Audiobooks have enriched my work life immensely. Cannot recommend them enough for many and any an occasion (: psst.. excellent for ruh-nang!
However, not all written word does a good spoken story make - meaning narrator narrator narrator! Mediocre fictions elevate to masterpieces, masterpieces ascend to the devine, aaaand sometimes even the best of stories can be rendered unbearable - I'm looking at you whistling sibilancers. That said, here some FANTASTIC audios sitting in my library presently:
"Catch-22" by Joseph Heller; narrated by Jay O Sanders
Jay's performance is, is... well, let's just say I will never go back to the hardcopy! Hilarious. Perfect complement to the ingenious of Joe's absurd satire. I've already re-listened thrice!
"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte; narrated by Julliette Stevenson
So much cry, admire, touched, torn, indignace, and admiration. All to Bronte's credit indeed and all translated faultlessly by the lily soft voice of Julliette. Julliette makes this. I love Julliette.
"Harry Potter and the < insert volume here >" by JK Rowling; narrated by Jim Dale
Jim is the absolute most enchanting narrator I've come across. His tenor just drips fantasy land whimsy wizards and wands. I've read them. Watched them. And listened to them. All of them!
"Confederacy of Dunces" by John Kennedy Toole; narrated by Barrett Whitener
It's a funny fun fun and Barrett is vigorously robust. Or is it robustly vigorous? Only thing is too much of a good thing. In that he can overpower sometimes and is the only title I took breaks
"Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov; narrated by Jeremy Irons
Umm, it's friggin Jeremy Irons! Case closed.
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain; narrated by Richard Henzel
Libraries banned it so what's not to love?! Rich gives masterful performance juggling a multitude of distinct voices, dialects, and emotions. Good guy Rich.
"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand; narrated by Scott Brick
While Scott is the most monochromatic-character-narrator on the list he's captivating and rousing during the philosophyizing speeches that make up the bulk of this compelling novel
tl;dr - narrators make or break it so listen before committing