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The Best Audiobook Books of 2020 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

“What are the best Audiobook books released in 2020?” We looked at 85 of the top Audiobook books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 13 books, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Audiobook” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 50+ titles, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Previous Years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

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Top 13 Best Audiobook Books From 2020



13.) A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America’s First All-Black High School Rowing Team written byAdam Lazarre-White and read by Arshay Cooper

A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America's First All-Black High School Rowing Team

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioFile
  • Five Books


12.) Caste written byIsabel Wilkerson and read by Robin Miles

Caste

Lists It Appears On:

  • Libro
  • AudioFile


11.) Deacon King Kong written byJames McBride and read by Dominic Hoffman

Deacon King Kong

Lists It Appears On:

  • Washington Post
  • AudioFile


10.) Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family written byRobert Kolker and read by Sean Pratt

Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioFile
  • AudioBookReviews


9.) Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir written byNatasha Trethewey and read by Natasha Trethewey

Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioFile
  • Washington Post


8.) Mexican Gothic written bySilvia Moreno-Garcia and read by Frankie Corzo

Mexican Gothic

Lists It Appears On:

  • Libro
  • AudioFile


7.) Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You written byJason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi and read by Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioFile
  • Libro


6.) The Pull of the Stars: A Novel written byEmma Donoghue & Emma Lowe and read by Emma Donoghue & Emma Lowe

The Pull of the Stars: A Novel

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioFile
  • Five Books


5.) The Sandman written byDirk Maggs and read by Full Cast & Neil Gaiman

The Sandman

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioFile
  • Five Books


4.) The Searcher: A Novel written byRoger Clark and read by Tana French

The Searcher: A Novel

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioFile
  • Five Books


3.) Vesper Flights written byHelen Macdonald and read by Helen Macdonald

Vesper Flights

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioFile
  • Five Books


2.) The City We Became written byN. K. Jemisin and read by Robin Miles

The City We Became

Lists It Appears On:

  • Libro
  • AudioFile
  • Popsugar


1.) The Vanishing Half written byBrit Bennett and read by Shayna Small

The Vanishing Half

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioBookReviews
  • Libro
  • AudioFile
  • Popsugar


 


The 50+ Additional Best Audiobook Books Released In 2020



#BookAuthorRead ByLists
14¡VAMOS! LET’S GO EATRaúl the ThirdGary TiedemannAudioFile
15A FOOL’S ERRANDLonnie G. Bunch IIIJD JacksonAudioFile
16A Promised LandBarack ObamaBarack ObamaLibro
17AFTERLIFEJulia AlvarezAlma CuervoAudioFile
18ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERELouise PennyRobert BathurstAudioFile
19American Dirt  
AudioBookReviews
20American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Us  
AudioBookReviews
21Anxious PeopleFredrik BackmanMarin IrelandLibro
22Aurora BurningAmie Kaufman and Jay KristoffKim Mai Guest, Johnathan McClain, Lincoln Hoppe, Donnabella Mortel, Jonathan Todd Ross, Erin Spencer, and Steve WestPopsugar
23BEFORE THE EVER AFTERJacqueline WoodsonGuy LockardAudioFile
24Blue Screen: How Peter Gustafson Defragmented the World  
AudioBookReviews
25BLUE-EYED DEVILLisa KleypasBrittany PressleyAudioFile
26BOYFRIEND MATERIALAlexis HallJoe JamesonAudioFile
27Breasts and Eggs  
AudioBookReviews
28Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art  
AudioBookReviews
29Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation  
AudioBookReviews
30Catch and Kill: Lies and the Conspiracy to Protect Predators  
AudioBookReviews
31Clean: The New Science of Skin  
AudioBookReviews
32Eden  
AudioBookReviews
33FIRE IN PARADISEAlastair Gee, Dani AnguianoT. Ryder SmithAudioFile
34GreenlightsMatthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaugheyPopsugar
35HAD I KNOWNBarbara EhrenreichSuzanne TorenAudioFile
36HEADLINERSLucy ParkerBillie Fulford-BrownAudioFile
37HI FIVEJoe IdeZeno RobinsonAudioFile
38HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ONJon Meacham, John Lewis [Afterword]JD Jackson, Jon MeachamAudioFile
39INTIMATIONSZadie SmithZadie SmithAudioFile
40KENT STATEDeborah WilesLauren Ezzo, Christopher Gebauer, Christina Delaine, Johnny Heller, Roger Wayne, Korey Jackson, David DeVriesAudioFile
41KING AND THE DRAGONFLIESKacen CallenderRon ButlerAudioFile
42LEAVE THE WORLD BEHINDRumaan AlamMarin IrelandAudioFile
43Me and White SupremacyLayla F. SaadLayla F. SaadLibro
44MORE MYSELFAlicia KeysAlicia Keys, America Ferrera, Bono, Clive Davis, Craig Cook, DJ Walton, Jay-Z, Krucial, Leigh Blake, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Swizz Beats, Terri AugeloAudioFile
45Mr Wilder and MeJonathan CoeKristin Atherton
Financial Times
46MY NAME IS LUCY BARTONElizabeth Strout, Rona Munro [Adapt.]Laura LinneyAudioFile
47ODETTAIan ZackRosa HowardAudioFile
48ON CORRUPTION IN AMERICASarah ChayesSarah ChayesAudioFile
49ONE BY ONERuth WareImogen ChurchAudioFile
50Open BookJessica SimpsonJessica SimpsonPopsugar
51Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to WomenChristina Lambthe author and Antonia Beamish
Financial Times
52OVERGROUND RAILROADLesa Cline-RansomeShayna Small, Dion Graham, Lesa Cline-RansomeAudioFile
53PUNCHING THE AIRIbi Zoboi, Yusef SalaamEthan HerisseAudioFile
54Rainbow MilkPaul Mendezthe author
Financial Times
55RAYBEARERJordan IfuekoJoniece Abbott-PrattAudioFile
56Real Life  
AudioBookReviews
57ShadowplayJoseph O’Connor 
Washington Post
58Shuggie BainDouglas Stuart 
Washington Post
59SIGH, GONEPhuc TranPhuc TranAudioFile
60THE BLACK FLAMINGODean AttaDean AttaAudioFile
61The City in the Middle of the Night  
AudioBookReviews
62THE FRAGILE EARTHDavid Remnick, Henry Finder [Eds.]Kaleo Griffith, Gabra Zackman, Cat GouldAudioFile
63The Glass Hotel  
AudioBookReviews
64THE HAUNTING OF H.G. WELLSRobert MaselloSteve WestAudioFile
65THE HOBBITJ.R.R. TolkienAndy SerkisAudioFile
66The Invisible Life of Addie LaRueV. E. SchwabJulia WhelanLibro
67THE LAST TOURISTOlen SteinhauerDavid PittuAudioFile
68THE LAW OF INNOCENCEMichael ConnellyPeter GilesAudioFile
69The Night WatchmanLouise Erdrich 
Washington Post
70THE QUIET AMERICANSScott AndersonRobertson Dean, Scott AndersonAudioFile
71The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not SleepingSamantha Harveythe author
Financial Times
72THE SINNERJ.R. WardJim FrangioneAudioFile
73THE SPLENDID AND THE VILEErik LarsonJohn Lee, Erik LarsonAudioFile
74The Stubborn Light of ThingsMelissa Harrisonthe author
Financial Times
75The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It  
AudioBookReviews
76THE TROUBLE WITH HATING YOUSajni PatelSoneela NankaniAudioFile
77The Vanished Birds: A Novel  
AudioBookReviews
78The World: A Brief Introduction  
AudioBookReviews
79THE YOSEMITEJohn MuirNick McArdleAudioFile
80This Is Ohio: The Overdose Crisis and a New America  
AudioBookReviews
81Uncanny Valley  
AudioBookReviews
82UntamedGlennon DoyleGlennon DoyleLibro
83WE ARE NOT FROM HEREJenny Torres SanchezMarisa BlakeAudioFile
84Weather  
AudioBookReviews
85WHEN STARS ARE SCATTEREDVictoria Jamieson, Omar MohamedFaysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, Robin Miles, Ifrah Mansour, Bahni Turpin, Hakeemshady Mohamed, Sadeeq Ali, Dominic Hoffman, Christine Avila, Dion Graham, and a Full CastAudioFile

 


 


7 Best Audiobook Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
AudioBookReviews The 20 Best New Audiobooks of 2020
AudioFile AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2020
Financial Times Best books of 2020: Audiobooks
Five Books The Best Audiobooks of 2020
Libro LIBRO.FM ANNOUNCES THE TOP 10 AUDIOBOOKS OF 2020 AT BOOKSTORES
Popsugar Popsugar Entertainment Books POPSUGAR Book Club Awards Nominees 2020
Washington Post Best audiobooks of 2020