10 Audiobooks to Read This Holiday Season (A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes Blog Tour)

Happy November, fellow readers! We’re in the middle of holiday season, which probably means lots of traveling, and also getting ready for traveling.

One great way to help you prepare, and to help you relax while you’re traveling, is to listen to audiobooks. And that’s why I’m participating in the “A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes” blog tour.

Audiobooks make it easy to read books while doing other tasks. You can listen while you’re:

  • Commuting to work
  • Flying home for the holidays
  • Taking out the trash
  • Doing laundry
  • Gardening
  • Exercising
  • Getting ready for the day
  • Falling asleep in bed

But really, you can listen to audiobooks at any time.

How To Listen To Audiobooks

Listening to audiobooks is easy. You can download audiobooks from a number of platforms. A few of the biggest services include:

Audiobooks can be played on any device, though smartphones tend to be the easiest (and most mobile). If you want to listen while on the go, or while in a crowd, you should probably also invest in some headphones or a Bluetooth headset.

The LG Tone headsets work really well. They have a long battery life, which is ideal for audiobooks, and the neckband style is fairly comfortable.

What Makes A Good Audiobook

A good audiobook can enhance the storytelling experience. Strong narrators can lend more feeling to characters, and add more information to the story via reading tone and style.

Narrators also make it easier to remember character names, especially when they are able to portray characters with their own voice or style of speaking.

Additionally, listening to a story is helpful for books that contain a lot of difficult words. For example, say you’re listening to a dinosaur book. (And my husband and I often do, because it’s not enough for us to host a dinosaur podcast…) The world of paleontology often has a lot of difficult to pronounce words—think Coelophysis or Jinguofortis—and it’s nice to hear how other people ay them.

Last, there’s something special about hearing the author of a memoir say their story. Personally, I enjoy listening to their cadence, and hearing the story exactly the way the author wants it to be told.

10 Audiobooks Worth Reading

With that said, here is a list of 10 audiobooks I highly recommend listening to (in no particular order, and including a lot of dinosaur books):

  Book Author(s) Narrator
1. Jurassic Park Michael Crichton John Heard
2. The Dinosaur Four Geoff Jones Nick Podehl
3. Dragon Teeth Michael Crichton Scott Brick
4. Ready Player One Ernest Cline Wil Wheaton
5. The Martian Andy Weir R. C. Bray
6. Yes, Please Amy Poehler Amy Poehler
7. The Skeptics Guide to the Universe Steven Novella, Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella, Evan Bernstein Steven Novella
8. The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs Steve Brusatte Patrick Lawlor
9. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Maya Angelou
10. The Hunger Games (Trilogy Series) Suzanne Collins Carolyn McCormick

All of these books are entertaining and informative. Two of them are narrated by their authors, and one of them is written and narrated by a podcaster (so you know the audio quality is good.)

Audio is becoming more prevalent in storytelling, and it’s really wonderful to see books being given a new life in this form.

More on Audiobooks

If you want to learn more about audiobooks, then I highly recommend checking out the other blogs also participating in “A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes” blog tour:

Audiobook Giveaway!

Now that you know all about audiobooks and are ready to dive in, the Audiobook Publishers Association is giving away a fantastic selection of 8 audiobooks, generously donated by Beacon Press, High Bridge Audio, LA Theatre Works, Macmillan Audio, Penguin Random House Audio, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster Audio, and Tantor Audio.

The books will be available on Libro.fm. Please note that you must be in the U.S. to enter.

If you would like to enter the giveaway, please check out the “A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes” blog posts in the sites listed above for more details.

Here are the titles of the audiobooks you could win:

  • BRIDGE OF CLAY by Markus Zusak (Penguin Random House Audio)
  • SPILL by Leigh Fondakowski (LA Theatre Works)
  • HOW TO BE LESS STUPID ABOUT RACE by Crystal Fleming (Beacon Press)
  • AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones (HighBridge Audio)
  • SALVATION by Peter F. Hamilton (Tantor Audio)
  • THE HUNGER GAMES: Special Edition by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
  • THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean (Simon Audio)
  • NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty (Macmillan Audio)

Good luck, and enjoy!


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