2020 Audiobooks

The only thing to note here is that I planned to listen to all the Discworld Guards books and got stuck at the final hurdle. The audiobook of Snuff is an unfortunate dud and I had to stop listening. I may try again some day.

  1. Faking It by Jennifer Crusie read by Aasne Vigesaa
  2. New York Actually by Sarah Morgan read by Jennifer Woodward
  3. Bellwether by Connie Willis read by Kate Reading
  4. Hold Me by Courtney Milan read by Xe Sands & Sean Crisden
  5. What I Did For Love by Susan Elizabeth Phillips read by Julia Gibson
  6. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline read by Wil Wheaton
  7. Armada by Ernest Cline read by Wil Wheaton
  8. Redshirts by John Scalzi read by Wil Wheaton
  9. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley read by Katy Carmichael
  10. True Love At The Lonely Hearts Bookshop by Annie Darling, read by Laura Kirman
  11. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, read by Kristin Atherton
  12. A Beautifully Foolish Endeavour by Hank Green, read by Kristin Sieh et. al.
  13. The Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett, read Stephen Briggs
  14. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
  15. Making Money by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
  16. The Truth by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
  17. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett, read by Nigel Planer
  18. Men At Arms by Terry Pratchett, read by Nigel Planer
  19. Jingo by Terry Pratchett, read by Nigel Planer
  20. The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
  21. The Night Watch by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
  22. Thud! by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
  23. Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire, read by Amy Finegan
  24. Microserfs by Douglas Coupland, read by Graham Rowat

2019 Audiobooks

As you can see I listened to a lot of audiobooks this year. In fact this marks the first year that I have listened to more books than I physically read. This was mainly because I spent a lot of time walking in the past twelve months. It also became a good excuse to revisit some beloved works/authors (including ELEVEN books from the Toby Daye series!).
This list is actually smaller than it could have been – there are at least another five books I’m a third of the way into that I’m sure I’ll be returning to in the future.

  1. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien read by Rob Inglis
  2. The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien read by Rob Inglis
  3. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien read by Rob Inglis
  4. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett read by Martin Jarvis
  5. Mockingbird by Walter Tevis, read by Robert Fass and Nicole Poole
  6. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley, read by Katy Carmichael
  7. Strata by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
  8. Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley, read by Maggie Mash
  9. Agent To The Stars by John Scalzi, read by Wil Wheaton
  10. Eric by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
  11. The Diamond Throne by David Eddings, read by Greg Abby
  12. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, read by Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse
  13. Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
  14. Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett, read by Nigel Planer
  15. The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi, read by Wil Wheaton
  16. The Day of the Doctor by Steven Moffat, read by Nicholas Briggs
  17. The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
  18. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire, read by Mary Robinette Kowal
  19. A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire, read by Mary Robinette Kowal
  20. An Artificial Light by Seanan McGuire, read by Mary Robinette Kowal
  21. We Are Legion by Dennis E Taylor read by Ray Porter
  22. For We Are Many by Dennis E Taylor read by Ray Porter
  23. All These Worlds by Dennis E Taylor read by Ray Porter
  24. Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire, read by Mary Robinette Kowal
  25. One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire, read by Mary Robinette Kowal
  26. Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire, read by Mary Robinette Kowal
  27. Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire, read by Mary Robinette Kowal
  28. The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire, read by Mary Robinette Kowal
  29. Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie, read by Deanna Hurst
  30. Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie, read by Sandra Burr
  31. Once Broken Faith by Seanan McGuire, read by Mary Robinette Kowal
  32. The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire, read by Mary Robinette Kowal
  33. Night And Silence by Seanan McGuire, read by Mary Robinette Kowal
  34. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan read by Michael Kramer & Kate Reading
  35. Welcome To Temptation by Jennifer Crusie read by Aasne Vigesaa
  36. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne read by Katie Schorr

2018 Audiobooks

  1. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick read by Anna Kendrick
  2. Armada by Ernest Cline read by Wil Wheaton
  3. A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away by Christopher Brookmyre read by Angus King?
  4. A History of Heavy Metal by Andrew O’Neill read by Andrew O’Neill
  5. It by Stephen King read by Steven Weber
  6. Bedlam by Christopher Brookmyre read by Angus King
  7. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde read by Gabrielle Kruger
  8. The Truth by Terry Pratchett read by Stephen Briggs
  9. Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett read by Nigel Planer
  10. Neuromancer by William Gibson read by Jeff Harding
  11. The Day of the Doctor by Steven Moffat, read by Nicholas Briggs
  12. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor read by Zara Ramm
  13. All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye by Christopher Brookmyre read by Sarah Barron
  14. Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett read by Stephen Briggs
  15. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson read by Jonathan Davis
  16. Redshirts by John Scalzi read by Wil Wheaton
  17. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett read by Nigel Planer

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

Hank Green

The first novel from the younger Vlogbrother is a fast-paced & whip smart Science Fiction thriller and also a deeply considered meditation on the nature of fame – especially fame gained through a carefully constructed persona on the Internet.
Recently graduated from college struggling graphic designer April May stumbles across what she initially assumes is a temporary art project in the streets of Manhattan. On a whim April and her friend Andy put up a Youtube video about the giant robot statue and she accidentally finds herself famous & at the centre of a huge worldwide story.
The central characters are well drawn and the feel of April’s world feels completely natural even when weird things happen.
It’s great fun to read and also seriously thought provoking. I’m just blown away by how good it is for a debut novel.
This is another book that I part read and part listened to. The narrator of the audiobook does great work and if you’re an audiobook person it’s definitely work checking out.

Rating: A

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The Day of the Doctor

Steven Moffat

A Target novelization of an old Doctor Who episode shouldn’t be as much fun as this.
Moffat adds and modifies the original script to give the story more depth, more humour and more clever clever twistiness.
I really really enjoyed this.
I split reading this between the ebook and the audiobook (that Amazon synergy at work) and I normally leave my audiobook reviews to the end of the year but I just enjoyed this one too much!
Nicholas Briggs is excellent as the narrator and voices the various Doctors with much relish. Even the little bits of audio atmospherics actually add to the story for a change. Briggs does have one weakness – he seriously cannot do Clara’s accent.
Anyway very highly recommended if you like Moffat era Doctor Who.

Rating: A-

2017 Audiobooks

  1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline read by Wil Wheaton
  2. The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams read by Douglas Adams
  3. Pattern Recognition by William Gibson read by Shelly Frasier
  4. Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire read by Cynthia Hopkins
  5. Espedair Street by Iain Banks read by Peter Kenny
  6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins read by Carolyn McCormick
  7. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins read by Carolyn McCormick

2016 Audiobooks

  1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline read by Wil Wheaton
  2. Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk read by Paul Garcia
  3. The Rook by Daniel O’Malley read by Katy Carmichael
  4. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling read by Stephen Fry
  5. Bellwether by Connie Willis read by Kate Reading
  6. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling read by Stephen Fry
  7. Going Postal by Terry Pratchett read by Stephen Briggs
  8. Making Money by Terry Pratchett read by Stephen Briggs
  9. The Truth by Terry Pratchett read by Stephen Briggs
  10. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett read by Stephen Briggs
  11. Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett read by Stephen Briggs
  12. The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett read by Stephen Briggs
  13. Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett read by Nigel Planer
  14. Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett read by Stephen Briggs
  15. Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett read by Stephen Briggs

2015 Audiobooks

This year I discovered downloadable library audiobooks and I also had an Audible membership that helped to expand my audiobook listening.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller narrated by Trevor White Rated A
An award winning satire of World War II this classic picaresque novel is superbly read by Trevor White. I’ve read this book twice previously and I got very different things from it each time. This time I really started to feel overwhelmed by the horror it all. The war, the insane bureaucracy, the corruption, and the abuse of civilians are all portrayed with vicious black humour but that doesn’t rob it of any of it’s power.

Dead Girl Walking by Chris Brookmyre narrated by Angus King and Kate Bracken rated A
Solid Jack Parlabane novel with the narration lifting it to greater levels. Bracken in particular is just brilliant narrating the diary entries of a naive Shetland violist thrust into the spotlight when she becomes a member of an upcoming band on their European tour.

Agent To The Stars by John Scalzi narrated by Wil Wheaton.
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Redshirts by John Scalzi narrated by Wil Wheaton
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The following titles were borrowed from the library. I’ve got some more promising titles to try out in 2016 than these less than impressive efforts.

The CEO’s Accidental Bride by Barbara Dunlop narrated by Laurence Bouvard rated C-
While the narration is decent (and the lead male sounds uncannily like Ashley Clement’s Darcy voice from The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet) the book is just awful.

Billionaire’s Contract Engagement by Maya Banks narrated by Harry Berkeley rated C-
I love “Fake Married” stories (this being a fake fiancee tale) but this is just painful.

Bride, Bought And Paid For by Helen Bianchin narrated by Susan Lyons rated D
Author can’t write for toffee. Also the happy ending makes no sense given the messed up forced marriage

The Tycoon Takes A Wife by Catherine Mann narrated by Harry Berkeley rated C-
It’s a terribly weak story with utterly forgettable narration doing nothing to help matters.

Bossman’s Baby Scandal by Catherine Mann narrated by Harry Berkeley rated C-
Again it’s a terribly weak story with utterly forgettable narration doing nothing to help matters.

2014 Alternates

Audiobooks listened to in 2014

The Secret Diary Of Lizzie Bennet by Kate Rorick and Bernie Su read by Ashley Clements
Ashley does a wonderful job of representing the various characters from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, usually taking the costume theatre versions from the show and toning them down a little to make them seem like authentic recreations.
Read my review for my reservations over the book in general, but I will say that her performance here does elevate the material a good deal.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline read by Wil Wheaton
It’s really striking from the audio version of this book how large a percentage of this book is infodump and nostalgic remembrance of 80’s US pop culture and how little is actually stuff happening!

2013alternates

This is an addendum to the books read in 2013 list as I don’t feel that books in these formats strictly belong on that list.

Graphic Novels
Planet Hulk Omnibus by Greg Pak, Carlo Pagulayan, Aaron Lopresti and Michael Avon Oeming
Phonogram Vol 2. by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie (the floppies with extra material via Comixology)
Freak angels volume by 1 Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield
Freak angels volume by 2 Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield
Freak angels volume by 3 Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield
Freak angels volume by Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield
Freak angels volume by 5 Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield
(also vol 6, but online) www.freakangels.com

Audiobooks
Bellwether by Connie Willis, read by Kate Reading
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, read by Stephen Fry