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

Thanks to Audible you have an incredible opportunity to win a 6 month (single credit) membership to Audible.com! Fill out the Hop-wide giveaway form here.

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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 2014.03.22 14:20, Dan O'Day said:

    Some audiobook fans might be interested about the process of actually recording their favorite audiobooks, from the performer’s point of view.

    Barbara Rosenblat (whom the New York Times calls “the Meryl Streep of audibooks”) has just published a Kindle book for people who want to (or already do) narrate audiobooks:

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR: The Art of Recording Audio Books

    Barbara is a lot of people’s favorite narrator. Perhaps some of them would be interested in her insights into the world of audiobooks.

    (I’m the editor/publisher of the book, so theoretically I suppose it’s possible I have a small bias here….)

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