#JIAM Melanie’s Top 10 Stand-alone Audiobooks #LoveAudiobooks

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Miscellaneous, News | 22 comments

I live in the world of series. Most of the books I read or listen to are in a series. Some series are only a few books, others are long series. The shortest series I’ve listened to is The Light by Aleatha Roming at two books. The longest series I’ve listened to is Anita Blake by Laurell K. Hamilton, which I stopped at 22 (though there are 25 books out now). However, there is a vast array of great stand-alone books out there. Not all books need to be part of a series to be amazing books. So I thought I would pay tribute to my favorite books that are singles.

I couldn’t put them in an order, so I just put them in alphabetical order of author’s last name (I know, I’m lame for not going all the way).

As You Wish Audiobook: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
Written by: Cary Elwes , Joe Layden , Rob Reiner (foreword)
Narrated by: Cary Elwes , Christopher Guest , Carol Kane , Norman Lear , Rob Reiner , Wallace Shawn , Robin Wright , Billy Crystal
Genre: Memoir
My review

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley Before the Fall
Written by: Noah Hawley
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
My Review

Written by: Joe Hill
Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
Genre: Horror
My Review

Christine Audiobook Christine
Written by: Stephen King
Narrated by: Holter Graham
Genre: Horror
My Review

It by Stephen King It
Written by: Stephen King
Narrated by: Steven Weber
Genre: Horror
My Review

Those who wish me dead audiobook cover Those Who Wish Me Dead
Written by: Michael Koryta
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
My Review

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
Written by: Trevor Noah
Narrated by: Trevor Noah
Genre: Memoir

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz The Bourbon Thief
Written by: Tiffany Reisz
Narrated by: Kim Staunton
Genre: Mystery
My Review

The Daily Show (The Audiobook) by Chris Smith The Daily Show (the AudioBook): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests
Written by: Jon Stewart – foreword , Chris Smith
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman , Jay Snyder , Kevin T. Collins , Chris Lutkin , Robert Fass , Lauren Fortgang
Genre: History
My Review

The Martian Audiobook The Martian
Written by: Andy Weir
Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Genre: Science Fiction
My Review

There you have it. Ten books where you can get the full book in a single story. Do you read many stand alone books, or are you mostly a series reader?


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I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. I don’t listen to or read many standalone books. The Martian is one of the best out there. Biographies, especially when read by the author, are good standalones, but I don’t listen to them often. The Dispatcher, which is that Audible freebie novella, was also very good.

    • That was one was really good. There are a ton of good stand-alone books out there. I probably could’ve done a top 15 or 20. I do like biographies too.

  2. Oh gosh. I love IT, I have read it several times. I will have to consider a reread on audio, I am sure it is fantastic. I also adored the Martian, it was amazing. There are several more on your list that I need to check out! I am always up for a great stand alone

    • If you like IT, you will love the audiobook. Steven Weber does an amazing job with the narration.

  3. Love your list!!! Glad to see you listened to some of those mysteries. Can’t wait to listen to Trevor Noah.

    • I really loved Trevor Noah’s book. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it. It is pretty much his life growing up in South Africa, which is very interesting. His mother is pretty badass.

  4. Great list, there are a few on there I have wanted to listen too so glad they are good. 🙂

    • I’ve really enjoyed all of these books. Some I’ve listened to more than once even. I hope you enjoy as much as I have.

  5. I’ve never heard of As You Wish. The fact that Cary Elwes does some of the narration is cool.

    • As You Wish is a must listen for any fan of The Princess Bride. The cast and crew tell you the story of making of the movie. I really felt like they were just talking to me all around a table or something.

  6. Good picks. I’ve got The Bourbon Thief and The Martian still on my wish list. I read Before the Fall.

    I think my favorite ten standalone audiobooks have been The Shadowy Horses by Susanne Kearsley, Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen, Complicated by Kirsten Ashley, When All the World Sleeps by Lisa Henry, Frederica and Venetia by Georgette Heyer, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick, Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski, The Dispatcher by John Scalzi and Sacrati by Kate Sherwood.

    • I really liked The Dispatcher too. You’ve got to try The Martian. It is amazing. Even DH (who isn’t a big reader or listener) loved it. The movie isn’t too bad either (just know going in it won’t be as good as the book, which they rarely are).

  7. I don’t read horror but The Bourbon Thief sounds really good. I added it to my wish list.

    • The Bourbon Thief is amazing and Tiffany Reisz is a romance author, so there are some aspects of romance, but the mystery is really the main focus of the story.

  8. OMG fabulous list Melanie. I listened to a few of these and only one haven’t read or listened to. King rocks on audio and I’ve gone audio only with him now. Hill was freaking fantastic!

    • I think it was the review by you and Felicia that got me trying NOS4A2. I’ve listened to a few Hill books since too. That one is still my favorite.

    • I really enjoyed The Bourbon Thief. I need to start The Night Mark. The Original Sinners series is a little over the top for some.

  9. I really loved listening to As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. I had purchased the hardcover novel, but I ended up reading it via audiobook instead because I knock out WTRs faster that way. The anecdotes were so cool and really brought back great memories I had of watching the movie over and over on cable television back in the day.ಌ

    • I really loved that story. After I finished listening, I had to watch the movie to see all the things they were talking about. I can quote that movie almost start to finish.

  10. I picked up two Joe Hill reads and I can’t wait to jump into those. Also, to this day I can not get The Martian out of my mind, it was that good.

    • I just listened to Horns recently. I enjoyed it. I need to go to the library and grab the movie and watch it now. I need to revisit The Martian. That book was amazing. The movie wasn’t bad either.

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