Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Non-Written Novels

Today’s topic is all about favorite non-written novels. This includes stuff like: graphic novels, audio books, manga and other stuff. Mine are a couple audio books and other assortment. They are in no particular order since it’s hard to choose 🙂 Here they are!

1) The Dresden Files audio books

Narrated by: James Marsters

Yep, you read right. The wonderful Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel does the audio for this bestselling urban fantasy series by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden is the only listed wizard in the yellow pages of Chicago. While he helps the Chicago Special Investigations with odd crimes, we got involved in great shenanigans with monkeys throwing flaming monkey poop, ghosts, three different kinds of vampires, werewolves, necromancers and many others. This is a long series (Butcher says there will be about 23 books total) but it is worth every single minute for these audio-books. James Marsters goes through the roof for every accent and emotion the characters emulate. He never gets dull or monotone, offering a fun and sometimes freaky and emotional experience. If you read the first book, wasn’t so sure, but willing to continue, do these audio books if you can do them 🙂

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2) Girls Next Door comic on YouTube

 Credit to my best friend for finding this on YouTube!

Picture this: Christine (Phantom of the Opera) and Sarah (80’s movie Labyrinth) are college roommates. The Goblin King and the Phantom are roommates in the same dorm building. Insert awesome banter, poking fun at many book/musical/movie references, fun cameos and hours of fun! The drawing at times is very simple, but the voices and short episodes will satisfy many fandoms and people who love these characters. You get people from: Pirates of the Caribbean, Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Lord of the Rings, Twilight and many more. Here’s two episodes that are some of my favorites and hopefully you’ll love it too!

3) Amulet Graphic Novel series

Written and drawn by: kazu kibuishi

I found this series at my library and it immediately caught my interest. It tells the story of a young girl and her brother who move with their mother to their deceased relatives house who was a famed inventor. The girl finds an amulet in the house and once she wears it, they find a magical world filled with vengeful elves, malicious magic and talking animals. It has great messages for younger readers, gorgeous art and fun characters. There’s currently seven volumes released and they’re quick, fun reads.

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4) The first three books in the Old Kingdom series

narrated by: tim curry

In the early 2000’s, I had read Sabriel and it got me into fantasy books. Then, I found the audio book for the first book at my library. When I saw that it was narrated by Tim Curry himself, I snatched as fast as I grab chocolate on the counter. Sadly, he does not narrate every installment in the series. The two other people do okay jobs, in my opinion, but the first three are just perfect with Curry at the helm. Nasty un dead, dangerous and magical bells, talking animals and an original fantasy world makes for such an enchanting listen. He makes such a range of changes to his voice and even small sound effects for optimal listening pleasure. If you’ve never picked up this series, start with these audio books, especially if you’re a fan of Tim Curry.

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5) The Jekyll & Hyde Musical

*Jekyll & Hyde is a classic novel and while this is technically a “non-written novel” I had to add it!

Not just any version of this musical. In 1994, Australian legend Anthony Warlow, Linda Eder and Carolee Carmello starred in this audio only production. With two discs worth of tension, romance and first rate singing, this will please many fans of the novel and the idea of Jekyll & Hyde in general. If you love musicals, go check this one out. You can buy it on the Amazon digital store, or listen on  YouTube. If you like musicals, but have never heard this, go treat yo self 🙂

Comment below on some of your favorites, or link where you posted stuff and we can talk and share! Thanks guys 🙂

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. I love Amulet! Its such a fun middle-grade series. And the art is beautiful!

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  2. matxi_books says:

    Harry Dresden sounds vaguely familiar and if that’s the narrator… maybe I should put them on the list because I am all for some Spike!! 😍😍

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    1. Do it! After I started listening the second book, I can’t read them because he does such a great job 🙂

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