2017 has been another year of extraordinary audio performances, and for our best listens of the year, our editors considered over a thousand titles that received high ratings and reviews from you, our listeners. We then did some collective soul searching to see which titles had resonated with us the most powerfully. Which spoke to the current culture, and which did we simply really love? Here are our picks for the best listens of 2017—we hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we do.

BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Audiobook of the Year

"Every now and then a book comes along that speaks to your soul. Angie Thomas’ debut novel is one such book." >
The Hate U Give
BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Narrator of the Year

"To no one’s surprise, Ari Fliakos continued to delight both our editors and listeners alike well into 2017." >
Ari Fliakos
BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Editors' Picks

"I found myself quickly drawn into the lives of thoughtfully developed characters." >
Beartown
The Changeling
Kristin Lavransdatter
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Fiction

"You'll feel history rise up to meet the present, the echoes of the Civil War in conversation with today." >
Lincoln in the Bardo
Little Fires Everywhere
Exit West
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Young Adult

"The piercing, staccato verse has a powerful impact, literally giving voice to those teens who are too seldom heard." >
Long Way Down
When Dimple Met Rishi
A Short History of the Girl Next Door
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Kids

"This is truly a book for all ages, with plant, animal, and human characters who are warm, funny, and full of heart." >
Wishtree
Refugee
See You in the Cosmos
Minecraft: The Island (Narrated by Jack Black)
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Mysteries & Thrillers

"The perfectly pitched multi-cast at once totally creeped us out and kept us glued to our app until we finished." >
Behind Her Eyes
Final Girls
Bluebird, Bluebird
Righteous
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Sci-Fi

"Filled with techy detail and sardonic humor, you'll feel the claustrophobia of a cramped city on the moon." >
Artemis
Provenance
From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)
Paradox Bound
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Fantasy

"The best fantasy allows us to explore new worlds, and this offered one of the most captivating journeys of the year." >
The Bear and the Nightingale
The Stone Sky
The City of Brass
Oathbringer
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Romance

"The trademark quirky humor keeps listeners coming back for more of this wacky paranormal world." >
Accidental Sire
Devil in Spring
Autoboyography
Fiercely Emma
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Memoir

"He reminds us that the ties that bind us all are made up of the people we call family, either by blood or by choice." >
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
Promise Me, Dad
Hunger
I Can't Make This Up
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

True Crime

"Meticulously researched and beautifully constructed, it exemplifies how truth can be much stranger than fiction." >
American Kingpin
Road to Jonestown
The Fact of a Body
Killers of the Flower Moon
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Nonfiction

"The further you get, the more deeply you realize that our story and the wolf’s are one and the same." >
American Wolf
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
We Were Eight Years in Power
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

History

"This is one of those rare gems that will hook diehard fiction listeners and history buffs alike." >
Get Well Soon
The Vietnam War
Code Girls
The Templars
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Business

"She beautifully demolishes stigmas about money and provides real, actionable advice for financial success." >
You Are a Badass at Making Money
The Four
Reset
Dollars and Sense
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Self Development

"Connection and dialogue feel like antidotes to 2017’s societal polarization, and it opened up new conversations." >
Black Privilege
Braving the Wilderness
Option B
Goodbye, Things
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Glorious Reboots

"This is a book to revisit often–with age and time and an ever-changing world, its relevance remains disturbingly strong." >
The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition
Kristin Lavransdatter
Call Me by Your Name
Sherlock Holmes
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Audible Originals

"Equal parts corporate comedy, silly superhero puns, and adventure involving a giant glowing egg." >
Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection
The X-Files: Cold Cases
Northanger Abbey
Daughter of Dragons
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Audioshows

"Her empathy and truthfulness is refreshing in a time of uncertainty, making this the best show of 2017." >
Ep. 1: I've Had Better
The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson
The Home Front: Life in America During World War II
FREE SAMPLER: Lewis Black: The Rant is Due
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BEST OF THE YEAR: 2017

Listener Favorites

"This masterpiece brought out many emotions while listening: joy, sorrow, anger, and love." >
Oathbringer
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Before We Were Yours
The Hate U Give
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