AudioFile Best Audiobooks of the Year

AudioFile has announced the Best Audiobooks of the Year! Selected by AudioFile Editors, these 2017 titles excel in narrative voice and style, characterizations, suitability to audio, and enhancement of the text.

We're honored to have our following titles picked as AudioFile's Best Audiobooks of 2017!

 

   

   

 

Chasing Down a Dream 
by Beverly Jenkins; Read by Lynnette Freeman
NAACP nominee and USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins continues her beloved Blessings series with a heartwarming novel about what really makes a family. Though the residents of Henry Adams face seemingly insurmountable obstacles, each of them will discover that family comes in many forms, especially during the most trying of times. "Jenkins and Freeman truly are a blessing."AudioFile

Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession
by Alison Weir; Read by Rosalyn Landor

A novel filled with fresh insights into the story of Henry VIII's second-and most infamous-wife, Anne Boleyn. The new book in the epic Six Tudor Queens series, from the acclaimed historian and bestselling author of Katherine of Aragon. "Landor's performance is so moving that Weir's vividly rendered execution scene will leave listeners gasping for breath."—AudioFile

The Silent Corner
by Dean Koontz; Read by Elisabeth Rodgers

A dazzling new series debuts with a remarkable heroine certain to become a new icon of suspense, propelled by the singular narrative genius of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz. "I very much need to be dead." These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for-but took his own life. In the void that remains stands his widow, Jane, surrounded by questions destined to go unanswered . . . unless she does what all the grief, fear, confusion, and fury inside of her demand: find the truth, no matter what. "If you're left wanting more, take heart: Jane Hawk is returning for at least two sequels."—AudioFile

The Western Star
by Craig Johnson; Read by George Guidall

The thirteenth novel in Craig Johnson's beloved New York Times bestselling Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix series Longmire. Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of twenty-five armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. The photograph-along with an upcoming parole hearing for one of the most dangerous men Walt has encountered in a lifetime of law enforcement-hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge. "With Johnson and Guidall as a team, first-class entertainment is guaranteed."—AudioFile

Draft No. 4
by John McPhee; Read by the author

The long-awaited guide to writing long-form nonfiction by the legendary author and teacher Draft No. 4 is an elucidation of the writer's craft by a master practitioner. In a series of playful but expertly wrought essays, John McPhee shares insights he's gathered over his career and refined during his long-running course at Princeton University, where he has launched some of the most esteemed writers of several generations. "McPhee delivers a fine performance of this master class in nonfiction writing."—AudioFile

The Playbook
by Kwame Alexander; Read by Ruffin Prentiss

A companion book to his bestselling and Newbery winning book The CrossoverThe Playbook is Kwame Alexander's dynamic, sports-infused guide to life! The Playbook is intended to provide inspiration for kids ages ten and up to help them succeed on and off the court. "This brief audiobook makes for a wonderful quick listen."—AudioFile

Freedom Over Me
by Ashley Bryan; Read by Patricia R. Floyd, Kevin R. Free, Jenny Sterlin

Newbery Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book 
Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away. "It leaps from the pages through the commanding performances of Patricia R. Floyd and Kevin R. Free."—AudioFile

A Poem for Peter
by Andrea Davis Pinkney; Read by Channie Waites

A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day. The book featured an African-American boy named Peter and introduced readers to multiculturalism in children's literature in 1962. Keats's Jewish parents fled Poland before his birth to escape prejudice, but in America they faced poverty and "the dark heel of Discrimination." "There are harsh truths about struggle in this book, and Waites delivers them vividly. As if in balance, there are also poignant descriptions wrapped in imaginative lyricism."—AudioFile

 

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