August 2018

As publishers, we don’t just turn pages–we also seek the best audiobooks for book lovers so we can share them with you!

By David Adams

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman, read by Armie Hammer

Andre Aciman’s erotic coming-of-age story set on the Italian Riviera is given new life in this sumptuous audio version narrated by actor Armie Hammer. In the Academy Award-nominated film, Hammer played Oliver, the object of desire to newly minted heartthrob Timothee Chalamet’s 17-year-old Elio Perlman. In the audiobook, Hammer mellifluously narrates the story from the perspective of an older Elio reliving his summer romance. The twistiness of the character swap makes this a must-listen even (especially!) if you’ve already read the book or seen the movie.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, narrated by Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn, and Patton Oswalt

True crime blogger Michelle McNamara died tragically while writing this investigation into a string of unsolved burglaries, rapes, and murders that she believed were committed by one man: the Golden State Killer. Her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, oversaw the book’s completion and publication in February 2018 — two years after McNamara’s death and two months before the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo proved her central theory correct. Gillian Flynn’s introduction and Oswalt’s afterword pay heartfelt tribute to a brilliant woman who dedicated her life to pursuing justice for others.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, narrated by Claire Danes

When the Hulu series based on this dystopian fable premiered in 2017, it hit almost too close to home. But the power of Margaret Atwood’s searing portrait of a society based on the subjugation of women lies in its timelessness. The Handmaid’s Tale has always been terrifyingly relevant–from its first publication in 1985 to its reemergence on bestseller lists last year. In 2013, Emmy Award-winning actress Claire Danes took on the role of the handmaid Offred to narrate this magnificently produced audio version.

Heartburn by Nora Ephron, narrated by Meryl Streep

The iconic novel by one of America’s most beloved humorists gets the star treatment in this audiobook narrated by Meryl Streep. The Academy Award-winning actress brings warmth, self-awareness, and an impeccable sense of timing to her audio portrayal of Rachel Samstat (who Streep also immortalized onscreen), a cookbook writer who discovers that her journalist husband is having an affair. The story, which is based on Ephron’s marriage to Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, will have you laughing through tears.

Archives

Best Audiobooks: Fall 2019

Our favorite audiobooks for fall include powerful memoirs and anticipated follow-up novels.

Best Audiobooks: Summer 2019

Our favorite audiobook picks for summer will have you laughing and crying – in no particular order.

Best Audiobooks: April 2019

A fictional L.A. rock band, a notorious kidnapping in 1970s Belfast, and a serial killer stalks the streets of World War II-era Prague.

Best Audiobooks: February 2019

The real-life consequences of at-home DNA tests, fun with grammar, and how America’s opioid epidemic is just tip of a global crime syndicate.

Best Audiobooks: December 2018

This month WSJ reporters unravel a billion dollar scam, Michelle Obama releases her memoir, and a tale of revenge in the Old West.

November 2018

A grisly discovery on an idyllic Irish estate; a darkly comic debut novel written in a jail cell; a riveting history of Los Angeles’s Central Library. Fascinating stories can be found in the most unexpected of places.

Best Audiobooks: October 2018

This month’s selections of audiobooks include a British drama that tackles a political scandal in the age of #MeToo, Stephen King’s self-described “scariest book,” and a gripping memoir that travels from a survivalist outpost in Idaho to Cambridge University.

Best Audiobooks: September 2018

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the memoir of a meth head, and a delightful debut novel about an odd and endearing heroine.

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