I recently started listening to audio books. At first, I thought I wouldn’t like it so I never gave it a try until I got an email from Goodreads telling me about Audible a couple of months ago. So I looked it up, listened to many samples and a while later created an account.
I’d have to admit, if you choose the right book and the right narrator, listening to books could be quite fun. So far my two favorites are “The Martian” read by R. C. Bray and “The Night Circus” read by Jim Dale. I currently finished listening to Fool Moon – The Dresden Files read by James Marsters. I didn’t like the story itself but the narration was good. The narrator has a huge impact on the story telling. I like how they voice act the expressions made by the characters in the book, like when the character whispers, shouts, is exhausted, etc.
So it’s fun to listen to audio books especially at times when you want to relax your eyes, take a walk, or cook : ) . But I still believe that there are some books that should be read and not listened to, so I’m very selective when choosing an audio book.
What audio books do you recommend?
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern has been on my to-read list for quite some time and I’m glad I finally got to read it. I’m not sure how to describe it, but it felt like an elegant dreamy fairy tale with detailed and very imaginative magical scenes.
The book is about a circus called Le Cirque des Rêves that opens at sunset and closes at sunrise with magical black and white tents and a lot of mystery surrounding it. People never notice when the circus arrives only when they see the tents all set up and they never notice when it leaves except by the tents not being there anymore. The story follows two main characters Marco and Celia who have been forced by their tutors to compete in a game that tests their magical abilities and they end up falling in love.
The story goes back and forth in a couple of different timelines that’s easy to follow. The writing is elegant and the characters are well defined and I enjoyed reading about them. I didn’t feel that Marco and Celia were the only “main” characters, the rest each seemed to have their spotlight at different times within the story.
This is a book I highly recommend reading and I also think it’s one of those books you’d like to give as a gift.