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AudioFile’s editors recommend 45 must-hear audiobooks of the past year.

From great literature to explorations of current events, these audio experiences represent the very best of the medium.

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The Echo Maker  Richard Powers ; Narrator: Bernadette Dunne (BBC Audiobooks America)

Fragile Things  Neil Gaiman ; Narrated by Neil Gaiman (Harper Audio / BBC Audiobooks America)

The Inheritance of Loss  Kiran Desai ; Narrated by Meera Simhan (Penguin Audio / Books on Tape)

The Lay of the Land  Richard Ford ; Read by Joe Barrett (Random House Audio / Books on Tape)

Montreal Stories  Mavis Gallant ; Narrated by Margot Dionne (Rattling Books)

Pontoon  Garrison Keillor ; Narrator: Garrison Keillor (HighBridge Audio)

The Road  Cormac McCarthy ; Narrator: Tom Stechschulte (Recorded Books)

Selected Shorts   Various Authors ; Narrators: Various Readers (Symphony Space)

Shantaram  Gregory David Roberts ; Narrated by Humphrey Bower (Blackstone Audiobooks)

Tallgrass  Sandra Dallas ; Read by Lorelei King (Macmillan Audio / BBC Audiobooks America)

War and Peace  Leo Tolstoy ;  Narrator: Neville Jason (Naxos Audiobooks)

What is the What  Dave Eggers ; Narrated by: Dion Graham (BBC Audiobooks America)


The Assault on Reason  Al Gore ; Read by Will Patton (Penguin Audio / Books on Tape)

50+  Williams D. Novelli, Boe Workman ; Narrator: Eric Conger (Macmillan Audio)

Inspired by…  The Bible Experience: The New Testament  Read by Angela Bassett et al. (Zondervan)

The Looming Tower  Lawrence Wright ; Narrated by Alan Sklar (Tantor Media)

The Secret  Rhonda Byrne ; Read by Rhonda Byrne et al. (Simon & Schuster  Audio / Recorded Books)

State of Denial  Bob Woodward ; Narrator: Boyd Gaines (Simon & Schuster Audio)

This I Believe  Jay Allison, Dan Gediman [Eds.] ; Read by Various Readers (Macmillan Audio / BBC Audiobooks America)


About Alice  Calvin Trillin (Random House Audio / Books on Tape)

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral  Barbara Kingsolver et al.  (Harper Audio / Blackstone Audiobooks)

I Feel Bad About My Neck  Nora Ephron (Random House Audio / Books on Tape)

Long Time Leaving  Roy Blount, Jr. (HighBridge Audio)

Talk Talk  T.C. Boyle (Books on Tape)


China Road  Rob Gifford ; Read by Simon Vance (Blackstone Audiobooks)

Einstein  Walter Isaacson ; Narrator:  Edward Herrmann (Simon & Schuster Audio / Recorded Books)

Muhammed  Karen Armstrong ; Read by Karen Armstrong

Roots  Alex Haley ; Narrated by Avery Brooks (BBC Audiobooks America)

The War  Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns ; Read by Ken Burns et al. (Random House Audio / Books on Tape)


Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant  Jack Prelutsky ; Narrated by Jack Prelutsky (Harper Audio)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  J.K. Rowling  ; Read by Jim Dale (Listening Library)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret  Brian Selznick ; Read by Jeff Woodman (Scholastic Audiobooks)

Jazz  Walter Dean Myers ; Read by James “D-Train” Williams, Vaneese Thomas (Live Oak Media)

The One and Only Shrek!  William Steig ; Read by Merryl Streep, Stanley Tucci (Macmillan Audio)

Peter Pan in Scarlet  Geraldine McCaughrean ; Narrated by Tim Curry (Simon & Schuster Audio / Recorded Books)

Treasure Island  Robert Louis Stevenson ; Read by Alfred Molina (Listening Library)


Bad Luck and Trouble  Lee Child ; Read by Dick Hill (Random House Audio / Books on Tape)

The Chopin Manuscript  Jeffery Deaver et al. ; Narrated by Alfred Molina (

The Dogs of Riga  Henning Mankell ; Read by Dick Hill (Blackstone Audiobooks)

Hide  Lisa Gardner ; Read by Maggi-Meg Reed (Random House Audio / Books on Tape)

The Overlook  Michael Connelly ; Narrated by Len Cariou (Hachette Audio)

Play Dead  David Rosenfelt ; Narrator: Grover Gardner (Listen & Live Audio)

The Suspect  John Lescroart ; Read by David Colacci (Brilliance Audio)

The Tin Roof Blowdown  James Lee Burke ; Read by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster Audio / Recorded Books)

Source: AudioFile Magazine



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