Best Audiobooks of 2022
November 30, 2022
2022 has zoomed by and 2023 is knocking on our doors! Before the year wraps, let’s revisit the best audiobooks of 2022—and a special mention from 2021. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite before the year ends. Featured titles are available everywhere audiobooks are sold.
Written by: Questlove
Narrated by: Questlove
2023 Grammy nominee in the Best Audio Book, Narration, and Storytelling Recording category
Grammy nominated, best-selling author and Sundance award-winning director Questlove offers a thrilling, music-driven ride through the last 50 years of American history. Choosing one essential track from each year, Questlove unpacks each song’s significance, revealing the pivotal role that American music plays around issues of race, gender, politics, and identity.
*Audiobook released in 2021
Written by: Wendell Berry
Narrated by: Nick Offerman
Wendell Berry has never been afraid to speak up for the dispossessed. The Need to Be Whole continues the work he began in The Hidden Wound (1970) and The Unsettling of America (1977), demanding a careful exploration of this hard, shared truth: The wealth of the mighty few governing this nation has been built on the unpaid labor of others.
Written by: Alex Aster
Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
Soon to be a major motion picture! An Apple Books August 2022 Must-Listen!
Welcome to the Centennial.
Every 100 years, the island of Lightlark appears to host the Centennial, a deadly game that only the rulers of six realms are invited to play. The invitation is a summons—a call to embrace victory and ruin, baubles and blood. The Centennial offers the six rulers one final chance to break the curses that have plagued their realms for centuries. Each ruler has something to hide. Each realm’s curse is uniquely wicked. To destroy the curses, one ruler must die.
Written by: Jenny Han
Narrated by: Lola Tung
Season 1 now streaming on Amazon Prime Video!
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer—they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.
Written by: Patrick M. Lencioni
Narrated by: Ray Porter
New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni unveils a truly groundbreaking new model that will change the way we think about work and teams forever. The 6 Types of Working Genius is the fastest way to help people identify the type of work that brings them joy and energy, and avoid work that leads to frustration and burnout.
Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Kate Reading and Michael Kramer
From Brandon Sanderson—author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive and its fourth massive installment, Rhythm of War—comes a new hefty novella, Dawnshard. Taking place between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War, this tale (like Edgedancer before it) gives often-overshadowed characters their own chance to shine.
Written by: Matthew Mather (1969 – 2022)
Narrated by: Ray Porter
An apocalyptic supernova flashes over the South Pole. A mysterious mission sent deep into the Amazon. The story of one family’s struggle to reunite…
Max Carver, a down-on-his-luck truck driver and Army vet, joins a rescue mission into Brazil. The target is a utopian tech village, the Colony, hidden in the rainforest and run by a charismatic genius. Max’s pregnant wife, Talisha Carver, is the NSA analyst who intercepted encrypted Colony messages signaling a mysterious impending event.
Written by: Douglas Stuart
Narrated by: Chris Reilly
The brilliant new novel from the Booker Prize-winning author of Shuggie Bain.
Young Mungo is Stuart’s extraordinary second novel. Five years in the writing, it is both a thriller and literary tour de force, a vivid portrayal of working-class life and a deeply moving and highly suspenseful story of the dangerous first love of two young men: Mungo and James.
Written by: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
The final battle for humanity is about to begin…
On the moon, Ronin Hayashi trains to protect the colonies from the inevitable invasion of the machines. While he prepares to stand his ground, Sergeant Tadhg Walsh is planning an escape mission to deliver a weapon to the resistance on Earth.
Written by: Lisa Jackson, Alexandra Ivy and Lisa Childs
Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
St. Cecilia’s School for Girls in Salzburg, Austria, is a haven for the daughters of the rich and famous. Here, scandals are buried and secrets hidden. But for three former students, evil is about to resurface….
Written by: Keith Ferrazzi
Narrated by: Chris Henry Coffey
The number one New York Times best-selling author and longtime leader in the discussion of the future of work provides research-based insights and best practices for leading change in the ever-evolving post-pandemic world of work.
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