many times. Thomas Harris does an excellent job of creating such an intricate dark universe full of interesting characters and easily gets us deep into the minds of the serial killers and terrifies us with its realistic horror.
Best Line: “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti”
Goodreads Score: 4.1/5 (Average for both)
Coffee Sip Score:
9.5/10

A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

Release Year: 1996
Author: George R.R. Martin
Narrator: Roy Dotrice
Plot: You know… Winterfell, Starks, Robert Baratheon, Queen Bitch Cersei, Lannisters, White Walkers… you know
Why it’s recommended: Yikes. Oh, the nostalgia. Seriously though, Book 1 of this series is nearly plot point for plot point with Season 1 of the show. So, there’s not much to rave about in terms of things that make the book better. Martin does an excellent job of having many different storylines, and they’re easy to follow.
Best Line: “Winter is coming.”
Goodreads Score: 4.5/5
Coffee Sip Score:
9/10

 

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