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Announcing the Best of the Year!

Every year has its own flavor, but here at Audible we can always count on every year delivering thousands of new must-hear stories.

How do we pick the best? We start with you, the Audible listener. We factor in your ratings and read countless reviews to see what you’ve been loving this year. Then, we listen, and listen some more (and more) before gathering to advocate for our favorites and do some collective soul searching. It’s an annual tradition that begins in January, and that always—eventually!—leads to a list that reflects the very best of the year.

Our 2021 list is big and bold—100 titles from across all genres and multiple formats including audiobooks, audio originals, multi-cast and single-voice productions, and a top pick that has thrilled customers and editors alike. We wish you happy browsing and happy listening, and hope you find many stories to love among these top picks. To save the entire list to your library Collections for reference anytime, click here.

Winner: The Top Listen of 2021

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Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir. Performed by Ray Porter. This interstellar buddy story is meant to be heard! Not only are its two main characters completely endearing and unforgettable (yes, we want Ryland Grace and Rocky action figures), but the production itself—with a unique audio element that you just have to hear to appreciate—represents a serendipitous convergence of talent and format. Writer Andy Weir and narrator Ray Porter have created something truly special here; the kind of fun, smart, immensely entertaining production that speaks to listeners of all types. It will forever exemplify the best of 2021 listening.

Explore the rest of the year's best listens below.

Beginner's Mind
Apples Never Fall
The Sandman: Act II
Klara and the Sun
You Got Anything Stronger?
Death by Unknown Event
Yes We Mustard
The Coldest Case: A Black Book Audio Drama
The Angel of Rome
The Sweetness of Water (Oprah’s Book Club)
The Storyteller
We Should All Be Millionaires
The Beatryce Prophecy
Milk Blood Heat
Miracle and Wonder
My Broken Language
Feeding the Soul (Because It's My Business)
Say You're Sorry
Yours Cruelly, Elvira
No Gods, No Monsters
Playing Burton
Empire of Pain
Billy Summers
The Christmas Pig
The Code Breaker
Just as I Am
The Anthropocene Reviewed
Bath Haus
Beautiful Country
Seven Days in June
Deepak Chopra's Mind Body Zone: Living Outside the Box
Great Circle
Harlem Shuffle
The Love Hypothesis
Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World
Tears of Amber
Founding FUBU
Razorblade Tears
The 1619 Project
The Orchard
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
Hot White Heist
How the Word Is Passed
What Happened to You?
Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls
People We Meet on Vacation
He Who Fights with Monsters: A LitRPG Adventure
One Last Stop
Lola Chick
Firekeeper's Daughter
Call Us What We Carry
The Prophets
You Can't Be Serious
Streets, Rhymes & ‘Sugar’
My Body, My Podcast
The Science of Love
Be Well
The Soulmate Equation
Men's Health
Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev
The Murder of Robert Wone
Iron Widow
The Stand-In
Concrete Rose
Class Act
Black, White, and The Grey
On Juneteenth
Sleeping Dogs Lie
Back in the Burbs
Crying in H Mart
Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone
Beautiful World, Where Are You
Bamboozled by Jesus
My Heart Is a Chainsaw
Broken Horses
This Is Your Mind on Plants
Detransition, Baby
Tokyo Ever After
The High 5 Habit
You Are Your Best Thing
We Are Not Like Them
Somebody's Daughter
Four Hundred Souls
The Four Winds
The Riddle of Emmon Bodfish
Four Thousand Weeks
The Lincoln Highway
The Cinnamon Bear: A Holiday Adventure

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