AudioFile Best Audiobooks 2016

AudioFile Magazine announced the winners of the 2016 Best Audiobooks today, recognizing standout audiobook performances in nine categories. This year's list includes 18 Recorded Books and Tantor titles in 7 of the 9 categories. 


Nonfiction & Culture

THE HOUR OF LAND Terry Tempest Williams Read by Terry Tempest Williams (Tantor Media)

THEN COMES MARRIAGE Roberta Kaplan, Lisa Dickey Read by Andrea Gallo (Recorded Books)


Children & Family Listening

BOOKED Kwame Alexander Read by Kwame Alexander (Recorded Books)

GRAYLING’S SONG Karen Cushman Read by Katherine Kellgren (Recorded Books)

ISLAND TREASURES Alma Flor Ada Read by Trini Alvarado (Recorded Books)

REBEL OF THE SANDS Alwyn Hamilton Read by Soneela Nankani (Recorded Books)


Young Adult

RADIOACTIVE! Winifred Conkling Read by Andrea Gallo (Recorded Books)



THE HUNTER Kerrigan Byrne Read by Derek Perkins (Tantor Media)


Mystery & Suspense

ASHLEY BELL Dean Koontz Read by Suzy Jackson (Recorded Books)

THE MIRROR THIEF Martin Seay Read by Edoardo Ballerini (Recorded Books)


Science Fiction & Fantasy

AGE OF MYTH Michael J. Sullivan Read by Tim Gerard Reynolds (Recorded Books)

ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY Charlie Jane Anders Read by Alyssa Bresnahan (Recorded Books)

JERUSALEM Alan Moore Read by Simon Vance (Recorded Books)

SERENGETI J.B. Rockwell Read by Elizabeth Wiley (Tantor Media)


Biography & History

THE ARABS Eugene Rogan Read by Derek Perkins (Tantor Media)

PAUL MCCARTNEY: THE LIFE by Philip Norman Read by Jonathan Keeble (Recorded Books)

SPQR Mary Beard Read by Phyllida Nash (Recorded Books)

THE YEAR OF LEAR James Shapiro Read by Robert Fass (Tantor Media)


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