Libro.fm acts as a bridge between digital content and independent bookstores. They partner with 1,500+ booksellers, mostly in North America. Readers can buy their audiobooks through the website, and a portion of the profits goes to their chosen indie bookstore.
Libro.fm annually announces their best-selling audiobooks of the year, which is always a great place to find some guaranteed worth listening to. (Check out the 2020 list for even more recommendations.) This year’s list includes literary fiction, memoirs, and essays.
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1) Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner, narrated by the author
The first book on this list should come as no surprise: it also appeared in Barnes & Noble’s top books of 2021 as well as Amazons. It’s a memoir about grief and food, and a bookstore at Blue Cypress Books said, “This book made me sob and starve at the same time. A perfect read.”
2) The last thing he told me by Laura Dave, narrated by Rebecca Lowman
A selection of Reese’s Book Club (and probably chosen by a lot of other book clubs!) And the New York Times bestseller, this mystery follows a Hannah, woman whose husband, Owen, disappears, leaving a cryptic note. Hannah and her teenage daughter – who wants nothing to do with her – have to gather Owen’s past to find out where he went.
3) Malibu is rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid, narrated by Julia Whelan
The latest from the author of Daisy Jones & The Six and Evelyn Hugo’s seven men, this takes place in Malibu in the 80s, featuring four famous siblings holding a party that changes their lives forever. A bookstore at Book are Awesome promises that it is “Perfect pace and exciting from the first page!”
4) The four win by Kristin Hannah, narrated by Julia Whelan
5) People we meet on vacation by Emily Henry, narrated by Julia Whelan
6) Klara and the Sun. by Kazuo Ishiguro, narrated by Sura Siu
7) Anthropocene reviewed by John Green, narrated by the author
8) Broken Horses by Brandi Carlile, narrated by the author
9) How the Word is passed on by Clint Smith, narrated by the author
10) Apples never fall by Liane Moriarty, narrated by Caroline Lee
Popular book club authors such as Kristin Hannah, Liane Moriarty and Taylor Jenkins Reid make up the majority of this list. A notable change since 2020 is that there is only one anti-racist book on the list, suggesting that these anti-racist book clubs may still not meet a year after the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.
Congratulations to Julia Whelan, who shared three of this year’s top 10 audiobooks! She has narrated over 400 audiobooks in her career and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices as well as nominated for a Grammy for her audiobook work, so keep an eye on her name as you scroll through audiobook options.
If you would like to read more about these titles and listen to excerpts, check out the Libro.fm blog post.