my ears have been mostly happy lately | audiobook reviews

Time for a new blog feature! Woot.

I’ve listened to a handful of audiobooks over the last few months, and I thought I’d do a roundup of little reviews! Most of these have already been mentioned in my monthly wrap-ups, BUT today I’ll be including an addition to the review: comments on the audiobook recording itself. Sometimes you never know if you should read a book or if listening to the audiobook would be a better experience. I’ll give you all you need to know for 5 audiobooks I’ve listened to in the mini reviews below.


illuminae (the illuminae files #1) by jay kristoff and amy kaufman

Book Rating: ★★★★☆

Audiobook Rating: ★★★★☆

Do I recommend listening? Yes and no…

23836855Comments: This series is sooo excellent, not only because the story is great, but also because the format the story is told in is so awesome and also, the audiobook features a great cast. THEREFORE, I suggest to everyone that they read the print book as well as listen to the audiobook. You really do lose something when you do only one or the other. The story comes alive when you hear the cast of characters reading the interviews and journal entries, but the book itself is also a work of art, with very intentional choices about how to present the different bits of the story. You’ll know what I mean if you pick up this book. So please, do both!


my lady jane by cynthia hand, brodi ashton, and jodi meadows

Book Rating: ★★★★★

Audiobook Rating: ★★★★☆

Do I recommend listening? Maybe


Comments: I adored this book, and the narrator of the audiobook did an excellent job! There are 3 POVs in this book–Jane, Edward, and Gifford. The narrator did an amazing job not only providing different, very distinct voices for these three, but also for the rest of the cast! I never got confused between characters; however, I did confused at times with the story details. It was a classic case of Brianne-doesn’t-always-pay-close-enough-attention-when-listening-and-doing-other-things. I think I would have done better reading the print version of this book, but I stand by my opinion that the audiobook was excellent.


yes, please by amy poehler

Book Rating: ★★★☆☆

Audiobook Rating: ★★★★☆

Do I recommend listening? Yes!

20827363Comments: Although certain parts of this book were boring to me, the majority was heartfelt, funny, and filled with memories. Hearing the book read by Amy Poehler just made it all the more genuine. Part of the fun with books like these from celebrities is just hearing them talk, and Poehler did a great job with it.





waking gods (themis files #2) by sylvain neuvel

Book Rating: ★★★☆☆

Audiobook Rating: ★★★★☆

Do I recommend listening?  Yes!

34819563Comments: Similar to the Illuminae Files mentioned above, this series is told through interviews, journal entries, and such. Unlike Illuminae, however, this series has many less details and names to keep track of. As such, I find this series easy to follow when only listening, and actually much more engaging as an audiobook, especially because it has a full cast of narrators.




modern romance by aziz ansari

Book Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Audiobook Rating: ★★★☆☆

Do I recommend listening? Yes!

25147880Comments: I’ll say more about this read in my monthly wrap-up in a few weeks, but as you can see, I didn’t totally love it. However, listening to the book was probably my favorite part. I like Aziz Ansari, so hearing his voice and the asides he added for the audiobook was fun, just like with Amy Poehler’s book above. Listening to his performance of the book is what made me keep listening.




Have you listened to any excellent (or not-so-excellent) audiobooks lately? Share down below!

Until next time,

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4 thoughts on “my ears have been mostly happy lately | audiobook reviews

  1. THE PARKS AND RECREATION CHAPTER OF YES, PLEASE IS THE BEST!! I loved that chapter so much, but I found the book to be a tad boring as well and I feel like it had no structure. But hey, Amy Poehler and Parks and Recreation made it worth it.

    My favorite part of Modern Romance was also Aziz Ansari’s narration.

    This is such a cool post!


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