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A Beginner’s Guide to Audiobooks #6: Favourites & Recommendations

I’ve told you guys a whole lot about audiobooks over the past few weeks. If you’ve read all the posts: Thank you so, so much! I really hope that this has been useful for you! If you’ve missed it, no problem! I’ve linked all the posts down below so you can always catch up. This last post is going to be full of recommendations and my favourite audiobooks! I hope you’ll love them if you ever decide to pick them up.

The Selection series by Kiera Cass

I’ve only ever listened to The Heir and The Crown, but I’m sure the other books will all be just as wonderful (if not even better)! I don’t think I’d consider these my favourites, but I do recommend them because I started with these and it was perfect. The books aren’t too difficult to understand, which makes listening to them easier as well.

The Heir Review on Goodreads | The Crown Review on Goodreads

Another recommendation if you’re just starting with listening to audiobooks: pick something you already know! I didn’t know The Heir specifically, but I did know Kiera Cass and the Selection series. I was sure it would be easy to understand and I was right!

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

I’ve shared my excitement about this series in my other posts, but it’s worth repeating! If you really want the full audiobook experience with multiple narrators and sound effects, this should be a priority! Also, since it’s technically a children’s/middle grade book, it’s really easy to understand (and to start with)! Only the first book in the series is a multi-voice audiobook, but the others are really fun as well and the first few only take about three hours.

The Bad Beginning Review on Goodreads | The Reptile Room Review on Goodreads

I haven’t listened it myself, but Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff appears to be one of the best audiobooks out there. It has a cast of twenty narrators and sound effects! If A Series of Unfortunate Events isn’t your thing, definitely pick up Illuminae for that “full” experience.

Wink, Poppy, Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

Someone on Wikipedia summed this book up perfectly: “One is a hero, one is a villain, and one is a liar, but the reader is never sure which is which.” Although my review is sort of “negative” (3/5 stars), I do consider this one of my favourite audiobook experiences ever. The story is told through three characters (Wink, Poppy and Midnight) and they all have their own narrator who just perfectly suit their characters. The audiobook made this to be one of my most memorable books! Also, this book is only about 6 hours, which is relatively short compared to other YA audiobooks!

Wink, Poppy, Midnight Review on Goodreads

This isn’t a specific recommendation but if you’re just starting out with audiobooks, go with something that isn’t too long! I’d say a book that’s about 10-12 hours long is good to start with. If that still intimidates you, there are shorter ones out there! There’s also longer ones. Like A Court of Wings & Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, it’s 25+ hours. OMG!

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

This is one of the most recent audiobooks I’ve listened to and it honestly one of my favourites. It was a little difficult to follow at times, but in the end it was just so incredible! The story, the setting, the writing… Everything about this book was amazing. And the multiple narrators just made it so much better!

Kiss of Deception Review on Goodreads

That’s it for my favourites and recommendations! Do you have any more questions about audiobooks after having read the “series”? Or would you just like to chat about your own favourites and recs? Leave a comment down below and let’s chat!

Beginner’s Guide to Audiobooks Series
Basics | Subscription Comparison | Narrators & Sound Effects
Listening Experiences | Activities & Audiobooks | Favourites & Recommendations




  • dominique_x

    I listened to the Selection series and it was a really nice experience, since it is a perfect story to listen to. I want to listen to the series of unfortunate events soon, it seems just like the perfect audiobook experience!

    • Ayla

      The Selection is amazing! I might listen to the first three sometime, as I’ve only read those a reeeeally long time ago. A Series of Unfortunate Events is so much fun! And it DOES really give you that full experience, as the first book is multi-voice + sound effects, then just one narrator for the second and a different narrator for the third book. You can really hear the difference in all of those, and they’re only 3 hours each! 🙂

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