I love audiobooks. I’m more productive when I listen and to be honest 85% of the time I like listening to someone talk more than I like listening to music. I’m now at a new job where I can get my work done while listening to and audiobook. I started out with podcasts and while I like those its not always enough.

There’s a debate on whether or not “listening” to a book counts as reading a book. You got the information didn’t you? You know the story and we can have a conversation about it right? Yes. To me it counts. That doesn’t mean all audiobooks are equal and its really doesn’t mean all narrators are good.

But here’s a list of my favorite audiobooks. So far.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ~ I loved this book so much!!! With a full cast of narrators and an interview style of book I felt like I was listening to a real interview of the band. I know there was talk of it being loosely based on Fleetwood Mac and I don’t know if that’s true or not but in my head its 100% true. Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll had me sitting in my car not wanting to go to work because I wanted to keep listening. Then wanted to quit work and become a rock star. I don’t have the talent for that and being a groupie just sound icky. I think this audiobook is a good transition for people looking to switch from podcast and get into audiobooks.

Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon ~ Okay… I don’t know how to let you know my thoughts on this without sounding like a total perv. This story was brilliant. Yes another WWII book but with such different eyes. I love love love WWII that shows womens roll in the war. No I’m not a feminist. Sorry. I support all women but that’s a topic for another time.

The accents in this book are amazing the male narrator, I need to look up who he is, because whew his voice… so sexy I lost track of the story line more than once. I loved the way the main character used lipstick as sort of uniform. She was so inspiring yet relatable. I just may have to listen to this one again.

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn ~ I love this author I really do. This story took me a little longer to get through. I don’t exactly know why. I think it started out slow but once I was in I was hooked!

Last WWII I’ll talk about for a while but at least this one is from a completely different point of view! This is about 3 women who helped crack German military codes. The story goes back and forth from 1940 when they were cracking codes to 1947 when they’ve been torn apart by tragedies of war and secrets have torn them apart. They must come together once again to figure out who betrayed them while cracking codes and set things right. I really don’t know how to do a good overview (I’ll work on it). But I grew so attached to these 3 girls and cried real tears at my desk at work. While there were slow parts overall it made the top 3 favorites list anyway. I would like a sequel so I could get more of these girls.

Open Book by Jessica Simpson ~ Yup I choose a celebrity book. Two infact although both are very different. I loved her story! So much more than I thought and I’m really glad I took a chance. However I will have to say that listening to her get choked up while reading was really hard form. My heart went out to her on so many levels. I loved her music and really loved her sisters music so hearing her story was fascinating to me. Full disclosure I listened to it on super speed most of the time because her voice was a little much for me… singing – fine. Talking? Not so much. But it was a great listen and I have a whole new respect for her.

Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me by Chelsea’s family friends ~ I listened to this a long time ago and was cracking up the entire time! Not a book I would necessarily choose now because she’s been pretty vocal about politics and well….we don’t agree. So I’m glad I listened before things like that became a big issue for me.

Hearing the jokes she played on them and the amount of time she let them go reminds me of my mom and my husband! They are both huge pranksters and love the long game. My husband has been thinking of Christmas gift pranks since before Halloween!

I remember driving to San Francisco with my mom and trying to make her listen to some of these stories with me. She wasn’t having it but I was peeing my pants laughing. So if you’re looking for a light fun, also kind of mean, friendship audiobook this is an oldie but a goodie.