I decided to switch things up today and do a “Top 10 Tuesday” post (tweaking a meme begun by The Broke and the Bookish, though not this exact topic) instead of “Tuesday Listening Tips”. Nothing wrong with a little variety! Plus, today’s post is about a topic that is constantly on my mind.
As an audiobook listener, there’s no worse feeling than pining after a book that isn’t available in audio format.
Wait, I lied.
There is a worse feeling: Falling in love with the first installment in an audiobook series, only to discover that the rest of the series isn’t available on audio. Talk about being left hanging…
Logically, I understand why this happens. Audiobooks are very expensive to produce. If a book (or a first audio installment) doesn’t perform well, it’s understandable why authors and publishers wouldn’t want to put more money into it. That’s basic business.
I’ve already learned so much about the audiobook business since launching this blog way back in January, yet I know there’s still so much I don’t know. I realize that not every book is able to be turned into an audiobook, for a variety of reasons. However, just because I understand these things, doesn’t mean I have to like them.
In a perfect world, all books would become audiobooks.
Going with that impossible notion, these are the top 10 books I would like to
see hear in audiobook format. You know, if studio time cost pennies and raindrops were lemondrops.
*series count as one item because…reasons
1. Persuasion (Heirs of Watson Island #2) by Martina Boone
I started the list out with this series because I NEED IT NOW. I finished Compulsion, the first installment, a few weeks ago. Now I’m left not-so-patiently waiting for Persuasion to be released on audio. I keep reminding myself that the book version only came out last October, so it’s well within reason to assume that the audiobook is still in production.
…It better be, or I just might have a fit!
2. Dreamless & Goddess (Starcrossed #2-3) by Josephine Angelini
I listened to Starcrossed on audiobook last fall and fell so much in love with the series that I actually read Dreamless in eBook format. You know a series is addictive when a dedicated audiobook listener like myself is desperate enough to actually read a sequel. Enough said.
3. The Lucky Ones (Bright Young Things #3) by Anna Godbersen
I’m such a fan of Anna Godbersen. The Luxe series will forever be one of my all-time favorite historical fiction series. Bright Young Things didn’t win me over quite to that degree, but to be fair, not much could. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it more than enough to want to continue on with the series. Except, I’m hesitant to listen to the second installment now that I know the final installment isn’t available as an audiobook.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally going to listen to the second installment. But it still feels like I’m setting myself up for heartbreak when I can’t complete the series on audio. What a cruel fate!
4. The Prophecy of Shadows, The Blood of the Hydra, & The Head of Medusa (Elementals #1-3) by Michelle Madow
Witches + Greek God descendants? This series almost seems too good to be true. I’d have to be crazy not to want to listen to this, because it’s got nearly everything I love. I haven’t been this excited about the crossing of two of my favorite things since Stevie Nicks’ cameo appearance on American Horror Story: Coven and that was practically the most exciting moment of my pop culture-related life.
In other words, give it to me now!
I am pretty hopeful about this series being converted to audio because it has only been a few months since the first installment’s release (January 2016) and a little over a month since the third’s. Plus, the fourth installment is coming next month.
5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne
I debated including this one, but the nostalgic child in me won. I haven’t seen any word yet on whether this will be released as an audiobook. The script format it is written in could provide some interesting challenges for audiobook production. However, I have no doubt that Rowling and team could pull it off.
I would also understand if the authors and publisher don’t feel the need to produce an audiobook since this particular piece is already being produced as a live play. But…
The very existence of this published script indicates that those involved are willing to defy tradition in order to capitalize on the popularity of the Harry Potter brand. Producing an audiobook would only further that capitalization, especially given the overwhelming response to the published script.
I know I am not the only one waiting to see if this script will be recorded. But as of right now, I’m not aware of anything indicating that it will be.
6. The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry
If you’re familiar with this blog any at all, you know I love reading about time travel. This story isn’t exactly about traditional time travel, but it seems close enough to have grabbed my interest. Truthfully, I’m not completely sure what it is about. The synopsis was very elusive and that makes me want it all the more!
This was released in January 2016, so an audiobook release could still be forthcoming!
7. The Secrets She Carried by Barbara Davis
Another of my particular interests is listening to stories with rich Southern settings. There’s just something about a Southern setting that facilitates a great mystery. Those stories are usually set in Louisiana, Georgia, or South Carolina. This one, however, is set in my home state of North Carolina.
It’s about a woman who inherits an old family plantation which, of course, comes with secrets of the macabre variety. Stop right there. I’m sold!
Much to my severe disappointment, this story probably isn’t slated for a recording studio since it was published in 2013. What a pity, because it has pretty high Goodreads reviews!
8. Infinite & Asunder (Newsoul #2-3) by Jodi Meadows
I listened to Incarnate, the first installment in the Newsoul series, several months ago. I was rather critical of it then, but my feelings towards the series have softened since. My original opinion was negatively influenced by my distaste for the narrator, among other things. Overtime, those negative feelings have faded and I am able to more objectively view the series.
Incarnate had many unique qualities that I have not been able to find in any other series. I would love the opportunity to revisit this compelling series and continue on with it, should the remaining installments ever be released on audio. Unfortunately, I don’t think that is very likely to happen seeing as the final installment was published almost 3 years ago.
9. The Royal Descendant by John P. Ford
Another thing regular readers of The Audiobookworm may have picked up on is my
obsession fascination with royalty. The Royal Descendant latches on to the popular fringe theory that Queen Elizabeth I had a secret illegitimate child.
This book, which came out in 2014, reportedly took 13-years of research to complete. My understanding is that the story is mainly told as a modern-day thriller, with a historical backdrop. The main character is tasked with solving a string of murder mysteries that are somehow linked to Liz Tudor’s secret progeny.
Sign. Me. Up.
I am so incredibly tempted to start a kickstarter campaign to fund this audiobook.
10. His Royal Secret (His Royal Secret #1) by Lilah Pace
The premise of this book is both scandalous and realistic. It proposes something that, to my knowledge, has only been speculated about on fan forums. What if the heir to the British throne was gay?!
Before you get too excited, I’m fairly certain Prince Charles’ past record speaks for itself. This story uses a fictitious Prince of Wales, named James.
Really, though. Think about it. What would happen if a scenario like that were to actually go down in the 21st-century? My mind is racing with possibilities. It’s definitely not far-fetched and this story explores the topic in a pretty realistic and provocative manner.
Best of all, we might actually be in luck with this one. It just came out of couple of weeks ago, so an audiobook could very well be in the works.
One final note: As I indicated earlier, the decision to produce an audiobook largely hinges on public response to the traditional book.
📢 Here’s where you come in: If you read book-books (physical books or eBooks), read these! Tell your friends to read them! Review them! Hype them! Even if you are an exclusive audiobook listener like me, you can still let the authors and publishers know that there is a public demand for these audiobooks.
There were so many more titles I could have added to this list. As audiobook listening continues to increase in popularity, I’m sure that the rate of conversion from book to audiobook will increase, as well.
Until then, we wait (and cross fingers)! ♣︎