Monthly Audiobook Bestsellers is proud to present our monthly audiobook bestseller list that captures what’s selling in independent bookstores.

Fiction top 10


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

By V. E. Schwab • Published by Macmillan Audio

“Epic, beautifully written, heartwarming, and heartbreaking, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is a contemplation on life, death, what it means to make your mark on the world, and why we feel it’s important to do so.”

Lindsey, R.J. Julia Booksellers

Anxious People

By Fredrik Backman • Published by Simon & Schuster Audio

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and “writer of astonishing depth” comes a poignant, charming novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.


The Searcher

By Tana French • Published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

“This hushed suspense tale about thwarted dreams of escape may be her best one yet…its own kind of masterpiece.”

Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post

Mexican Gothic

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia • Published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

“Best book I have read this year. An amazing, gripping tale of a young woman in a strange old house. It’s an epic ghost story mixed with some element for ‘Girl with all the Gifts. Compelling characters and a twist ending that will have you in the edge of your seat until the very end. 10/10 would recommend.”

Tiffany, Leaves Book and Tea Shop

Check out our Author Interview with Silvia Moreno-Garcia!


Leave the World Behind

By Rumaan Alam • Published by HarperAudio

“Riveting! I hurried through this apocalyptic novel about two families thrown together during an earth-shattering event. Alam builds tension even during a relaxing family day at the beach and expertly paces the reader through idle, dreamy stages and amps up the speed during stressful times. A thought-provoking study of humanity.”

Melanie, The Well-Read Moose

The Vanishing Half

By Brit Bennett • Published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

Brit Bennett’s second novel broke my heart. She doesn’t shy away from the sadness inherent in each character’s life, yet she left me feeling better for having met all of them. I read The Vanishing Half with a sense of hope, despite my dread that terrible things might befall the characters.

Jamie, Women & Children First

The Once and Future Witches

By Alix E. Harrow • Published by Hachette Audio

In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in Alix E. Harrow’s powerful novel of magic and the suffragette movement.

Check out our Author Interview with Alix E. Harrow!


The Guest List

By Lucy Foley • Published by HarperAudio

“Tangled secrets and dark, haunting pasts unravel at the posh wedding of celebrities Will and Jules. As the tension mounted and more was revealed, I couldn’t stop listening until I knew not only whodunnit, but to whom it was done.”

Nancy, Raven Book Store

The Midnight Library

By Matt Haig • Published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.


Transcendent Kingdom

By Yaa Gyasi • Published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

“This is a flippin’ gorgeous book. The writing is exquisite, the story is moving, and the characters are rendered with the skill of a true artist. Can you tell that I enjoyed this?”

Izzy, Off the Beaten Path

Check out our Author Interview with Yaa Gyasi!

Non-fiction top 10


A Promised Land

By Barack Obama • Published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

“Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come. It is not merely that this book avoids being ponderous, as might be expected, even forgiven, of a hefty memoir, but that it is nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, New York Times

Caste (Oprah’s Book Club)

By Isabel Wilkerson • Published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.



By Matthew McConaughey • Published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

“Unflinchingly honest and remarkably candid, Matthew McConaughey’s book invites us to grapple with the lessons of his life as he did—and to see that the point was never to win, but to understand.”

Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Best of Me

By David Sedaris • Published by Hachette Audio

“As if there is anything greater than a new David Sedaris, it’s listening to David Sedaris read the new David Sedaris. This self-edited collection of essays from his prolific 25-year career is exactly what we need to boost the morale of 2020 and remind ourselves what a crazy world we’ve always lived in when viewed through Sedaris’s keen observational eye and told with his unique & irreverent voice.”

Jessica, Literally Speaking


By Glennon Doyle • Published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

“I read this book non-stop for a week, underlining, reading passages to my friends & recommending it to anyone with a pulse. There are many great stories inside, but their charm & power, really, is all Glennon. She is a spiritual seeker & leader who loves reality tv, a formidable activist on the global scale who gets anxiety sweats when the doorbell rings. Equal parts poetic & conversational, memoir & manifesto. Her love story will make you swoon.”

Elon, Apotheosis Comics

Braiding Sweetgrass

By Robin Wall Kimmerer • Published by Tantor Media, Inc.

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.


How to Be an Antiracist

By Ibram X. Kendi • Published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

“The most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.”

The New York Times

Shit, Actually

By Lindy West • Published by Hachette Audio

“It might be that Lindy West talks during movies, but you wouldn’t shush her. She’s better than the movie. This audiobook is read by the author and she is hilarious. Smart, funny, irreverent and feminist. I’ll take that with a bowl of popcorn. PS. I really, really want West’s Hermione-lead HP remake.”

Robin, Books & Books @ The Studios of Key West


By Emily Nagoski, PhD & Amelia Nagoski, DMA • Published by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men—and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life.


Our Time Is Now

By Stacey Abrams • Published by Macmillan Audio

This is a narrative that describes the urgency that compels me and millions more to push for a different American story than the one being told today. It’s a story that is one part danger, one part action, and all true. It’s a story about how and why we fight for our democracy and win.

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