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

Fiction Top 10


The Dutch House

By Ann Patchett • Published by HarperAudio

“A timely commentary on how family values influence our choices, the value of forgiveness, and the importance of asserting our own individuality, The Dutch House is a must-listen.”

Britt, Second Star to the Right

The Book of Longings

By Neal Stephenson • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

“I absolutely could not put this book down. Sue Monk Kidd has written a narrative that not only centers on women who are missing from or largely ignored in scriptural accounts, but it focuses on their voices, stories, and hardships — their everyday lives and bigger-than-everyday longings.”

Anastacia, Roundabout Books

All Adults Here

By Emma Straub • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

“Emma Straub deals with some pretty heavy topics in All Adults Here. The story touches upon latent lesbianism, transgender issues, child abandonment, and grief. It sounds like it would be a real downer of a read, but it is far from that. Staub takes serious issues and humanizes them.”

Melinda, Buttonwood Books and Toys

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

By Suzanne Collins • Published by Scholastic Audio

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to out charm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.


The Glass Hotel

By Emily St. John Mandel • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

“Mandel’s book is like the glass in the title: her language glitters while offering clarity and reflection, and her characters are like broken shards, mesmerizing in one light and dangerously ordinary in another.”

Marika, Porter Square Books

Clap When You Land

By Elizabeth Acevedo • Published by Quill Tree Books

“Lyrically written with precise clarity and beautiful turn of phrase, National Book Award-winner Elizabeth Acevedo shares a poignant story of loss, identity, and family.”

Tina, Leaves Book and Tea Shop


By Madeline Miller • Published by Hachette Audio

“This sweeping tale of the gods and heroes of Greek mythology as seen through the eyes of a minor goddess had me from the first chapter.”

Bob, Changing Hands

The City We Became

By N. K. Jemisin • Published by Hachette Audio

“This story is filled with tension, humor, and great characters, with a guest appearance near and dear to me. While this book is the beginning of a trilogy, it is completely satisfying as a stand-alone novel. Read it and be happy.”

Doug, Powell’s Books

Nothing to See Here

By Kevin Wilson • Published by HarperAudio

“At turns hilarious and heartbreaking, this unique novel explores family dynamics, resentment, and retribution, leaving the reader with a new perspective on motherhood and what it means to be loyal to those you love.”

Laura, Sunrise Books

Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

“This first novel by nature writer Delia Owens has something for everyone. Fans of poetry, natural history, murder mysteries, southern food, and romance will be caught up in the deeply moving prose and memorable characters. Plus, the narrator adds in the North Carolina accents, too!”

Amy, Inklings Bookshop

Non-Fiction Top 10



By Glennon Doyle • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

“Some books shake you by the shoulders while others steal your heart. In Untamed, Glennon does both at the exact same time.”

Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly

The Splendid and the Vile

By Erik Larson • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

“What riveting trip through the war on the capable albeit somewhat eccentric shoulders of Churchill. Not only does Larson provide a top-notch history of World War II, but he also provides an intimate look at the man and the family and associates of that one man, that unlikely hero, who now seems the only one who could have led Britain through the fight against Hitler. Highly recommended.”

Kelly, Raven Book Store


By Michelle Obama • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

“I adore our former president and I miss him. Yet I cannot help but be ecstatic that Michelle is coming out with a book about her own life so that I can learn more about this powerful, intelligent, and singularly awesome woman. Barack would be the first to say that his wife is a superstar, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Becoming to read about her in her own words.”

Jax, Bookshop Santa Cruz

Talking to Strangers

By Malcolm Gladwell • Published by Hachette Audio

“Instead of reading this important book outright, Gladwell uses a podcast-style format to really engage the listener. Thoroughly engaging, interesting, and enlightening, audio is definitely an excellent way to read this book.”

Melissa, Watermark Books

Wow, No Thank You.

By Samantha Irby • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

From Samantha Irby—beloved author of New York Times bestseller We Are Never Meeting in Real Life—a rip-roaring, edgy and unabashedly raunchy new collection of hilarious essays.


Hidden Valley Road

By Robert Kolker • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science’s great hope in the quest to understand the disease.



By Tara Westover • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

“This memoir is unlike anything I’ve ever read, yet I fear that there are others who were raised in circumstances like Tara Westover.”

Rachel, Avid Bookshop

The Great Influenza

By John M. Barry • Published by Penguin Random House Audio

In the winter of 1918, at the height of World War I, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four weeks than AIDS has killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century.


Open Book

By Jessica Simpson • Published by HarperAudio

Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she’s kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining.


Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire

By Jen Hatmaker • Published by Thomas Nelson

No more hiding or people-pleasing up in here, sisters. No more being sidelined in your own life. It is time for us to be brave, to claim our gifts and quirks and emotions. You are set free and set up and set on fire.

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