Best of 2013 Audiobook Blog Hop


Thanks to the goldmine that is Twitter, I discovered the Best of 2013 Audiobook Blog Hop hosted by The Book NymphoHot Listens, and Geeky Bloggers Book Blog. This blog hop highlights each blogger’s favorite 3 audiobooks listened to during 2013. It runs from Jan 1 2014 to Jan 15 2014 and there is both a personal and an overall giveaway discussed at the end of this post.

I haven’t had the chance to count up how many audiobooks I listened to in 2013, but I didn’t have to give much thought at all to my favorite three. All three have stayed with me from the moment I listened to them. Two were released in 2013 and one was released in 2012. Without further ado, here are Literate Housewife’s Top 3 Audiobooks of 2013:

Schroder by Amity GaigeCover of Schroder
Narrated by Will Collyer
Length: 7 hours and 10 minutes

This audiobook made my winter. I picked up a review copy because of some buzz I’d heard about Amity Gaige. It was well deserved, but it was the combination of her beautiful writing and memorable characters and the delicious narration of Will Collyer. From the first few minutes I knew I had discovered a new narrator for my list of favorites. Through his work Eric Schroder became alive and made sense. I understood how others would fall under his charms because I certainly did. I tweeted and wrote many times that Collyer is full of awesome. I wish I had something more eloquent to say about him and my experience of listening to this audiobook. I think that audiobook fans will know exactly what I mean. Even if you have already read this book, I highly recommend picking it up in audio. Soon you’ll be in the Will Collyer fan club along with me.

Listen to a sample on Audible.com.

The Good House by Ann LearyCover of The Good House
Narrated by Mary Beth Hurt
Length: 10 hours and 12 minutes

From the very first, I knew that Hildy Good would make the perfect companion on a long ride. This woman knows how to tell a story. Will Mary Beth Hurt taking the helm as narrator, she was fully present every minute I listened to this audiobook. Hurt captured Hildy’s ability to eye her neighbor and perspective home buyers in the small New England town she grew up in immediately. I felt as though Hurt was enjoying her stories as much as I was. Even better was the way her work embodied Hildy’s refusal to accept the truth about her own life. There were scenes in this book as Hildy falls deeper and deeper in denial that had the hair on my arms standing up. While I tend to not go for audiobooks narrated by celebrities, this is an example of a perfectly casted audiobook. Mary Beth Hurt took her work on The Good House seriously and it shows.

Listen to a sample on Audible.com.

Defending Jacob by William LandayCover of Defending Jacob
Narrated by Grover Gardner
Length: 12 hours and 25 minutes

As I mentioned in my review, I pre-ordered this audiobook. As I prepared this post for the blog hop, I kicked myself for waiting over a year to listen to it. I enjoy procedurals in general, but this book took me by surprise on several occasions. I really should have seen one coming, but I didn’t. Grover Gardner’s narration was pitch perfect for this book. He left me sitting in many a parking lot with my jaw dropped open and my heart pounding. I could see him sitting on the witness stand as Andy Barber telling his story and trading barbs with the assistant district attorney. This audiobook will make you appreciate power of a well narrated audiobook that draws on the emotion and suspense of the book without relying on splashy accents or over acting.

Listen to a sample on Audible.com.


Personal Giveaway

One lucky person who leaves a comment on this post will receive one of my favorite audiobooks of 2013 through Audible. To win you must be able to accept a book from Audible as well as tell what your favorite audiobook of 2013 was. All eligible comments will be included in my random drawing held on Thursday, January 16, 2013. I will email the lucky winner to ask which title he or she would like to receive and the email address associated with his or her Audible account. Good luck!

Hop Giveaway

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Now you know my three favorite audiobooks listened to during 2013. Make sure to visit all the blogs on the list for incredible giveaways and their list of favorite audiobooks.


  • At 2014.01.01 10:18, Nise' said:

    Defending Jacob made my favorite list last year. I listened to 39 audios and I’d have to say The Fault In Our Stars was my top pick. Audio favorites here.

    • At 2014.01.01 16:54, Jennifer said:

      I need to read The Fault in Our Stars. I’ve heard so much about it. Why haven’t I read it yet? Why? Oh, yeah. It must be for all those other shiny little books out there that capture my attention. :)

    • At 2014.01.01 11:13, Sandy said:

      Well I’ve heard the other two, so I guess I’ll have to get my hands on Schroder!!! Because you know what you are talking about, yes you do!

      • At 2014.01.01 16:56, Jennifer said:

        Sandy, you MUST listen to Schroder. I need someone else to join me in the Will Collyer fan club. Not that I mind having him all to myself… 😉

      • At 2014.01.01 11:27, Debra Kay Neiman said:

        White Fire from the Agent Pendergast Series by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Narrated By Rene Auberjonois. Close second is Black Arts from the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter, Narrated By Khristine Hvam. Happy New Year from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

        • At 2014.01.01 16:57, Jennifer said:

          Happy New Year! I haven’t listened to your choices. I need to get on the ball! Happy New Year!

        • At 2014.01.01 12:19, dog eared copy/Tanya said:

          WOW! and YAY! I *love* that Defending Jacob made your Best of 2013 Listens! ?

          • At 2014.01.01 12:29, dog eared copy/Tanya said:

            Grrr, That “?” at the end of the above post was actually supposed to be a [heart]!

            • At 2014.01.01 15:56, Jennifer said:

              The ? was for why it took me so darn long to listen to it. :)

          • At 2014.01.01 12:25, Kelli (The Oddiophile) said:

            I’ve been meaning to listen to Defending Jacob after all the positive reviews I’ve seen but this just pushed me over and I picked it up. I look forward to it; I’ve always enjoyed Grover Gardner’s narrations.

            • At 2014.01.01 16:48, Jennifer said:

              Then we’re alike. You must give it a listen. You will not regret it!

            • At 2014.01.01 13:15, Kailana said:

              This is a fun idea. It is the first I heard of the hop. :) I think my favourite audiobook was Stiff by Mary Roach. I really liked the narrator. I also really liked The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I really liked both of the narrators and was happy I decided to reread them. :)

              • At 2014.01.01 16:45, Jennifer said:

                I have to say that I’ve kept Mary Roach at an arm’s distance because of her subject matter. She gets a lot of praise, though. I haven’t read The Name of the Wind, but I loved The Night Circus, too. Great book!

                • At 2014.01.16 12:30, Literate Housewife said:

                  Congratulations, Kailana! You are the lucky winner of my personal hop drawing!

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                • At 2014.01.01 13:34, Brenda said:

                  Grover Gardner’s narrations make any book that much better, love his voice!

                  • At 2014.01.01 16:44, Jennifer said:

                    Isn’t he wonderful? I usually love the accents, etc… but he makes me appreciate a good, clean reading.

                  • At 2014.01.01 16:12, Jennifer said:

                    Defending Jacob has been on my list to read for WAY TO LONG! Might need to bump it up!

                    • At 2014.01.01 16:59, Jennifer said:

                      You’re like me. The longer you wait, the harder you’ll kick yourself for putting it off… 😉

                      • At 2014.01.01 22:41, Jennifer said:

                        I have a few books that are like that…. And this is one of them!

                    • At 2014.01.01 16:29, BookaholicCat said:

                      I have heard really good things about Defending Jacob, but haven’t read/listen to it yet, and for some reason I didn’t know about Schroder and The Good House. I’m going to check them out.
                      My favorite audiobook of 2013 was A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan.

                      • At 2014.01.01 17:02, Jennifer said:

                        I’m glad I was able to introduce you to both Schroder and The Good House. If you get a chance, I think you’ll enjoy them. I’ll be looking into A Memory of Light myself. New to me. Thanks for sharing!

                        • At 2014.01.02 03:28, BookaholicCat said:

                          A Memory of Light is the last book in a (12 books) series. You need to read/listen to them in order. All the books are great, so I highly recommend it if you like Fantasy.

                      • At 2014.01.01 16:53, Jennifer said:

                        I know, right???? Loved that book so much!

                        • At 2014.01.01 18:51, YvonneJ said:

                          I read Defending Jacob when it was first released but I haven’t read/listened to either of the others. One of my favorites 2013 releases was Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding narrated by Samantha Bond.

                          • At 2014.01.01 19:38, Alysia @My Little Pocketbooks said:

                            I have seen The Good House everywhere and I love the cover. Simple and cute. I loved listening to A Vintage Affair, The Kitchen House and Wonder among many others. Thanks for the great giveaway.

                            • At 2014.01.01 19:40, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

                              Favorite audio book is hard! Maybe Eleanor and Park or A Place at the Table.

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                                The Good House looks good! I loved Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan.

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                                • At 2014.01.01 20:10, Amy @ bookgoonie said:

                                  Thanks for your recommends *hides eyes* they were all new to me. My fave for 2013 was Days of Blood & Starlight.

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                                  • At 2014.01.01 21:23, Lucy said:

                                    Schroeder has me very intrigued! I’m going to have to pick up a copy. One of my faves of the year is Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys, performed by Lauren Fortgang. Happy New Year and happy listening!

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                                    • At 2014.01.02 00:37, Lupdilup said:

                                      Although I’m mostly a romance listener I’ve been feeling the need to explore other genres, your picks sound like a fabulous place to start, so I’m going to wish “good luck to me” and hope I win the your pick for 2013 :)
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                                      • At 2014.01.02 09:14, Summer said:

                                        I haven’t read any of those but would love to!

                                        • At 2014.01.02 22:35, BookAttict said:

                                          My 2013 fave is Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb, narrated by Susan Ericksen.
                                          Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
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                                            • At 2014.01.04 11:48, Marie Helene said:

                                              Great recommendations, but what I really wanted to tell you is how much I LOVE your header/profile image!

                                              • At 2014.01.04 17:26, Elisabeth said:

                                                All have been added to my TBR, with the notation to listen to on audio! Thanks for the suggestions and the giveaway! My favorite audios from 2013 was the Irish Country Doctor series by Patrick Taylor. Love the accents!

                                                • At 2014.01.04 23:41, Kelley said:

                                                  I did the audio of Defending Jacob also, from Audible. Great book with a great narration.

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                                                    liked fallen too far by Abbi Glines

                                                    • At 2014.01.06 08:59, Annie Slasher said:

                                                      My favorite this year was Iced by Karen Marie Moning! It was just brilliant!

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                                                      • At 2014.01.06 18:03, Teresa said:

                                                        I haven’t listened to any of those. Sounds like I need to remedy that. My favorite listen has to be Beautiful Ruins.

                                                        • At 2014.01.06 23:11, Kelley said:

                                                          I hear you on that! Blew me away!

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                                                          • At 2014.01.08 21:33, ghwasd said:

                                                            I’ve only listened to one audiobook this year – I’m a newbie. I did enjoy it; the book was The Husbands Secret. Loving this hop so I can find recommendations for my next audiobook! ghwasd at gmail dot com

                                                            • At 2014.01.09 00:12, Terri Poindexter said:

                                                              I have several favorite audio books in 2013 are series by The Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts, The book of lost Fragrances by M.J.Rose and Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor series by Lisa Kleypas. I could name more in other genres.

                                                              • At 2014.01.12 19:27, Lisa Vazquezanzua said:

                                                                I haven’t listened to any audio books yet so I don’t have a favorite. But I’ve been wanting to try them for a while!! Thank you so much for a chance to win and for being a part of this fun and awesome blog hop!!


                                                                • At 2014.01.13 22:14, Seyma Shabbir said:

                                                                  My fav was World War z! I haven;t listened to any other audiobooks but I want to! Great way to pass the time while in traffic!

                                                                  • At 2014.01.15 00:43, Chene Sterckx said:

                                                                    I tried my first audio book in December so I have only listened to 1 n December and started a second one, not sure if that counts as a favourite but it was Lust, Money & Murder by Mike Wells and narrated by Sue Sharp. I loved it and am officially an audio book fan :) *really hoping to win some audio books this year*

                                                                    All the best for 2013


                                                                    • At 2014.01.15 03:04, Emily W. said:

                                                                      I actually haven’t listened to any audiobooks, but one of the ones I’m looking forward to is by Lex Valentine.


                                                                      • At 2014.01.15 13:08, Cindi Clubbs said:

                                                                        I have two audiobooks that I haven’t listened to yet. I think I’m just afraid of trying something new, lol

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                                                                        • At 2014.01.15 23:32, Megan Riverina Romantics said:

                                                                          I only started listening to audio books in 2013 and I started with old ones. Plus I’m horrible at picking favorites. I finally started Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series. I’m really glad that I did to. Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter #3) is my favorite of the series so far. I also “reread” the Night Huntress books by Jeaniene Frost.

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                                                                          • At 2014.01.19 18:10, Colleen said:

                                                                            Thanks so much for the recommendation of Defending Jacob – I LOVED it! Couldn’t stop listening. I tweeted my thanks earlier this week but realize now I used the wrong twitter handle :(. I read The Good House in print and really liked it but have heard the audio is excellent!

                                                                            • At 2014.03.22 14:20, Dan O'Day said:

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