Awards & Recognition Listen Up! AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2018

‘Tis the season for celebrating another great year of audiobook listening!

AudioFile has released their list of the best of the best, and a number of Books on Tape titles made the cut. Are any of these audiobooks flying off your shelves already? Make sure you have them all in your collection!

Fiction

Clock Dance
Author: Anne Tyler
Read by: Kimberly Farr
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“Farr delivers Willa’s interior monologues with a wonderful combination of angst and humor.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

Warlight
Author: Michael Ondaatje
Read by: Steve West
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“London-born narrator Steve West effortlessly mixes tones of mystery, uncertain memory, sophistication, and innocence in Ondaatje’s latest novel.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

Washington Black
Author: Esi Edugyan
Read by: Dion Graham
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“This memorable audiobook takes a young slave from captivity to freedom as narrator Dion Graham wrings every heartfelt emotion from the story.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

Nonfiction

The Death of Truth
Author: Michiko Kakutani
Read by: Tavia Gilbert
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“Versatile narrator Tavia Gilbert performs this significant audiobook with a sure sense of its importance. Her focused reading suits the intent of its thought.”—AudioFile

Memoir

Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
Read by: Michelle Obama
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“In a rich, warm timbre, Michelle Obama treats us to reminiscences and reflections on her life as though we were friends seated in her living room.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

Educated
Author: Tara Westover
Read by: Julia Whelan
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“Whelan conducts a master class in the fear, dread, and self-doubt wrought by domestic violence as Westover recounts her older brother’s terrorizing all while spewing religious righteousness.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

Reporter
Author: Seymour M. Hersh
Read by: Arthur Morey
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“[Narrator Arthur Morey] expresses the author’s outrage over issues such as the Vietnam War and chemical and biological weapons. Yet he also is effective during more personal passages.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

Biography & History

The Soul of America
Author: Jon Meacham
Read By: Jon Meacham and Fred Sanders
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“Fred Sanders is a compelling narrator who brings these foundational American stories to life with admirable poise. He is especially good at reading famous texts as though they were new.”—AudioFile

Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror

Spinning Silver
Author: Naomi Novik
Read by: Lisa Flanagan
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“Lisa Flanagan’s steady narration, especially her accents and inflections, elevate the story wonderfully. Every character benefits from a distinct and engaging voice, particularly the raspy growl of the fire demon.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

Children & Family Listening

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Books 1-2
Author: Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
Read by: Various
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“The lively, engaging performances from narrators Mozhan Marnò, Ashley Judd, Esperanza Spalding, and others propel you to listen to the next profile and then the next. Girls can become whatever they want, and here are 200 true-life stories to prove it.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

Harbor Me

“In this unique audio, six narrators represent characters in shared dialogues. N’Jameh Camara narrates the emotive narrative of biracial Haley, who describes increasingly honest conversations among six classmates along with her own undisclosed truths.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

Young Adult

Hope Nation
Author: Rose Brock
Read by: Various
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“In this collection of honest essays, listeners find that the people penning the words are just as vulnerable as everyone else but are willing to share their experiences with those who are ready to listen. The narrators bring their all to the mix, giving life to the authors’ compelling anecdotes.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

I Have Lost My Way
Author: Gayle Forman
Read By: Sunil Malhotra, Michael Crouch and Nicole Lewis
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“The narrators give individual strength to three characters who are all lost on their life paths. The narrators’ intense deliveries project the characters’ shared sense of isolation and the bonding that occurs after a freak accident.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

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