Just a head’s up: Candice Carty-Williams’ Queenie opens with its titular Jamaican British heroine having “the world’s least ergonomic dildo” inserted into her and “moved around like a joystick” before her doctor calls in multiple colleagues to come help search for the IUD coil the appointment was meant to find. Sheen’s heartfelt devotion to Pullman’s fiction and its characters (he named his daughter Lyra, after the series’ heroine) infuses every word of this enthralling performance. Alexis Gunderson is a TV critic and audiobibliophile. Are We Ready for a Romantic Comedy Set in the Trump Administration. Slate has relationships with various online retailers. Angels in America is arguably the  greatest American theatrical work of the past 50 years, and while nothing can replicate the exhilaration of seeing it onstage, this is the next best thing. Performed by the Broadway cast. Join Slate Plus to continue reading, and you’ll get unlimited access to all our work—and support Slate’s independent journalism. These are the kind of stories I used to bookmark when everyone I knew was raving about them, telling myself that I’d sit down with them later, when I was “less busy”—a moment that, mysteriously, never seems to arrive. Full disclosure: Audiobooks were my great escape over the past 12 months, and while no doubt there were plenty of stellar, important nonfiction works released in 2019, I mostly listened to fiction. She can be found @AlexisKG. More plethora of non-fiction: 50 Best Nonfiction Audiobook on earth. (There are limits to the number of audiobooks you can listen to, however.) The one downside is that you’ll wish the band’s music existed in real life, but it’s for the best that the audiobook producers didn’t disappoint us with tracks that could never live up to Reid’s descriptions. Audible H.G. It symobilizes a website link url. Flights by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft, read by Clare Corbett (Audible) Currently an Audible exclusive, this audiobook of the 2018 Man Booker International p… With that in mind, the audio edition read with irresistible vigor by Shvorne Marks is a perfect listen for the summer of 2019. It indicates the ability to send an email. All prices were up to date at the time of publication. Her breathy but sharp delivery draws you into nightmarish Gilead from the get go. Audible have pulled together the most popular audiobooks of 2019, to give you inspiration for your next listen - or bragging points if you've already caught up. The aide, a former farmer of loyal heart who also happens to be transgender, hides a shrewd mind behind the bumpkin cadences Andoh has given him. So, after much heartfelt discussion and lots and lots of listening, we’ve chosen 10 works of audio greatness to represent the year’s best. Share. Narrators: The National Theater Broadway Cast (Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Beth Malone, James McArdle, Lee Pace, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Bobby Cannavale, Edie Falco). That’s what it’s like listening to Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory, the new collection of short stories from BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg. Here are 10 audiobooks from 2019 that are the whole package — great stories, beautifully narrated by stellar performers to create a compelling whole. Much like 2018’s surprising Beastie Boys Book, John Doe and Tom Desavia’s More Fun in the New World is an audio joy. AudioFile’s 2019 Best Mystery and Suspense Audiobooks Partnered with: AudioFile Magazine reviewers and editors tap “play” on scads of audiobooks every day, looking for blow-you-away narration and standout production. As the world of audio evolves, so too does our Best Of list. Atkinson was a literary novelist of modest renown when she turned her hand to the mystery form with 2004’s genre-busting Case Histories and Jackson Brodie, the private detective whose investigations she chronicled through three sequels. Andoh’s bravura performance of Leckie’s stand-alone epic fantasy novel plunges its readers into a strange world, but its narrator is stranger yet. Badaki’s ability to inhabit the wild characters in protagonist Sunny Nwazue’s life—both magical and human, both American and Nigerian—is as melodic and absorbing as ever. Punk fans will love everything about this audiobook, but you don’t have to be a punk to get something valuable out of listening. Narrated by Elizabeth Rogers. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Beyond these musical surprises, More Fun in the New World also includes a conversations with L.A. punk legends, including one between author John Doe and Black Flag singer Henry Rollins that lasts a full hour. Monda, my preferred narrator for any story with a noirish flavor (including Hand’s fabulous Cass Neary series), at first seemed an incongruous fit with the historical setting, but the world Henry and Pin inhabit is a hard-knock one, and within a few chapters it was impossible to imagine this story read by anyone else. Narrators: Benjamin Dreyer, Alison Fraser. Davis’ novels never have conventional plots, but if you can let that go and get comfortable with not knowing what, exactly, is going on, they will toss you up in a cloud of sparkling mist like playful waves. That’s nuclear-grade likability, right? An envelope. So we devoured Josh Levin’s investigation into real 1970s con artist (and possible murderer) Linda Taylor, the woman behind the “welfare queen” nickname, whose audiobook boasts the amazing January LaVoy as narrator. I love Davis’ work on the page but adore it in audiobook form; that way, it’s easier to let the tide of this extraordinary author’s vision wash over you and carry you deliriously out to sea. We’ve rarely been so charmed by a full-cast recording as we were in the first minute of this one. It includes an introduction by best-selling thriller author Gillian Flynn and an afterword by her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt. Sometime in the near future, Susan sifts through a cache of documents having to do with her mother’s death while her parents were on a walking tour of Wales. Bringing her trademark warmth and range to the text, LaVoy makes this surprising tale come to life in all its thrilling, horrifying and enlightening glory. This being recounts both its distant past and a current episode of palace intrigue—all of it addressed to the aide of a hotheaded prince who has just learned that his father has died and his uncle has usurped his title. You should start with Book 1 if you’re going to hop aboard the Flavia train, but if you don’t mind racing to catch up a bit with the domestic dramas of Flavia’s family life, The Golden Tresses of the Dead is a great place to start listening to the series. What better way to demonstrate that than by communicating, out loud, from the author’s lips to the listener’s ear? Check out our lists of the best novels, best nonfiction books, best Young Adult novels and best book covers of 2019 so far. Slate may earn an affiliate commission. Posted on December 5, 2019 by Lena Yang. The threat of a wedding between their single dads brings two tween heroines together, and the story of their hard-won digital friendship ends with a surprising wedding as well. By Stephen Lovely. Featuring Rus nobles, witches, frost gods, magical horse and magical mushrooms, The Winter of the Witch is Gati at her best. The audiobook version of McNamara's is a compulsively readable investigation into the Golden State Killer, a serial rapist and murderer who committed crimes up and down the California coast for over a decade. Fall is for sweater weather, stunning foliage, and a slew of top-notch audiobooks. Narrated by Jason Isaacs. If you prefer to own your audiobooks, and want to buy DRM-free files while supporting your neighborhood independent bookseller, check out Libro.fm, which works on a credit system like Audible. Narrated by Jacques Roy. Having a print copy of this reference book on hand is still imperative, but as a piece of edifying entertainment, the audio alone is top notch. Trust us, you’ll want to immediately download a copy of this audiobook about the nitty gritty of editing. If you value our work, please disable your ad blocker. There are many epic fantasies available in the world of audiobooks, but this is the one you should be picking up. By Kate Racculia. Punctuation matters, because it facilitates communication. AudioFile's 2019 Best Audiobooks list is the culmination of a year of listening. Graphic novels are notoriously difficult to translate to audio, but Jesus Del Orden gives a realistic performance that is heightened by a strong chorus of supporting actors and an equally strong layering of well-balanced sound effects. But it wasn’t until the final book of the trilogy, The Winter of the Witch, came out that Vasilisa was ready to take on the entirety of Gati’s narrative power. If you want a shiver-straight-out-of-your-skin experience with Dawn Kurtagich’s new book, Teeth in the Mist, you’ve got to listen to it through headphones. By Tony Kushner. A little bit historical mystery, a little bit dark magic, a little bit (okay, a lot) horror, Teeth in the Mist is such a spooky listen we’re relieved the wimpiest among us (raises hand) can listen to it while lolling about on a bright summer day. Looking for more reading recommendations? From fantasy epics to history deep dives, there’s something for everyone to love on this list. Check out Paste Magazine's pick for the top 19 in '19. When Alison Fraser’s masterclasses in voice performance in each of the example sentences is added to mix, however, it becomes clear just how useful an audio version of the book is. 5. Editor’s Note: The audiobooks below are organized by shortest to longest run time. (I also did a list of best fantasy audio books last year, if you’re looking for something with a little more actual magic.) These Are the Best Audiobooks For Readers On the Move. Daisy Jones & the Six, a fictional oral history of a fictional rock band, shines in audiobook form. Jayne Entwistle’s joyful take on teen sleuth Flavia de Luce will be at the top of any audiobook list we make, so it’s no shock that The Golden Tresses of the Dead is on this one. So imagine our delirium when we saw that Berry’s newest project, Lovely War, which follows four lovers across America and Europe whose WWI/WWII-era lives intertwine with the gods of Olympus, is also narrated by Jayne Entwistle, Allan Corduner and Berry, herself. The Raven Tower, Anne Leckie’s foray into fantasy, is as immersive and innovative as her sci-fi series, The Imperial Radch. Narrators: Jayne Entwistle, Allan Corduner, Julie Berry. By joining Slate Plus you support our work and get exclusive content. Alexis Gunderson is a TV critic and audiobibliophile. Despite a subplot involving sex trafficking and a passel of truly heartless golf-buddy villains, this is the Rolls Royce of cozy listens, full of fresh, vivid characters and plenty of Atkinson’s signature wit. Think about is as the 35 best sci-fi audio books for the price of 25! The novel is a swirl of Welsh mythology; courtroom drama; the midcentury adultery fiction of, say, John Updike; clever aphorisms; and postapocalyptic dystopia. The Best Podcasts of 2019 (So Far) 1999: The Last Great Year in Movies; He has also got herself nominated in top 100 influential people of 2019. The Best Nonfiction Audiobooks list has been curated by our team, we share the same passion as you do for nonfiction. Narrated by Michael Sheen. Full disclosure: Audiobooks were my great escape over the past 12 months, and while no doubt there were plenty of stellar, important nonfiction works released in 2019, I mostly listened to fiction. But it is the Strength and Patience of the Hill (the god’s best known name) who steals the show, with its serene perspective on the transitory doings of humanity and the conniving of the gods, all conveyed by Andoh with a delicious plumminess. To be honest, this adult version of Ellen Raskin’s children’s classic The Westing Game is no exalted work of literature. Darger is a real historical figure, a janitor who created an unsettling fictional universe of brave little girls battling dastardly villains, only discovered after his death. While my nonfiction audiobook listening was sorely lacking in 2019, my thirst for thorough reporting and well-formed analysis did not go unslaked. It requires a measured pace and distinct articulation, particularly when the book uses many unfamiliar names, as does Higginbotham’s suspenseful account of the 1986 nuclear reactor meltdown in Ukraine. Ann Patchett deserved a more skilled interpreter. You can cancel anytime. Best Audiobooks in Romance. All of the voice performances are exceptional, but the experience of having their voices beamed so directly into your brain adds a layer of intimacy to the story that couldn’t be accessed in any other form. If you missed the Tony Award–winning revival of Kushner’s thrilling epic of late-20th-century American life, here’s your chance to hear Nathan Lane, Andrew Garfield, James McArdle, and Denise Gough reprise their performances in a made-for-audio version of both plays, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika. Add in the expertly produced performances in the full-cast audio version, anchored by Imani Parks and Cassandra Morris as protagonists Bett and Avery and accented by the dings, twinkles and typewriter clacks that signal the start of each new message sent between characters, and you’ve got your family’s next audio escape. By Kate Atkinson. (This production is so star-studded that the stage directions are read by Bobby Cannavale and Edie Falco.) Photo illustration by Slate. Her engaged reading, sprinkled throughout with clear and accurate Russian dialogue and accents, brings the Russian soul at the heart of Arden’s series into full bloom. Our top picks of the year represent some of our favorite tropes—enemies to lovers, wallflowers, and even a sci-fi twist. Narrators: John Doe, Tom Desavia, Dave Alvin, Allison Anders, Charlotte Caffey, Peter Case, Shepard Fairey, Norwood Fisher, Pleasant Gehman, Terry Graham, Sid Griffin, Jack Grisham, Tony Hawk, Chip Kinman, Maria McKee, Angelo Moore, W.T. Now, I cue up Audm whenever I have to wash dishes or fold laundry, and get lost for an hour or two in some of the best writing being published today. Mixing sexy rom-com drama with a meaningful exploration of what it is to be a young, black woman with anxiety issues and immigrant grandparents in Brexit-era Britain, Queenie asks a lot of Marks. The amount of delight and joy that books of this genre provide is unparalleled. Eventually, though, Henry gains the trust of Pin, a girl who dresses as a boy in order to move safely through the tawdry carnival milieu where her mother, a fortuneteller, works. The best audiobooks of 2019 range from epic fantasy novels to powerful nonfiction books. Narrators: Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Baron Vaughn, James Urbaniak, Kimiko Glenn, Colman Domingo, Natalie Morales, Raúl Esparza, Will Brill, Stephanie Beatriz, Emma Galvin, Nicholas Gonzalez. All Rights Reserved. I know, I know—Tom Hanks reading Ann Patchett? LISTEN FOR FREE . The best memoir helps readers hear the author's voice in the story, and audiobooks let you do that literally. 25 Of The Best Sci-Fi Audiobooks to Listen to in 2019 Alex Acks Mar 6, 2019. Narrators: Imani Parks, Cassandra Morris, full cast. (Still not convinced? Here’s why adults and kids should read/listen to the Flavia de Luce series. 27) Afropean: Notes from Black Europe. You know that feeling when you see a social media post so outside your frame of reference that you feel like you’ve slid into an alternate reality? But don’t think either Flavia or Entwistle are here on laurels alone; after a few books transitioning Flavia from her father’s wayward youngest daughter to an orphan taking charge of the de Luce estate and forming an official private detective business, The Golden Tresses of the Dead marks the start of a new phase in Flavia’s life.