**Please note the titles with links attached to them are simply the Goodreads Page. I thought id make it easier for you all…in case you want to check them out.**
Today’s post is, as the title suggest one about audiobooks…
I personally find it really hard to listen to audiobooks, and its not for a lack of concentration or anything like that, I have just struggled to find narrators that work for me. They can be too robotic, have a vastly different interpretation to the book than me or are just irritating.
But then, I saw a tiny slither of light in the perpetually dark tunnel of audiobooks! I found a narrator the works for me…
I was recently accepted through NetGalley for the audiobook book of ‘The Doors of Eden‘ written by Adrian Tchaikovsky and narrated by Sophie Aldred. I thought ‘ahh, it’s free through NetGalley if I don’t like it I’ve made no loss‘ because lets be honest some audiobooks are expensive.
I downloaded the audiobook and was super happy to find I quite liked the narrator. I have since listened to around 85% of the audiobook with no issues and I hope to finish it really soon.
Since then I have mooched around Audible looking for others I can enjoy but I still struggled…until I didn’t.
For one, Andy Serkis narrated The Hobbit so that was an instant buy fo me! Then, I searched Audible for all of the books on My Immediate TBR and I have found some absolute GEMS!
So, here are 7 audiobooks I have found that I think I can thoroughly enjoy, and I hope if you struggle to, you might like some of these…
**I have linked the Amazon links to these so you can go have a quick listen to the Samples and see if they tickle your fancy, they aren’t affiliate links***
ANDY SERKIS NARRATING THE HOBBIT BY J. R. R. TOLKIEN
I hope you have all had a good weekend! I have been working all weekend, as per usual! But I still got time in to do some reading so it’s not all bad.
I thought for this Sundays Seven I would go festive, in anticipation for the spooky holidays I have opted for 7 fantasy books to read if you don’t read horror. Thus, I have searched through Goodreads for some books that will satisfy your Halloween needs.
As I read fantasy mostly and have never read a single horror book, I wanted something that had elements of halloween but weren’t too heavy on the horror. I scoured the vast lands of Goodreads, the many lists users have created and then finally those that made the shortlist I checked out the reviews of some trusted reviewers and friends.
Ohh, I lied! I have read a horror, kind of, I have read half of Mexican Gothic. I stand corrected.
These books have witches, necromancy, ghosts, graveyards and more but still remain (according to Goodreads) firmly in the fantasy category!
So, without further ado and after much research here they are…
Books to movies has a fairly split fanbase, some people love them and some people hate them! I guess I sit in the middle I am all for books to movies or TV shows so long as it is done well and has the deserved budget to make it what I can be.
I think in some cases to it gives the books more exposure, a bump in sales and praise from a far wider audience. I for one can name at least five people who have watched Game of Thrones, loved it and then bough the books. From that they have then proceeded to look into other fantasy books and thus started reading when they hadn’t previously. I can probably name a handful of folks I know too who once read, slowly stopped and from watching a book to movie adaption started reading again!
I can almost guarantee that someone will disagree with a few in this list, maybe all of them, because some people can’t help but watch a book to movie adaption and just hate it. But for me these are seven books I would like to be adapted into either a TV Show or a Movie!
THE FAITHFUL AND THE FALLEN BY JOHN GWYNNE
Obviously this was going to be in this list. I love this book, if this was made into a TV show I think my book existence would be complete. Give it the budget it deserves and I’m more than comfortable saying this would be better than the early seasons of Game of Thrones.
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
Now, this is a film that could be so visually stunning while still keeping a fun and magical element through the mystery of the game. With the tools and talents of movie makers now this film could be utterly spectacular.
The Farseer Trilogy BY Robin Hobb
Now, I am only a book and a half into this trilogy but I can already see how this trilogy would make a brilliant TV series. I mean come on…a royal bastard training as an assassin in lands plagued by raiding red ships. Throw in the political intrigue and the country folk being turned into mindless husks and you have an action packed, witty and incredibly tense show! Thats to even accounting for the amazing characters and their relationships!
Graceling BY Kristin Cashore
This book falls into the Young Adult Fantasy genre but I remember really enjoying it when I read way back when, it was such a good book and has some pretty cool characters. Not only that but the magic system could make for some pretty interesting scenes.
BLOOD SONG BY ANTHONY RYAN
Bloodsong has garnered quite a few fans, and it tells the story of Vaelin and the epic journey that leads to his duel to the death. It would be such a grande movie, given the right budget and the right actor to play Vaelin it would be sheer amazingness!
THE SWORD OF KAIGEN BY M. L. WANG
Gosh, I don’t even know what to say for this one. If you have read the book you just know. The magic, the world, the characters and the setting all make for an incredible movie.
RED RISING SAGA BY PIERCE BROWN
This trilogy is just outstanding so to make this into either a TV Show or a movie and my lord what a show it would be!
Let me know on Twitter or in the comments any books you would love to see turned into a movie.
Again thanks for reading and have a smashing week!
Since I am an utter flop and completely forgot about Sundays Seven yesterday I am going to do it now, hope you don’t mind. Better late than never, right?!
In todays belated Sundays Seven I am going to share with you seven books which I thoroughly enjoyed reading which were written wonderfully. Us notorious book worms have seen and experienced all kinds of writing styles. The good, the bad, the lyrical, the flowery, the dreary and the life changing. I hope, we have all read at least one book that shined a little brighter than the rest, a book so exceptional it rose above all overs and resinated with us on a wholly different level, a book we felt.
I am lucky to be able to tell you of seven of these diamonds!
I recently read an opinion of writing within the fantasy genre that I found to be wholly inaccurate, obviously opinions are subjective and what I consider to be well written or beautiful writing style may not be the case for another but really I just balked at this statement! It was something along the lines of ‘more often than not fantasy has the worst writing styles…’
The above GIF…yeah that was me when I read it! Imma like ‘mmm, say that shit again’. I mean fantasy, in my opinion, is known for it’s master word builders, magnificent swordplay, vivid imagery and brilliantly selected metaphors.
Fantasy has gifted me with novels that I have highlighted first lines, memorised whole paragraphs and reread over and over. I have read sentences so marvellous you feel the need to read them out loud. So I, in good conscience, have to sit here and say the above statement is a load of shit!
Anywho I will get to it, here are seven books with lush, poignant and generally brilliant writing styles/prose.
ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE BY ROBIN HOBB
“Tides wait for no man, and that I know is true. But time? Did the times I was born into await my birth to be? Did the events rumble into place like the great wooden gears of the clock of Sayntanns, meshing with my conception and pushing my life along?“
“Justice. There’s a thing we shall ever thirst after, and ever be parched.”
“For there is a very strange peace in giving over your judgment to someone else, to saying to them, “You lead and I will follow, and I will trust entirely that you will not lead me to death or harm.”
“It is a word. Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts. There are seven words that will make a person love you. There are ten words that will break a strong man’s will. But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire. A name is the fire itself.”
“The stillness of the tent becomes a quiet melancholy. Memories begin to creep forward from hidden corners of your mind. Passing disappointments. Lost chances and lost causes. Heartbreaks and pain and desolate, horrible loneliness. Sorrows you thought long forgotten mingle with still-fresh wounds. The stone feels heavier in your hand. When you drop it in the pool to join the rest of the stones, you feel lighter. As though you have released something more than a smooth polished piece of rock.”
“I would have written you, myself, if I could put down in words everything I want to say to you. A sea of ink would not be enough.’
“I shall stay and tell my tale, hope that it may serve some purpose, that eyes shall see it and learn, that the future will not repeat the mistakes of the past. That is my prayer, but what use is prayer to a god that has abandoned all things . . .”
“Both the brave man and the coward feel the same. The only difference between them is that the brave man faces his fear, does not run.”
“She will not come back, but her beauty, her voice, will echo until the end of time. She believed in something beyond herself, and her death gave her voice power it didn’t have in life. She was pure, like your father. We, you and I – he touches my chest with the back f his index finger – are dirty. we are made for blood. Rough hands. Dirty hearts.”
“Someday, Locke Lamora,” he said, “someday, you’re going to fuck up so magnificently, so ambitiously, so overwhelmingly that the sky will light up and the moons will spin and the gods themselves will shit comets with glee. And I just hope I’m still around to see it.” “Oh please,” said Locke. “It’ll never happen.”
“If reassurances could dull pain, nobody would ever go to the trouble of pressing grapes.”
I have gone with authors here instead of books but meh, it still counts!
George R. R. Martin
There you have it folks! Thank you for reading, feel free to comment on here or twitter with books you loved for their writing styles! Have a good week all and I shall see you next Sunday if not before!