4 YA books that are even better as audiobooks


Listening to books instead of reading them is not as horrible as you think it is. With everything that’s going on globally, audiobooks are an amazing option while staying at home! I can totally recommend the following 4 books that are even better as audiobooks and that are worth it 🙂

1.“The Night Circus” by: Erin Morgenstern

Quick Summary:

Le Cirque des Rêves is a circus that arrives at the city without any announcement or advertisement saying who they are. Meanwhile in the circus there is a dangerous competition that will be held between Celia and Marco that will define the fate of everyone involved in the circus. These two magicians have trained all their lives for this moment but what nobody realizes is that the two will fall in love.

Why the audiobook version is better:

In this case, listening to the plot is more entertaining than reading it because of the tone, the voice, and the reading style. BUT, if this is your first time listening to an audiobook, you should choose another option from the list to see if you like this style of “reading”.

2. “Illuminae” by: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Quick summary:

Kady and Ezra’s planet is being invaded and they all have to evacuate to a ship that is controlled by artificial intelligence. Because of this, nobody knows anything; what is really happening or what things they are being told are true and which ones are lies. Between the two of them, they have to find a way (that is, hack and look for evidence) to find out what nobody is telling them. 

Why the audiobook version is better:

More than 20 voice actors are doing the narration so the points of view and personalities of each character are very well defined. If you are just starting out with audiobooks, this is the best recommendation I have for you.

3. “The Martian” by: Andy Weir

Quick summary:

Mark Watney is the first person in the world to set foot on Mars (yes, the planet). BUT, he also believes that he will be the first person to die on Mars (since his team left him after thinking that he didn’t survive a sandstorm). Aside from not knowing how to communicate with his team, there are almost no resources to survive for long.

If you are a film enthusiast like me, you know that this book became a movie and was nominated for many Oscars in 2015. Being totally honest with you, I had no idea it was based on this book until I saw it in a bookstore ?

Why the audiobook version is better:

I love the main character’s sense of humor that is showed in the audiobook version vs. the in the ‘physical’ version and even much more than in the film. Even in the parts that technical (when there is a lot of talking about numbers and data), the narration doesn’t make you want to tear your eyes off when listening to these parts. 

4. “The Book Thief” by: Markus Zusak

If you have already tried to read this book but couldn’t finish it and ended up in your DNF shelf, this is exactly the same reason why you have to start or continue the story with an audiobook.

Quick summary:

It is set during the Second World War and the holocaust; while Hitler held the national power. Liesel’s life changes when she finds a book next to her brother’s grave and learns how to read. This then leads her to steal books from everywhere including from those places where the Nazis burned them. Ah! and her adoptive family is hiding a Jewish person in her home. 

Why the audiobook version is better:

This book is written from the point of view of ‘death’ (yes, literally). So … a British guy is the narrator of this audiobook and makes the story flow and it’s much easier to follow along with what’s going on. Yes, it sounds weird, but the role suits him.   

The good thing about audiobooks is that you don’t have to leave your home to buy one aor you don’t need to order any online and wait for their arrival. AND, you can listen to any book on your phone. Alsoooo, you can modify the speed of the narration (making it slower or faster) and you can return 15 to 30 seconds if you get lost.

One thing you have to keep in mind and know if you want to choose another book that is not on the list and start using audiobooks is that the narration of the book (meaning the voice actor/actress)can either RUIN the story or IMPROVE it completely.


Your Thoughts

Have you listened to any of these audiobooks?

Is there any other book that is not on the list that you prefer as an audiobook instead of a physical book?

  1. Marley @ dragononabook

    I’d also recommend Technically, You Started It, which is told through texts between two characters so the audiobook works really well!

    • val castro

      I had never heard of it but now I’m totally adding it to my TBR! thank youuuu


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