Top Ten Tuesday #204


Hi all! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, I was at home for the weekend to go see Superstars of Gymnastics at the O2 with my parents. It was brilliant, definitely worth going home for and it was just nice to have a break from being at Uni, to see my parents and my dog again even if just for a very short time.

Anyway, as it’s Tuesday, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is an Audio Freebie, so we can choose whatever we want as our topic, which is actually quite timely as I have been meaning to get into audiobooks more this year. I loved them as a kid, but for some reason, I went off them as as I got older but now I think it’s time to try them again. So today I thought I’d share with you the Audiobooks I’d Like To Try:

  1. You-Caroline Kepnes

I really, well enjoyed seems like the wrong word for a show about stalking, but for lack of a better one, enjoyed You on Netflix last year, and it made me curious to try out the book, but since the show is so much based on Joe’s narration and I’ve heard really good things about the audiobook, I think I’m going to try it on audio.

2. Game of Thrones-George RR Martin

Yes I haven’t read Game of Thrones yet, yes, I’ve watched the entire TV series, proceed to your judgement now. I find the size of the Game of Thrones books ridiculously intimidating, I’ve never read anything over 1000 pages before and I don’t intend to start now, I’m having enough trouble finishing Kingdom of Ash. But I would still like to try Game of Thrones, so I’m hoping that attempting it on audio will make it a little less intimidating.

3. Sadie-Courtney Summers

I’ve been seeing this book everywhere over the last few months, and I have to admit, it does sound intriguing, a girl investigating her sister’s murder for revenge? Yes I am definitely down for that. I’ve heard such good things about the audiobook for this one that it definitely seems like the way to consume this story.

4. A Discovery of Witches-Deborah Harkness

I’ve been seeing a lot of stuff posted about the TV show for this, which definitely has me intrigued, a woman who discovers she is a witch and unleashes a whole load of magical creatures on a library? Definitely sounds like a very Jo book. It’s quite thick though and I’ve heard good stuff about the audio, so I thought that would be a good format to give this one a try.

5. Illuminae-Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

I’m not entirely sure about this one, since sci-fi is not really my thing, but so many people love it and I’d like to know what all the fuss is about, and I was recommended the audiobook when I asked for audio recs, so hopefully I’ll enjoy it.

6. Reasons To Stay Alive-Matt Haig

This is another one I was recommended when I asked for audio recs, and I have been getting more into non-fiction lately, so I thought this would be a good one to try, I’ve not experienced depression myself, but it would be nice to get more of an insight into it.

7. Cress & Winter-Marissa Meyer

I need to finish The Lunar Chronicles books but the last two, especially the last one, are significantly larger than the first two, so I thought I might find them less intimidating if I listened to to the audio, plus they were recommended to me as good audiobooks so I hopefully I will enjoy the stories if I consume them this way.

8. Dissolution-CJ Sansom

I haven’t really heard about the audio for this one but it’s a book I’ve been meaning to try for ages and I thought that getting the audio would be the kick in the butt I need to actually read this one. It’s a detective solving mysteries in Tudor England, what is not to love about that?!

9. The Girl on The Train-Paula Hawkins

I saw the film and liked it, so I thought I’d try the book and my friend mentioned that she’d tried it on audio and enjoyed it, so I figured listening to it on audio would be a good way to read the story without having to squeeze another book into my ever diminishing shelf space.

10. The Magicians-Lev Grossman

I keep seeing ads for the TV show and it looks really good, but of course I want to try the book first. It’s another one that seems to be quite thick, so I thought that trying it in audio might make it more easily digestible.

So there we go, the audiobooks I’d like to try. Anyone read any of these books, in audio or otherwise? Did you like them? Give me all the audiobook recs, I’m an audiobook newbie, so tell me all your faves!

Next week’s topic is Things That Make Me Pick Up A Book, we did a similar topic, I think last year or maybe the year before, but I’ll try to find some different things for next week. Meanwhile, I’m going to have my review of Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, up for you guys in the next few days so keep an eye out for that!

90 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #204

  1. Jess @ Jessticulates 26/03/2019 / 12:54 pm

    Great list! I’ve seen Illuminae and The Lunar Chronicles on so many lists this week, so the audiobooks are clearly well loved. I really like Sansom’s Shardlake series – I’m not sure what the audiobooks are like, but that series has also been adapted as a radio drama on BBC Radio 4 so I’d recommend checking out the radio dramas if you’re able to find them. They’re not currently available on iPlayer, which is a pain, but they’re really good!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/03/2019 / 3:46 pm

      Thanks! Yes, they do seem to be. Ah well that’s good. I’ll definitely see if I can find that, but it does suck that they’re not available on iPlayer.

  2. nualacharlie 26/03/2019 / 2:57 pm

    Be warned, the Game of Thrones book series may never end. We have been waiting for the winds of winter, the last book in the GoT series for a very long time and I am losing hope that It will ever be published. If I were you (of if I had a time machine) I would hold of on that till we at least have a definite publication date.

    • iloveheartlandx 26/03/2019 / 3:45 pm

      Oh yes, I am well aware of this, but I feel like if I wait for a publication date for the last Game of Thrones book then I will never read them!

      • nualacharlie 26/03/2019 / 5:49 pm

        Well as long as you are going in with your eyes wide open πŸ™‚

  3. madscibrarian 26/03/2019 / 3:05 pm

    I have reread Cinder and Scarlet in audiobook form. I need to get to Cress and Winter, but the first two were good audiobooks, and I think the narrator is the same for the last.

  4. Kaitlin (leviosanotleviosa) 26/03/2019 / 3:08 pm

    Game of Thrones is really good on audio. The narrator is perfect (though he pronounces Petyr as “pet-ire,” which threw me a lot). The ONLY downside to GoT on audio is that you’re sort of bound to run into a perspective you don’t enjoy, because there are just so many characters. So I felt like there were bits I really slogged through because I was listening, where I would have maybe skimmed those parts if I was actually reading it.

    Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 26/03/2019 / 3:41 pm

      Thanks! Oh that’s good to hear, I love the TV series so I feel like I should try the books but there’s absolutely no way I’m attempting those behemoths in physical format, so it’s good to hear the audio is good. Ah okay, I will keep that in mind.

      • Kaitlin (leviosanotleviosa) 26/03/2019 / 3:43 pm

        Since you enjoy the show, you’ll probably enjoy the audiobooks. I only had an issue during Theon’s chapters because he’s horrendous and I don’t like his screen time in the show either.

  5. lydiaschoch 26/03/2019 / 3:41 pm

    I hope Game of Thrones is less intimidating for you in audiobook form!

    My Top Ten Tuesday post.

    • iloveheartlandx 26/03/2019 / 3:43 pm

      I hope so too! I just can’t deal with over 1000 page books, I’m iffy enough with the few 800-900 page books I already have on my shelves and the only reason I even have those is because they’re by authors I love, otherwise I wouldn’t touch them with a 10 foot pole!

  6. Louise 26/03/2019 / 3:47 pm

    I really enjoyed the GOT audiobooks. I read the last couple of books that way and the narrator is amazing, he somehow makes all the characters distinct. 😊

  7. Melanie (TBR and Beyond) 26/03/2019 / 4:26 pm

    I’m seeing Sadie on so many lists this week. I’ve heard such good things about the audio for it.

  8. Time for tales and tea 26/03/2019 / 5:19 pm

    I rather read books, but I’d like to listen to Illuminae. The whole book is told through audio transcripts, mails and text messages. I am curious how this is done in the audiobook.
    And I didn’t know A Discovery of Witches also is a tv show. I loved the book!

    • iloveheartlandx 27/03/2019 / 11:19 am

      Yeah I do prefer reading in physical format, but I’d like to try a few audiobooks. Yes I am definitely curious to see how that is done as well. Yes it is and I’m glad to hear you liked the book.

  9. Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) 26/03/2019 / 5:27 pm

    It took me a few months to read the GoT books. That was before I started my book blog. Since I try to review 2 books a week, that would be hard to do now. I hope you get through KoA soon. I think I might read that after I finish Sky in the Deep and King of Fools (my next ARC read).

    Sadie is supposed to be really good on audiobook.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/03/2019 / 11:18 am

      Oh there’s no way that I’d finish the GOT books in physical, a book that size would take me a good few months to read. Yes it would be! I hope so too, I really want to finish the series. So I’ve heard!

  10. Anne Bennett 26/03/2019 / 5:43 pm

    Sadie is also on my audiobook TBR. In fact I have it checked out right now from the library but I am not sure I will get to it before the due date at the library. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  11. ChrissiReads 26/03/2019 / 9:01 pm

    I think You could be very interesting as an audiobook!

  12. Catherine 26/03/2019 / 9:14 pm

    People have been telling me to read those C.J Sampson ones for years but they intimidate me for some reason. Might try the audiobook! I loved the series of You but would probably be too creeped out hearing him speaking in my ear…

    • iloveheartlandx 27/03/2019 / 11:13 am

      Oh really? Well definitely try the audio if you think that will help. Ha ha I didn’t really think about that, but I enjoyed the narration in the show, so I figured why not try the audio book?

  13. Tilly 26/03/2019 / 10:16 pm

    I enjoyed CJ Sansom’s Dissolution. My friend borrowed book 2 and never returned it so I’ve put the rest of the series on hold! For some reason I can’t imagine Illuminae as an audiobook, I loved the paperback version as it was told through so many different mediums. I hope you get around to listening to some of these soon!

    • iloveheartlandx 27/03/2019 / 11:12 am

      Oh that’s good to hear, that you enjoyed the first book, not that your friend never returned book 2! My friend lost one of my books, so I made her get me a new one, it’s never happened since. Yes I have heard that, but I’ve also heard that the audiobook is great, so I’m going to give it a try. Me too-I’m planning on diving in once I’ve handed in my final year project and I have a lot more reading time on my hands.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/03/2019 / 11:05 am

      From what I’ve heard about it, I think so too! Thank you πŸ™‚

  14. Shayna R 26/03/2019 / 11:23 pm

    Good to know I’m not the only one who read Kingdom of Ash rather slowly! I just finished it recently, and my review will be out hopefully next week. I was reading two books of that size at the same time, and it was rough…and I’m still slogging through one. I am hesitant to listen to Game of Thrones on audiobook simply because I think I would get lost and then be unable to flip back and forth! If you do decide to tackle it, I hope it goes well for you!

    • iloveheartlandx 27/03/2019 / 11:03 am

      I’ve been reading it between books, so I’ve only really been getting about a chapter at a time done, which makes for very slow going in such a large book. I hope you’re doing okay with your other large book. Yeah that is a concern but I’m hoping since I’ve already watched the TV show, I’m mostly familiar with all the characters. I hope so too πŸ™‚

  15. kozbisa 27/03/2019 / 12:20 am

    I almost took the Illuminae Files audiobooks out from the library after Jay Kristoff talked about them at a signing event. My daughter ended up taking Gemina out just for the Lollypop song.

  16. thebookishlibra 27/03/2019 / 1:10 am

    I’ve heard the Sadie audiobook is really good. I’ve tried a couple of the George R.R. Martin books on audio and they definitely help me get through the series a little quicker.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/03/2019 / 10:58 am

      Me too! Ah well that’s good to hear, I’d love to read them but I just don’t think I could manage the 1000+ page physical book.

  17. Tracy (@Cornerfolds) 27/03/2019 / 1:17 am

    I have heard SO many good things about the audiobooks of You and Illuminae! I hope you get to read all of these!

  18. rayasreads 27/03/2019 / 3:36 am

    This is such a great list! I’m always confused about which new audiobook to try out, so I really needed these recommendations. And Sadie is indeed an intriguing book. If you’re a fan of mysteries and suspense then you’ll love it.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/03/2019 / 10:38 am

      Thank you! Yes I didn’t really know where to start, a lot of these are recs I got from other people, so I’m glad you found them helpful. I do love mysteries and suspense, so it should be great for me!

  19. Kelly W 27/03/2019 / 4:09 am

    I’ve heard SUCH good things about Illuminae as an audiobook. I’ve read it in physical copy and I’m really curious how a lot of the really cool style choices in the book would be translated into audio.

    • iloveheartlandx 27/03/2019 / 10:37 am

      So have I! Yes, I’ve heard a lot of the book relies on visuals so I’m quite curious as to how that translates in audio.

  20. Jessica @ The Psychotic Nerd 27/03/2019 / 4:22 am

    I’ve heard good things about Illuminae on audio which used to throw me off a bit because there is a lot of visuals in the text, but I’ve heard that the audio has a cinematic quality to it. I hope you get to listen to these books someday!

    • iloveheartlandx 27/03/2019 / 10:36 am

      Yes, I initially did think how on earth would Illuminae on audio work, because I’d heard about all the visual parts but apparently it has very good production value. I hope I do too πŸ™‚

  21. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1) 27/03/2019 / 10:44 am

    I cannot rec Sadie enough, but it’s a hard, confronting read … and it genuinely broke me by the end. I cried for Sadie and everything she went through.

  22. Lin 27/03/2019 / 1:18 pm

    I haven’t read Game of Thrones yet either… And I’ve watched all the seasons (that are out anyway *screams of prolonged suffering*)…. Oops. Listen to them on audio is a great idea!!! The physical books are DAUNTING! You drop one of then it’s going to go straight through the ground πŸ˜‚

    Oh my gosh! Yes! The Illuminae Audio is amaaaazing! A full cast! Sound effects! Music! It’s basically a movie! I highly recommend! I never even used to look at sci-fi twice, but Illuminae was amazing. Literally changed everything about my reading life. Now I give sci-fi more consideration because it was brilliant!

    • iloveheartlandx 28/03/2019 / 2:59 pm

      Yes, I’ve watched all the show and haven’t read the books-I’m glad I’m not the only one. Oh I am totally with you in the prolonged suffering-only a few more weeks to go!
      I have heard such amazing things about the Illuminae audiobook so even though Sci-Fi isn’t really my thing, I’m definitely going to give it a try.

  23. Laurie 27/03/2019 / 6:29 pm

    OMG finish The Lunar Chronicles :O

  24. Tanya Atkinson 27/03/2019 / 7:16 pm

    I feel like the universe is speaking to me because you’re at least the fifth person I’ve seen mention Cinder/Cress/The Lunar Chronicles. I’ve been meaning to read the series for ages but it just hasn’t happened. Maybe I need to go the audio route.

    • iloveheartlandx 28/03/2019 / 2:48 pm

      Maybe! I’ve only read the first two, I was so-so on the first one but I enjoyed the second one more.

  25. Ooh great list! I’ve only read one audiobook which was Circe but I really enjoyed it! And recommend it on audiobook since you get all the Greek words pronounced (I thought she was Serk but she’s actually called sir-c for example) I’ve never read Game of Thrones either but I’ve heard mixed things, tell me if you like it. Enjoy all the audiobooks! I’m thinking of getting Becoming out on audiobook at the library since it’s apparently narrated by Michelle Obama and have heard you and other bloggers saying its amazing. Although it takes me ages to read an audiobook since never seem to find the time πŸ€”

    • iloveheartlandx 28/03/2019 / 2:48 pm

      Thanks! Ah I’m getting the physical copy, I would get it on audiobook since I agree about the Greek words thing, but the cover is so pretty. I like the TV show, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy the book, I’ll let you know. Oh you definitely should, I’ve heard the audio is amazing!

      • Oh I know that cover 😍 I can just tell you how they say the Greek names πŸ˜‚ going to be hard to write a review though since I have no idea about the spelling πŸ€ͺ I like what little I saw at uni of the TV show, but never seemed to want to read the books for some reason πŸ€” yep I’ve received all the recommendations for it πŸ˜‚

      • iloveheartlandx 29/03/2019 / 1:24 pm

        So pretty! Ha ha thanks. You can always look it up. I mean fair, there’s a lot of book based TV shows that I like but wouldn’t really want to read the book (Outlander for instance). Haha I’m not surprised!

  26. Bonnie @ For the Love of Words 28/03/2019 / 1:53 am

    The only one I can say really is worth a listen is Girl on the Train — it was a pretty great audio. Multiple narrators so it was easy to keep track of who was who. I’ve heard fantastic things about Sadie in audio as well. I read it in print and it was phenomenal. I’ll have to give it a listen if I ever re-read. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 28/03/2019 / 2:21 pm

      Ah well that’s good to hear! Yes so have I, I can’t wait to dive into it!

  27. Leslie 28/03/2019 / 1:58 pm

    Illuminae is such a great series!! I HIGHLY recommend that one as a book or follow along with the audio. There’s a lot of cool illustrations in the book that you must see! I heard the audio is great too but definitely take a peek at the physical copy! Lots of great books listed here. πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 28/03/2019 / 2:16 pm

      So I’ve heard! That’s what I actually used to do when I read audiobooks anyway, so I will definitely consider that, as I know Illuminae is a very visual book!

  28. KliScruggs 28/03/2019 / 5:36 pm

    I’m totally freaked out to read You. I heard it was so good, but I cannot at all deal with stuff like that, haha. Definitely listening to it as an audiobook would be a completely different experience than reading it!

    • iloveheartlandx 29/03/2019 / 1:22 pm

      I mean totally fair, I have wondered whether listening to it on audio might be too creepy but I feel like it’s the best way to really experience the story!

  29. Annemieke 29/03/2019 / 10:04 am

    I don’t listen to audiobooks but I have heard great things about Sadie on audio. πŸ™‚

  30. Nicci (@SunnyBuzzyBlogs) 29/03/2019 / 10:28 pm

    I really loved A Discovery of Witches but didn’t have Sky One to watch the TV show. I’ll catch up on it at some point.

    While GoT is awesome, the books don’t interest me. That’s blasphemy or something, right? However, they’re so long and I imagine the audio would be like 40+hrs and that’s also nuts so I’ll pass.

    You would be fun. I liked it on netflix too.

    • iloveheartlandx 30/03/2019 / 1:57 pm

      Well that’s good to hear, I hope you enjoy the show when you do watch it. No that’s totally fair enough, I’m a big believer in that just because you love a film/TV adaptation, doesn’t mean you have to love the book it comes from. Yes, I enjoyed in on Netflix and I’m intrigued to see how things played out in the book.

  31. I want to try the Illuminae audio as well. I tried reading the book, but honestly just didnt love the format, but I have heard the audio is incredible!

  32. lindseyhabets 01/04/2019 / 6:46 pm

    I heard so may good things about Sadie and Illuminae on audio as well! You sounds great too, but maybe a bit creepy on audio, definitely intriguing though!

    • iloveheartlandx 01/04/2019 / 8:19 pm

      Yes they seem to be pretty much universally loved. Ha ha I know, but something about hearing the narration on the show made me really want to hear it on audio, plus it’s narrated by Santino Fontana!

  33. Rissi 02/04/2019 / 3:38 am

    I’m quite curious about “A Discovery of Witches” with the TV show excitement, but don’t know that I’ll read it or see the show. Time will tell; it looks interesting I do know that. Hope you enjoy these audiobooks if you give them a chance. Thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit last week! πŸ™‚

  34. Heather Cilley (@SPEWYouVoldy) 03/04/2019 / 3:56 am

    The Sadie audiobook is amazing!! I highly recommend it. I haven’t listened to the audiobook for any of the others, but I hear great things about high fantasy ones like Game of Thrones! πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 03/04/2019 / 10:21 am

      Yes, I’ve heard so much good stuff about it, so I’m definitely going to try it. Oh that’s good to hear.

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