Books encapsulate the child-like creativity inside of us. Regardless of genre, there is something magical about seeing the 'movie' in your head. If it's popular enough, that book might be made into a feature film. And sometimes, if we're lucky, that movie will win our hearts over. But there is a middle ground. What about books with amazing narration? Audible is a fantastical source of aptly narrated audiobooks.
You get to visualize the book with your imagination and have someone to guide you along the way. Perfect for those who dislike reading, love reading but are too busy, and anyone in between, and all you need is a subscription to Audible!
10 A Walk To Remember (Drama, Romance)
To start this list off is A Walk to Remember - Nicholas Sparks' third novel. This sobering coming-of-age tale is set in 1958 North Carolina. The story follows Landon, a popular yet reclusive high school senior as he is pressured into running for class president.
As the novel progresses, Landon ends up spending time with Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of a church minister. She spends her days with orphans and others in need - not exactly the type of girl you'd see Landon around. Without spoiling the story for those who don't know the kicker, be prepared to cry. It's on this list for a reason. This audiobook gets bonus points for being read by Nicholas Sparks himself!
9 Steve Jobs (Biography)
Steve Jobs was the co-founder of Apple Inc. Many of our current technological advances were helped along by him. From iPhones to Macbook Laptops, he had a vision and sought it through. Sadly, he died in 2011 at the age of 56 due to pancreatic cancer. Other than that, what was his story? What was the rest of his life like?
Aptly titled "Steve Jobs", this biography was written by the best-selling author Walter Isaacson. After researching over 100 interviews, Walter created an exclusive biography that defines every part of Steve Jobs. From his passions to his obsessions, the pages are unbiased and wonderfully written. The narration is by Dylan Baker and feels professional. While some audiobooks on this list have full casts or intense narrations, Steve Jobs shines based on the information provided and baseline narration.
8 Ready Player One (Sci-Fi)
What happens when you create a commentary on our society while mashing in a love story, sci-fi action, and a healthy dose of media references? You get Ready Player One. Ernest Cline's debut book set in 2044 is full of life and references to the things he loves.
With references from Back to the Future to The Shining, this is clearly a love note to media. A coming-of-age quest at heart, this story stars Wade Watts, a young adult who spends his time in the OASIS, a virtual reality where anything is possible. Soon, a message is spread across Earth: whoever finds and solves three hidden puzzles in the OASIS will receive a gift being their wildest dreams. Turns out, many awful people want that gift as well. The clock is ticking, Wade.
7 Charlotte's Web (Kids)
Whether your kid wants to hear a favorite book for the hundredth time or you fancy yourself some nostalgia, Charlotte's Web is the epitome of a classic. This heartwarming tale of unlikely friendship has helped teach kids kindness since 1952.
Written and read by E.B. White, this book stars Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider who both live on a farm. A runt of his litter, Wilbur is rejected by other animals, until Charlotte takes him under her wing. Recorded on the 50th anniversary of the book, you know this is a labor of love for E.B. White. Lauded for his heartfelt narration, kids and adults alike will be entranced by Charlotte's Web, even after the hundredth listen.
6 IT (Horror)
With multiple adaptions under its belt (pardon the pun), IT is one of Stephen King's most horrifying novels (and films) to date. Now is the perfect time to read IT, especially with the release of IT: Chapter Two creeping to theatres. Derry, Maine is a small town where all of the adults act a little funny.
Maybe they know something that the kids don't? Starring a ragtag group of seven teens, we follow them through adulthood as they face a horrifying terror that roams their town. This audiobook is narrated by voice acting veteran Steven Weber who does a wonderful job making you uncomfortable. Don't forget to keep the lights on.
5 The Hunger Games (Young Adult, Action)
Set in a dystopian future by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is a story of love, survival, and what happens when the government represses its society. Panem, an alternate version of the United States, hosts a murderous televised game annually to show elitism.
Each year, two teens from each district of Panem would be picked to fight in a giant gladiatorial bout against all other districts. But after Katniss Everdeen's younger sister is picked for tribute, she does the unthinkable - volunteers herself. Along with Peeta, her fellow tribute, she must now fight for her life. But can she outsmart the system, even with the odds against her?
4 A Series of Unfortunate Events #1 - The Bad Beginning (Kids, Mystery)
A Series of Unfortunate Events is a series of books that piqued the interest of children and adults alike. Written by the 'mysterious' Lemony Snicket, (read: Daniel Handler using a pen name), this book follows the grim stories of the three Baudelaire orphans, they find themselves wrapped in an odd conspiracy after their parents' deaths. Their new guardian, Count Olaf, learns of their inheritance and starts scheming.
Countless crazy adventures and stories ensue! Since audiobooks lack any visual elements, a narrator can change the game. So how about a full cast of narrators? This book has a full cast to work with, including the wonderfully wry Tim Curry!
3 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Epic Fantasy)
J.R.R Tolkien invites you to a beautiful yet haunting world. Many powerful rings were created and passed to the many races of Middle Earth, with one to rule them all. That ring holds the fate of this world. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring picks up as an unassuming hobbit named Frodo Baggins becomes the heir of this ring. Now he must form a fellowship to protect The Ring at all costs.
But a great evil, Sauron, watches and waits for the right moment to steal this ring. Just like A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lord of the Rings is a wonderful series on its own. And just like the aforementioned title, it also has an incredible full cast of voice actors at its disposal. You won't be disappointed by this enthralling tale.
2 Jurassic Park (Science Fiction)
Costa Rica is a land of many beautiful landscapes and cultures. But in Jurassic Park, a mysterious island, 'Isla Nublar", resides off of the coast. Paleontologist Alan Grant and his partner, Ellie, are flown to the island by an eccentric billionaire and owner of the island - John Hammond.
He reveals the secret of Isla Nublar: it is a theme park of Dinosaurs, created by cloning DNA and mixing it with current species. Within no time, the group realizes that these cloned dinosaurs are a threat to the very nature of humanity. Terror, human relationships, and an awesome T-Rex are highlights of this highly regarded book.
1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Kids, Fantasy)
The Harry Potter franchise has always been well known for both the books and movies. Each had its strengths, with the book being more in-depth and the movies being a visual treat. J.K. Rowling's story stars Harry Potter, a kid who is down on his luck. He lives with his abusive relatives and their son. On his eleventh birthday, Harry learns the truth - he's a wizard... and he's invited to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
All of a sudden, Harry is whisked away into a world of magic and adventure. With a cast of amazing friends along the way, Harry begins to believe in himself. But a great evil surrounds Hogwarts. Listen to the journey that started it all!
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