2013’s best audiobooks, part two

The American Library Association’s Booklist magazine Editors’ Choice, the 13 best audiobooks for adults, with The Boys in the Boat as the best of the bunch. Sure-fire listens for audio connoisseurs and must-have titles for libraries. Congratulations to the publishers & narrators of these excellent titles!

And the Mountains Echoed. By Khaled Hosseini. Read by Khaled Hosseini and others. 2013. 14hr. Recorded Books

Back to Blood. By Tom Wolfe. Read by Lou Diamond Phillips. 2012. 21hr. AudioGO.

Beautiful Ruins. By Jess Walter. Read by Edoardo Ballerini. 2013. 13hr. Harper.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.By Daniel James Brown. Read by Edward Herrmann. 2013. 14hr. Recorded Books. (Top of the List winner—Adult Audio.)

Brilliance. By Marcus Sakey. Read by Luke Daniels. 2013. 13hr. Brilliance.

 Good Kings Bad KingsBy Susan Nussbaum. Read by Emma Galvin and others. 2013. 7.5hr. HighBridge.

How the Light Gets In. By Louise Penny. Read by Ralph Cosham. 2013. 15hr. Macmillan.

Midnight at Marble Arch. By Anne Perry. Read by Davina Porter. 2013. 12.5hr. Recorded Books.

My Beloved World. By Sonia Sotomayor. Read by Rita Moreno. 2013. 12.5hr. Books on Tape.

Night Film. By Marisha Pessl. Read by Jake Weber. 2013. 23hr. Books on Tape.

 Too Bright to Hear, Too Loud to See. By Juliann Garey. Read by Dan Butler. 2012. 11hr. AudioGO.

Unnatural Habits. By Kerry Greenwood. Read by Stephanie Daniel. 2013. 10hr. Brilliance/Bolinda.

Where’d You Go, BernadetteBy Maria Semple. Read by Kathleen Wilhoite. 2012. 9.5hr. Recorded Books.

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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