2021’s Bestselling Audiobooks by Genre

Searching for surefire audiobook suggestions to send as a gift? Look no further than Libro.fm’s top sellers from our bestselling genres this year, based on purchases made through our 1,500+ independent bookstore partners for audiobooks published in 2021. When you gift a Libro.fm audiobook membership or gift individual audiobooks, you give back to your local bookstore in a big way—we share profits with bookstores without adding any extra work for them. 

Browse the year’s bestsellers below, and check out our list of the Top 10 Bestselling Audiobooks of 2021 for overall winners!


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Literary Fiction | Mystery & Thriller | Science Fiction | Fantasy | Romance | Historical Fiction | Young Adult Fiction
Biography & Memoir | History | Politics & Economy | Self-Improvement
Children’s


Literary Fiction

Malibu Rising
By Taylor Jenkins Reid • Narrated by Julia Whelan

“Perfectly paced and suspenseful from page one!”

Meagan, bookseller at Books are Awesome

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Mystery & Thriller

The Last Thing He Told Me
By Laura Dave • Narrated by Rebecca Lowman

“Wonderful characters, amazing writing, and a twisty plot kept me turning the pages as fast as I could.”

Kaitlin, bookseller at Copperfield’s Books Healdsburg

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Science Fiction

Klara and the Sun
By Kazuo Ishiguro • Narrated by Sura Siu

“This is a chance to bask in the brilliance of one the greatest writers of our time.”

Caroline, bookseller at Books & Books

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Fantasy

Under the Whispering Door
By TJ Klune • Narrated by Kirt Graves

“TJ Klune has the unmatched ability to make my heart go all warm and gooey like a chocolate chip cookie.”

Amber, bookseller at Quail Ridge Books

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Romance

People We Meet on Vacation
By Emily Henry • Narrated by Julia Whelan

“What fun! A hilariously comedic rom-com with memorable characters.”

Shelley, bookseller at Monkey and Dog Books

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Historical Fiction

The Four Winds
By Kristin Hannah • Narrated by Julia Whelan

“This is character driven storytelling at its best—each time I stepped away from it I couldn’t stop thinking about them.”

Josh, bookseller at Underground Books

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Young Adult Fiction

Firekeeper’s Daughter
By Angeline Boulley • Narrated by Isabella Star LaBlanc

“”LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. To hear the Ojibwe words spoken is a treat not to be missed.

Suzanne, bookseller at Ballast Book Co.

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Biography & Memoir

Crying in H Mart
By Michelle Zauner • Narrated by the author

“I was struck by just how much I loved this book for how it walks through grief not as a way to leave it behind, but as a way to remember its exact shape.”

Steve, bookseller at Parnassus Books

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History

How the Word Is Passed
By Clint Smith • Narrated by the author

“Clint Smith takes us on an unforgettable journey through the history of slavery in the United States, revealing many truths we’ve never been told.”

Nancy, bookseller at Raven Book Store

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Politics & Economy

The Sum of Us
By Heather McGhee • Narrated by the author

This is the book I’ve been waiting for.

author Ibram X. Kendi

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Self-Improvement

What Happened to You?
By Oprah Winfrey & Bruce D. Perry • Narrated by Bruce D. Perry & Oprah Winfrey

“Both Oprah and Dr. Perry are incredibly engaging narrators.”

Will, bookseller at Newtown Bookshop

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Children’s

Amari and the Night Brothers
By B. B. Alston • Narrated by Imani Parks

“Fast-paced, relatable, and a fun listen!”

Rebecca, bookseller at Rediscovered Books

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