Favorite audiobooks of 2018: fiction
Less

Less

I loved this so much, and recommended it to Jen Hatmaker on What Should I Read Next? Episode 135. This Pulitzer winner manages to be serious and seriously funny. The hero is Arthur Less, who is facing his 50th birthday, his ex-boyfriend of nine year's wedding to another, and his publisher's rejection of his latest manuscript, all at the same time. He decides to hit the road—and on this trip, everything that can go wrong, does. Nonstop puns on the author's name, an arch sense of humor, and an interesting narrative structure keep this book filled with sad things from feeling downcast. When I got to the end I was strongly tempted to immediately begin again. Funny thing: I've noticed that readers tend to enjoy this more on audio than paper; I wonder if it's because Robert Petkoff's narration ensures readers get the tone right? 8 hours, 17 minutes. More info →
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Echo

Echo

I read this in the spring, after three readers with great taste recommended this middle-grade audiobook in the course of a week. This award-winning novel revolves around three children, in Germany, California, and Pennsylvania, whose lives are connected by music—and a harmonica with a magical past. World War II also features prominently in the plot. The multiple narrators bring it to life, with a fun musical accompaniment in just the right places. 10 hours, 37 minutes. More info →
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Lethal White

Lethal White

I'm including this on my favorite audiobooks list because the combination of the story plus Robert Glenister's narration was fantastic, even though I switched to the hardcover so as to get to the ending faster. I enjoyed the mystery aspect, which begins when a mentally ill man bursts into Cormoran's office raving about a murder he witnessed as a child. But my real interest in this fourth novel lay in the personal lives of the detectives, especially after book three's cliffhanger ending. (Sensitive readers will want to know that Lethal White is much less gruesome than books two and three. It's intense, but not gory or graphic.) An altogether satisfying addition to the series. Now how long till book 5? 22 hours, 31 minutes. More info →
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