Audiobook of the Year: The Hate U Give

Every now and then a book comes along that speaks to your soul. Angie Thomas’ debut novel, The Hate U Give, is one such book. This book completely took over our office as each editor here listened and the feeling afterwards was unanimous–this is one of the best performances we’ve ever encountered. Thomas’ message is both timely and transcendent. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this book is important, necessary, fearless, and, quite simply, stunning. Narrator Bahni Turpin manages to give voice to such a broad and rich cast of characters, each with their own authentic perspective, demonstrating the power of performance to bring new depth to a complex social issue. If you haven’t listened to The Hate U Give yet–our Audiobook of the Year–we believe it is truly the definition of required listening. We hope you love it as much as we do, plus all of the other incredible standouts of 2017. —Katie, Audible Editor