1) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov; narrated by Jeremy Irons
I have been in love with Jeremy Irons and his smoky, velvet voice ever since I watched The Lion King. I had (and still have) a really weird thing for Scar. Honestly, I’d listen to Jeremy Irons read the phone book but I’d much prefer listening to him read Lolita, a favorite of mine.
2) The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka; narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch
The Metamorphosis has been on my TBR for a long time but now that there’s an audiobook version read by Benny C, I’m even more incentivized to listen to it.
3) The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy; narrated by Alan Rickman
I have absolutely no idea what The Return of the Native is about. Do I care? Nope. If it’s narrated by Mr. Rickman and I get to listen to his drawling British accent for hours on end, I’ll listen to it.
4) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming; narrated by David Tennant
Who doesn’t love David Tennant? He’s got such an expressive voice – not to mention a sexy Scottish brogue. Although if you listen to the sample of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang audiobook, it seems like he’s reading it with an English accent. Either way, I’d definitely listen to it.
5) The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner; narrated by Tom Hiddleston
As far as I know, The Red Necklace is about the French Revolution but the subject of the book doesn’t really matter as long as I get to listen to Tom Hiddleston read to me in his gentle British accent.
6) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz; narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda
I’ve actually read The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao before but I sure would love to have it read to me by America’s most talented cinnamon roll, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
7) The Valley of Fear (Sherlock Holmes) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; narrated by Sir Ian McKellan
Sir Ian McKellen has one of those delightfully gravelly, rough yet still somehow genteel voices. He’s the perfect person to narrate a Sherlock Holmes audiobook.
8) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen; narrated by Rosamund Pike
I’ve had a girl crush on Rosamund Pike ever since she played the manipulative Amy Dunne in Gone Girl and I love her as Jane Bennett in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice so it’s only fitting that she would eventually go on to narrate an entire Jane Austen novel. She’s just got this really soothing, clear tone that I could listen to all day.
9) Anything by David Sedaris; narrated by David Sedaris
Recently, I’ve been listening to old episodes of This American Life (isn’t that what most people do in their spare time?) and anytime they have a piece read by David Sedaris, I spray spittle all over myself from laughing so hard. His dry, understated delivery only serves to heighten the absurdity of his stories. If you want to listen to one of his funniest stories, The Santaland Diaries, you can hear it on this episode of This American Life.
10) Uncommon Type: Stories by Tom Hanks; narrated by Tom Hanks
Never mind that I’ll read anything written by Tom Hanks – I’ll definitely listen to anything read by Tom Hanks. It’s Tom Hanks!