Last year, our team of audio reviewers listened
to more than 200 titles. Below we highlight our favorites
from the year across several categories.
BY ANNIE CORENO
Audiobook of the Year
Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders, read by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and a full cast
(Random House Audio)
The audio edition of Saunders’s Booker Prize–winning novel employs an unprecedented, star-studded 166-person cast featuring the voices of Don Cheadle, Mary
Karr, and Julianne Moore, to name only a few. The story, which takes places in a
graveyard over the course of a single night (Feb. 22, 1862), incorporates many challenging elements of postmodern fiction—punctuationless sentences, a constantly
shifting perspective, and a mélange of narrative devices. The effect is wonderfully
brought to life in these performances; most noteworthy of all is Saunder’s own vocal
rendering of the timid Reverend Thomas. This superb production is emblematic of
the exciting and innovative world of audiobook publishing as a whole, with its mix
of celebrities, veteran narrators, writers, and others.