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
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.
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.
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.