Top Tuesday: Audiobooks of 2017

Hello my loves! On today’s Top Tuesday post I will be sharing with you my favourite audiobooks of 2017. Audiobooks have become a big part of my reading life as I spend so much driving for it. I love the fact that I can get on with my day but have someone read to me at the same time! It’s just so perfect!

# The Harry Potter books by J.K Rowling, narrated by Stephen Fry
I couldn’t talk about audiobooks without mentioning the Harry Potter books. They were the reason that I started by Audible subscription in the first place. You all know by know how much I love these books and having Stephen Fry read them to me while I drive is just perfect. I won’t bore you all with a synopsis here. You know what the books are about. All 5/5 stars.

# Into The Water by Paula Hawkins, narrated by Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, Rachel Bavidge and Laura Aikman
I read The Girl on The Train when it first came out a couple of years ago and when Into the Water was released I decided to give it a go, as while I didn’t love the Girl on the Train, I did enjoy it.
In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool . . .
4/5 stars. 

# Uncommon Type: Some Short Stories by Tom Hanks, narrated by Tom Hanks
Definitely something different for me. I don’t usually go for book written by people famous for other things (actors, singers etc) but I am such a HUGE fan of Tom Hanks I just needed this one in my life! Another perk of this book is that it is actually narrated by Tom Hanks, who’s voice I love. While I did like this audiobook, and it is very well written, it didn’t exactly blow me away. The reason that it has made it on this list is that a typewriter features in every story (I’ve always wanted one) and Tom Hanks is just wonderful… Hahaha!
A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country’s civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game–and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN’s newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!
3/5 stars.

# Mythos by Stephen Fry, narrated by Stephen Fry
This was one of the last books that I listened to in 2017 and it was a very pleasant surprise. I can’t deny that I bought this purely because its Stephen Fry and I love it when he narrates Audiobooks. However, when I started listening to it I really started to enjoy it. The stories were some that I was vaguely familiar with but not a great deal about.
The Greek myths are the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. In Stephen Fry’s hands the stories of the titans and gods become a brilliantly entertaining account of ribaldry and revelry, warfare and worship, debauchery, love affairs and life lessons, slayings and suicides, triumphs and tragedies. You’ll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia’s revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.
3/5 stars.

# The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
I decided to pick the one after hearing so many people raving about it. I listened to this while on holiday and so the fact that Monty and Percy embark on their Grand Tour seemed very fitting. The story was laugh out loud funny and I cannot wait to see what Mackenzi Lee comes out with next.
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy. Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
4/5 stars.

# Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
This was one of my picks for Black History Month in October 2017. I realised that while I thought I had a fair understanding, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I seriously underestimated the role the UK played in Slavery. This book was so great and really informative. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that is looking for a better understanding of black British history.
In Black and British, award-winning historian and broadcaster David Olusoga offers readers a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination and Shakespeare’s Othello. It reveals that behind the South Sea Bubble was Britain’s global slave-trading empire and that much of the great industrial boom of the nineteenth century was built on American slavery. It shows that Black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of the First World War. Black British history can be read in stately homes, street names, statues and memorials across Britain and is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation. Unflinching, confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals, Olusoga describes how black and white Britons have been intimately entwined for centuries.
4/5 stars.

 

Do you listen to audiobooks? Let me know what your favourites are in the comments!

Peace and pages
Amy
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