Here is my list of the top 10 audiobooks to read in 2013.
With hundreds of thousands of audiobook titles available it is hard to know where to begin. This list of top 10 audiobooks is a great place to start.
Some of these books are brand new (published in 2013) and some of them are a little bit older. All of them are great reads with
1. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks (2006)
World War Z starts with a plague that spreads throughout the world. World War Z relates how a zombie apocalypse would be.
On a vantage perspective it focuses on survivors all over the world, unlike in Romero’s classic “Living Dead” that highlighted only small group of survivors who struggled to survive.
Here, it also focuses on how and why government collapsed, society could not contend with these zombies and how technology also failed.
The storyline connects how the government failed and learn how this ripple effects spread across the globe while the insights on the scope makes the listener realize how politics, education and superstition differ, racism and relationships changes if such situation happens.
Narrated by: Studs Terkel. Listening to Terkel is interesting to the point that will thrill you to every scene narrated.
Comments: For those who are used to watch zombie stereotyped movies or books, get a copy of this and see how World War Z audiobook will turn you on.
2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (2013)
This is about a middle-aged man who returns to his childhood origins when attended a funeral. Upon arriving he is drawn to a farm at the end of the road where flashbacks came to him when he was then seven. He met a remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock.
In their encounter, flashbacks about a horrible past were recalled. The memory lane points to forty years earlier when a man has committed suicide at the end of the road. The encounter unleashed some kept emotions on events which may be considered scary and hard to be understood by a little boy then. It was Lettie’s convincing and comforting words, promised to shield him from any circumstances.
Narrated by: Neil Gaiman. Gaiman both the author and narrator shows a compelling drive to educate his listeners, making them empathize with the story at hand.
Comments: The momentum of the story will keep you anticipating for the next scene to happen.
3. Joyland by Stephen King (2013)
The story’s setting goes way back in 1973 at a small town in North Carolina. Joyland narrates a summer at NC amusement park where Devin Jones comes to work mysteriously and faces the legacy of a vicious murder and the fate of a dying child. Both incidents from then on greatly changed D. Jones life.
Narrated by: Michael Kelley. His makes it a point when narrating to draw the attention of his listeners to the story.
Comments: The story will give you a clear grasp on the value of life in every scenario.
4. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand (2013)
This story is about a summer wedding that builds troubles for both families involved: the Carmichaels and Grahams. Specific details of their youngest daughter’s future nuptials were prepared according the instructions that were left behind by bride’s late mother.
The wedding was intrigued with love being questioned, broken heats and other scandals. Nevertheless, in the end, everything fell in place for this beautiful event where it emphasizes faithfulness of a partner as well as the choice to honor the commitments promised.
Narrated by: Christina Delaine. Delaine’s narration keep the scenario alive.
Comments: Complicated at the start, the story at the right pacing will connect how events end like: ” All’s well that ends well”.
5. Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen (2013)
This is about a suspended county sheriff detective Andrew Yancy who was demoted due to a spat with a fellow officer, a food inspector from the county health department. He retreats to his modest home in Florida Keys along a serene waterway. The sheriff calls on Yancy to check on a man’s severed arm from a chartered boat. Yancy suspects a foul play so he quietly pursues the case. To know what happened next, check this out.
Narrated by: Arte Johnson. He practices his voice modulation and constant meeting with the author makes his narration understandable and interesting.
Comments: It is a suspense thriller involving a culture that downplays sexual assault with comedy. Learn how the author develops the climax for the story.
6. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfield (2013)
This is about two twin sisters, Violet and Kate who were gifted with psychic abilities to predict future events and other people’s secrets. Kate tried to hide them but Vi held up to her visions. Over the years, they went different paths but led them both back to their hometown in St. Louis. Vi pursued her as a psychic medium while Kate remained a wife and a mother raising two children. When a minor earthquake hit, Vi went on television to share her premonition.
Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman. Her narration stirs your emotions from one’s seat.
Comments: Thought-provoking. This story reveals of deep empathy, reconciliation with unsettled gaps, special talents and more on one’s responsibility to take while finding extraordinary moments in everyday life.
7. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (2008)
This is a moving story about a dog, named Enzo and his relationship with the family of his car driver, master Denny. The story revolves around the ups and downs, the various things that spice up between their relationship. To know more, get a hold of a copy of this audiobook.
Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch. Narration makes audience empathize with the characters.
Comments: The story deserves all the accolades as well as the warm hug of a story.
8. Fifty Shades of Grey Book: One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (2011, 2012)
A story of a college student, Anastasia. She starts her relationship with a 27 year old very powerful and successful businessman. Ana lose her virginity to Christian and likes her to sign a non-disclosure agreement and contract which states that their relationship is purely sexual. There is tension over the nature of their relationship as well as Ana’s sexual explorations.
Narrated by: Becca Battoe
Comments: A story for mature audience who needs to understand the mysteries of love and relationships.
9. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business by Charles Duhigg (2012)
This about the simple premise that people create and maintain habits which can be good or bad or neutral. Creating habits is direct but choosing which habits to create is not. Learn more on this by getting hold of a copy of this audiobook.
Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain. Narrates and explains issues well to audience
Comments: Very educational.
10. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1922)
Category : Classics
This about the masterworks of suspense. Each starts with facts that creates more drama but instills fear. The puzzlement ensues with each new scenario as revealed. This is filled with thrills and excitement with every twists presented.
Narrated by: Fred Williams. A copycat narrator for Sherlock Holmes.
Comments: If you are entertained with Sherlock Holmes movies and books, this is no exception. Read on to enjoy this masterpiece of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
That is my list of 10 audio books worth reading in 2013. A great place to start listening.