MY 2018 AUDIOBOOK HAUL PART 2

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with part 2 of my audiobook haul for 2018! I definitely slowed down with my audiobook (and physical book) buying in the second half of the year because I wasn’t reading as much – and when I was it was mostly just physical library books.

If you want to look at the audiobooks I bought from January – June this year, click here!

Remember to click on the covers to go to the audible pages!

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WHAT I’M CURRENTLY LISTENING TO! // ft. My love of audiobooks

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with what is sort of like my audiobook tbr but, also like what I’m currently listening to and it’s also like maybe I don’t know what I’m doing and what is this intro at this point??? Anywayyy, AUDIOBOOKS! Enjoy!

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WHAT I’M CURRENTLY LISTENING TO

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I recently watched Merphy Napier talk about the Divergent trilogy on her channel and I thought her views on the trilogy were really interesting. I’ve linked the video (here) so you can watch it if you haven’t already but, I thought her book talk was really interesting. I’ll be honest, I haven’t even thought about the trilogy since I read the first book back in 2014 but the way Merphy talked about the books and Tris as a character really made me want to go back and finish the trilogy, or at least re-read the first book.

I am currently writing this on June 28th, so I might already be finished the book by the time this goes live but, so far I am part way through chapter ten (roughly 125 pages in) and really enjoying it. I wasn’t sure I would even make it through the first chapter because of the way everyone has been trashing the trilogy over the years, but I think that I might even continue the trilogy once I finish this one.

Actually, while I’m on it, I’d love to know if you guys actually finished the trilogy/ read any of the books or if our community trashing the series turned you off reading the books?

WHAT I PLAN ON PICKING UP SOON

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So, after I finish listening to Divergent, if I don’t pick up Insurgent straight away, I will probably be picking up some of these (^). I recently read volume 1 of Wires and Nerve and it really made me want to go back and re-read The Lunar Chronicles so hopefully, I’ll be getting to Scarlet soon (Yo, Rebecca, hit me up if you still want to buddy read!).

Throughout this month I also hope to get to the audiobook for The Final Empire, which you should already know if you read my surprise tbr for the month! I have already listened to this before and I loved it so I can’t wait to re-listen to this one!

And then we have The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, The Rules of Backyard Croquet & Scythe which I’m hoping to get to sometime in the next month or two!

Let me know if you’ve read or listened to any of these and what you thought of them!

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WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY LISTENING TO?

DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE AUDIOBOOK?

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AUDIOBOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

So, I know I don’t talk about this often, but I am actually a really big audiobooks fan. I am constantly listening to an audiobook, particularly when I’m writing a blog post or doing anything on my computer. So today, I will be recommending some audiobooks to you guys, so hopefully, you’ll want to check them out!

Remember to click on the covers to go to the Goodreads page!

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AUDIOBOOKS YOU MIGHT ENJOY

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SCYTHE Apart from the fact that this is an awesome story the audiobook is also great. It’s nothing special – there are no crazy background sounds and there is only one narrator. But, I think the story is narrated really well.

CARAVAL I read this physically last year and then listened to it for the first time in the back end of last month. it is your run of the mill audiobook but I actually found it really helped me get into the mind of the character because I often forget what is going on when I’m reading a book physically.

PETER PAN So if you know anything about me, you know that I am obsessed with everything Peter Pan. I’m not saying I want to go to Neverland, but I am absolutely nuts about the lore of it all. This version of this audiobook is the Audible exclusive and it’s narrated by the actress Lily Collins and I think she was perfect as the narrator.

THE FINAL EMPIRE This book is so good. I was slightly cautious when I was outlining this post because the author is quite a controversial topic because he is a homophobe. But, if you can ignore the author, his Mistborn trilogy is actually really good and amazingly thought out. If you don’t want to support the author, which is completely understandable, I think some of the books are on YouTube and you might be able to borrow them from a local library. Anyway, the books are really well narrated and I really enjoy how complex this world is.

TRULY DEVIOUS I listened to Truly Devious earlier this year and while I thought the actual book was meh, I really did enjoy the audiobook. I just seem to really enjoy listening to murder mysteries because it’s really cool to be in the background and just be told what is going on, if that makes sense. I would equate it to watching an episode of a cop drama, you’re just watching/ listening in the background.

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HARRY POTTER SERIES I love listening to this series because Stephen Fry is an amazing narrator! I am not a big fan of Jim Dale’s narration and have pretty much turned it off after a couple of minutes whenever I’ve attempted to give his narration a listen. Harry Potter was just meant to be narrated by Stephen Fry. If you are having trouble getting into the books physically I recommend giving the audiobooks a try!

MAGNUS CHASE TRILOGY This is a great trilogy anyway but, I really enjoyed listening to the trilogy on audio. I have read most of Rick Riordan’s books physically but recently I have been listening to them on audio. I don’t know what it is about these books, but I just really enjoy listening to them. It’s probably because all of Rick Riordan’s books have the same brand of humour and listening on audio just makes it feel like the character is actually telling the story to you out loud.

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER SERIES I usually hate female narrators but for some reason, I really like this one? I really really love listening to mysteries on audio so this series is honestly perfect for me. Unlike with Truly Devious, I do actually love this book, but my point still stands that listening to murder mysteries being solved is a really fun experience. The characters in this series are all amazing and getting to hear their banter out loud is a whole lot of fun!

STARBOUND TRILOGY I have only listened to the first to books in this trilogy on audio but I will be listening to book 3 soon. Like with Harry Potter, I suggest giving these a listen. I find that these are quite easy to have on in the background. I can just write blog posts all day and chuck one of these on in the background and still enjoy both activities. These are fun sci-fi books with a heavy focus on romance so if that sounds fun I definitely recommend the trilogy!

THE MARTIAN This book is absolutely amazing and you will experience every emotion under the sun. Because this is on audio and because of the way this book is written this literally feels like Mark is talking to you. It feels like you’re going through the experience with him and it is both terrifying and wonderful at the same time. I could not recommend this book enough, however you read it.

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ANNE OF GREEN GABLES I personally think that the audible exclusives are really cool but I’ve only listened to a few of them. And of the exclusives, this is one of my favourites. Rachel McAdams’ voice is perfect for Anne and she really captured the lightheartedness and care-free nature of Anne.

THE RAVEN BOYS I am one of those readers who constantly forgets everything about the character/s they are reading about. So, I pretty much read the first three books in this series and then I listened to book 4 on audio (I have since listened to all the books on audio) and was honestly thrown for a loop when the narrator started to doing accents. I WAS SHOCKED. So, listening to this on audio for me, was just so helpful because I feel like I actually connected with the character more than I did reading the books physically.

THE TRIALS OF APOLLO This book is so funny. The main character is the most self-centred character I have ever read from and OH MY LORD. He is hilarious and the whole book is from his pov and so listening to it on audio is the funniest thing because much like so many of the other books on this list, it is like the main character is telling you their story – much like Kvothe to the Chronicler in Name of The Wind, and it’s a really cool experience.

EVERY HEART A DOORWAY If you want a short audiobook centred around a mystical mystery this is the book for you! I really enjoy this series and definitely recommend it if you have longer trips to work or if you have a short road trip. It’s a really fun way to pretty much experience a whole story in one go.

ALEX RIDER SERIES I find that whenever I am a bit sad or whenever I just want to light a candle, and just calm down and so some colouring in I will turn one of these books on. The narration is pretty normal but just having the availability is really comforting because I can just chuck one of the books on and automatically I just become more chillaxed.

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AUDIOBOOKS I WANT TO LISTEN TO ASAP!

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DO YOU LISTEN TO AUDIOBOOKS?
HAVE YOU LISTENED TO ANY OF THESE?

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HOW TO: GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR AUDIBLE PURCHASE

Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with a new How To post. I haven’t done one in a bit and as you guys know, I really enjoy talking about audiobooks, so I thought I would combine the two (again).

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First up, make sure Audible is the right site for you. There are plenty of other sites you can use like Audiobooks.com, YouTube, Overdrive. Audible is a  monthly subscription, so make sure you want it before you sign yourself up.

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Get the narration you want. Before you purchase or use a credit to get a book, you should always listen to a sample. What’s the point of buying a book if you don’t like how it’s told?

If you find that you don’t love the narration you should always try YouTube or Overdrive.

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This is going to sound bad, and maybe it is, but if you find by the time you’re finished listening to your book, return/ refund it. Get a credit back, if you’re never going to listen to it again, then what is the point of keeping it?

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Buy the long books. Okay, so this is a bit hypocritical of me as I mostly listen to audiobooks for all my reading and will listen to anything from 5 to 40 hours. For example, the Sherlock Holmes collection goes on for hours because it is all the SH stories. The benefits to this are that you get all the content, all narrated by the same person, and you pay the same price you would pay for a 3 hour audiobook.

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Just do it guys, buy the collections. It is so worth it and you will really get your bang for your buck. These are really great for readathons and long commutes, I generally listen to mine on the way to school or work.

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There will be sales so take advantage of them. You can always get email updates for the site, or if you’re anything like me, then you’re already on the site on thee ties a month anyway. Audible often has promotions and sales and sometimes they even have free books, so you should keep your eye out.

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Now this one is pretty obvious, but actually, listen to the books. I know I have over 5 books in my account that I haven’t listened to yet. I’ve been meaning to get to this but life’s gotten in the way and they are still just sitting there…

Don’t let them sit there on your phone/ computer calling to you. As soon as you buy your audiobook, listen to it.

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Do you use Audible? Do you agree with any of my tips?

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MY AUDIBLE TBR // BOOK CHATS

Hey, guys today I’m coming at you with something a bit different. I’m really enjoying writing my book chats and I feel like I haven’t been talking about audiobooks lately, so today I thought I would give them some love. Today I want to talk about all the audiobooks I have on my Audible tbr, I mostly have these because I meant to listen to them and never got around to them (*coughs* Anne of Green Gables) or I am saving them for a readathon (*coughs* stay tuned).

*This is not sponsored by Audible, but I did leave the links to each of the book pages on Audible if you’re interested. 

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I don’t know if you guys are really into audiobooks, and I know some of you struggle with listening to them or have never tried. but I do have an audiobooks guide that I’m posting tomorrow which will hopefully help some of you.

Either way, I love audiobooks and they’re mainly how I read tomes like Game of Thrones or Mistborn. I really love listening to books on audio, but I noticed yesterday that I seem to have accumulated quite a lot of books that I have yet to listen to.

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fridgesListen to Love Anne of Green Gables Audiobook Born a Crime Audiobook Kanye West Owes Me $300 Audiobook

LISTEN TO LOVE // ANNE OF GREEN GABLES // BORN A CRIME // KANYE WEST OWES ME $300…

Listen to Love is literally an hour and a half of a bunch of lgbt people talking about marriage equality in Australia. Since the plebiscite is coming up I think I will probably try and get to this soon.

I was planning on reading Anne of Green Gables earlier this year after I binge-watched Anne with an E (which I also reviewed) but unfortunately, I never got around to it. However I’m sure I will get to it soon, I’ll probably take a day and just watch the movie and then immediately feel the need to read the book.

I also have Born A Crime on my tbr. I started watching the Daily Show this year and I really love Trevor Noah, so naturally, I really want to read his book. His life sounds really interesting, and I honestly don’t read enough memoirs so I really hope I can get t this one soon.

I honestly cannot tell you why I used up a credit to get this, nor when the hell I am going to listen to it. Kanye West Owes Me $300 & Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made It Big just sounds funny if I’m honest. I only know about this because a couple of months ago Megan Batoon was obsessed with it and it just sounded good so I thought why the hell not.

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SHADOW AND BONE // SIX OF CROWS // SWORD OF SUMMER // THE DARK PROPHECY

Shadow and Bone & Six of Crows are also on my Audible tbr. I mean if you go anywhere near the bookish community then you know that these two books are pretty darn popular, though Six of Crows is definitely more well known. I really want to get to the Six of Crows duology but in my mind, I can’t justify picking up the duology without reading the Grisha trilogy first.

I also have Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer and The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo). I have actually started The Dark Prophecy but I’m not enjoying it so far so it’s pretty much been put on hold for the moment, it’s not a DNF but I really don’t think I’m in the mood for it at the moment. But with The Sword of Summer, I have literally been meaning to pick this up for years but haven’t gotten round to it yet.

fridgesfrisges firdgDaughter of the Burning City Audiobook The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Series, Book 1 Audiobook The Martian Audiobook

DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY // THE BOURNE IDENTITY // THE MARTIAN

Now, these three have absolutely nothing to do with each other. I have heard such amazing things about Daughter of the Burning City so I am hoping to get to this next really really soon.

I also have The Martian and the first Jason Bourne novel, I really loved the film adaptation of The Martian and I have been meaning to get to the book for years, and I am really hoping to actually get to this next month. I also have Jason Bourne, I have always thought the movies sounded interesting but usually, I find spy movies pretty meh. I really enjoy the James Bond franchise but I have so many issues with it and the books are really boring, so I’m hoping this will be better.

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Do you listen to audiobooks?
Do you have an audio tbr?

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