June Is Audiobook Month Blog Tour and Giveaway

It’s June! My favorite month because of the long days, the glorious weather, and the promise of summer ahead. It’s also Audiobook Month, the annual celebration of all things related to audiobooks.

I’ve been very vocal here on EDIWTB about my love of audiobooks. I got hooked when I started listening about 8 years ago. I always have an audiobook going in the car, and listening has not only allowed me to add many more books to my list each year, but it has given me a whole new appreciation for the genre. I am obsessed with audiobooks – how they are cast, produced and performed. Writing this blog has luckily given me the opportunity to get to know some narrators, and I think they are some of the coolest people on the planet.

So I was very excited when I was asked to participate in a blog tour for June Is Audiobook Month. First, check out five awesome audiobooks below, if you’re looking for a new listen. Second, check out the other posts in the tour, which will continue throughout June with many more audiobook recommendations from other bloggers. And finally, leave me a comment below with the name of a favorite audiobook to enter into a contest to win an awesome giveaway: three free downloads from Audiobooks.com and a pair of headphones!

5 recent audiobooks that I loved:

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal is my favorite book so far of 2017, and the audio was just as good as the print. Authentic Minnesotan accents and empathetic narration beautifully matched this treasure of a book. I recommend it to anyone who will listen to me! Give it a try on audio. Narrators: Amy Ryan and Michael Struhlbarg.

The Risen by Ron Rash. This is a haunting story, simply and beautifully told, and the audio version is just perfect. The narrator wonderfully captured the troubled, dreamy Southern protagonist and brought this story to life. It’s a short listen and totally worth it. Narrator: Richard Ferrone.

Underground Airlines by Ben Winters. Don’t confuse this book with Underground Railroad, which came out at the same time. This one imagines a United States where slavery was never abolished. It’s a thought-provoking, dystopian thriller performed by an excellent narrator who expertly conveyed a wide range of emotion. Narrator: William DeMerritt.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. I thought the narration of this unforgettable Iraq War novel was just perfect. So many accents, emotions, sound effects – all nailed by the audio. I didn’t love the women’s voices, but that’s a minor quibble. Pick this one up. Narrator: Oliver Wymer.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. If you haven’t read this book yet, give it a try on audio. The narration of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning World War II novel is calm and even, despite its many tense and horrific moments. The audio is long, but it goes quickly as the suspense ratchets up. Narrator: Zach Appelman.

Leave me a comment below with your favorite audiobook to be entered into the contest, and be sure to check out the other blog posts on the tour!


  • Pat Burke
    June 7, 2017 - 7:33 am | Permalink

    I too love audio books and always have one going in he car as well as listening on my I pod on my morning “power walks” (downloaded from CD’s) from friend or libraries
    I don’t know that I have a favorite, but am enjoying A FINE BALANCE by Robinson Mistry read by John Lee — a long one (20 discs!)
    Please enter me in the contest

    • Tuvana
      June 11, 2017 - 8:45 pm | Permalink

      A Fine Balance is one the best books I have ever read – hope you enjoy

  • KV
    June 7, 2017 - 8:26 am | Permalink

    I like Practice makes perfect by Julie James.

  • Sara Ault
    June 7, 2017 - 9:44 am | Permalink

    Trevor Noah’s autobiography Born a Crime. Not my typical genre but this was very engaging and humorous about a very dark time in South African history.

  • Kaitlyn A.
    June 7, 2017 - 10:17 am | Permalink

    One of my favorite audiobooks is The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. Multiple narrators and such a lovely story!

  • June 7, 2017 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    I’ve been listening to audiobooks on and off for a few years, but didn’t really fall in love with them until this year. Now I’m addicted and listen to them just about every day. My favorite so far is Prayers For Sale by Sandra Dallas.

  • Sarah
    June 7, 2017 - 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I’m so happy to have adopted audiobooks into my repertoire, in large part due to your urging, Gayle. I primarily listen when walking my dog, doing errands (i.e. I am MUCH happier at Trader Joe’s these days, now that I listen while I shop), and even while doing housework, like washing dishes. The downside is that I “read” less (although I try to go back and forth between the audiobook and the print version whenever possible, but the library gods don’t always align on that one). That said, I wouldn’t trade my new audiobook life for anything! I find audiobpoks useful when there is a book I am trying to read/get into, but am struggling. I knew I would love “All the Light We Cannot See,” but was having trouble getting into it due to not having enough time to “read” and the fact I was anxious that the book would be due back at the library before I was finished. The audiobook pushed me along. I loved listening to “Under the Influence” because it was narrated by the author, Joyce Maynard. I love the lack of ambiguity regarding how it was “supposed” to sound. I loved the narration for “Kitchens” and wondered if I would have liked it as much if I had read it — I thought the narration added so much. I find audiobooks to be ideal when I “missed” reading the book when it came out. For example, I had never read “Life of Pi,” and realized this would be a good way to get to a book that I knew I shouldn’t miss. Same with “Atonement.” On another note, I didn’t think “Astonish Me” was a fabulous book, but I really liked the narration, so I was hooked even though I don’t think I would have been had I read it. I do find some books a bit more challenging to listen to than read (Homegoing), and I do miss not being able to leaf backwards, reread, etc. Coincidentally, there is one actor who has narrated multiple books that I have listened to, and I confess to being tired of her voice. But all in all, listening to books have been a wonderful addition to my life.

  • Janie McGaugh
    June 7, 2017 - 1:48 pm | Permalink

    I have so many favorites, but I’ll give you an early one, which is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.

  • JS
    June 8, 2017 - 9:31 pm | Permalink

    I just finished a long road trip and listened to “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins. It was a great way to pass the miles.

  • Anne
    June 9, 2017 - 12:07 pm | Permalink

    My favorite audiobook is Beneath a Scarlet Sky.

  • Tuvana
    June 11, 2017 - 8:44 pm | Permalink

    “Beautiful Ruins” is my favorite fiction audiobook, although Game of Thrones (1st book) is a close second. Favorite non-fiction is one I just finished “City of Dreams”. To echo Sarah’s comment above, I got into audiobooks at your urging – thank you!!

  • June 13, 2017 - 7:09 pm | Permalink

    My recent favorite listen was The Garden of Small Beginnings written by Abbi Waxman. It was wonderful!

  • Karen Gagnon
    June 13, 2017 - 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the post. I liked your list, there are a few that are new to me and look intriguing! I love audiobooks and listen to them frequently.
    My top 5 audiobooks are
    1) Reasonable Doubt by Whitney G.
    2) Fishers Light by Tara Sivec
    3) Heaven & Hell by Kristen Ashley
    4) El Diablo by M. Robinson
    5) Mister O by Lauren Blakely (The whole series really! =D )

  • Elisabeth
    June 13, 2017 - 9:53 pm | Permalink

    The Irish Country Doctor series-
    Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
    A Man Called Ove
    Anything with an accent- not a book- my comment

  • June 14, 2017 - 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Oh gosh. I have listened to some good ones. Most recent favorite was White Hot by Ilona Andrews. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • June 15, 2017 - 7:08 am | Permalink

    I read a couple of the books you list in hardcover, but I bet they would be fun as audiobooks. My favorite audiobooks are those with accents, like the books of Tana French.

  • June 21, 2017 - 4:34 pm | Permalink

    I know this is an older book but I really enjoyed it – State of Wonder by Anne Patchett. It’s not quite a medical thriller but it has some of that flavor to it.

  • June 23, 2017 - 12:52 pm | Permalink

    thanks for the chance to win. my best EVER is Ready Player One, narrated by the awesome Wil Wheaton

  • June 29, 2017 - 9:20 pm | Permalink

    I loved All The Light We Cannot See too. My favorite is Outlander.

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