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Good Books to Read on Audible in 2020

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July 14, 2020

Looking to add more reading into your life but don’t want to spend time flipping pages? Audiobooks allow you to enjoy the best books in the world without lifting a finger! With A-list actors providing the narration, and a host of new productions of old favorites, there's never been a better time to get into them.

Here are some of the best books on Audible in 2020:

If It Bleeds by Stephen King on Audible

If It Bleeds by Stephen King

Narrated by: Will Patton, Danny Burstein, Steven Weber

Length: 15 hours and 12 minutes

Categories: Literature & Fiction, Horror

From the bestselling master of horror, Stephen King comes another incredible collection of stories in the form of four never-before-seen novellas. King is fond of the form, returning to it time and again over the years with great success, with stories like

The Body (Stand by Me) and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (Shawshank Redemption) Four Past Midnight, Different Seasons, and most recently Full Dark, No Stars.

If It Bleeds is a uniquely satisfying collection of longer short fiction by an incomparably gifted writer that is bound to please new and old fans.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens on Audible

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell

Length: 12 hours and 12 minutes

Categories: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

The New York Times Book Review called Campbell’s initial offering “a painfully beautiful first novel” and People echoed the sentiment, calling it “an astonishing debut.”

Set on the North Carolina coast, the heartbreaking coming-of-age mystery takes aim at how events in our childhood shape our entire world. Narrator Cassandra Campbell offers an impressive selection of Carolina accents, mixing classes and regions in the same painstaking detail the author provides for the marsh in this enchanting albeit haunting tale.

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish on Audible

The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

Narrated by: Corrie James

Length: 23 hours and 19 minutes

Categories: Fiction, Historical

Set in the London of the 1660s, The Weight of Ink is the electrifying story of two remarkable women separated by an ocean of time, and the sacrifices each makes for peace. Ailing historian Helen Watt is summoned by a former student to view a newly discovered trove of 17th-century Jewish documents, setting her on the search for the identity of Ester Velasquez, an immigrant from Amsterdam hired to take notes for a blind rabbi right before the plague hit the city.

Kadish’s sophisticated work of historical fiction is expansive and visionary in scope while remaining intimate and engaging.

Little Fire Everywhere by Celeste Ng on Audible

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Narrated by: Jennifer Lim

Length: 11 hours and 27 minutes

Categories: Fiction, Contemporary

This runaway New York Times best-seller follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson’s and an enigmatic mother and daughter whose mysterious past and disregard for the status quo threaten to upend perfectly planned Shaker Heights – a progressive suburb of Cleveland. The story delves deep into the weight of secrets and the nature of identity, and more.

It was named a Best Book of the Year by People, The Washington Post, Bustle, Esquire, Southern Living, The Daily Beast, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads, Library Reads, Book of the Month, Paste, Kirkus Reviews, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and others.

Hulu just released the first season of the made-for-screen version with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Witherspoon made it part of her book club, calling the story “a deep psychological mystery about the power of motherhood, the intensity of teenage love, and the danger of perfection,” that “moved” her “to tears.”

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins on Audible

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Narrated by: Yareli Arizmendi

Length: 16 hours and 43 minutes

Categories: Fiction, Contemporary

Yes, this is the book that caused a stir in Oprah’s Book Club earlier this year. And it’s an amazing page-turner that people can’t stop raving about, including John Grisham, Stephen King, Sandra Cisneros, Ann Patchett, and Kristin Hannah.

Based on Lydia Quixano Pérez and her family abandoning their comfortable middle-class life in Acapulco after her journalist husbands expose on the local drug lord and heading to the United States, it’s a harrowing tale that will change the way you look at immigrants forever.

Mythos by Stephen Fry on Audible

Mythos by Stephen Fry

Narrated by: Stephen Fry

Series: Mythos

Length: 15 hours and 26 minutes

Categories: History, Ancient

There’s a reason this release is so wildly popular! Legendary writer, actor, and comedian Stephen Fry cracks open a glimpse of the captivating world of Greek mythology, breathing new life into timeless tales with his stylish retelling.

Fry’s emotionally resonant yet comic take on tales like Pandora's box, Prometheus's fire, and all the adventures of Zeus and the Olympians will leave you giddy with wonder.

Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen on Audible

Chase Darkness with Me by Billy Jensen

Narrated by: Karen Kilgariff, Billy Jensen

Length: 8 hours and 19 minutes

Categories: Nonfiction, True Crime

Have you ever wanted to solve a murder? Gather the clues the police overlooked? Put together the pieces? Identify the suspect? Chase Darkness with Me is the story of fed-up journalist Billy Jensen setting out to do just that.

Hear intimate details of the hunt for a terrifying serial murderer, the Golden State Killer.

Ride along in audio form as he unmasks the Halloween Mask Murderer, locates a lost girl in the Redwood forest, and investigates the only other murder in New York City to happen on 9/11.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood on Audible

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, Mae Whitman, Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Tantoo Cardinal, Margaret Atwood

Series: The Handmaid's Tale, Book 2

Length: 13 hours and 18 minutes

Categories: Fiction, Literary

The Testaments is the sequel to Margaret Atwood’s popular best-seller, The Handmaid’s Tale. Set a decade and a half after the original story, The Testaments follows the convergence of three women withing the crumbling theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead with potentially explosive results – two raised in the new order and Aunt Lydia.

Ann Dowd and Bryce Dallas Howard bring an extra touch by reprising their television roles for the audiobook, providing a treat for fans of the show.

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