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Check Out These Audiobooks & Series #JIAM #LoveAudiobooks

Posted by on Jun 19, 2019 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

June is Audiobook Month

I debated a lot about what topics I wanted to post about for Audiobook Month. I’ve been really busy and tired, so I haven’t been spending as much time in the blogosphere lately. Anyway, I decided that I wanted to promote some of my favorite “hidden gems” audiobook series that I think deserve more attention than they’re getting. This is by no means a complete list, but I hope that you’re able to find at least one new series to try. The stories are all awesome and the performances by the narrators is spot on. These are in no particular order.

She Dreams of Fire (Hammer of Witches #1) by M. K. Gibson read by Xe Sands

She Dreams of Fire (Hammer of Witches #1) by M. K. Gibson read by Xe Sands

This is a dark UF series that focuses mostly on witches and magic, but also mythical creatures. See my review here.

The Women's War (The Women's War #1) by Jenna Glass read by Robin Miles

The Women’s War (The Women’s War #1) by Jenna Glass read by Robin Miles

A dark story with magic and women fighting the the patriarchy of the society. This is the first book by this author under this pen name, but she’s also written books under the name Jenna Black, among others. You can see my review of this book here.

The Rules of Supervillainy (The Supervillainy Saga #1) by C.T. Phipps read by Jeffrey Kafer

The Rules of Supervillainy (The Supervillainy Saga #1) by C.T. Phipps read by Jeffrey Kafer

If you like anti-heroes, this is a fun series that follows a supervillain. So many pop culture references that are so much fun. You can read my review here.

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant Audiobook by Drew Hayes

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant (Fred, the Vampire Accountant #1) by Drew Hayes read by Kirby Heyborne

I stumbled upon this book on Audible. I have to say that it was the title that caught my eye. This series is a fun UF series with not just vampires. You can read my review of the first book of the series here.

Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers #1) by Rachel Aaron read by Vikas Adam

OMG, this series is so funny about a dragon that is too nice. Magic is a large part of this series too. This series is complete, so there’s nothing to keep you from starting it now. See my review for this book here.

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga read by Charlie Thurston

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) Barry Lyga read by Charlie Thurston

This is a great young adult series (of which I don’t read a lot of, but this is great one). The main character is the son of a serial killer and he helps the cops catch similar serial killers. This is a complete trilogy. You can read my review here.

Audiobook Cover: Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1) by Justina Ireland read by Bahni Turpin

Dread Nation (Dread Nation #1) by Justina Ireland read by Bahni Turpin

This is an alternate history story set in around the time of the Civil War. Jane McKeene is a young black girl that is “studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do.” She has no fear in fighting zombies and really takes the lead when zombies start to take over. You can read my full audiobook review here.

Villains Rule by M. K. Gibson read by Jeffrey Kafer

Villains Rule (The Shadow Master #1) by M. K. Gibson read by Jeffrey Kafer

This is a hilarious series about a supervillain consultant. He helps other villains get to their full potential when he isn’t on his own adventures. You can read my review of the first book here.

Some Stand Alone Audiobooks Too

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz read by Kim Staunton

This is a intriguing mystery as we learn about this bottle of bourbon of a defunct bourbon company. You can read my audiobook review here.

Audiobook Cover: Fatal Agreements by Ashley Fontainne read by Andrea Emmes

Fatal Agreements by Ashley Fontainne read by Andrea Emmes

This is a suspense/mystery with a lawyer leaving a bad situation and moving back to a small town in Arkansas. You can read my full audiobook review.

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Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta read by Robert Petkoff

This is a triller about twin hit men who are searching for a young boy who is the only witness they’ve ever left alive. You can read the full review here.

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz read by Emily Woo Zeller

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz read by Emily Woo Zeller

This is a fun suspense/mystery about a doctor who fosters children, but there is a secret too. You can read my full review here.

You can listen to samples by clicking on the audiobook titles. It will take you to Audible’s site for a sample.

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Audiobook Month 2019 with Sophia #JIAM #LoveAudiobooks

Posted by on Jun 14, 2019 in Miscellaneous | 7 comments

June is Audiobook Month

Each year that I enjoy the audiobook format, I encounter more narrators that become fast favorites and a few books that truly sparkle more than ever in the audio format.  I had a fabulous listening year since our last June is Audiobook Month (JIAM) event so I wanted to share the gems that made my Top Five lists for both narrators and books.

 

Top Five New Favorite Narrators

Audiobook Cover: A Servant of the Crown Mystery series by Denise Domning read by Gildart Jackson

Gildart Jackson – he has a low voice and can do dark and gritty, brooding, or lighthearted so well.

My Review of The Final Toll (A Servant of the Crown Mystery #4) by Denise Domning.

Flavia de Luce Mysteries by Alan Bradley read by Jayne Entwistle

Jayne Entwistle – so versatile with young child to the aged, classes, accents, and engaging tone and pace.

My review of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (A Flavia de Luce Mystery #2) by Alan Bradley.

The Inspector de Silva Mysteries series by Harriet Steel read by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Matthew Lloyd Davis – smooth low voice, fabulous foreign accents, historical setting, pace, and emotional cues.

My review of Dark Clouds Over Nuala (Inspector de Silva Mystery #2) by Harriet Steel

Mercy Kilpatrick series by Kendra Elliot read by Teri Schnaubelt

Teri Schnaubelt – became the voice of these characters, gender, distinct characterizations, balance between acting and storytelling, pacing.

My review of A Merciful Silence by Kendra Elliot

Central Galactic Concordance series by Carol Van Natta by by Nicole Poole

Nicole Poole – accents, unique futuristic sci-fi terminology, pacing and tone, and oh so many characters.

My review of Minder Rising (Central Galactic Concordance #2) by Carol Van Natta

Top Five Books on Audio

Repeat by Kylie Scott, Narrated by Andie Arndt

Repeat by Kylie Scott, Narrated by Andie Arndt

My review

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman read by Daniel Lapaine

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman, Narrated by Daniel Lapaine

My review

Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson, Narrated by Dawson McBride

Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson, Narrated by Dawson McBride

My review

Come Find Me by Megan Miranda, Narrated by Michael Crouch

Come Find Me by Megan Miranda, Narrated by Michael Crouch

My review

Salvage Rat by Larry N. Martin, Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer

Salvage Rat by Larry N. Martin, Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer

My review

You can listen to samples by clicking on the audiobook covers. It will take you to Audible’s site for a sample.

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