These are a few of the top audiobooks of 2018.
Listen to great stories as acclaimed narrators bring them to life.
With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.
“Weeks’s cool British intonations and attuned performance capture Circe’s evolution from youthful uncertainty amid scorn from richly characterized fellow deities to a confidence earned from centuries of island exile.” — from AudioFile Magazine
On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person–but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.
“Imogen Church is a lively and versatile narrator. She captures the vulnerable but determined Hal beautifully.” — from AudioFile Magazine
When Willa Drake gets a call telling her that her son’s ex-girlfriend has been shot, she drops everything to look after this woman. But the impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory. A bewitching novel of hope and transformation, Clock Dance gives us Anne Tyler at the height of her powers.
“Farr delivers Willa’s interior monologues with a wonderful combination of angst and humor; Peter, son Sean, and each of the Baltimore neighbors have distinct personalities, and Farr is a credible, precocious 9-year-old.” — From AudioFile Magazine
Alexandria, 47BCE: Cleopatra shares the throne with her brother Ptolemy under the auspices of Julius Caesar, by whom Cleopatra is heavily pregnant with child. A shipment of new coin meant to reset the shaky Egyptian economy has been stolen, the Queen’s Eye has been murdered and Queen Cleopatra turns to childhood friend Tetisheri to find the missing shipment and bring the murderer to justice.
Yan Lianke has secured his place as contemporary China’s most essential and daring novelist. His newest novel, The Day the Sun Died –winner of the Dream of the Red Chamber Award, one of the most prestigious honors for Chinese-language novels–is a haunting story of a town caught in a waking nightmare.
Milkman by Anna Burns
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018
Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.
In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman.
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Once Upon a River is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. Suspenseful, romantic, and richly atmospheric, the beginning of this novel will sweep you away on a powerful current of storytelling, transporting you through worlds both real and imagined, to the triumphant conclusion whose depths will continue to give up their treasures long after the last page is turned.
Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky
A nuanced satire–both hilarious and disconcerting–that probes the blurred lines between empowerment, spirituality, and consumerism in our online lives. This compelling, heartfelt novel asks us: How do we recognize authenticity when storytelling and magic have been co-opted by marketing?
Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates
An ingenious, dystopian novel of one young woman’s resistance against the constraints of an oppressive society, Hazards of Time Travel is both a novel of harrowing discovery and an exquisitely wrought love story that may be Joyce Carol Oates’s most unexpected novel so far.
Come with Me by Helen Schulman
From the acclaimed author of the New York Times bestseller This Beautiful Life, comes a mind-bending novel set in Silicon Valley that challenges our modern constructs of attachment and love, purpose and fate. Come with Me is searing, entertaining, and unexpected–a dark comedy that is ultimately both a deeply romantic love story and a vivid tapestry of modern life.
All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy
A spellbinding and emotionally powerful saga about family, identity, and love from the Man Booker Prize-nominated author of Sleeping on Jupiter, The Folded Earth, and An Atlas of Impossible Longing, this is a poignant and sweeping novel set in India during World War II and the present-day about a son’s quest to uncover the truth about his mother.