The Year's Best Audiobooks

Posted by Cybil on June 26, 2017

This post is brought to you by Audible.

Want to listen to the best audiobooks of the year? Well, you're in luck. Every year, the Audio Publishers Association meets to select the best-of-the-best of the year's audiobooks, also known as the Audie Awards. See this year's complete list of winners (and finalists) here. These titles are guaranteed to be great listening, so add your favorites to your Want to Read/Listen shelf.

Have a great audiobook recommendation? Share it with us in the comments! And if you'd like more audiobook inspiration, check out Goodreads' audiobooks page, brought to you by Audible.


Audiobook of the Year
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Hamilton: The Revolution
by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
The audiobook tells the story of how a Broadway musical became a phenomenon—and how brilliant outsiders continue to shape America. Narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter, and actress Mariska Hargitay.


Best Autobiography/Memoir
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The Greatest: My Own Story
by Richard Durham and Muhammad Ali
The heavyweight champ chronicles his battles, inside the ring and throughout his life, in this memoir edited by Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison. Narrated by Dion Graham.


Best Fiction
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Sister of Mine: A Novel
by Sabra Waldfogel
Two Union soldiers arrive at a Georgia plantation in 1864 to be greeted by freed slaves and their Jewish mistress. Slowly they discover the place's unusual history. Narrated by Bahni Turpin.


Best Fantasy
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The Hike
by Drew Magary
A fantasy saga that weaves elements of folk tales and video games into a riveting adventure of what a man will endure to return to his family. Narrated by Christopher Lane.


Best History
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In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
by Doug Stanton
A harrowing account of America's worst naval disaster and of the heroism of the men who, against all odds, survived. Narrated by Mark Boyett.


Best Literary Fiction
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Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi
A riveting debut about race, history, and ancestry that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in 18th-century Africa across 300 years in Ghana and America. Narrated by Dominic Hoffman.



Best Mystery
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The Crossing (Harry Bosch #20)
by Michael Connelly and Nicole Galland
Harry Bosch teams up with Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller in the new thriller from bestselling author Michael Connelly. Narrated by Titus Welliver.



Best Nonfiction
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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance
A former marine and Yale Law School graduate recounts his childhood in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader look at the struggles of America's white working class. Narrated by the author.



Best Romance
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Dirty (Dive Bar #1)
by Kylie Scott
Vaughan Hewson returns to his childhood home to find a crying bride in his shower. Let's just say the distraught bride brings plenty of drama and chaos into Vaughan's life. Narrated by Andi Arndt.



Best Thriller
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Cross Justice (Alex Cross #23)
by James Patterson
Alex Cross heads home to North Carolina for the first time in 30 years after his cousin is accused of an unthinkable crime. Cross unearths a family secret as he tries to prove his cousin's innocence. Narrated by Jefferson Mays and Ruben Santiago Hudson.



What's your favorite new audiobook? Recommend it to your fellow readers in the comments! Then check out Goodreads' new audiobooks page, brought to you by Audible.

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message 1: by Justin (new)

Justin Heard I recommend everyone check out Graphic Audio, a company that dramatizes books. The characters are played by voice actors, with sound effects and music to back them up. The narration is kept in tact. Some of my favorites include The Light Bringer Series by Brent Weeks, The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson, The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett, and several Marvel titles like Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy. They also have some good Batman stories, Like Batman No Man's Land. And plenty of westerns if you're into that.


message 2: by Jim (new)

Jim C Justin wrote: "I recommend everyone check out Graphic Audio, a company that dramatizes books. The characters are played by voice actors, with sound effects and music to back them up. The narration is kept in tact..."

I listened to a GraphicAudio production and it was awesome. The story itself wasn't the best but I absolutely loved it because of the production by GraphicAudio.


message 3: by David (new)

David Justin wrote: "I recommend everyone check out Graphic Audio, a company that dramatizes books. The characters are played by voice actors, with sound effects and music to back them up. The narration is kept in tact..."

Graphic audio is real cool. When I was thinking about re-reading some of Brandon Sanderson's books I wound up getting Warbreaker and Elantris off graphic audio and listening to them instead and it was magical.


message 4: by Mary (new)

Mary H Real question, Goodreads: why don't you ever include young adult in posts like these? There's an Audie for YA and other kidlit categories, but you left those out of this post. Children's lit is massively popular. It would be awesome if you'd show off those titles to your users more often.

Also, Gemina (Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff) is brilliant.


message 5: by Amy (new)

Amy Justin wrote: "I recommend everyone check out Graphic Audio, a company that dramatizes books. The characters are played by voice actors, with sound effects and music to back them up. The narration is kept in tact..."

YESSS GRAPHIC AUDIO!! They are honestly one of my favorite places to get audiobooks. The breadth and quality of their stuff is phenomenal. And the actors are generally brilliant. So awesome to find another GA fan.


message 6: by Linda (new)

Linda I just finished Himself by Jess Kidd. The prose is wonderful and well acted by narrator Aidan Kelly. Highly recommend!


message 7: by James (new)

James No science fiction or horror? Sad.


message 8: by Katharine (new)

Katharine Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris...anything by David Sedaris. He reads it himself, which is appropriate since his books are personal essays.


message 9: by Scarletine (new)

Scarletine M/M Romance "As You Wish" (Shatterproof Bond #1) by Isobel Starling, Narrated by Gary Furlong. The second book is out too and the third will be out in a few weeks.
Amazing narration.


message 10: by Nola (new)

Nola Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato-----------read by the author. Winner of the 2016 Bellwether Prize------superbly read and written. Excellent choice for discussion book.


message 11: by Tazitazitazi (new)

Tazitazitazi I listen to a lot of books but have a problem with Graphic Audio productions. All those sound effects and music distract me, like noise. But I'm glad they have a lot of fans because it's truly a great production effort. I gave them two tries so far, maybe third will be the charm.


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