For any reader, audiobooks can be an absolute delight. Listening to them can help you focus on reading in ways you couldn’t with a physical book, and you can easily listen to them on your next commute or while you do some chores. Many of them are narrated by great voice actors, and include occasional sound effects. Full-cast audiobooks are often hard to come by, but they can be extremely rewarding and give you an experience that will stick with you for a long time!
In honor of June being Audiobook Appreciation Month, here are a few amazing full-cast audiobooks we recommend.
Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
“This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than a speck at the edge of the universe. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra – who are barely even talking to each other – are forced to evacuate with a hostile warship in hot pursuit. Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents – including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more – Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.”
This epic YA series bends the sci-fi genre and is told through a mix of documents, instant messages, video transcripts, and character narration. Though that may sound overwhelming for an audiobook, the full cast of this audio production does an amazing job of conveying this novel through their voice acting. If you pick up this audiobook, prepare yourself for an engaging experience!
Daisy Jones & The Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
“Daisy is a girl coming of age in LA in the late ’60s, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing rock ’n’ roll at the Whisky a Go Go. By the time she’s 20, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road. Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.”
A gripping fiction novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, this full-cast audiobook has been praised since it’s release in 2019.
Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo
“Ketterdam is a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.”
No better way to catch up on one of Netflix’s newest hit shows than to read the book first! Now that you can see the Grishaverse come to life on screen along with Shadow and Bone, today is the perfect time to read one of the best YA fantasy books from the past decade, and the audiobook version of Six of Crows features a wonderful cast of seven narrators.
A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder, by Holly Jackson
“Everyone in Fairview knows the story. Pretty and popular high school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. It was all anyone could talk about. And five years later, Pip sees how the tragedy still haunts her town. But she can’t shake the feeling that there was more to what happened that day. She knew Sal when she was a child, and he was always so kind to her. How could he possibly have been a killer? Now a senior herself, Pip decides to reexamine the closed case for her final project, at first just to cast doubt on the original investigation. But soon she discovers a trail of dark secrets that might actually prove Sal innocent… and the line between past and present begins to blur. Someone in Fairview doesn’t want Pip digging around for answers, and now her own life might be in danger.”
This book is an addictive YA mystery, perfect for fans of thriller novels or true crime podcasts. The cast is fantastic, and you won’t regret starting this exciting mystery series. Book 2, titled Good Girl, Bad Blood, is already out now!
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
“Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break. Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what – and who – it finds there…”
When it was first published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, and it still is. Whether or not you’ve seen the popular show based on this famous novel, you can listen to this audio version to explore this fantastic reissue of the Author’s Preferred Text edition. Now featuring a new preface by Neil Gaiman in honor of the novel’s 20th anniversary, this version of the novel reads as a great celebration of a modern masterpiece.
Sadie, by Courtney Summers
“Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister, Mattie, in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him. When a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened and hoping to find her before it’s too late.”
Sadie by Courtney Summers is a riveting and innovative YA mystery/thriller, and the audiobook is sure to keep listeners riveted until the very end. The production even features over than 30 voice actors, perfect for full-cast listening.