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2013 – Audiobooks in Review

Monday, January 6, 2014

I know it’s the first Monday of the month, and you probably came here expecting the regular “What Are You Reading” post. But, since it’s the first Monday of the year, we’re going to use today as our retrospective to discuss what we read in the twelve months that comprised 2013. If you commented on the First Monday posts last year, just click here to go back and look at what you posted.

I’m going to break mine down into categories instead of doing it chronologically (for that, you can visit me on Goodreads and look at my Books Read in 2013 list). And since my list is pretty long, I’m going to break it into two posts, today and tomorrow.

If it weren’t for audiobooks, there would have been a few months of 2013 in which I didn’t do any reading. Here are the audiobooks I listened to in 2013, ranked by my rating. Each title is linked to my Goodreads review page. Those marked with an asterisk were re-reads.


  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens; read by Jim Dale. Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars
  2. The Boleyn Inheritance* by Philippa Gregory; read by Davina Porter, Bianca Amato, and Charlotte Parry. Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars
  3. The Tudor Secret* by C.W. Gortner; read by Steve West. Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars
  4. Under The Dome by Stephen King; read by Raul Esparza. Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars
  5. Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale; read by Nicholas Boulton. Overall Rating: 4.25 Stars
  6. Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir; read by Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato, Jenny Sterlin, Jill Tanner, Gerard Doyle, & Robert Ian Mackenzie. Overall Rating: 4.25 Stars
  7. Sycamore Row by John Grisham; read by Michael Beck. Overall Rating: 4.25 Stars
  8. DR-The Dead Travel Fast

  9. The Dead Travel Fast* by Deanna Raybourn; read by Charlotte Parry. Overall Rating: 4.25 Stars
  10. The Tudor Conspiracy by C.W. Gortner; read by Steve West. Overall Rating: 4.25 Stars
  11. Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane, #3) by Elizabeth Hoyt; read by Ashford McNabb. Overall Rating: 4.125 Stars
  12. Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane, #4) by Elizabeth Hoyt; read by Ashford McNabb. Overall Rating: 4.125 Stars
  13. Seduction & Scandal* (The Brethren Guardians, #1) by Charlotte Featherstone; read by Helen Stern. Overall Rating: 4 Stars
  14. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, #7) by Arthur Conan Doyle; read by Alan Cumming. Overall Rating: 4 Stars
  15. The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir; read by Simon Prebble. Overall Rating: 4 Stars
  16. EH-Duke of Midnight

  17. Duke of Midnight (Maiden Lane series, Book 6) by Elizabeth Hoyt; read by Claudia Harris. Overall Rating: 3.75 Stars
  18. Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1) by Rhys Bowen; read by Katherine Kellgren. Overall Rating: 3.75 Stars
  19. The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory; read by Bianca Amato. Overall Rating: 3.75 Stars
  20. I Thee Wed by Amanda Quick; read by Barbara Rosenblat. Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars
  21. Lord of Darkness (Maiden Lane, #5) by Elizabeth Hoyt; read by Emma Taylor. Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars
  22. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain; read by Kathe Mazur. Overall Rating: 3.5 Stars
  23. The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir; read by Davina Porter. Overall Rating: 3.25 Stars
  24. The White Queen (The Cousins’ War, #1) by Philippa Gregory; read by Susan Lyons. Overall Rating: 2 Stars
  25. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon; read by Davina Porter. Overall Rating: 1 Star

This very robust list of audiobooks taught me a few things this year, the most important being that a narrator can make or break a book (see the reviews for Lord of Darkness and I Thee Wed) and even a great narrator can’t save a book I just don’t like (see the reviews for the last three on the list—despite good narrators, one of which did two of these three books—I couldn’t finish them).

Did you listen to audiobooks in 2013? What were your favorites? Who are your favorite/least favorite narrators?

  1. Dora permalink
    Monday, January 6, 2014 9:45 am

    Like you, if it weren’t for audio books, I would never get through the amount of books I do read. I listen to about a book a week.

    My favorite narrators are Jim Dale and Christina Moore. I generally finish a book, once I start it, however, Jane Leclerc (read Emma) could have made me stop listening. You could hear the pages turn and there were a lot of repeated words. Worst audio book I have ever listened to. Not only was the narrator horrible, but the book was not that great either. Emma is probably my least favorite Austen book.

    My favorite books in 2013 were probably Mercy Falls Series, by Colleen Coble, A Christmas Carol–yearly trek, Jim Dale reads it the best, Julie Klassen and Karen Whitemeyer listened to each of their books have wonderful narrators and are engaging reads.


    • Monday, January 6, 2014 10:14 am

      I have a couple of each of Julie’s and Karen’s books on my Audible wishlist. Hopefully I’ll be able to get to those this year!


      • Dora permalink
        Monday, January 6, 2014 1:04 pm

        They both have great narrators and great story lines. I really enjoy their writing.


  2. Ruth permalink
    Tuesday, January 7, 2014 9:05 am

    I wish when I listened to audiobooks that I could “process” the story as I do when reading…but that doesn’t seem to happen for me (at least not yet). I have several narrators I adore listening to but unless I’m listening while driving I usually end up falling asleep! 🙂


    • Tuesday, January 7, 2014 9:11 am

      How are you liking Harry Potter on audio?


      • Ruth permalink
        Tuesday, January 7, 2014 11:27 am

        Loving it, thank you!! I’m on the 2nd disc when last I checked.


        • Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:01 pm

          You will never be able to listen to anything Jim Dale narrates in the same way again! 😉


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