Best Audiobooks of the Season | Audio in Depth Starred Reviews

The top picks in audio across genres and subjects. Here are titles to know, share, listen to, and add to the collection. 

Mystery & Suspense

Berry, Tamara. Buried in a Good Book. Dreamscape Media.

Bohjalian, Chris. The Lioness. Books on Tape.

Carr, Jack. In the Blood. S. & S. Audio.

Grady, James. This Train. Dreamscape Media.

Gray, Claudia. The Murder of Mr. Wickham. Books on Tape.

Khavari, Kate. A Botanist’s Guide to Parties and Poisons. Dreamscape Media.

Meltzer, Brad. The Lightning Rod. HarperAudio.

Scott, Anika. The Soviet Sisters: A Novel of the Cold War. HarperAudio.


Gorcheva-Newberry, Kristina. The Orchard. Books on Tape.

Hadley, Tessa. Free Love: A Novel. HarperAudio.

Holmes, Linda. Flying Solo. Books on Tape.

Johnson, Debbie. The Moment I Met You. HarperAudio.

Lotz, Sarah. The Impossible Us. Books on Tape.

McKenzie, Moses. An Olive Grove in Ends. Hachette Audio.

Nawaz, Zarqa. Jameela Green Ruins Everything. HarperAudio.

Roorbach, Bill. Lucky Turtle. Hachette Audio.

Stuart, Douglas. Young Mungo. Recorded Books.

Trigiani, Adriana. The Good Left Undone. Books on Tape.

Webb, Heather. The Next Ship Home. Recorded Books.

Zambra, Alejandro. Chilean Poet. Books on Tape.


Dark Stars: New Tales of Darkest Horror. Recorded Books. Ed. by John F.D. Taff.

Kraus, Daniel. The Ghost That Ate Us: The Tragic True Story of the Burger City Poltergeist. Books on Tape.


Mignola, Mike & Christopher Golden. Baltimore; or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire. Books on Tape.

Monáe, Janelle. The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer. HarperAudio.


Emezi, Akwaeke. You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty. S. & S. Audio.

Henry, Emily. Book Lovers. Books on Tape.

Sosa, Mia. The Wedding Crasher. HarperAudio.

Arts & Humanities

Davis, Viola. Finding Me: A Memoir. HarperAudio.

Gadsby, Hannah. Ten Steps to Nanette: A Memoir Situation. Books on Tape.

Jovin, Ellen. Rebel with a Clause: Tales and Tips from a Roving Grammarian. HarperAudio.

Science & Technology

Hannig, Anita. The Day I Die: The Untold Story of Assisted Dying in America. Highbridge Audio.

Hood, Ann. Fly Girl: A Memoir. Recorded Books.

Social Sciences

Alexander, Elizabeth. The Trayvon Generation. Hachette Audio.

Bond, Melissa. Blood Orange Night: My Journey to the Edge of Madness. S. & S. Audio.

Brown, Brené. Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience. Books on Tape.

Fabricant, M. Chris. Junk Science and the American Criminal Justice System. Recorded Books.

Kruzan, Sara & Cori Thomas. I Cried To Dream Again: Trafficking, Murder, and Deliverance; A Memoir. Books on Tape.

McSwane, J. David. Pandemic, Inc.: Chasing the Capitalists and Thieves Who Got Rich While We Got Sick. S. & S. Audio.

Philpott, Mary Laura. Bomb Shelter. S. & S. Audio.

Richardson, Edmund. The King’s Shadow: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Deadly Quest for the Lost City of Alexandria. Tantor Audio.

Schrad, Mark Lawrence. Smashing the Liquor Machine: A Global History of Prohibition. Tantor Audio.

Thomson, Keith. Born To Be Hanged: The Epic Story of Gentleman Pirates Who Raided the South Seas, Rescued a Princess, and Stole a Fortune. Hachette Audio.

Vasquez-Lavado, Silvia. In the Shadow of the Mountain: A Memoir of Courage. Macmillan Audio.

Williamson, Elizabeth. Sandy Hook: An American Tragedy and the Battle for Truth. Books on Tape.

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