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Happy Sunday Bookish Folk! Sam here, and I am going to talk to you today about AUDIOBOOKS…
I love audiobooks!
But boy can some of them be long ass narrations, I mean they are long ass books so it not going to be a short narration but still they can be pretty daunting. I find that I quite like the 12 to 16 hour mark, I will listen to longer but I like that it doesn’t take me ages to finish these narration lengths.
They are great for cleaning, cooking, longer drives, commutes and so much more! But this isn’t a post about when you can listen to audiobooks. So, here is a list of seven audiobooks within the Fantasy genre that are less than 12 hours long…
ON TO THE AUDIOBOOKS…
The Black Elfstone NARRATED BY SIMON VANCE
Book One of the Fall of Shannara, TERRY BROOKS
Narration Length: 10 Hours 37 Minutes
A lot of people talk about Terry Brooks and his books and yet I haven’t read any of his books yet but when I saw this audiobook was just over 10 hours I had to pick it up, and then to see it is narrated by Simon Vance…I WAS SOLD!
Simon Vance is a great narrator and has one of those voices I could listen to for quite some time, he always brings his books to life and his characters are always distinguishable and fun. I have started to listening to this narration and straight off the bat he sets the tone of the opening scene and brings to life the characters involved.
THE HOBBIT NARRATED BY ANDY SERKIS
J. R. R. TOLKIEN
Narration Length: 10 Hour and 24 Minutes
This is one of my favourite audiobooks, and it is a favourite book of mien too but to have it read by Andy Serkis is nothing short of amazing! We all love Gollum and his unique voice to to have Serkis narrate this and bring Gollum to life on a whole other level was so fun.
Serkis bring everything from the long descriptions to the singing to life, and I really hope he narrates the LOTR’s audiobooks to then I can listen to them.
RING SHOUT NARRATED BY CHANNIE WAITES
P. DJELI CLARK
Narration Length: 5 Hours and 36 Minutes
Now, this is a super short audiobook as it is a short story but it is so good and it packs so much into its five and a half hours! I loved this when I read it, and I grabbed the audiobook so I could keep reading/listening while I did other things too.
The BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE NARRATED BY KATHLEEN GATI
Book One of the WINTERNIGHT TRILOGY, KATHERINE ARDEN
Narration Length: 11 Hours and 48 Minutes
This absolutely gorgeous novel can be enjoyed in Gati’s soothing and immersive voice. Gati really tells this story, it is so atmospheric and I adore this audiobook. They way she tells the story is just so soulful and brilliant and you really get a feel for the characters and their struggles and triumphs.
BLOOD OF ELVES NARRATED BY PETER KENNY
Book One of the WITCHER SERIES, ANDRZEJ SAPKOWSKI
Narration Length: 11 Hours and 11 Minutes
Ok, so The Witcher series hardly need any introduction, it is a TV show, a book series and a game. It is everywhere. It has epic creatures and Geralt…what more do you need to know?! The narration of this book is really great Kenny has a really unique voice. I will admit at first I wasn’t sure but having a few more narrators and listens under my belt I can appreciate Kenny’s voice for what it is, and that is a gritty and very charismatic voice.
DRAGON FLIGHT NARRATED BY SOPHIE ALDRED
Book One of the DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN, ANNE MCCAFFREY
Narration Length: 10 Hours and 7
In this instance it is Sophie Aldred who needs no introduction, I listened to Sophie’s narration of The Doors of Eden and I also have her narration of Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward. Sophie is an incredible narrator and I had such fun listening to The Doors of Eden, obviously it is as much to do with the book as it is the voice, but I cannot praise Sophie enough.
BLACKWING NARRATED BY COLIN MACE
Book One of the RAVENSMARKS TRILOGY, ED MCDONALD
Narration Length: 11 Hours and 27 Minutes
Ahhh Colin Mace, I love Colin Mace’s voice. He is very similar to Simon Vance in that he is a narrator I can listen to for longer durations. He is such a great storyteller and and his voice…I swear it just is a balm to my soul!
Also check out 7 AUDIOBOOKS FOR PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE WITH AUDIOBOOKS for even more audiobook recommendations!
Thanks for reading.