January 2020 NYT Audio Bestsellers
Collection Development January 2020 New York Times Audiobook Bestsellers

“Auld acquaintance” may be forgot, but remember to kick off the New Year by recommending new audiobooks to eager listeners!


AUDIO FICTION

#1 Fiction Bestseller

The Guardians
Author: John Grisham
Read by: Michael Beck
In this #1 New York Times bestseller, John Grisham delivers a classic legal thriller—with a twist.

“Terrific…affecting…Grisham has done it again.”—Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

#2 Fiction Bestseller

The Giver of Stars
Author: Jojo Moyes
Read by: Julia Whelan
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A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick, narrated by Audie Award-winning narrator Julia Whelan. Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You.

“I’ve been a huge Jojo Moyes fan. Her characters are so compelling…It’s such a great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together.”—Reese Witherspoon

#3 Fiction Bestseller

Where the Crawdads Sing
Author: Delia Owens
Read by: Cassandra Campbell
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A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and runaway #1 bestseller, Where the Crawdads Sing is a must-have audiobook for your collection.

“[Narrator Cassandra] Campbell’s accents give the mix of classes and regions in the story the same realistic detail Owens provides for the marsh…Prepare to be enchanted and haunted.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

#9 Fiction Bestseller

The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club)
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Read by: Joe Morton
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An Oprah’s Book Club Pick! From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me comes a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.

“Joe Morton doesn’t just give a stellar performance of Coates’s audiobook. He embodies its characters completely, making the listening experience cinematic.”—AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

#14 Fiction Bestseller

Blue Moon
Author: Lee Child
Read by: Scott Brick
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In this highly-anticipated installment of Lee Child’s acclaimed suspense series, Jack Reacher comes to the aid of an elderly couple…and confronts his most dangerous opponents yet.

AUDIO NON-FICTION

#4 Non-Fiction Bestseller

Educated
Author: Tara Westover
Read by: Julia Whelan
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An unforgettable, Audie Award-winning memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. Educated is a brilliant audio recommendation for many patrons.

“Narrator Julia Whelan’s performance is outstanding.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

#5 Non-Fiction Bestseller

Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
Read by: Michelle Obama
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Now a GRAMMY Award Nominee! An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir written and read by the former First Lady of the United States. An absolutely singular audiobook that is topping bestseller lists around the world.

“Her signature quiet confidence comes through every word as she narrates her story.”—AudioFile, Earphones Award

#13 Non-Fiction Bestseller

Dear Girls
Author: Ali Wong
Read By: Ali Wong and Justin Hakuta
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Ali Wong’s heartfelt and hilarious letters to her daughters cover everything they need to know in life, like the unpleasant details of dating, how to be a working mom in a male-dominated profession, and how she trapped their dad.

“Listeners will laugh along, swept up in her anecdotes and flashbacks. Her level of intimacy will make listeners feel as if they’re hearing from a friend, not listening to an audiobook by a celebrity.”—AudioFile

#14 Non-Fiction Bestseller

Blowout
Author: Rachel Maddow
Read by: Rachel Maddow
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Blowout is a call to contain the lion: to stop subsidizing the wealthiest businesses on earth, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of the world’s most destructive industry and its enablers. The stakes have never been higher. As Maddow says, “Democracy either wins this one or disappears.”

#15 Non-Fiction Bestseller

Say Nothing
Patrick Radden Keefe’s mesmerizing audiobook on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses a decades-old mystery as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with.

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