’s Top 10 Bestselling Audiobooks of 2022

From celebrity memoirs to fiction that kept us on the edge of our seats, 2022 was a year filled with great reads. While the year isn’t over quite yet, we’re excited to share our top 10 bestselling audiobooks of 2022 with you!

Before we dive in, a quick reminder that the holiday season is crucial for most bookstores. Shop early, and remember that when you give a credit bundle, not only do you give back to your local bookstore—we share profits with bookstores—you also get a free holiday audiobook for yourself. Interested in giving an individual audiobooks (like any of the Top 10 below)? Just choose “Gift audiobook” on the audiobook’s page.

Now on to the main event:’s Top 10 Bestselling Audiobooks of 2022, based on sales through our 1,900+ independent bookstore partners. 

#10: How High We Go in the Dark

By Sequoia Nagamatsu

Narrated by Julia Whelan, Brian Nishii, Keisuke Hoashi, MacLeod Andrews, Jeanne Sakata, Greg Watanabe, Kurt Kanazawa, Matthew Bridges, Kotaro Watanabe, Brianna Ishibashi, Joe Knezevich, Micky Shiloah, Stephanie Komure, & Jason Culp

Finally, a novel I will confidently recommend to fans of Station Eleven! How High We Go in the Dark follows interconnected characters through time and space as humanity returns from the brink of extinction when an ancient virus is unleashed. Mind bending and heartrending, full of hope and humanity, you’ll want to start this one from the beginning as soon as you finish it. The audio definitely added to the richness of the reading experience.”

— Jessica, Main Street Books Davidson

#9: How to Be Perfect

By Michael Schur

Narrated by the author, Kristen Bell, D’Arcy Carden, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Manny Jacinto, Marc Evan Jackson, Jameela Jamil & Todd May

This is the kind of book that has you taking notes and trying to find ways to recall all the concepts when you’ll certainly need them in the future. Invitingly straightforward and charmingly relatable, Schur navigates big ethics questions and players. He delivers hilarious conversational sidebars about how to pronounce words that had me in stitches. A wonderful ‘how to lead a moral life 101’ guide, he answers questions with insightful humor, wit and delightful engagement that prompts judgment-free introspection. For anyone interested in philosophy and contemplating how they fit in the world while connecting to other folks.”

— Keithe, The Snail on the Wall

#8: The Maid

By Nita Prose

Narrated by Lauren Ambrose

If you like quirky heroines (think Eleanor Oliphant) you’ll love Molly The Maid. She’s socially awkward and a little odd but the best maid out there! A light and humorous mystery about what happens when Molly finds a dead body in one of the hotel rooms she is cleaning. Totally heartwarming and hard to put down!”

— Polly, The Hickory Stick Bookshop

#7: Nona the Ninth

By Tamsyn Muir

Narrated by Moira Quirk

My honest review of this book is basically inarticulate screaming, wailing, gnashing of teeth, rending of garments, etc. I’ve rarely in my adult life been so INTO a book series—I’ve re-read and re-listened to Gideon and Harrow multiple times, and Nona will soon join the rotation. These books are bonkers fun and I loved every wild and confusing and sweet and funny moment of Nona, and am eagerly awaiting Alecto! Very glad Nona got her own book—I love her with a similar depth of passion as I do Gideon and Harrow respectively. Remarkable. What the fuck is going ON??? I can’t wait.”

— Gretchen, A Room Of One’s Own Bookstore

#6: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

By Gabrielle Zevin

Narrated by Jennifer Kim & Julian Cihi

Looking for something a bit different? Here’s a character driven story about two young people who become creative partners in the 1990s designing video games. They develop a tumultuous but strong friendship and see plenty of success, heartache, and tragedy along the way.”

— Anne, Cherry Street Books

#5: Thank You For Listening

By Julia Whelan

Narrated by the author

Julia Whelan is the Meryl Streep of audio so it’s no surprise that her sophomore novel is a feast for the ears. It’s meta. The characters are audiobook narrators finding themselves in trope after trope but fighting against it. It’ll make you swoon. It’ll make you cry. It will definitely make you laugh.”

— Lissa, Book Club

#4: Lessons in Chemistry

By Bonnie Garmus

Narrated by the author, Miranda Raison, & Pandora Sykes

Lessons in Chemistry is a story of Elizabeth Zott: a brilliant female chemist in a man’s lab during the early 1960’s. She continuously faces challenges with grace and intellect. She rather begrudgingly hosts a cooking show which causes a ripple effect of women standing up for themselves, knowing their worth, and seeking higher education and pay. This quirky fictional book certainly challenges us not to just accept the ‘status quo’ and reach higher!”

— Becky, Cherry Street Books

#3: The Paris Apartment

By Lucy Foley

Narrated by Clare Corbett, Daphne Kouma, Julia Winwood, Sope Dirisu, Sofia Zervudachi, & Charlie Anson

A great character mystery read. You slowly unravel the secrets of the characters in an apartment building in Paris. A great read for folks who loved Only Murders in the Building!”

— Gretchen, Katonah Reading Room

#2: Book Lovers

By Emily Henry

Narrated by Julia Whelan

How can Emily Henry keep outdoing herself like this? Book Lovers is not only an homage to all book lovers, but presents an unconventional, fresh, and self-aware addition to the classic romance canon. Nora and Charlie’s on-the-page chemistry is so intense I thought my book would catch fire, yet at the same time their slow-burn path to love was a quiet and powerful build. At the end, they not only fell in love with each other, but I fell in love with both of them as well. This is the validating story for non-compromising, slightly grumpy, possibly jaded, likely has a cat, people who still deserve an HEA no matter what we’re told otherwise.”

— Leah, Bright Side Bookshop

#1: I’m Glad My Mom Died

By Jennette McCurdy

Narrated by the author

The audiobook is narrated by Jennette, which I think made the experience of reading this even more special. I went through just about every emotion while reading this book. Jennette goes into great detail on her experience as a child actor…and based on the title of this book, I think you can guess how that experience was. This gripping, shocking, emotional memoir will surely keep you on the edge of your seat. I’m Glad My Mom Died is a 2022 must read…”

— Quinnell, Annie Bloom’s Books's Top 10 of 2022 cover’s Top 10 of 2022

Based on sales through our 1,900+ independent bookstore partners, this list has a listen for everybody.

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