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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Best Audiobooks of 2014


Drea and I are recent audiobook junkies and are excited to share our favorites with you that we listened to in 2014.

Drea's Favorites

5) The Duchess War - Courtney Milan

I'd signed up for the historical romance challenge over on Herding Cats & Burning Soup. About halfway through the year I freaked out because I hadn't finished many historical romances. So I upgraded this freebie to an audiobook using the Audible Kindle match (or whatever it's called). For a whole $1.99 I got to have a lovely Englishwoman read me this entire book, and I loved it! I'm now officially a fan of both historical romance audiobooks and Courtney Milan.

The Duchess War features a seriously intelligent heroine and a swoon worthy, super sweet Duke. If you're a fan of any of that keep an eye out for this deal, because the ebook is often free.

4) Splintered & Unhinged - A.G. Howard


Melissa is the Alice in Wonderland fan, but I'm a ridiculous cover whore. And these covers are beautiful!

The premise of a darker, gothic Alice in Wonderland with an older heroine (she's a senior in high school) appealed to me. And I dig love triangles, and this one has a doozie of a triangle. The narrator took a bit of getting used to, but now I love her, and looked for others she's done.

I'm currently listening to the last in the series, Ensnared, and can't wait to see how it ends!

3) Reckless - Skye Jordan

This is another freebie I upgraded to audio for a mere $1.99. And wow! What a deal! This is definitely an erotic romance, and it's steamy! Don't listen to this one with the kids around, but do listen! This features a dressmaker and a former Hollywood star turned stuntman, plus some sex in the dark. Hot.


2) Cinder & Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles 1&2) - Marissa Meyer


Fairytale retellings were big in the last few years, and these were on my TBR for a while. Mostly because of the covers. I managed get Cinder on sale and was able to upgrade it to audio for cheap. Of course, as you're probably gathering from most of my blurbs above, I was hooked on the series pretty quickly. I scored the second book from the library (if you're not using Overdrive, you need to!). 

These two are futuristic retellings of Cinderella and Red Riding Hood that are so super cool. I'm not into futuristic things, but there's just enough romance in these to keep my attention...and bring me back for more.  I'll, of course, already grabbed the third one (a Rapunzel retelling I think?). It's next up after I finish Ensnared.


1) Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy - Laini Taylor

From Wikipedia:
The trilogy follows Karou, a seventeen-year-old Prague art student who was raised by creatures called chimaera that she has to go on tasks for: namely, collecting teeth for her foster father Brimstone. Karou has no idea what the teeth are used for. Furthermore, a man with fiery eyes and wings who has spent his time scorching handprints on doors across the world is about to kill Karou until she turns around and he sees something in her that causes him to falter.

This series was like nothing else I've read/listened to and that's why it ended up grabbing my #1 spot. After the seriously slow start of book 1, I was totally hooked on this clever take on angels and demons. If you're looking for something different to get into, grab this series. The writing is amazing, the characters are great, the narrator is talented, and the subject matter is completely fresh. But be prepared to listen for a long time, because these aren't quick books.



Melissa's Favorites

I listened to 3 series and loved each and every one of them, I'm going to have to recommend the first book of each since it started out great and made me continue with the series.

3) Guild Hunter Series - Nalini Singh


Elena the vampire hunter! This series is pretty good, one of the best angel series I've read to date. Elena tracks down vampires for the angels, and takes on some big bad guys. There are several lust worthy male characters too, my main one is Raphael (he's an archangel).

2) Kate Daniels Series - Ilona Andrews


Kate Daniels is a mercenary that isn't afraid to rush head first into danger with her sword. She's always getting into sticky situations where her life will be on the line. And Curran the sexy alpha shifter, ahhh I need to read the next book now to get my fix.

1) Elemental Assassin Series - Jennifer Estep



Gin Blanco is one of my favorite characters in Urban Fantasy. She kicks some serious ass. She's an assassin, each book tells about her current mission and the big bad villain she is facing. I haven't gotten bored yet and I listened to 12 of the books in this series in 2014 alone!


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41 comments:

  1. What a great question! My first audiobook was New Spring, prequel to Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. I still haven't read that series, heard great things about it though!

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  2. I can't remember what my first audiobook is. I've been listening for so many years. Probably one of the Anita Blake books. My favorite and go to when I'm in a rut, is Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong. I think that the narrator nails young Clayton.

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    1. oooh Young Clayton *melts* I should check the audiobooks out for those, been awhile since I've read them.

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  3. My first audiobook was Kiss of the Vampire by Terry Spear! I loved it and was hooked. (AND I'm glad to relate that Terry has now written a sequel to it! WooHoo!) I then started her World of Fae series - which I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. Her fae are so much fun, her narrator is awesome and the books are good for all ages. This year I've also thoroughly enjoyed Debra Holland's The Gods' Trilogy, an epic fantasy and Katie Reus' Red Stone Security series (fantastic romantic mysteries) AND I listened to Talon by Julie Kagawa (DRAGONS! 'Nuff said.) Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Oooh a bunch of authors I need to try! Thanks for the recs :) And YAYYYY dragons <333

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  4. I cannot remember exactly what my first audiobook was, but it must have been great to get me started on this addiction. One of my favorites at the top of my list is the Charley Davidson series. Most of the ones on your list, Melissa, are on my TBL. Good to hear they are good listens!

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    1. I just started that series via audio, loving it!

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  5. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the Courtney Milan series on audio. ALL THE FEELS!

    Confession: I have been listening to audiobooks way back to the cassette tape days. I have no idea what my first one was LOL

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    1. Dang!! I didn't ever try them until last year. So glad I did though, I'm hooked.

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    2. I know I cried at least twice while listening to that Milan book *dreamy sigh*

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  6. My first audiobook was Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

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  7. My first audiobook,was Lover Unleashed by JR Ward.

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  8. I've never actually listen to an audiobook before!

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  9. My favorite audiobooks from 2014 were Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy. I listened to the series back-to-back last summer.

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  10. I listened to a couple of audio books when I was about 13, but I can't really remember what they were. When I started listening again a year or two ago the first one (and the one that got me hooked on them) was Love Bites by Lynsay Sands. It remains a favourite.
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  11. My first audiobook was Looking For Alaska by John Green and it remains one of my favourites to this day! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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  12. My very first audiobook happened when I was a child. The library had children's books, and a 45 record or tape cassette to listen to. One side was just the story, the other side had a chime when to turn the page. But most recently, grown up wise - my re-entry into audiobooks came with Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan series from the library.

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  13. My first audiobook was Drood which was about Charles Dickenson's last, uncompleted work. It was interesting, but really long for a first audiobook. I then moved on to the nonfiction book Bonk by Mary Roach. Hilarious and educational!

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    1. Someone after my heart I see! I read Stiff by Mary Roach and found it really interesting. I have Bonk on my TBR :)

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  14. Daughter of Smoke and Bone yessssssssssss! I loved the narration of that trilogy SO MUCH! I grabbed the first one randomly at the library when looking for a YA audiobook and had no idea what I was getting into and I am so glad I did!

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  15. My first audiobook was Virgin River by Robyn Carr. I loved it so much!!

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  16. Awesome list, ladies! I'm adding them all to my TBR!

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  17. I don't remember my first. I'd say my favorites (partly for the story content and partly for the narrator) is a tie between The Iron Druid books by Kevin Hearn (I love the dog's (yes, dog) voice and The others series by Anne Bishop. I can't pick a single books from the series, they're all good.

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  18. Great choices Lily!
    My first audiobook (that I finished) was Twilight. I had tried a couple before but I just couldn't get into them. I wasn't a romance reader before Twilight, so that book changed a lot things for me.
    Thank you participating and the awesome giveaway :)

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  19. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is my favorite audiobook!

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  20. I cannot remember my first audiobook it is so long ago, I joined Audible way back in the '90"s. Many great books but I think the Outlander series I will name as the narrator is so amazing with all the voices.

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  21. I haven't had the chance to listen to any audiobooks yet.

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  22. The first audiobook that I ever listened to was from the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Lorelei King narrated the later books and the series, and she's still my favorite narrator to this day!

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  23. Oh I almost bought Reckless the other day. I've been listening to the Dare Island series of Virginia Kantras. It's narrated by Sophie Eastlake. I've really been enjoying them :)

    Thanks ladies!

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  24. One of my first audio books was from a few years ago and it was one of the Alex Cross books by James Patterson..it was really cool. Bullets flying, glass breaking..most exciting audiobook I had ever read..lol. Though I did enjoy it I didn't really start getting into more audios until last year. Branded by Laura Wright was a favorite last year.

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  25. The favorite one I listened to was The Night Circus. The narrator was so engaging and the plot worked really well in audio form.

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  26. The reason that I am entering this contest is because I have yet to listen to an AB, and in the last year my desire to do so has grown. I am so worried about choosing the wrong one, and it messing AB's up for me so I never try again, that I haven't tried yet. But I think with all of these awesome recommendations, I will finally choose the right one! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. Love the Charley Davidson and Kate Daniels series on audio. Just listened to Ensnared by AG Howard and I loved it on audio!

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  28. I think my first was an Agatha Christie years ago, but my favorite this past year was Davina Porter narrating Outlander.

    I really want to listen to Kate Daniels series and Charley Davidson series.

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  29. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire was my first audio book, and I loved it! I've only been listening for a couple months, and found it is addictive! Thanks for the chance!

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  30. I loved listening to The Night Circus, Night of Cake and Puppet and Lolita. There were others. SO many others in 2014.

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  31. I've yet to listen to an audiobook, so I can't answer those! But I'm getting SO many great recommendations from this hop!

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  32. My first (and so far only) audiobook was Emma by Jane Austen. I'm hoping to try more.

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  33. I can't remember my first but it was on cassette tape. :) As for favorite, so far the Charley Davidson series is my favorite.

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  34. It was Jane Austen - either Pride and Prejudice or Persuasion. I've loved so many audiobooks - I listen while I work - but currently at the top is the Night Huntress series. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Ann S

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