2011 has been a great year for Audiobooks. With the endings of some great trilogies, a highly anticipated Fantasy sequel, and a bunch of surprises, it was hard to compile a top 10 list. I have to say that this list is truly a favorites list, the 70+ audiobooks I have listen to this year is just a tiny percentage of the great offerings out there. That being said, I think you would enjoy my selections.
WWW: Wonder by Robert J. Sawyer
Read by Jessica Almasy, Oliver Wyman, Marc Vietor, Anthony Haden
Why it made the list: This satisfying ending to Sawyer’s WWW series is most remarkable in the performance of the main narrator Jessica Almasy.
Monster Hunter Vendetta by Larry Coreia
Read by Oliver Wyman
Why it made the list: Fans of guns, monsters, guns, romance, guns, action and guns will enjoy this second entry in the Monster Hunter’s Series. Worth the price just to hear Oliver Wyman voice a shoggoth.
The Cypress House by Micheal Koryta
Read by Robert Petkoff
Why it made the list: Robert Petkoff is brilliant in his reading of this atmospheric supernatural thriller.
The President’s Vampire by Christopher Farnsworth
Read by Bronson Pinchot
Why it made the list: Bronson Pinchot’s voice fits this novel perfectly, giving voice to Farnsworth’s excellent characters, as well as his historic overview, and strong action sequences.
Deadline by Mira Grant
Read by Chris Patton and Nell Geisslinger
Why it made the list: This follow up to the Hugo/Audie nominated Feed gives us new perspectives on old characters, and continues to develop Grant’s terrifying world.
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Read by Nick Podehl
Why it made the list: The Wait was worth it, Rothfuss continues the story of Kvothe with excellent results. Podehl is excellent in handling a novel full of songs, poetry, folklore and hand sighs. Not an easy task.
Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
Read by Wil Wheaton
Why it made the list: Fuzzy Nation, John Scalzi’s reimagining of H. Beam Piper’s Little Fuzzy is the perfect summer read, full of adventure and intrigue. Wil Wheaton continues to impress as a narrator.
The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
Read by Peter Giles
Why it made the list: The best courtroom thriller since Scot Turow’s Presumed Innocent. Mickey Haller is a great character, and Peter Giles does an excellent job voicing him.
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Read by Kevin Kenerly
Why it made the list: Isaac Marion does for Zombies what Cormac McCarthy does for Post Apocalypse. Warm Bodies transcends to Zombie genre creating a novel that should have mass appeal. Kevin Kenerly’s reading breathes life into the undead.
I Don’t Want to Kill You by Dan Wells
Read by Kirby Heyborne
Why it Tops the List: The end of the John Cleaver series was one of the most satisfying, yet devastating endings I have experienced in an audio book. Kirby Heyborne’s narration only added to the experience of the best audiobook of the year (so far.)