Awards & Recognition 6 Picks: Library Journal’s Best Audiobooks of 2019

Library Journal released their list of Best Audiobooks of 2019 in the January issue and included 6 of our titles! “This year’s top audiobooks, selected by LJ’s audio editor and reviewers, represent the best recorded literature published between November 2018 and December 2019.” LJ also reminds us that because “digital and streaming offerings are on the rise; we hope these lists offer a starting point for displays, readers’ advisory, and conversations…” So check your holds for these phenomenal listens and see why they are worth making noise about at your library!

Fiction:

The Testaments
“The multi-voiced narration is a perfect match for the story: listeners will be absolutely captivated.”—Library Journal, starred review
The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2)
Author: Philip Pullman
Read by: Michael Sheen
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
“Michael Sheen is a powerhouse narrator, easily juggling a multiplicity of characters, both human and daemon, and propelling listeners into Pullman’s intricate world.”—Library Journal, starred review
The Nickel Boys
Author: Colson Whitehead
Read By: Colson Whitehead and JD Jackson
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
“JD Jackson narrates with accomplished ease. This novel will pull you in and keep you thinking long after you stop listening.”—Library Journal, starred review

Nonfiction:

The Body
Author: Bill Bryson
Read by: Bill Bryson
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
“Bryson, of course, is the ideal narrator for this journey. His cultured, slightly British accent with just a touch of wryness adds to the enjoyment as he tells quirky stories.”—Booklist, starred review
Southern Lady Code
Author: Helen Ellis
Read by: Helen Ellis
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
“Listeners are sure to be letting out not-so-ladylike laughter…With her drawling accent and enthusiasm Ellis narrates the book, immersing the reader in a true Southern experience.”—Library Journal, starred review
Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
Read by: Michelle Obama
LISTEN TO A CLIP: audio
“Obama’s narration moves the story quickly as it captivates. Her familiar voice personalizes the story and emotionally draws listeners deeper.”—Library Journal

Click here to see our picks from School Library Journal‘s Best Kids Audiobooks of 2019

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