ListenUp's engineers, editors, and quality control professionals listen to more audiobooks than anyone else we know. We asked them, along with other behind-the-scense folks what books they loved this year. Keep reading to find out their favorite audiobooks of 2014!
"This is probably my favorite book I have worked on since I have been here. I absolutely loved reading this, and Jeremy gave a really great performance, especially with some unusual subject matter, and a lot of it being set in backwoods West Virginia. He did good accents without overdoing it or making it kitschy." - Delia, an editor & QCer, on The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake, by Andre Dubus and Breece D'J Pancake, narrated by Jeremy Arthur.
While we Run, by Karen Healy, narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark.
Breathe, by Kristen Ashley, narrated by Emma Taylor.
In the Night Cafe, by Joyce Johnson, narrated by Aimee Joison.
The Good Life Elsewhere, by Vladimir Lorchenkov, narrated by Daniel Thomas May.
"Nine Kinds of Naked [by Tony Vigorito, narrated by Kristin Kalbli] is probably my favorite book we've recorded. I laughed out loud while editing." - Brad, our Quality Assurance Manager, on his favorite book of 2014.
The Missing Year of Juan Salvatierra, by Pedro Mairal, narrated by Tony Chiroldes
Arming Mother Nature, by Jacob Darwin Hamblin, narrated by James Edward Thomas.
When I Was a Young Man, written and read by Bob Kerrey.
The Decline and Fall of IBM: End of an American Icon? Written and read by Robert X. Cringely.
Mastering technician, Bryan, said that The Dragon and the George, by Gordon R. Dickson, narrated by Paul Boehmer seemed like "a generic fantasy tale, but redeemed by a tongue and cheek deconstruction of genre conventions."
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, by David Shafer, narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark.
Looking for Calvin and Hobbes, by Nevin Martell, narrated by Jeremy Arthur.
Trident's First Gleaming, by Stephen Templin, narrated by Brian Troxell.
Kinda Like Brothers, by Coe Booth, narrated by John Clarence Stewart.
"My favorite books are the ones that break my heart. Damn Love [by Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, read by a full cast] accomplished that in the first chapter." - Holly, our public relations coordinator, on her most loved book of the year.
Smuggler Nation, by Peter Andreas, narrated by Kevin Stillwell.
Near Enemy, by Adam Sternbergh, narrated by Arthur Morey.
Special Deluxe, written and read by Neil Young.
Call Me Grim, by Elizabeth Holloway, read by Kelly Collins Lintz.
"An awesome sci-fi/alien-invasion/post-apocalyptic series, but it has gone unfinished for over 20 years now." - Reco, a QC/Editor, loved the War Against Chtorr series, by David Gerrold, narrated by John Pruden.
Pickett's Charge, by Charles McNair, narrated by Jeremy Arthur.
Blood in Snow, by Robert Evert, narrated by Fleet Cooper.
Freak Show Without a Tent, by Nevin Martell, narrated by Bernard Setaro Clark.
Factory Man, by Beth Macy, narrated by Kristin Kalbli.