Audiobooks have become a HUGE part of my reading each year. In fact for 2018 I would say I am 68% Audiobooks out of 168 novels I’ve finished. My favorite genre for audio hands down is Urban Fantasy, followed my suspense thrillers, mysteries, horror and paranormal. I do dabble in romance and its subgenres and cozy mysteries are great fun on audio. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite series since I began devouring audiobooks.
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The Others by Anne Bishop
Narrated by Alexandra Harris, Anne Bishop’s Others series remains one of my favorite urban fantasy series. I own this series on audio, hardcover and ebook. This is “a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities – vampires and shape-shifters among them – who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.” It begin in the Lakeside Courtyard when Meg Corbyn, a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet seeks shelter among the Others to hide from the Controller she has escaped from.
From the world building to the amazing cast of characters I slip immediately into this world and the outside world slips away. There is a subtle romance, but it is the interactions between humans and the terra indigenes that keep me on edge waiting for my next visit to Thasia.
Crossbreeds by Dannika Dark
First I must confess, I’ve listened to everyone of Dark’s series and love them. All take place in the same world, but are very different. There is the Mageri series, Seven series and now the Crossbreed series which I must confess is my favorite. All the feels, suspense, snark and swoons one could hope for in an urban fantasy series. Her characters are vivid, unique and I love them all, from the snarky, kickass heroines to the swoon-worthy,misunderstood heroes. Nicole Poole narrates and does so brilliantly. She moves easily from female to male voices and you’d never know she wasn’t male. I love her accents particularly for a smexy vampire who manages to appear in both the Mageri and Crossbreed series.
The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne
I came to the Iron Druid Chronicles late and devoured them. I have since started two more series by Hearne, also narrated by Luke Daniels and have fully entered the fandom. There are many books in between the series, all but one available on audio..some are full length. I recommend listening (or reading) EVERYTHING. Snark, talking dogs, dangerous creatures, mythology, elementals and so much more make this an epic urban fantasy. This series has ended so feel free to binge listen 🙂
Luke Daniels narrates this series and his range of voices and ability to capture the tone of each scene blows my mind. He is a narrator that will get me to try an unknown author.
Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews
Much like the Iron Druid series, I began the Kate Daniels series late and began on audio. The first book was a little rough and middle of the road for me, but I wanted more of Kate and Curran. Book two, Magic Bites I was all in and there was no turning back. I quickly devoured everything that was released and later this month the final audio Magic Triumphs will release. This is a ten book series, but there are MANY novellas and full-length books in between Some are on audio and some are not. Of course I recommend listening whenever you can. This series began my fandom with Ilona Andrews and I’ve read or listened to everything they’ve written. I continue to be mind blown by this writing duo.
Renée Raudman narrates just about everything the Andrews team writes and it is a perfect pairing. Raudman is the voice of Kate and Curran, not to mention hundreds of secondary characters, beasts and more. I love her pacing and ability to capture the tone and emotions of scenes as they unfold.
White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
Do you like mysteries and snarky heroine? Then this series is for you! Sure our herione is a kickass Zombie, but Rowland’s zombies are nothing like the zombies of horror books. Sure they eat brains but in a civilized manner. Slushies, tacos, and frozen dinners. I love listening to this series with its humorous moments and intense mysteries. I have laughed until my sides hurt and even wept a time or two. Set near the swamps of southern Louisiana this tale introduces us to teenage delinquent and high school dropout, Angel Crawford who finds there is a whole other world out there when she wakes up a zombie. I love this series and cannot wait for the next installment.
Allison McLemore narrated and I just love her southern twang, wide range of voices and her uncanny ability to capture the essence and one-line zingers that is Angel Crawford.
Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King
I am a huge Stephen King fan, and love the blending of mystery and supernatural elements in the Bill Hodges trilogy. In a distressed midwestern town we meet, a retired cop named Bill Hodges who is suffering from depression, poor health and is haunted my unsolved crimes. When a driver runs down eight people in an employment line that kills fifteen innocents and escapes, Bill sets out to investigate. I was hooked from the onset. Dark, gritty and suspenseful with flawed, unique characters that are classic King I devoured these on audio.
Will Patton narrates and I should straight up confess his is a voice I could listen to endlessly. His tone and wide range of voices are a perfect match to King. In fact he has narrated some of my favorites including King’s latest release, The Outsider, which was phenomenal.
Search and Rescue Series by Katie Ruggle
I love romantic suspense, and Katie Ruggle grabs me everytime. The Search and Rescue series is fun, because each book features a new couple and suspense angle but there is an overall arc that ties them all together building the suspense for the readers. Swoon worthy heroes and strong female heroines, not to mention some humor and sexy times make this series a keeper. George wa my favorite character of the series..his quiet presence was memorable. (insert laughter)
Rachel Dulude narrates the series and does a stellar job with both the male and female voices. Her pacing, sense of tone and ability to enhance the story make this a perfect series for listening.Caffeinated shares Seven Series that Rock on #Audio #TheOthers #Crossbreeds #TheIronDruidChronicles #KateDaniels #WhiteTrashZombie #BillHodges #SearchandRescue Click To Tweet
What audio series do you love? Feed my addiction….