The Wall Street Journal recently reported audiobooks are the fastest-growing format in publishing. While there’s data to back this claim — audiobook sales in the US and Canada increased by 21% in 2015 and this year’s sales so far indicate further growth — we can understand why they’re so popular.
While they can add up in you listen to a lot of them (Kindle Unlimited is worth investigating, if you’re an avid reader), audiobooks are a great way to engage your brain at the office, you can easily listen to them on a crowded subway, and they’re a suitable alternative to paperbacks for those who are prone to motion sickness on long car rides. Several big-time Hollywood actors and actresses have even narrated a few of them.
If you don’t know which books are just as compelling recorded as printed, have a look at this year’s best-selling audiobooks on Amazon so far.
“The Ghost Army of World War II”
Rick Beyer’s “The Ghost Army of World War II” currently tops Amazon’s list. Listeners agree it is a must for both history buffs and anyone who enjoys a great war story.
“Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?”
If you’re looking for a book that will keep you laughing from cover to cover, Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella’s novel will do the trick. Here, the dynamic duo shares witty commentary — which is perhaps funnier when you actually hear the story — about everything from identify theft to eating food at the beach.
“The Girl on the Train”
Consider Paula Hawkin’s chilling thriller a modern “Rear Window.” The book has gained so much popularity that a movie adaptation starring Emily Blunt and Justin Theroux will be hitting theaters this October, so you should probably listen to this story before you buy your tickets.
“Louisiana Longshot: A Miss Fortune Mystery, Book 1”
After one of the biggest weapon dealers places a hit on her life, CIA assassin Fortune Redding heads to Sinful, Louisiana and stays under the radar as a librarian. The story picks up when Redding unearths a human bone in her backyard. But don’t write this option off as a typical thriller just yet — listeners have praised the book for its dark humor.
“A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1”
The hit HBO series is indisputably one of the biggest TV shows ever, so it’s no surprise that the original story would be a best-seller, too. The physical book is nearly 900 pages, so opting for the audio version may prove more time-efficient for some.
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Book 1”
Go ahead, listen to this classic all over again — your 12-year-old self would surely approve.
“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business”
New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit” analyzes how patterns are formed, work, and how you can even change them. A great option for those who want to transform some aspect of their lives, Duhigg’s account is inspiring without being overtly self-help.
“The Good Goodbye”
When two cousins are unconscious in a hospital after their college dorm room catches fire, family secrets begin to unravel as the family anxiously sits in a waiting room. The story clocks in at 12 hours long, so you can easily devour this book at the office.
“The Black Widow”
For 16 books, Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon, the fictional art restorer, spy, and assassin, has been keeping readers at the edges of their seats. The series’ most recent installment was recently published, and many consider it the best one yet.
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2”
Because once you start listening to Harry Potter, it’s hard to stop.