It feels like it’s been 84 years since I’ve written anything on this blog and it may actually have been… Earlier this year I took a long break from bookstagram to focus on bettering myself as a person and professional, but I’m back writing about what I love and am itching to tell you guys all about what I’ve been up to!
Before I even get into that though, I want to tell you about the top audiobooks I’ve listened to this year because I have been listening to quite a few on my commutes to and from the office.
So let’s get into my top four audiobooks of 2019, so far…
4. West Cork
So, technically West Cork is not an audiobook, but an Audible Original. It is formatted like a serial podcast with themes/focuses for each chapter or episode. That being said, it is absolutely riveting.
West Cork is a true crime audio series detailing the events and investigation of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier. Sophie was a french woman vacationing in West Cork Ireland when she was found murdered outside of her vacation home days before Christmas in 1996.
Investigative journalist, Sam Bungey, and documentarian, Jennifer Forde, take listeners through the details of the unsolved murder and it’s haphazard investigation. They provide evidence from the original investigation and present-day interviews from major players, including the prime suspect.
I was completely entrenched in this audiobook. As a true crime fan, West Cork had everything needed to be interesting without being too gruesome or upsetting. It also had perspectives from everyone involved in the investigation of Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s murder so there was nothing one-sided about the story. West Cork is an average length audiobook at 7 hours and 50 minutes so it’s perfect to listen to a chapter or two on any commute!
I’ve never been one for classics. I’ve always found my attention wandering whenever I’d try to read them for school and there are so many other modern books to read that I felt like I never had time to explore the classics! Well, lo and behold, the full cast edition of Emma was the perfect introduction. It featured Emma Thompson as the main narrator with other audiobook narrators to read and act out all of the dialogue between characters. It honestly felt a bit like listening to a movie without having to worry about missing anything on screen.
Emma tells the story of a young woman named Emma Woodhouse and the trouble she gets into when trying to play matchmaker for the many people in her life. The narration sucked me into this audiobook, but the story made me stay. I had so many moments where I was kicking myself for not getting into a classic sooner because I had so much fun. I even purchased the Audible Original Drama of Northanger Abbey because I have come to love the full cast audiobook world of Jane Austen thanks to Emma. This audiobook comes in at the standard length of 8 hours and 21 minutes.
2. Evil Has a Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
Is anyone shocked to see another true crime audiobook on this list? No? Just me?
Evil Has a Name is the perfect follow-up to I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. It dives into more detail about the investigation of the Golden State Killer and the prime suspect, Joseph DeAngelo. It’s narrated by the primary investigators on the Golden State Killer Case, Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, and Peter McDonnell.
This audiobook was such an interesting behind-the-scenes look into a case that gave me nightmares last year. It was amazing to hear the science behind how Joseph DeAngelo was caught and how the case was reopened by complete accident thanks to Paul Holes. I had intense emotions while listening to this book. Anger. Heartbreak. Vindication. And everything in between (especially when Paul Holes talks about Michelle McNamara).
I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who has read I’ll Be Gone in the Dark or anyone who has the slightest interest in true crime. It is absolutely worth listening to and it’s on the shorter side at 6 hours and 13 minutes.
Finally, the best audiobook I’ve listened to so far this year (and probably the best all year), is Becoming by Michelle Obama. I have very few words to describe how incredible of an experience it was to listen to Michelle read her life story, but it was incredible.
I have the greatest admiration for the former first lady and hearing her journey to that position was an experience I will always love. Hearing her voice from my car speakers on my morning commutes or when stuck in traffic was something I looked forward to every day.
I had so many great takeaways and life lessons from this memoir. Michelle Obama eloquently describes her struggles, triumphs, “swerves” in a way that I could only imagine being able to do.
If you’re in need a good memoir that makes even the most elegant human (yes, Michelle Obama is the picture of elegance in my eyes) seem truly human, then you need to listen to Becoming. A fair warning though… this audiobook is long. It clocks in at 19 hours and 3 minutes, but every minute is so worth it.
So, that’s all I’ve got for audiobooks I’ve listened to this year! I want to hear about your favorite audiobooks now so hop into the comments and let me know!