I’m joining the Top 5 Tuesday meme today, created by Shanah from BionicBookwormBlog. It’s been a while since I posted any TTT posts, mainly because the topics of the past weeks (months) weren’t my cup of tea. I’ve been seeing many To 5 Tuesday posts out there and thought it would be fun to finally join this meme as well!
This week we are supposed to give you our top 5 audiobooks. But since I’ve only listened to SEVEN audiobooks this year, I might as well talk about all of them!
I’m not a huge fan of audiobooks. They require a lot of effort from me to focus and actually know what is happening. It seems like my mind is always full of thoughts, and I have to deliberately purge them out and empty my head to make space for the audiobook.
Does that make sense to any of you?
I even wrote a post about 10 things I like and don’t like about Audiobooks, to express my very controversial feelings.
The only time I can easily focus on audiobooks is while driving. For the first six months of this year, I had to make 2-hours journeys 3-4 times a week, that is why I have audiobooks to talk about at all.
1 – «All the Light We Cannot See» by Anthony Doerr was my first audiobook of the year, and I decided to go easy on myself and get it in Russian.
Russian is my first language, so I expected it to require less effort to get into the story. However, I didn’t enjoy the narrator. The fact that it was in Russian but narrated weirdly didn’t provide that ease I was looking for, so I could have bought it in English instead. Oh, well!
Other than that, I adored the story. It was so heartbreaking and sad. (I actually cried a little). I would love to purchase a physical copy of the book just so I can re-read it later and immerse myself even deeper into the story.
2 – «An American Marriage» by Tayari Jones was the second audiobook but the first English one of the year. And I loved it!
Narrated by Sean Crisden and Eisa Davis, they skillfully portrayed the main characters – Roy and Celeste, and because of the format of this book (a big chunk of it was written in letters between Roy and Celeste) listening to it as an audiobook was an amazing experience. I was instantly sucked in the story, and, oh my, how much I hated Celeste! (and Roy too, I guess).
3 – «Nine Perfect Strangers» by Liane Moriarty was the first big disappointment. But that was definitely not the narrator’s or format’s fault. I blame it all on the story. Audiobook actually helped to finish the story and not DNF it halfway through.
Excited by the «Big Little Lies» TV show, I saw this audiobook on sale and decided to give it a try, especially because it was her newest release that was featured in GoodReads Awards in 2018.
Let’s just say that this book wasn’t for me.
4 – «Then She Was Gone» by Lisa Jewell was another not-so-great-read.
It wasn’t as bad as the previous one, but nothing special either. It was supposed to be a thriller, but the whole twist was revealed after the first half of the book, and after that, it was just Fiction with no thrilling elements whatsoever.
5 – And finally, I listened to three first books in the Percy Jackson series, which were quick and fun, perfect for the drive, and required very minimum attention to understand what was going on.
I’m sure I spaced out a couple of times (many times) as I was listening to them, but I didn’t miss anything important!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE AUDIOBOOKS? AND WHAT AUDIOBOOKS DID YOU LISTEN TO THIS YEAR?
Let me know in the comments below!