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They are of 2022 has been a great year for audiobook lovers. Whether you’re on the subway, a road trip, or working out, these books are sure to keep you entertained through all your travels and day-to-day activities. With genres ranging from romance to self-help to psychological thrillers, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this list of the best audiobooks of 2022.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Narrated by Julia Whelan, this audiobook will make you feel like you’re right there in Sunshine Falls with our favorite book lovers. A high-powered, successful literary agent, Nora Stephens is known for her work ethic, her candor, and her dedication to her clients. But when her younger sister Libby begs Nora to take a trip with her to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina, she reluctantly agrees. Nora knows that Libby’s hoping this trip will turn out like one of her favourite romance novels and Nora will transform into a more laid-back version of herself – maybe even fall in love with a charming smalltown bartender. But what she doesn’t expect is to run into Charlie Lastra, a handsome but callous editor from back in the city. When Charlie finds himself in a position to edit one of one of her client’s books, Nora proposes they work together. For the rest of her month-long stay, Charlie and Nora explore a relationship they never expected—one that might compel them to rewrite their own stories.
Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
When Carrie Soto retires from tennis, she has twenty Grand Slam titles, numerous shattered records, and a reputation for being ferocious. But six years after she hangs up the racket, Carrie watches Nicki Chan steal her record at the 1994 US Open. At thirty-seven, Carrie decides to return to tennis and be coached by her father for one final year in attempt to reclaim her title. Even facing new obstacles—hateful media outlets, a slower body, her conflicting feelings for fellow athlete Bowe Huntley—she’s determined to be the best. Performed by a full cast (Stacy Gonzalez, Mary Carillo, Patrick Mcenroe, Rob Simmelkjaer, Brendan Wayne, Max Meyers, Reynaldo Piniella, Vidish Athavale, Tom Bromhead, Heath Miller, Julia Whelan, and Sara Arrington), this riveting glimpse into the world of tennis will have you rooting for Carrie Soto through it all.
Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before? by Julie Smith
In this insightful and practical guide to fortifying your mental health, clinical psychologist Julie Smith shares helpful advice and coping techniques for everyday problems that may be holding you back. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, self-esteem, criticism, motivation or forgiveness, this book offers digestible solutions that will teach you how to overcome obstacles and become more resilient. This audiobook is a warm and friendly approach to better understanding your mind and improving your mental health.
Finding Me by Viola Davis
Narrated by the author herself, this audiobook is a poignant reflection centered around self-love and the power of expression, creativity and authenticity. In this honest and heartfelt memoir, renowned actress Viola Davis opens up about her personal life, her career, and the journey that helped her discover who she truly is. Starting in a small apartment in Rhode Island, Davis’ story follows the events that led her to the stage in New York City, where she found her voice and her purpose.
The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley
When Jess quits her job and decides to start fresh, she asks her half-brother Ben if she could temporarily move in with him in his Paris apartment. Ben agrees, but he’s not there to greet Jess upon her arrival. Days go by with no sign of Ben, and Jess, now worried that he’s in danger, starts to do some digging. His neighbors, a curious cast of characters, are mysterious and unwelcoming, and it’s not long before Jess begins to suspect they’re hiding something. The socialite, the nice guy, the aggressive alcoholic, the girl on the edge, and the concierge. Everyone’s a suspect in this thrilling mystery narrated by Clare Corbett, Daphne Kouma, Julia Winwood, Sope Dirisu, Sofia Zervudachi, and Charlie Anson—and everyone has something to hide.
Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult and Finney Boylan
Read by Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finn, Carrie Coon, and Key Taw, this audiobook is a truly suspenseful experience that will keep listeners on their toes until the very end. Olivia McAfee never thought she would end up back in her small New Hampshire hometown, but after fleeing her abusive husband, she didn’t have many other options. While Olivia and her son Asher adjust to their new lives, Lily Campanello and her mother also find a fresh start in Adams, New Hampshire. Then Lily and Asher cross paths at school, and it’s not long before they’ve fallen for each other. But one day, Olivia receives a phone call and discovers that Lily is dead and Asher is being questioned as a person of interest. Olivia doesn’t want to believe Asher had anything to do with Lily’s death, but she can’t deny that he has some of his father’s temper in him. And as the case unravels, Olivia begins to question how well she really knows her son.
Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths by Natalie Haynes
The stories of men in Greek myths are widely known and celebrated. We are all familiar with the epic adventures of Odysseus, the heroic strength of Achilles, and Jason’s legendary quest. In this book, however, Natalie Haynes explores the role of women in stories of the Trojan War, of the Royal House of Thebes, of Jason and the Argonauts, and of Heracles. Listeners of this audiobook will experience an entirely new perspective as they dive into the tales of Hera, Aphrodite, Athena, Circe, Helen, Clytemnestra, Jocasta, Antigone, Medea and more.
True Biz by Sara Novic
True Biz, narrated by Lisa Flanagan and Kaleo Griffith, is an illuminating novel set in a residential school for the deaf that follows three characters whose lives interweave and are changed forever. Charlie is a rebellious new student who has never met another deaf person before; Austin is the golden boy whose life is turned upside down when his little sister is born with hearing; and February is the school’s headmistress, struggling to keep her school from closing and her marriage from falling apart. As Charlie, Austin, and February each face overwhelming personal and political obstacles, their journeys intertwine, resulting in a profound story about civil rights and prejudice, love and loss, courage, resilience and joy.
Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
At eighteen years old, Tova Sullivan’s son, Erik, inexplicably vanished on a boat in Puget Sound. Now, thirty years later, Tova works the night shift cleaning the Sowell Bay Aquarium, trying to keep busy after her husband’s passing. There, she forms an unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus named Marcellus, who knows more than anyone can believe. Marcellus has solved the mystery of Tova’s son’s disappearance, and now he must find a way to reveal the truth to her before it’s too late. A heartwarming tale about grief, captivity, friendship, and remarkably bright creatures, this story narrated by Marin Ireland and Michael Urie is sure to leave readers touched and longing for their own cephalopod companion.
Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown
Research professor and author Brené Brown takes listeners on a journey through human emotion to meaningful connection. She provides the language and tools necessary to access the brave and vulnerable parts of ourselves so that we may create life-changing opportunities and second chances. Atlas of the Heart perfectly captures the importance of telling our own stories and discovering meaning in our experiences. By exploring eighty-seven different emotions, Brown eloquently describes the beauty of human connection.
Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover
After five years in prison, Kenna Rowan returns to the scene of her worst mistake, desperate to get her four-year-old daughter back. But everyone in her daughter’s life sees Kenna as a criminal, making it impossible for her to get close no matter how hard she tries to prove them wrong. Local bar owner Ledger Ward is the only link to her daughter who might be willing to give her a chance. But as the connection between Kenna and Ledger intensifies, they risk losing the trust of those most important to them. Now Kenna must find a way to absolve her mistakes, tell the truth, and hold on to hope against all odds.
The Maid by Nita Prose
Narrated by Lauren Ambrose, The Maid is a riveting and heartwarming story about growth, acceptance, and the important things that unite us. When Molly Gray takes a job at a fancy hotel, she feels it’s a great fit for her. As someone who struggles with social cues and often misunderstands others, she enjoys the quiet routine of cleaning and organizing each room after a guest’s stay. But when a wealthy man named Charles Black is found dead in his bed, Molly’s peculiar behavior lands her at the top of the suspect list. Now Molly must find out the truth of what happened to Mr. Black before it’s too late.