Top Ten Audiobooks of 2018

The Libro.fm Top 10 Audiobooks of 2018 were selected based on sales through more than 550 independent bookstores and recommendations by our 5,000 bookselling partners. Congratulations to the authors, narrators, and publishers of these audiobooks!

Educated

By Tara Westover
“Raised by Mormon fundamentalists, mistrustful of the medical community while having never stepped foot in a classroom setting, Tara Westover’s memoir, Educated is excruciatingly painful at times. From witnessing devastating destruction deep in the woods of Idaho to enduring an abusive bi-polar brother to becoming ostracized by her survivalist parents for her beliefs, Tara’s tale of self-discovery will totally bring you to tears. Torrents of them. For fans of The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, except much more dysfunctional, Educated will leave you thanking your lucky stars you weren’t raised a Westover. Read by Julia Whelan, this audiobook is perfect for recent graduates, educators and everyone concerned about the state of our country. I highly recommend!” – Kristin, McLean & Eakin Booksellers

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Calypso

By David Sedaris
“Calypso by David Sedaris is laugh out loud hysterical in true Sedaris fashion. Listening to him read and deliver his stories is like listening to a stand-up comedian. This collection is fairly personal and many stories involve his family and their adventures in his North Carolinian beach house, aptly name the “Sea Section”. Sedaris manages to tackle even difficult issues like suicide and aging with grace and just the right amount of self-deprecation mixed with brutal honesty. Highly recommend!” – Phyllis, Wellesley Books

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Circe

By Madeline Miller
“This remarkable journey into mythology brings the ancient gods directly and viscerally into the present. Circe is a perfect mashup of elegant language, glorious storytelling, and exquisitely modern sensibilities. Miller’s telling left me awed and moved by Circe and her story, all while wishing I could invite her over for a glass of wine on the porch. How this amazing author so perfectly melds the human and the divine, creating a story both immediate and epic, is dazzling.” – Beth Albrecht, The Magic Tree Bookstore

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark

By Michelle McNamara
“An overwhelmingly obsessed Michelle McNamara dissects the decades old trail of tragedy, trauma and ongoing taunts by the elusive East Area Rapist in her investigative crime thriller I’ll Be Gone in the Dark published posthumously after her unexpected demise. Dubbed the ‘Golden State Killer’ by McNamara herself, his crime spree started with 50 unsolved rapes before escalating to numerous murders leaving terrorized California residents tense for ten years. A determined McNamara meticulously researches this reign of terror with such precision it’s sure to pry this perpetrators identity out of obscurity and into justice, a suitable ending for this authors’ life.” – Kristin, McLean & Eakin Booksellers

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There There

By Tommy Orange
“A stunning debut novel by an original voice. Twelve characters of Native American descent, interrelated by birth or chance, struggle with the competing forces of cultural history and modern urban existence. Their stories build separately before colliding powerfully in the book’s final pages at The Big Oakland Powwow. I was riveted.” – Keltie, Parnassus Books

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Children of Blood and Bone

By Tomi Adeyemi
“A sprawling fantasy teeming with deep and meaningful magic. One of the things I like most about this debut is that it raises very real and important issues of our time through multiple character’s perspectives. No character is one-dimensional, and every character must learn from failure and introspection to become who they were meant to be.” – Kelly, Mysterious Galaxy Books

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An American Marriage

By Tayari Jones
“Tayari Jones comes in fierce with An American Marriage. Delving into the lives of the newly married Roy and Celestial, this is a novel that pulls no punches from beginning to end. I won’t ruin the surprise, but they’re hit with a harrowing event that will define not only their relationship, but each of their lives, forever. Writing with an intensity and pace worthy of Donna Tartt, Jones yanks us into her characters’ lives with a grip that never lets up. I cannot wait to put this in people’s hands!” – Angela Spring, Duende District

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Barracoon

By Zora Neale Hurston
“Barracoon would be a significant document were it only about Cudjo (Kossola) Lewis, the last survivor of the last recorded slave ship to the US. His memories, recounted orally, preserve a trans-atlantic history that has long-been suppressed. But Barracoon is also a story about Zora Neale Hurston, the Harlem Renaissance, and the reclamation of African-American folklore. Woven throughout Hurston and Lewis’ conversations is a yearning for roots and a fight for identity.” – Clara, Bookshop Santa Cruz

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The Woman in the Window

By A. J. Finn
“The Woman in the Window is being touted as one of the hottest releases of early 2018, and with excellent reason. A modern take on Hitchcock’s Rear Window, with many nods to classic noir film, A.J. Finn’s debut novel is told through the eyes of a narrator trapped inside her beautiful house by a severe case of agoraphobia and separated from her estranged husband and young daughter. She copes with her condition by spying on her neighbors and living vicariously through their drama, until the night she witnesses what appears to be a murder and finds herself swept up in its wake. Once this story gets rolling, it will bowl you over. Fans of psychological thrillers should take note of this banger of a tale!” – Whitney Spotts, Schuler Books

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Where the Crawdads Sing

By Delia Owens
Where the Crawdads Sing is a stunning and beautiful novel that readers will want to simultaneously savor and devour with every luxurious word. You’ll hear the gulls cry on the beach through these pages, you’ll see the light flickering through the marsh trees, you’ll smell the homemade grits sizzling on the stovetop. Your heart will ache for the lonely marsh girl and your wheels will start turning when a body is discovered, but you’ll never regret reading this gorgeous novel.” – Amanda Zirn, Bethany Beach Books

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