Hello again! I am back again with part two of my To All the Audio Books I’ve Loved Before. I love reading and I love all the different ways in which you can read. One of my favourite ways to consume a book is through audio. I recently posted part one which contains a lot of my favourite audio books. You can find part one, here. Here is part two!The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
“For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.
Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone – spending her senior year at a public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of – that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.”
Now I listened to this one quite a long time ago but I still remember it a lot. I remember sobbing whilst listening to this story and then immediately going and buying more books by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This is a tough read but it is amazing.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
“Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip-hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But when her first song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Bri finds herself at the centre of controversy and portrayed by the media as more menace than MC.
And with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it – she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.”
This story is incredible. I am so glad I listened to it via audio book because I felt so much closer to the characters than I would have done if I had read the physical book. I listened to this days before going to an event with Angie Thomas and I’m so glad I did. The narrator is amazing and I’d love to listen to more books read by her.
Autoboyography by Christine Lauren
“Three years ago Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.
But when his best friend, Autumn, dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar – where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester – Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.”
What an adorable and hard-hitting book this is. I loved it so much and I am still recommending it years down the line. I love the narrators of this book too and have listened to other books read by them because of this. There is also a bonus interview with the authors of the book at the end of this audio book which was excellent!
Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
“In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark hosts of true crime comedy podcast My Favorite Murder, open up about their lives more intimately than ever in their confessionally honest and hilarious debut audiobook, titled after their podcast sign-off.
Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the podcasting world.”
It felt only fitting to listen to this as audio book after listening to the podcast for years. This audio book felt like a conversation with friends and I will definitely be re-listening to it in years to come. I actually wrote a full review of this book, which you can find here.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
“Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship – the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.”
I adore this book a lot. It really lived up to the hype that surrounded it for me. Also, it is actually narrated by Lin Manuel Miranda which made me love this book even more. He brought Aristotle and Dante’s story to life for me and I think I am due a re-read soon.
What audio books do you love and recommend? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to look check out part one of this series here!