AudioFile's editors are thrilled to present our list of the 2022 Best Audiobooks. Our reviewers have listened to thousands of audiobooks this year, and we have selected those that stand out as exceptional listening. Explore all of this year's Best Audiobooks on our webpage, where you can also hear sound samples, read the full reviews, and listen to podcast episodes about the titles. We're honoring 54 audiobooks across nine categories, including fiction, nonfiction, and more, and we'll be celebrating them on our podcast, on social media, and here in our articles all month long.
Listen in as Robin Whitten and Behind the Mic host Jo Reed discuss some of this year's picks in today's episode of the podcast, with a special focus on what makes an audiobook memoir memorable listening.
This year's Best Audiobooks include those that are read with authenticity by the authors themselves, audiobooks performed by skilled ensemble casts, and impressive single-voice narrations, some that give us so many character portraits that you might mistake them for a full cast. We also are highlighting some titles this year that stretch the bounds of what makes an audiobook, including Lake Bell's INSIDE VOICE, which takes listeners deep into the heart of the spoken word, and WAKE, a memoir, audio play, and graphic novel that makes for powerful listening.
Follow us on Behind the Mic for all the celebrations, including interviews with narrators of the Best Audiobooks—you won't want to miss their insights into the year's best listening.