Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that currently resides at The Artsy Reader Girl and features bloggers sharing lists on various book topics. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I’m veering away from the official topic (this week it was Top Ten Books with your Favourite Trope/Theme), and instead I chose to revisit and update a fun post I last looked at nearly two years ago.
As readers of this blog will be aware, I am a massive fan of audiobooks, and it is often the best way to enjoy a good book. I have been lucky enough to listen to an impressive collection of audiobooks over the years, with some of them being extremely long, often taking me weeks to get through. Back in 2019, I got curious about all the audiobooks I had listened to, and I wanted to know which were the longest ones that I had ever listened to. As a result, I sat down and worked out which ones had the longest run time. This turned into such an interesting endeavour that I ended up posting on my blog here, with the longest 20 books featured. I had such an amazing time doing this that a year later I had a go at updating it, adding in a few additional reads.
Well, it has been nearly two years since I last updated this list and I always intended to keep coming back to this list to see how the recent long audiobooks I have listened to stacked up against the books already on this list. Since the last update in 2020 I have managed to listen to quite a few new audiobooks, several of which had an excellent run time. As I just reviewed one of these yesterday, I thought this would be a good time to update the list again and see what differences have been made in the last year. The list below is similar to the list I posted a couple of years ago, with several new additions added in (see the highlighted posts). I ended up extending the list to 25 entries, mainly to fit a couple of extra recent audiobooks in, so prepare for even more awesome covers.
2. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, narrated by Nick Podehl – 42 hours and 55 minutes
3. Magician by Raymond E. Feist, narrated by Peter Joyce – 36 hours and 14 minutes
4. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice – 33 hours and 45 minutes
11. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, narrated by Nick Podehl – 27 hours and 55 minutes
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale – 27 hours and 2 minutes
14. Red Seas under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, narrated by Michael Page – 25 hours and 34 minutes
15. The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch, narrated by Michael Page – 23 hours and 43 minutes
The longest book I am adding to this list is the epic dark fantasy novel, The Wisdom of Crowds by Joe Abercrombie. This incredible book, which was one of the best novels and audiobooks of 2021, ends Abercrombie’s Age of Madness trilogy on a very high note. Containing a brilliant story, some incredible characters, and some major twists, this is an essential read for all fantasy fans. At nearly 24 hours in length, this is a pretty hefty audiobook, although once you get caught up in the epic story, you will power through it.
I was very surprised to find myself with a tie for the number 18 position, especially as both were audiobooks I only recently listened to. These two awesome audiobooks, which come in at 23 hours and 13 minutes each, are the third book in the epic Thrawn Ascendancy Star Wars trilogy, Lesser Evil by Timothy Zahn, and the excellent fantasy epic The Mask of Mirrors by M. A. Carrick. Both novels were impressive 2021 releases, with Lesser Evil perfectly wrapping up the Thrawn Ascendancy trilogy (which included Chaos Rising and Greater Good), while The Mask of Mirror ended up being one of the best debuts of 2021. Both audiobooks were very good, with Lesser Evil featuring legendary narrator Marc Thompson, while The Mask of Mirrors was expertly told by Nikki Massoud (loved her various accents). Both outstanding performances really helped me to enjoy these great books and I powered through them in no time.
19. Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie, narrated by Steven Pacey – 22 hours and 38 minutes
20. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie, narrated by Steven Pacey – 22 hours and 15 minutes
The most recent book on this list that I have listened to, Engines of Empire was an epic fantasy novel that introduced readers to an excellent new world. Filled with intrigue, action and magic, I had a lot of fun with this audiobook, and I particularly liked how it featured several separate narrators. This impressive team of narrators ensured that Engines of Empire turned out to be a pretty awesome audiobook, and it was one that I had a lot fun getting through.
Wow, this list is just loaded with Joe Abercrombie’s epic novels, as another book from his Age of Madness trilogy is featured here. The Trouble with Peace is the second entry in the series, and it perfectly follows up the first book, A Little Hatred. I deeply enjoyed this cool book, especially as it once again featured the cool narration of Steven Pacey, and this was easily one of the best books and audiobooks of 2020. Easy to power through thanks to the incredible story and brilliant characters, this near 22-hour long audiobook will just fly by.
23. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, narrated by Michael Page – 21 hours and 59 minutes
24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale – 21 hours and 36 minutes
The final new audiobook on this list is the interesting novel, Altered Realms: Ascension by B. F. Rockriver. An intense and clever LITRPG novel, Ascension featured an NPC who is given the powers of a player and must adventure through his world with a whole new set of eyes. Not only was this a great novel (one of the best debuts of 2020), but the audiobook version of it was a lot of fun, especially as narrator Maximillian Breed perfectly captures the computer-generated voice anyone who has played an RPG will be familiar with. A cool audiobook that is worth the substantial time investment.
Well, those are some pretty cool new additions to this list. I am probably being a little over generous moving it up to 25 entries, but I think it turned out alright. I am a little disappointed that none of my recent books got anywhere the top ten, so I think I will have to work on listening to some longer audiobooks this year. I will hopefully have another go at updating this list in a year or so, but in the meantime let me know what the longest audiobook you have listened to is in the comments below.