Every year prestigious awards recognize the best of the best audiobooks, and lucky you, we’ve put them together for you in a handy list of nothing but winners. You may have heard that Carrie Fisher’s audiobook The Princess Diarist just won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album. But wait, there’s more! Beyond the Grammys, there are so many other awards recognizing outstanding audiobooks. We’ve compiled a few big winners over the past year, here for your listening pleasure:
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Narrated by various (166 in total!)
The Award: 2017 Man Booker Prize & #1 New York Times Best Seller
It’s night during the first year of The American Civil War. You’re in the Georgetown Cemetery where President Lincoln’s 11 year old son Willie is laid to rest. This is the unusual story of Willie’s passing from life into a ghost-filled purgatory – or in Tibetan – the Bardo. You’ve really never heard anything like this dark historical fiction combined with psychedelic magic.
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
Narrated by Stephen King and others*
The Award: RUSA The Listen List’s 2017 Outstanding Audiobook Narration
Stephen King and a cast of incredible voice actors, bring this collection to life (well, and mostly to death). These dark and mind-bending short stories are introduced by King commenting on his writing process, inspiration and other revelations. Some classic tales are included with some brand new pieces, all with the unique style that has captured audiences for decades.
*Dylan Baker, Brooke Bloom, Cotter Smith, Craig Wasson, Edward Herrmann, Frederick Weller, Hope Davis, Kathleen Chalfant, Mare Winningham, Peter Friedman, Santino Fontana, Thomas Sadoski, Tim Sample, Will Patton
What Happened By Hillary Rodham Clinton
Narrated by Hillary Rodham Clinton
The Award: Library Journal Best Media 2017 Audiobooks
What happened indeed!? The world has been wondering ever since the 2016 election. Clinton does her best to explain, along with revealing intimate details on her family and theories on Russian election interference. Her progressive ideas on everything from civil rights to health care are woven throughout with a hefty dose women’s rights.
Sing, Unburied, Sing By Jesmyn Ward
Narrated by Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Chris Chalk
The Award: 2017 National Book Award for Fiction
If you’re in the mood for family drama that is not your own – listen up. Ride along with 13 year old Jojo and his struggling addict mother, Leonie, the story’s two narrators. They each grapple with issues of guilt, race, family and even visits from a few wise ghosts. This Southern Gothic novel is dark and wrong in all the right ways.
Far From the Tree By Robin Benway
Narrated by Julia Whelan
The Award: 2017 National Book Award for Young Adult
Grab the tissues. You’ll need them. Far from the Tree follows three siblings, Maya, Grace and Joaquin, each adopted into different families. They find one other as teenagers and recount their struggles with adoption, Foster Care teen pregnancy and beautifully portray how family takes many different forms.