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AudioFile's 2023 Best Audiobooks

AudioFile's list of 2023 Best Audiobooks across nine categories including fiction, mystery & suspense, romance, and more.

Only This Beautiful Moment

By: Abdi Nazemian
Narrated by: Vikas Adam, Fajer Al-Kaisi & Iman Nazemzadeh
Length: 11 hours 30 minutes

Stonewall Book Award Winner * A Best Book of the Year from the Guardian, ALA Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and BookPage From the award–winning author of Like a Love Story comes a sweeping story of three generations of boys in the same Iranian family. Perfect for fans of Last Night at the Telegraph Club and Darius the Great Is Not Okay2019. Moud is... Read more

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Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy

By: Angie Thomas
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt
Length: 9 hours 36 minutes

Instant #1 New York Times bestseller!Internationally bestselling superstar author Angie Thomas makes her middle grade debut with the launch of an inventive, hilarious, and suspenseful new contemporary fantasy trilogy inspired by African American history and folklore.It’s not easy being a Remarkable in the Unremarkable world. Some things are... Read more

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Yellowface

A Novel

By: R. F. Kuang
Narrated by: Helen Laser
Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

“I hated every character in this book but could not put it down. It was so compelling and truly made you think about how awful people can be. The main character basically murdered her friend and stole her manuscript. Wanting the celebrity that her friend afforded, she is overwhelmed with the publishing world. Such great storytelling Read more

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Misbelief

What Makes Rational People Believe Irrational Things

By: Dan Ariely
Narrated by: Simon Jones
Length: 9 hours 57 minutes

The renowned social scientist, professor, and bestselling author of Predictably Irrational delivers his most urgent and compelling book—an eye-opening exploration of the human side of the misinformation crisis—examining what drives otherwise rational people to adopt deeply irrational beliefs.Misinformation affects all of us on a daily basis—from... Read more

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Tom Lake

A Novel

By: Ann Patchett
Narrated by: Meryl Streep
Length: 11 hours 22 minutes

“I finished listening to Tom Lake. I can see why it’s at the top of the best seller list. Ann Patchett has a way of weaving so much into a straightforward story. Set during the pandemic, Lara’s three adult daughters have returned to the family’s cherry orchard in Michigan to quarantine and harvest the fruit. Lara entertains them by sharing the... Read more

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Godkiller

By: Hannah Kaner
Narrated by: Kit Griffiths
Length: 12 hours 54 minutes

“Absolutely loved it! Read it on audio and I will definitely be recommending this to everyone in my store. Reminds me of an adult Sabriel with elements of grown up Tamora Pierce. Perfect for fans of queernormative, diverse fantasy with a darker edge and foul-mouthed heroines. Read more

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The Wager

A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder

By: David Grann
Narrated by: Dion Graham & David Grann
Length: 8 hours 28 minutes

“An absorbing non-fiction nautical shipwreck thriller, this is the story of the ill-fated journey of The Wager in 1740-41 as it attempts to to sail round Cape Horn, the treacherous tip of South America. The hardships seem unreal: starvation, illness (scurvy, typhus), death, but also murder and a mutinous crew, never mind the truly wild weather... Read more

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Silver Nitrate

By: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by: Gisela Chípe
Length: 13 hours 3 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the author of The Daughter of Doctor Moreau and Mexican Gothic comes a fabulous meld of Mexican horror movies and Nazi occultism: a dark thriller about the curse that haunts a legendary lost film—and awakens one woman’s hidden powers.

“No one punctures the skin of reality to reveal the lurking, sinister magic beneath...
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Free Radicals

By: Lila Riesen
Narrated by: Gilli Messer
Length: 9 hours 36 minutes

Afghan-American Mafi’s sophomore year gets a whole lot more complicated when she accidentally exposes family secrets, putting her family back in Afghanistan in danger in this smartly written YA debut.

Sixteen-year-old Mafi Shahin is well-aware that life is not always fair. If it was fair, her parents might allow her to hang out with a member of... Read more

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Poverty, by America

By: Matthew Desmond
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Length: 5 hours 40 minutes

“Desmond challenges readers to recognize how they benefit from poverty through low cost goods, services, and systemic structures that benefit those who already have resources (no surprise - they also have roots in racism and misogyny!). He reminds us that both the rich and poor benefit from government assistance, but only programs for the poor... Read more

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Chain Gang All Stars

National Book Award Finalist

By: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Narrated by: Shayna Small, Aaron Goodson, Michael Crouch & Lee Osorio
Length: 13 hours 38 minutes

“Imagine a world very like ours, the prison systems have been privatized (capitalism) and prisoners are offered small perks to fight on television. This is gritty and uncomfortable to read (violence), but so necessary. This is about our country, its values, our values, and whose lives are valued more and whose lives are valued less. So very well... Read more

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I Have Some Questions for You

A Novel

By: Rebecca Makkai
Narrated by: Julia Whelan & JD Jackson
Length: 14 hours 3 minutes

“If you are a true crime podcast enthusiast like me, you will love this book! It hits all the satisfying notes of a thorough investigation with a great mix of drama and introspection. Makkai masterfully weaves delicate themes - racism, misogyny, the #MeToo movement, prison industrial complex, and the injustice baked into our justice system - into... Read more

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The Late Americans

A Novel

By: Brandon Taylor
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 9 hours 16 minutes

INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER

NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF THE YEAR BY VOGUE, ELLE, OPRAH DAILY, THE WASHINGTON POST, BUZZFEED AND VULTURE


“Erudite, intimate, hilarious, poignant . . . A gorgeously written novel of youth’s promise, of the quest to find one’s tribe and one’s calling.” —Leigh Haber, Oprah Daily

The Booker Prize finalist and...
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Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers

By: Jesse Q. Sutanto
Narrated by: Eunice Wong
Length: 10 hours 41 minutes

“What a delightful mystery. I loved Vera's determinedness and point of view, and I love how she's sure she knows more than everyone else. She's sharp, flawed, and lovable. Read more

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The Grimoire of Grave Fates

By: author
Narrated by: January LaVoy & Nicky Endres
Length: 12 hours 26 minutes

Crack open your spell book and enter the world of the illustrious Galileo Academy for the Extraordinary. There's been a murder on campus, and it's up to the students of Galileo to solve it. Follow 18 authors and 18 students as they puzzle out the clues and find the guilty party.

Professor of Magical History Septimius Dropwort has just been... Read more

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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store

A Novel

By: James McBride
Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
Length: 12 hours 21 minutes

“Depression-era Pottsdown, PA. Immigrant Jews and Blacks who moved from the South cope with discrimination from the White Christian community. Moshe runs an integrated musical theater, assisted by Nate, while his wife Chona runs the local grocery store, assisted by Nate's wife Addie, catering to the black community, in the 'Chicken Hill'... Read more

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Love, Theoretically

By: Ali Hazelwood
Narrated by: Thérèse Plummer
Length: 12 hours 33 minutes

“Since I'm still recovering from how much I loved The Love Hypothesis, having an Adam and Olive cameo in this book was EVERYTHING! Thank you Ali! Ali has done it again - Love, Theoretically is a great, addictive, hard to put down read. I loved the characters and how fully formed and human her characters always feel. I'm also a sucker for an... Read more

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Rogue Justice

A Thriller

Avery Keene: Book #2

By: Stacey Abrams
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
Length: 12 hours 32 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The #1 bestselling author of While Justice Sleeps returns with another riveting and intricately plotted thriller, in which a blackmailed federal judge, a secret court and a brazen murder may lead to an unprecedented national crisis.

"Abrams delivers another smart, zippy thriller." —Washington Post

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The Art Thief

A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession

By: Michael Finkel
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini & Michael Finkel
Length: 5 hours 39 minutes

“Over the course of eight years, master thief Stephane Breitwieser carried out over 200 brazen heists of fine art from museums and cathedrals across Europe! Amassing a private art collection with an estimated value of two billion dollars (in the top floor of his mother's home where he lived with his girlfriend and accomplice), Breitwieser saw... Read more

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Differ We Must

How Lincoln Succeeded in a Divided America

By: Steve Inskeep
Narrated by: Steve Inskeep
Length: 8 hours 57 minutes

An instant New York Times bestseller

A compelling and nuanced exploration of Abraham Lincoln’s political acumen, illuminating a great politician’s strategy in a country divided—and lessons for our own disorderly present


In 1855, with the United States at odds over slavery, the lawyer Abraham Lincoln wrote a note to his best friend, the son of a... Read more

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