Indies Choice: Audiobook of the Year

The Indies Choice Book Awards reflect the spirit of independent bookstores nationwide. We are thrilled that this year, for the first time ever, an Indies Choice Award will be given for Audiobook of the Year! The winner for 2018 is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.

The six finalists were selected by a jury of booksellers from audiobooks that appeared on the Indie Next lists. Enjoy the audio samples below and remember the Wish List feature for adding these to your listening queue.


Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders

“Saunders’ first novel has a steep entry curve. It’s not a novel that reveals itself quickly and easily, but if you give it your attention, if you burrow deep into the book, you’ll be eminently rewarded. There is a richness and depth of humanity here. There is the strange and wonderful. There is love and grief and mystery all brought together in the story of Abraham Lincoln’s dead son, the Civil War, and what may happen to us all after we leave the mortal coil. It’s a beautiful and moving book that will stay with you for a long, long while.”
—Jason Vanhee, University Book Store


American War

by Omar El Akkad

“Omar El Akkad has delivered a stunning debut. He imagines a world in a not-too-distant future where Americans are at war with each other once again. The characters in this story are fully developed and individual, yet their histories—their stories—extend into the histories of all those displaced and affected by the forces of war. The title, American War, is a shape-shifter. At once, it means that America is again at war, but at times reflects the ways in which the true, actual wars that America has perpetrated on Earth have affected the lives of millions of people. This will be one of the most discussed books of the year, and I cannot wait to put it in the hands of all readers looking to be changed.”
—Matt Keliher, SubText Bookstore


The Fact of a Body

by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

“Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich didn’t set out to investigate murder of six-year-old Jeremy Guillory in Louisiana; it was the case she happened upon as a young law school intern in 1992. In a fascinating twist, this becomes not only the true story of a heinous crime for which the perpetrator is in prison, but also of the investigation that unlocks the author’s memories of her own youth, a childhood in which she and her sisters were repeatedly sexually abused by their maternal grandfather. As Marzano-Lesnevich moves backward and forward in time between the young man who killed Jeremy and her own life, the reader is swept along on a current of dismay and awe: dismay that human beings can do these things to each other, and awe that the author could face such demons and move on. I’ve never read another book like this.”
—Anne Holman, The King’s English


Hunger

by Roxane Gay

“This memoir is about trauma and privilege, self-loathing, and a silent fear kept secret for far too long. It’s about our obsession with body weight and body image, what happens when we internalize our pain and become self-destructive, and how very, very large people are treated in humiliating ways. The descriptions of addictive behavior and the journey to want to heal make this book more universal than I expected. When you decide that this is the day you’re going to change and you get out of bed and fail, that’s pretty normal. You’ll have another chance tomorrow—just remember to like yourself enough to overcome the fear of healing and try again. Highly recommend.”
—Todd Miller, Arcadia Books


Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

“One of the most horrific chapters in American history is brought back to the national consciousness with alarming detail in Killers of the Flower Moon. After the Osage Indian Nation strikes oil, its members become rich beyond their wildest dreams, only to encounter a vast and murderous conspiracy that will leave more than 60 members of the nation dead. David Grann reconstructs those murders and the subsequent investigations with astonishing care and reveals the depths of a conspiracy that stretched from Oklahoma to Washington, D.C. This story will certainly be one of the most important books of 2017.”
—Steven Shonder, Anderson’s Bookshop


The Ninth Hour

by Alice McDermott

“Alice McDermott’s dazzling The Ninth Hour turns on the contradictions that confound our need to reconcile with mortality. The empathetic characters, at once agents and benefactors of Christian charity, grow to realize not just the grace but also the hubris of their faith. A stunning work of generational storytelling, The Ninth Hour is compulsively readable and deeply thought-provoking. McDermott is a master artisan of humanity.”
—Lori Feathers, Interabang Books

March 2018 Audiobook Bestsellers

Libro.fm is proud to present the March 2018 audiobook bestseller list that captures what’s selling in independent bookstores nationwide.


Fiction

1. The Woman in the Window

by A. J. Finn (HarperCollins)


2. Pachinko

by Min Jin Lee (Hachette Audio)


3. Little Fires Everywhere

by Celeste Ng (Penguin Random House Audio)


4. The Immortalists

by Chloe Benjamin (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L’Engle (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. An American Marriage

by Tayari Jones (HighBridge; Recorded Books; Algonquin Books)


7. Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders (Penguin Random House Audio)


8. The Great Alone

by Kristin Hannah (Macmillan Audio)


9. The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas (HarperCollins)


10. Sing, Unburied, Sing

by Jesmyn Ward (Simon & Schuster Audio)


Nonfiction

1. The Line Becomes a River

by Francisco Cantú (Penguin Random House Audio)


2. Sapiens

by Yuval Noah Harari (HarperCollins)


3. Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance (HarperCollins)


4. Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. The Long Haul

by Finn Murphy (HighBridge, Recorded Books, W.W. Norton)


6. Alexander Hamilton

by Ron Chernow (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann (Penguin Random House Audio)


8. Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)


9. Hunger

by Roxane Gay (HarperCollins)


10. Never Split the Difference

by Chris Voss & Tahl Raz (HarperCollins)


The March 2018 audiobook bestseller list is based on sales through independent bookstore locations during the month of February 2018.

The #1 Bestselling Audiobook of 2017: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

The #1 Bestselling audiobook across all our partner stores comes as no surprise. With a 166-person cast, including celebrity voices such as Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, Lena Dunham, and many others, Lincoln in the Bardo via audiobook brings this unforgettable story to life.


“Saunders’ first novel has a steep entry curve. It’s not a novel that reveals itself quickly and easily, but if you give it your attention, if you burrow deep into the book, you’ll be eminently rewarded. There is a richness and depth of humanity here. There is the strange and wonderful. There is love and grief and mystery all brought together in the story of Abraham Lincoln’s dead son, the Civil War, and what may happen to us all after we leave the mortal coil. It’s a beautiful and moving book that will stay with you for a long, long while.”

—Jason Vanhee, University Book Store, Seattle, WA




The top 10 audiobook bestseller list is based on sales through independent bookstore locations in 2017.

November 2017 Audiobook Bestsellers

Libro.fm is proud to present the November 2017 audiobook bestseller list that captures what’s selling in independent bookstores nationwide.


Fiction

1. Manhattan Beach

By Jennifer Egan (Simon & Schuster Audio)


2. Turtles All the Way Down

By John Green (Penguin Random House Audio)


3. Little Fires Everywhere

By Celeste Ng (Penguin Random House Audio)


4. Lincoln in the Bardo

By George Saunders (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. A Gentleman in Moscow

By Amor Towles (Penguin Random House Audio)


6. Origin

By Dan Brown (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. My Absolute Darling

By Gabriel Tallent (Penguin Random House Audio)


8. It

By Stephen King (Simon & Schuster Audio)


9. The Hate U Give

By Angie Thomas (HarperCollins)


10. Exit West

By Mohsin Hamid (Penguin Random House Audio)



Nonfiction

1. What Happened

By Hillary Clinton (Simon & Schuster Audio)


2. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

By Al Franken (Hachette Audio)


3. You Are a Badass

By Jen Sincero (Tantor Media, Inc.)


4. We Were Eight Years in Power

By Ta-Nehisi Coates (Penguin Random House Audio)


5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

By Mark Manson (HarperCollins)


6. Coming to My Senses

By Alice Waters (Penguin Random House Audio)


7. Born to Run

By Bruce Springsteen (Simon & Schuster Audio)


8. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

By Sherman Alexie (Hachette Audio)


9. Theft by Finding

By David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)


10. The Gene

By Siddhartha Mukherjee (Simon & Schuster Audio)



The November 2017 audiobook bestseller list is based on sales through independent bookstore locations during the month of October 2017.

Book of the Month: Lincoln in the Bardo

Our March Book of the Month is George Saunders’ #1 New York Times bestseller, Lincoln in the Bardo. The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters (and a 166-person full cast for the groundbreaking audiobook), living and dead, historical and invented.


“Saunders’ first novel has a steep entry curve. It’s not a novel that reveals itself quickly and easily, but if you give it your attention, if you burrow deep into the book, you’ll be eminently rewarded. There is a richness and depth of humanity here. There is the strange and wonderful. There is love and grief and mystery all brought together in the story of Abraham Lincoln’s dead son, the Civil War, and what may happen to us all after we leave the mortal coil. It’s a beautiful and moving book that will stay with you for a long, long while.”

Jason Vanhee (E), University Book Store, Seattle, WA


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