Best Audiobooks 2022
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November 14, 2022

Best Audiobooks of 2022

This was an outstanding year for audiobooks, from seamless cast productions to heartfelt performances by author-narrators.
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The Angel of Rome by Jess Walter, read by Edoardo Ballerini & Julia Whelan

Ballerini and Whelan infuse Walter’s engaging, heartwarming stories with warmth and surprise.

The Angel of Rome audiobook cover

Gathering Blossoms Under Fire by Alice Walker, edited by Valerie Boyd, read by Aunjanue Ellis & Janina Edwards

Gathering Blossoms Under Fire makes for an insightful and intriguing audiobook. The best part: Walker reads the postscript, emphasizing the personal nature of publicizing her journals.

Gathering Blossoms Under Fire audiobook

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston, read by Natalie Naudus

Naudus voices more than a half-dozen significant characters in McQuiston’s young adult debut, imparting individuality and personality to teens embracing a variety of identities.

I Kissed Shara Wheeler audiobook cover

In Love by Amy Bloom, read by the author

Bloom’s narration of her memoir is simple and even-keeled, except for small cracks in her voice during the narrative’s most harrowing moments.

In Love audiobook cover

Inciting Joy by Ross Gay, read by the author

Gay reads his book in a comforting, softly gravelly voice, inviting us to consider not only joy but also every emotion around it, including sorrow and rage. 

Inciting Joy audiobook cover

Liberation Day by George Saunders, read by a full cast

Through the triumphant performances of an all-star cast of comedians and actors, Saunders’ short story collection transforms into a darkly funny audiobook with a satirical yet redemptive twist. 

Book jacket image for Liberation Day by George Saunders

The Milky Way by Moiya McTier, read by the author

McTier’s down-to-earth style makes science approachable, giving listeners the opportunity to form their own romance with the Milky Way.

Book jacket image for The Milky Way by Moiya McTier

Run, Rose, Run by James Patterson & Dolly Parton, read by a full cast

With narration from country stars Dolly Parton and Kelsea Ballerini, Run, Rose, Run is a must-listen ensemble audiobook.

Run Rose Run audiobook cover

This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch by Tabitha Carvan, read by Tanya Schneider

Voice actor Schneider convincingly articulates Carvan’s argument that women need to share their passions publicly. Both funny and profound, this is a deeply enjoyable audiobook.

This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch audiobook cover

Discover more of BookPage’s Best Books of 2022.

The Angel of Rome
By Edoardo Ballerini, Jess Walter, Julia Whelan
HarperAudio

ISBN 9780063246980

Gathering Blossoms Under Fire
By Alice Walker, Aunjanue Ellis, Janina Edwards, Valerie Boyd
Simon & Schuster Audio

ISBN 9781797118628

I Kissed Shara Wheeler
By Casey McQuiston, Natalie Naudus
Macmillan Audio

ISBN 9781250854186

Liberation Day
By a full cast, George Saunders
Random House Audio

ISBN 9780593633045

The Milky Way
By Moiya McTier
Hachette Audio

ISBN 9781549188756

Run, Rose, Run
By a full cast, Dolly Parton, James Patterson
Hachette Audio

ISBN 9781549164866

This Is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch
By Tabitha Carvan, Tanya Schneider
Penguin Audio

ISBN 9780593589687

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