Coming up with our Best of 2022 list is the highlight of our year, and the group effort of all group efforts! We look at the year’s new releases and seek out the titles with the highest ratings and most compelling reviews. We activate our in-house genre experts and listen (and re-listen!) to thousands of audiobooks, audio originals, podcasts, and more—from single-voice productions to multi-cast dramas complete with immersive sound design, and everything in between. The result? An obsessively curated selection of editor and listener favorites to help you find your next great listen.

Some top performers also shared their favorite lines from titles they recorded in 2022. They know these stories through and through as they’ve bonded with them during countless hours in the recording studio. And, as this video showcases, they have some tales to tell.

The Best of 2022: Top Pick

All My Rage

By: Sabaa Tahir

Narrated by: Deepti Gupta, Kamran R. Khan, Kausar Mohammed

We were swept away by Sabaa Tahir’s All My Rage, a contemporary YA novel that spans generations and continents as it explores the intertwining nature of pain and love in relationships. No three voices have ever won our hearts quite like Misbah, Noor, and Sal—first as they broke them, and then (mercifully) put them back together. Beautifully performed by Deepti Gupta, Kamran R. Khan, and Kausar Mohammed, All My Rage is our favorite listen of 2022. —Katie O.

All My Rage

By: Sabaa Tahir

Narrated by: Deepti Gupta, Kamran R. Khan, Kausar Mohammed

We were swept away by Sabaa Tahir’s All My Rage, a contemporary YA novel that spans generations and continents as it explores the intertwining nature of pain and love in relationships. No three voices have ever won our hearts quite like Misbah, Noor, and Sal—first as they broke them, and then (mercifully) put them back together. Beautifully performed by Deepti Gupta, Kamran R. Khan, and Kausar Mohammed, All My Rage is our favorite listen of 2022. —Katie O.

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The Best of 2022: Bios & Memoirs

Constructing a Nervous System

By: Margo Jefferson

Narrated by: Karen Murray

Margo Jefferson’s stunning memoir dances fluidly between genres, leaping from the personal to deft cultural analysis in a dazzling display of narrative choreography and a standout performance by Karen Murray. —Alanna M.

Constructing a Nervous System

By: Margo Jefferson

Narrated by: Karen Murray

Margo Jefferson’s stunning memoir dances fluidly between genres, leaping from the personal to deft cultural analysis in a dazzling display of narrative choreography and a standout performance by Karen Murray. —Alanna M.

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The Best of 2022: Celebrity Memoir

I'm Glad My Mom Died

By: Jennette McCurdy

Narrated by: Jennette McCurdy

As the audiobook’s title and playfully grim cover imply, this buzzy, gutsy debut is simultaneously vulnerable and funny. Laden with reflections on trauma, survival, and stardom, McCurdy’s performance is soul-baring, visceral, real, and as brave as it is immersive. —Seth H.

I'm Glad My Mom Died

By: Jennette McCurdy

Narrated by: Jennette McCurdy

As the audiobook’s title and playfully grim cover imply, this buzzy, gutsy debut is simultaneously vulnerable and funny. Laden with reflections on trauma, survival, and stardom, McCurdy’s performance is soul-baring, visceral, real, and as brave as it is immersive. —Seth H.

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The Best of 2022: Comedy

Funny My Way

By: AYR Media, Team Coco

Narrated by: J.B. Smoove

Told through a combination of JB Smoove’s narration, archival recordings, and commentary from other comedy greats—Cedric the Entertainer, Margaret Cho, and Norman Lear, to name a few—this in-depth history of six legendary Black comedians is the ultimate listen for any and all true comedy fans. —Aaron S.

Funny My Way

By: AYR Media, Team Coco

Narrated by: J.B. Smoove

Told through a combination of JB Smoove’s narration, archival recordings, and commentary from other comedy greats—Cedric the Entertainer, Margaret Cho, and Norman Lear, to name a few—this in-depth history of six legendary Black comedians is the ultimate listen for any and all true comedy fans. —Aaron S.

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The Best of 2022: Debuts

Remarkably Bright Creatures

By: Shelby Van Pelt

Narrated by: Marin Ireland, Michael Urie

Deeply insightful and optimistically buoyant, this debut novel set at an aquarium is as warm as being hugged by eight arms at once. Michael Urie gives a triumphant performance as Marcellus, an octopus who unravels a profound lesson about the ways love often hides in plain sight, while Marin Ireland lends charm to the novel’s humans. —Haley H.

Remarkably Bright Creatures

By: Shelby Van Pelt

Narrated by: Marin Ireland, Michael Urie

Deeply insightful and optimistically buoyant, this debut novel set at an aquarium is as warm as being hugged by eight arms at once. Michael Urie gives a triumphant performance as Marcellus, an octopus who unravels a profound lesson about the ways love often hides in plain sight, while Marin Ireland lends charm to the novel’s humans. —Haley H.

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The Best of 2022: Fantasy

Impact Winter

By: Travis Beacham

Narrated by: full cast

There’s not a weak point in this listen: The cast works spectacularly together to create a compelling, convincing environment, which is heightened by the chilling, otherworldly sound design. The end result is an audio journey that melds several classic tropes—vampires, a post-apocalyptic winter—yet is eerily fresh and scarily close. —Sam D.

Impact Winter

By: Travis Beacham

Narrated by: full cast

There’s not a weak point in this listen: The cast works spectacularly together to create a compelling, convincing environment, which is heightened by the chilling, otherworldly sound design. The end result is an audio journey that melds several classic tropes—vampires, a post-apocalyptic winter—yet is eerily fresh and scarily close. —Sam D.

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The Best of 2022: Fiction

Our Missing Hearts

By: Celeste Ng

Narrated by: Lucy Liu, Celeste Ng

Shaped by current events, this listen—set in a dystopian near-future—explores the power of art, love, and storytelling in the face of fear and persecution. With all the heart you’d expect from Ng, along with plenty of family drama, the novel shines as Lucy Liu captures the essence of each unforgettable character. —Tricia F.

Our Missing Hearts

By: Celeste Ng

Narrated by: Lucy Liu, Celeste Ng

Shaped by current events, this listen—set in a dystopian near-future—explores the power of art, love, and storytelling in the face of fear and persecution. With all the heart you’d expect from Ng, along with plenty of family drama, the novel shines as Lucy Liu captures the essence of each unforgettable character. —Tricia F.

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The Best of 2022: History

Summer of '85

By: Chris Morrow, Kevin Hart, Charlamagne Tha God, SBH Productions

Narrated by: Kevin Hart

Narrated by Kevin Hart, this gem—which features candid interviews with Patti LaBelle, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and others—marks the first attempt to connect two events in Philadelphia’s history that still resonate today: the May 13 decision to bomb the headquarters of MOVE and the July 13 Live Aid concert. —Christina H.

Summer of '85

By: Chris Morrow, Kevin Hart, Charlamagne Tha God, SBH Productions

Narrated by: Kevin Hart

Narrated by Kevin Hart, this gem—which features candid interviews with Patti LaBelle, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and others—marks the first attempt to connect two events in Philadelphia’s history that still resonate today: the May 13 decision to bomb the headquarters of MOVE and the July 13 Live Aid concert. —Christina H.

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The Best of 2022: Kids

Attack of the Black Rectangles

By: A.S. King

Narrated by: Pete Cross, Gretchen Bender, A.S. King, Jane Yolen, full cast

In this exceptionally relevant take on the current landscape of never-ending book bans, a cast of plucky and original characters face off with their teacher, their town, and the adults who seek to silence them. Never didactic or oversimplified, always heartfelt and nuanced, this listen will stand the test of time. —Sean T.

Attack of the Black Rectangles

By: A.S. King

Narrated by: Pete Cross, Gretchen Bender, A.S. King, Jane Yolen, full cast

In this exceptionally relevant take on the current landscape of never-ending book bans, a cast of plucky and original characters face off with their teacher, their town, and the adults who seek to silence them. Never didactic or oversimplified, always heartfelt and nuanced, this listen will stand the test of time. —Sean T.

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The Best of 2022: Mysteries & Thrillers

The Maid

By: Nita Prose

Narrated by: Lauren Ambrose

Humble, caring, and sensitive, Molly Gray wins the best character in a mystery award from me. All’s going well until a wealthy hotel guest (a nasty piece of work) is found dead one morning. What ensues is a roller coaster of plot twists and turns—pay careful attention as the story unfurls. —Yvonne D.

The Maid

By: Nita Prose

Narrated by: Lauren Ambrose

Humble, caring, and sensitive, Molly Gray wins the best character in a mystery award from me. All’s going well until a wealthy hotel guest (a nasty piece of work) is found dead one morning. What ensues is a roller coaster of plot twists and turns—pay careful attention as the story unfurls. —Yvonne D.

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The Best of 2022: Nonfiction

Inside Voice

By: Lake Bell

Narrated by: Lake Bell

With interviews and recordings featuring some truly iconic pipes—Jeff Goldblum! Obama! Bugs Bunny!—this audio-centric deep dive into the human voice is steered by Bell’s infectious inquisitiveness and excellent narration. The meta-ness of it all is half the fun, but it’s packed with emotion and a sonic signature all its own. —Kat J.

Inside Voice

By: Lake Bell

Narrated by: Lake Bell

With interviews and recordings featuring some truly iconic pipes—Jeff Goldblum! Obama! Bugs Bunny!—this audio-centric deep dive into the human voice is steered by Bell’s infectious inquisitiveness and excellent narration. The meta-ness of it all is half the fun, but it’s packed with emotion and a sonic signature all its own. —Kat J.

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The Best of 2022: Romance

Book Lovers

By: Emily Henry

Narrated by: Julia Whelan

Steered by a flawless performance from Julia Whelan, this is a love letter to people who love stories—the people who write them, who sell them, who edit them, who read them, who escape into them. But it’s also a story about sisterhood and grief and belonging and, yes, true love. —K.O.

Book Lovers

By: Emily Henry

Narrated by: Julia Whelan

Steered by a flawless performance from Julia Whelan, this is a love letter to people who love stories—the people who write them, who sell them, who edit them, who read them, who escape into them. But it’s also a story about sisterhood and grief and belonging and, yes, true love. —K.O.

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The Best of 2022: Sci-Fi

Upgrade Soul

By: Ezra Claytan Daniels

Narrated by: Wendell Pierce Pierce, Marcia Gay Harden, full cast

Rather than simply matching the award-winning graphic novel of the same name frame-for-frame, this audio adaptation evolves the story by pushing the boundaries of voice and sound. The production value is stunning, and the cast puts on a masterful performance, quite literally transforming their delivery alongside their characters’ journeys. —S.D.

Upgrade Soul

By: Ezra Claytan Daniels

Narrated by: Wendell Pierce Pierce, Marcia Gay Harden, full cast

Rather than simply matching the award-winning graphic novel of the same name frame-for-frame, this audio adaptation evolves the story by pushing the boundaries of voice and sound. The production value is stunning, and the cast puts on a masterful performance, quite literally transforming their delivery alongside their characters’ journeys. —S.D.

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The Best of 2022: Spanish Language

Orgullo prieto [Dark-Skinned Pride]

By: Tenoch Huerta

Narrated by: Tenoch Huerta

One of Mexico’s most vociferous anti-racist advocates, known for his critiques of how few Brown actors are offered key acting roles, pens a personal exposé of widespread racism and colorism in one of the year’s most heartfelt and timely listens. Huerta is the man of the moment—and a writer to watch. —Edwin D.

Orgullo prieto [Dark-Skinned Pride]

By: Tenoch Huerta

Narrated by: Tenoch Huerta

One of Mexico’s most vociferous anti-racist advocates, known for his critiques of how few Brown actors are offered key acting roles, pens a personal exposé of widespread racism and colorism in one of the year’s most heartfelt and timely listens. Huerta is the man of the moment—and a writer to watch. —Edwin D.

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The Best of 2022: Theater

Mrs. Wickham

By: Sarah Page

Narrated by: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, full cast

The Wickhams are undoubtedly the most flawed of all Jane Austen’s characters, but they also have the most fun. This marvelous production is as unexpected as the story, with a London nightclub beat underpinning the modern dialogue that’s deliciously delivered by UK darlings Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn. —Emily C.

Mrs. Wickham

By: Sarah Page

Narrated by: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, full cast

The Wickhams are undoubtedly the most flawed of all Jane Austen’s characters, but they also have the most fun. This marvelous production is as unexpected as the story, with a London nightclub beat underpinning the modern dialogue that’s deliciously delivered by UK darlings Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn. —Emily C.

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The Best of 2022: True Crime

Finding Tamika

By: Erika Alexander, Kevin Hart, Charlamagne Tha God, Ben Arnon, Rebkah Howard, David Person, James T. Green, SBH Productions, Color Farm Media

Narrated by: Erika Alexander

Propelled by a musical track and a story filled with many moving pieces, this series explores the life of a bright, talented young woman who felt darkness looming. Erika Alexander guides the series with passion, clearly invested in the fact there are too many missing Black and Brown women and too many people who don’t care. —Y.D.

Finding Tamika

By: Erika Alexander, Kevin Hart, Charlamagne Tha God, Ben Arnon, Rebkah Howard, David Person, James T. Green, SBH Productions, Color Farm Media

Narrated by: Erika Alexander

Propelled by a musical track and a story filled with many moving pieces, this series explores the life of a bright, talented young woman who felt darkness looming. Erika Alexander guides the series with passion, clearly invested in the fact there are too many missing Black and Brown women and too many people who don’t care. —Y.D.

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The Best of 2022: Well-Being

Maejor Frequency

By: Maejor

Narrated by: Maejor

In this podcast, music producer Maejor explores the positive relationship between sound and wellness. I was blown away by the scientific insights, meditative music design, surprising guest stars, and compelling travel narrative spanning five countries that shape this one-of-a-kind audio experience. Listen with headphones on for full effect. —Rachael X.

Maejor Frequency

By: Maejor

Narrated by: Maejor

In this podcast, music producer Maejor explores the positive relationship between sound and wellness. I was blown away by the scientific insights, meditative music design, surprising guest stars, and compelling travel narrative spanning five countries that shape this one-of-a-kind audio experience. Listen with headphones on for full effect. —Rachael X.

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The Best of 2022: YA

Daughter of the Moon Goddess

By: Sue Lynn Tan

Narrated by: Natalie Naudus

This tale features all the hallmarks of my favorite stories (folkloric vibes, a great narrator, and a proactive main character), and Natalie Naudus’s performance is the kind where you immediately sink into the story. The stakes are high, the love is deep, and this listen is totally worth your time. —Melissa B.

Daughter of the Moon Goddess

By: Sue Lynn Tan

Narrated by: Natalie Naudus

This tale features all the hallmarks of my favorite stories (folkloric vibes, a great narrator, and a proactive main character), and Natalie Naudus’s performance is the kind where you immediately sink into the story. The stakes are high, the love is deep, and this listen is totally worth your time. —Melissa B.

More Top Picks in YA

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