Awards & Recognition AudioFile Magazine’s Best Audiobooks of the Year: 2014 (Adult Picks)

AudioFile Magazine’s reviewers share their top listens of 2014! These are AudioFile’s favorites of the year that celebrate “the alchemy of writing and performance…[and] the talent and hard work that goes in to creating audiobooks.”

Without further ado, we present BOT’s astonishing Adult audiobooks that made AudioFile‘s coveted list! (And check out all of AudioFile’s ‘Best Of’ 2014 here.

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Best Audiobooks: Fiction & Classics
THE ARSONIST by Sue Miller, read by the author
ASTONISH ME by Maggie Shipstead, read by Rebecca Lowman
THE BOOK OF UNKNOWN AMERICANS by Cristina Henríquez, read by Various
CARTHAGE by Joyce Carol Oates, read by Susan Ericksen and David Colacci
LEAVING TIME by Jodi Picoult, read by Mark Deakins, Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, and Kathe Mazur

Best Audiobooks: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Audio Theater
DARK EDEN by Chris Beckett, read by Various
RAISING STEAM by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel, read by Kirsten Potter

Best Audiobooks: Mystery and Suspense

By Jo Nesbø
Read by Gildart Jackson


“Nesbø’s thrilling journey into Oslo’s criminal underground of drugs, human trafficking, and murder is nail-biting, thanks to Jackson’s insightful performance.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

Best Audiobooks: Biography and History
THE DEATH OF SANTINI by Pat Conroy, read by Dick Hill
IN THE KINGDOM OF ICE by Hampton Sides, read by Arthur Morey
MY PROMISED LAND by Ari Shavit, read by Paul Boehmer

Best Audiobooks: Nonfiction and Culture
A PATH APPEARS by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, read by Olivia Wilde
THE SCIENCE OF DISCWORLD by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, and Jack Cohen, read by Michael Fenton Stevens and Stephen Briggs
THE UNDERGROUND GIRLS OF KABUL by Jenny Nordberg, read by Kirsten Potter

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Best Voices: Fiction and Classics
ASTONISH ME by Maggie Shipstead, read by Rebecca Lowman
DEBBIE DOESN’T DO IT ANYMORE by Walter Mosley, read by Bahni Turpin
THE GIRLS FROM CORONA DEL MAR by Rufi Thorpe, read by Rebecca Lowman
LIFE DRAWING by Robin Black, ready by Cassandra Campbell
THE PARIS ARCHITECT by Charles Belfoure, read by Mark Bramhall
THE PAYING GUESTS by Sarah Waters, read by Juliet Stevenson

Best Voices: Author-Readers
THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION’S LAST REUNION by Fannie Flagg, read by the author
FIELDS OF BLOOD by Karen Armstrong, read by the author

Best Voices: Mystery and Suspense
AN EVENT IN AUTUMN by Henning Mankell, read by Simon Vance
TOP SECRET TWENTY-ONE By Janet Evanovich, read by Lorelei King

Best Voices: Nonfiction and Culture

By Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes
Read by Kimberly Farr


“Narrator Kimberly Farr captures the book’s spirit, reading with an assured, deliberate style that underscores Clinton’s powerful personality…Farr is effective…There are even times when Farr winks at us, slyly ending a sentence with a pause or rise in her voice.”—AudioFile

Click here to see Listening Library’s amazing Children’s and Teen listens that made the AudioFile ‘Best Of’ list

And click here to see the full list of BOT’s ‘Best Of’ 2014 titles from the country’s top publications (includes library order form).

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