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The Kali Krew Presents: Our Favourite Audiobooks

Audiobooks can be a surprisingly hot button issue. Some people love them, some people see them as a necessary tool, and some just don’t care for them. Which are all perfectly fine opinions to have. Then there is the subset of people who don’t think audiobooks count as reading. Which is a bizarre notion to us.

Below is the Kali Krew’s list of audiobooks that we love for one reason or another.

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Lilyn’s Picks

BEST

Outland by Dennis E. Taylor

Narrated by Ray Porter

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“Because it’s a fantastic story narrated by one of the most talented voice actors.” – Lilyn

Check out Lilyn’s review of Outland


The Martian by Andy Weir

Narrated by R.C. Bray

You knew this was going to be on here because Bray is Watney. But there’s a twist this time (see below)” – Gracie

Check out Lilyn’s review of the good version of The Martian


WORST

The Martian by Andy Weir

Narrated by Wil Wheaton

Those rat fucking audible bastards traded Bray for Wheaton and I will never be here for it.” – Lilyn


Tau Zero by Poul Anderson

Narrated by Neil Hellegers

“This amazing story is so horribly narrated and it’s cringe-worthy to listen to” – Lilyn

Check out Lilyn’s review of Tau Zero

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Gracie’s Picks

Dark Dreams edited by Brandon Massey

Narrated by Various

The stories are excellent and the narrators bring the stories to life so vividly. Sometimes with anthologies the stories can blend into another but there is no danger of that on this one. The narrators all sound unique and amazing” – Gracie

Check out Gracie’s review of Dark Dreams


Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsey

Narrated by Yael Stone

“Be sure to get this book narrated by Yael Stone. The other book is abridged and for a book that’s rather short to begin with that’s ridiculous. Yael Stone also narrates it so well. She really brings the various characters to life” – Gracie

Check out Gracie’s Focus on the Frightful: Picnic at Hanging Rock


WORST

The Wine-Dark Sea by Robert Aickman

Narrated by Reece Shearsmith

“Reece Shearsmith might be a perfectly fine narrator for other books but this was not the one. Several times I had to go back when I realized the story changed because they just blended into each other. There was very little pause and almost zero voice change for male and female characters.” – Gracie

Review to come soon

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Tracy’s Picks

BEST

Ritualistic Human Sacrifice by C.V. Hunt

Narrated by Andersen Prunty

This extreme horror novella is quite the trip. Hunt’s writing, paired with Prunty’s narration, is stellar.” – Tracy


Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke

Narrated by Chet Williamson

“It was my second time reading this novel; it’s one of my all-time favourites. The audio experience further cemented my love for this book.” – Tracy

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Sian’s Picks

BEST

The Troop by Nick Cutter

Narrated by Corey Brill

“Fab audio and super gory and ick content. Yay!” – Sian


My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller

“Great audio, voices and engaging. I never lost my place.” – Sian

Check out Nico’s review of My Best Friend’s Exorcism


A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Narrated by Joy Osmanski

“I really enjoyed the audio on this one despite its narrative style” – Sian

Check out Sian’s review of A Head Full of Ghosts


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Narrated by Jim Dale

“It’s narrated by Jim Dale (whose voice I love and am used to having read Harry Potter) and so listening to that I just instantly knew I could listen to his voice forever.” – Sian


WORST

They Thirst by Robert R. McCammon

Narrated by Ray Porter

“I hate to say it but all the McCammon audiobooks I have listened to so far have been a snooze fest- this the worst of the lot” – Sian

Check out Sian’s review of They Thirst


All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

Narrated by Elan Mastai

“This won Goodreads awards and was one of the first audios I listened to, before I realised that
A) I could speed up audios
and
B) DNFing books is a freeing way to live your life. Pure torture.”
– Sian

Check out Sian’s review of All Our Wrong Todays

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Cory’s Pick

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds

I’m putting in Red Rising again because I would have Tim Gerard Reynolds’ babies based on his voice alone” – Cory

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Brian’s Picks

The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara

Narrated by Mallory O’Meara

“It was read by the author. It made the story more personal” – Brian


Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

Narrated by Billy Merasty

If I’m reading a book with words used from another language not only will I butcher the pronunciation but I know that I’m butchering it. With this book a Native narrator reading a Native author’s book made the experience more immersive and authentic.” – Brian

Bill’s Pick

BEST/WORST

Dead Moon by Peter Clines

Narrated by Ray Porter

“It’s tied for best and worst because it’s the only one I’ve listened to because it convinced me that audiobooks were not for me” – Bill

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These are some of our favourite audiobooks and their narrators. It’s interesting how the right (or wrong) narrator can affect the reading experience. Let us know your favourite audios!

Published inTop Ten Tuesday
┬ęSci-Fi & Scary 2019
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