May 2019 Audio Bestsellers
Awards & Recognition, Collection Development, Featured Titles May 2019 New York Times Audio Bestsellers

May’s Audio Bestsellers range from heart-pounding fiction to moving non-fiction. Each and every title, though, is a unique and necessary production. Make sure your audiobook collection is complete with these popular titles—your patrons will thank you!

AUDIO FICTION
#1 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 breakout #1 bestseller for multiple weeks in a row, Where the Crawdads Sing is an audiobook you must-have 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

#3 Fiction Bestseller

A Game of Thrones
Author: George R. R. Martin
Read by: Roy Dotrice
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The first audiobook in the epic fantasy series that became the acclaimed HBO show and cultural phenomenon Game of Thrones.

“Roy Dotrice has a gruff voice and style that is right at home in this harsh environment. He gives voice to a broad cast of characters with great range.”—AudioFile

#6 Fiction Bestseller

Master & Apprentice (Star Wars)
Author: Claudia Gray
Read by: Jonathan Davis
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The first canon Star Wars novel to take place before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

#7 Fiction Bestseller

Neon Prey
Author: John Sandford
Read by: Richard Ferrone
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Lucas Davenport tracks a prolific serial killer in the new nail-biting thriller from John Sanford.

#9 Fiction Bestseller

The Mister
Author: E L James
Read By: Jessica O'Hara-Baker and Dominic Thorburn
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The thrilling new romance from E L James, author of the phenomenal, bestselling Fifty Shades Trilogy. This production is narrated by two narrators and includes piano music making the listening experience engaging.

“A sensitive, skillful narration elevates this E L James novel.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

#10 Fiction Bestseller

A Clash of Kings
Author: George R. R. Martin
Read by: Roy Dotrice
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The audiobook behind the second season of the acclaimed HBO show Game of Thrones.

“Dotrice’s range of vocal tones, from gravelly and commanding to silkenly dangerous, creates a mood of insistence that holds the listener captive throughout the epic story.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

#13 Fiction Bestseller

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Read by: Cathleen McCarron
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A New York Times Bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick. “Beautifully written and incredibly funny, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is about the importance of friendship and human connection. I fell in love with Eleanor, an eccentric and regimented loner whose life beautifully unfolds after a chance encounter with a stranger; I think you will fall in love, too!” —Reese Witherspoon

“Narrator Cathleen McCarron’s articulated British accent and studied pacing lend weight to Eleanor’s apparent alienation from the world–and her immediate charm to listeners.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

#14 Fiction Bestseller

Daisy Jones & The Six
Another Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine book pick that your library needs in it’s collection. This is a full cast recording that makes the story shine.

“This is–to state it plainly–a remarkable audiobook….Written as a transcribed oral history, it lends itself naturally to the audio format. Also, it’s narrated by a star-studded full cast…The result is a tapestry of memorable characters with electric chemistry and authentic-sounding relationships….an unforgettable listening experience.”—AudioFile Earphones Award

#15 Fiction Bestseller

AUDIO NON-FICTION

#1 Non-Fiction Bestseller

Becoming
Author: Michelle Obama
Read by: Michelle Obama
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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

#2 Non-Fiction Bestseller

Educated
Author: Tara Westover
Read by: Julia Whelan
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An unforgettable 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

#3 Non-Fiction Bestseller

Life Will Be the Death of Me
Author: Chelsea Handler
Read by: Chelsea Handler
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The funny, sad, super-honest, all-true story of Chelsea Handler’s year of self-discovery is narrated by the author which makes this a must-listen for patrons.

“Comedian Chelsea Handler has written about intimate topics like one-night stands, but her first memoir, Life Will Be the Death of Me: … and you too! is her most revelatory yet.”—USA Today

#7 Non-Fiction Bestseller

Bad Blood
Author: John Carreyrou
Read by: Will Damron
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The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes—now the subject of the HBO documentary The Inventor.

“Will Damron is the perfect choice as narrator. His precisely articulated style makes the entire effort sound as if it is a cloak-and-dagger spy novel.”—AudioFile

#12 Non-Fiction Bestseller

The Power of Habit
Author: Charles Duhigg
Read by: Mike Chamberlain
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A longtime non-fiction favorite, the audio edition of The Power of Habit is an essential audiobook for your collection.

“Mike Chamberlain offers a warm, steady narration, packed with inquisitiveness and enthusiasm. His delivery of the supporting case studies from contemporary business and modern history brings the complexity of the topic to life and keeps listeners engaged.”—AudioFile

#14 Non-Fiction Bestseller

Thinking, Fast and Slow
Author: Daniel Kahneman
Read by: Patrick Egan
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The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us; this audiobook will change the way you think about thinking.

“Narrator Patrick Egan has a likable voice, and he reads with energy at an excellent pace, modulating intonation and matching sense to expression skillfully. He makes the sometimes complex text clear and holds the listener’s attention.”—AudioFile

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