Fiction Winner: Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo is one of the most extraordinary books I have ever listened to—and make no mistake—this one is meant to be listened to. 166 individual narrators (led by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, author George Saunders, and the incomparably sweet Kirby Heyborne as Willie) came together to voice this wildly surreal audiobook. While that might sound like a production stunt, the breadth of voices is necessary to create the immersive cacophony effect—almost a Greek chorus of Americana—that washes over you, ultimately leaving you with a stark and devastatingly accurate portrait of grief told by the clamoring voices of the dead. The effect is quite literally otherworldly, but the concerns of the voices seem recognizable and real, as you'll feel history rise up to meet the present, the echoes of the Civil War in conversation with today. —Emily, Audible Editor