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.

Our other Best Of 2020 Articles:

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

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioFile
  • Five Books


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

Lists It Appears On:

  • Libro
  • AudioFile


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

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

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioFile
  • AudioBookReviews


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

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioFile
  • Washington Post


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

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

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

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioFile
  • Five Books


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

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioFile
  • Five Books


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

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioFile
  • Five Books


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

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioFile
  • Five Books


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

Lists It Appears On:

  • Libro
  • AudioFile
  • Popsugar


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

Lists It Appears On:

  • AudioBookReviews
  • Libro
  • AudioFile
  • Popsugar



The 50+ Additional Best Audiobook Books Released In 2020



# Book Author Read By Lists
14 ¡VAMOS! LET’S GO EAT Raúl the Third Gary Tiedemann AudioFile
15 A FOOL’S ERRAND Lonnie G. Bunch III JD Jackson AudioFile
16 A Promised Land Barack Obama Barack Obama Libro
17 AFTERLIFE Julia Alvarez Alma Cuervo AudioFile
18 ALL THE DEVILS ARE HERE Louise Penny Robert Bathurst AudioFile
19 American Dirt
AudioBookReviews
20 American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Us
AudioBookReviews
21 Anxious People Fredrik Backman Marin Ireland Libro
22 Aurora Burning Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Kim Mai Guest, Johnathan McClain, Lincoln Hoppe, Donnabella Mortel, Jonathan Todd Ross, Erin Spencer, and Steve West Popsugar
23 BEFORE THE EVER AFTER Jacqueline Woodson Guy Lockard AudioFile
24 Blue Screen: How Peter Gustafson Defragmented the World
AudioBookReviews
25 BLUE-EYED DEVIL Lisa Kleypas Brittany Pressley AudioFile
26 BOYFRIEND MATERIAL Alexis Hall Joe Jameson AudioFile
27 Breasts and Eggs
AudioBookReviews
28 Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art
AudioBookReviews
29 Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation
AudioBookReviews
30 Catch and Kill: Lies and the Conspiracy to Protect Predators
AudioBookReviews
31 Clean: The New Science of Skin
AudioBookReviews
32 Eden
AudioBookReviews
33 FIRE IN PARADISE Alastair Gee, Dani Anguiano T. Ryder Smith AudioFile
34 Greenlights Matthew McConaughey Matthew McConaughey Popsugar
35 HAD I KNOWN Barbara Ehrenreich Suzanne Toren AudioFile
36 HEADLINERS Lucy Parker Billie Fulford-Brown AudioFile
37 HI FIVE Joe Ide Zeno Robinson AudioFile
38 HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON Jon Meacham, John Lewis [Afterword] JD Jackson, Jon Meacham AudioFile
39 INTIMATIONS Zadie Smith Zadie Smith AudioFile
40 KENT STATE Deborah Wiles Lauren Ezzo, Christopher Gebauer, Christina Delaine, Johnny Heller, Roger Wayne, Korey Jackson, David DeVries AudioFile
41 KING AND THE DRAGONFLIES Kacen Callender Ron Butler AudioFile
42 LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND Rumaan Alam Marin Ireland AudioFile
43 Me and White Supremacy Layla F. Saad Layla F. Saad Libro
44 MORE MYSELF Alicia Keys Alicia Keys, America Ferrera, Bono, Clive Davis, Craig Cook, DJ Walton, Jay-Z, Krucial, Leigh Blake, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Swizz Beats, Terri Augelo AudioFile
45 Mr Wilder and Me Jonathan Coe Kristin Atherton
Financial Times
46 MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON Elizabeth Strout, Rona Munro [Adapt.] Laura Linney AudioFile
47 ODETTA Ian Zack Rosa Howard AudioFile
48 ON CORRUPTION IN AMERICA Sarah Chayes Sarah Chayes AudioFile
49 ONE BY ONE Ruth Ware Imogen Church AudioFile
50 Open Book Jessica Simpson Jessica Simpson Popsugar
51 Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War Does to Women Christina Lamb the author and Antonia Beamish
Financial Times
52 OVERGROUND RAILROAD Lesa Cline-Ransome Shayna Small, Dion Graham, Lesa Cline-Ransome AudioFile
53 PUNCHING THE AIR Ibi Zoboi, Yusef Salaam Ethan Herisse AudioFile
54 Rainbow Milk Paul Mendez the author
Financial Times
55 RAYBEARER Jordan Ifueko Joniece Abbott-Pratt AudioFile
56 Real Life
AudioBookReviews
57 Shadowplay Joseph O’Connor
Washington Post
58 Shuggie Bain Douglas Stuart
Washington Post
59 SIGH, GONE Phuc Tran Phuc Tran AudioFile
60 THE BLACK FLAMINGO Dean Atta Dean Atta AudioFile
61 The City in the Middle of the Night
AudioBookReviews
62 THE FRAGILE EARTH David Remnick, Henry Finder [Eds.] Kaleo Griffith, Gabra Zackman, Cat Gould AudioFile
63 The Glass Hotel
AudioBookReviews
64 THE HAUNTING OF H.G. WELLS Robert Masello Steve West AudioFile
65 THE HOBBIT J.R.R. Tolkien Andy Serkis AudioFile
66 The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue V. E. Schwab Julia Whelan Libro
67 THE LAST TOURIST Olen Steinhauer David Pittu AudioFile
68 THE LAW OF INNOCENCE Michael Connelly Peter Giles AudioFile
69 The Night Watchman Louise Erdrich
Washington Post
70 THE QUIET AMERICANS Scott Anderson Robertson Dean, Scott Anderson AudioFile
71 The Shapeless Unease: A Year of Not Sleeping Samantha Harvey the author
Financial Times
72 THE SINNER J.R. Ward Jim Frangione AudioFile
73 THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE Erik Larson John Lee, Erik Larson AudioFile
74 The Stubborn Light of Things Melissa Harrison the author
Financial Times
75 The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It
AudioBookReviews
76 THE TROUBLE WITH HATING YOU Sajni Patel Soneela Nankani AudioFile
77 The Vanished Birds: A Novel
AudioBookReviews
78 The World: A Brief Introduction
AudioBookReviews
79 THE YOSEMITE John Muir Nick McArdle AudioFile
80 This Is Ohio: The Overdose Crisis and a New America
AudioBookReviews
81 Uncanny Valley
AudioBookReviews
82 Untamed Glennon Doyle Glennon Doyle Libro
83 WE ARE NOT FROM HERE Jenny Torres Sanchez Marisa Blake AudioFile
84 Weather
AudioBookReviews
85 WHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, Robin Miles, Ifrah Mansour, Bahni Turpin, Hakeemshady Mohamed, Sadeeq Ali, Dominic Hoffman, Christine Avila, Dion Graham, and a Full Cast AudioFile


7 Best Audiobook Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
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
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