Audible’s Favorite Books Of 2020

Listen up, bookies! Do we have a treat for you.

As a dedicated group of book lovers delivering content for fellow book lovers, we at Bookstr know that a reader’s work is never done. With the constant influx of new releases and recommended reads, and adding new and old books galore to your list, a bibliophile’s TBR never runs dry. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of Audible’s top audiobooks of 2020. Go on, take a look, and then take a listen!

 

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Below is a note from Audible’s Dana Honor:

An Audible subscription is a meaningful option that can delight, entertain, and enlighten all ages and all kinds of listeners. Everyone from Jake Gyllenhaal to best-selling author Michael Pollan to Kevin Hart has had an Audible release in 2020, and our catalogue of more than 550,000 titles (and growing by the week!) includes all of 2020’s most talked-about audio releases.

Here is an exciting list of some of our best-of-2020 titles that are sure to keep you entertained:

 

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Written by Malcolm X and Alex Haley, performed by Laurence Fishburne.

“For the social activist who wants to keep learning.”

 

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Amazon’s description reads: Experience a bold take on this classic autobiography as it’s performed by Oscar-nominated actor Laurence Fishburne, marking the first time ever that this momentous work is available in unabridged audio since its original publication in 1965. In this searing classic autobiography, Malcolm X, the Muslim leader, firebrand, and Black empowerment activist, tells the extraordinary story of his life and the growth of the Human Rights movement. The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as the definitive statement of a movement and a man whose work was never completed but whose message is timeless. It is essential for anyone who wants to understand the African-American experience and America as a whole.

 

When You Finish Saving the World, written by Jesse Eisenberg, performed by Jesse Eisenberg, Kaitlyn Dever and Finn Wolfhard.

“For the introspective cinephile.”

 

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Amazon’s description is as follows: From Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg, When You Finish Saving the World tells the moving and evocative story of three individuals working to understand each other and themselves: Nathan, a father learning to connect with his newborn son; Rachel, a young college student seeking to find her place in a relationship and in life, before marriage to Nathan; and Ziggy, their son, a teenager hoping to figure out where he came from, and where he’s headed. The shifts between time frames in these characters’ lives span more than a decade and eloquently capture the complexities of growing up, having children, and fitting in. Eisenberg – the star of The Social Network, The Squid and the Whale, and Zombieland – stars as Nathan; Kaitlin Dever, star of Booksmart and Unbelieveable, is the voice of Rachel; and Finn Wolfhard, star of Stranger Things, plays Ziggy, their son.

According to Deadline, Eisenberg will turn this Audible Original into his film directorial debut, with Julianne Moore.

 

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs, performed by Riz Ahmed, Kat Dennings, Taron Egerton, Neil Gaiman, James McAvoy and a full cast. 

“For the comic book lover.

 

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Amazon’s description is as follows: The Sandman changed the game with its dark, literary world of fantasy and horror—creating a global, cultural phenomenon in the process. At long last, Audible and DC present the first-ever audio production of The New York Times best-selling series written by acclaimed storyteller Neil Gaiman. Adapted and directed by multi-award-winner Dirk Maggs, and performed by an ensemble cast with James McAvoy in the title role, this first installment of a multi-part original audio series will transport you to a world that re-writes the rules of audio entertainment the way that The Sandman originally re-defined the graphic novel.

 

 

The Decisionwritten and performed by Kevin Hart. 

“For the ‘new year, new me’ overachiever.”

 

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Amazon’s description reads: Superstar stand-up. Blockbuster actor. Celebrity-powerhouse. Kevin Hart is about to add one more significant title to his already impressive resume: Your life coach. Yes, you. In this follow-up to The New York Times best-selling memoir, I Can’t Make This Up, Kevin goes all-in on getting you mentally fit by skillfully breaking down and sharing the same tools and rules he’s developed to elevate his own life, to inspire and help transform yours. Candid, raw, and authentic to the core, The Decision is filled with vision and the practical steps you’ll need to track and reach your goals. The time to power-up those earbuds and get after the life of your dreams is now. Kevin Hart is hyped and ready. Are you?

 

The Sesame street podcast with foley & friends, Hosted by new Sesame Street character Foley. 

“For parents trying to limit screen time.”

 

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Audible’s description reads: This Sesame Street Podcast with Foley & Friends is the first podcast of its kind from the iconic children’s show – with new original music, interactive games, jokes, and visits from friends like Elmo, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster in every episode. Crafted especially for preschool listeners, The Sesame Street Podcast with Foley & Friends will provide the kind of high-quality educational family entertainment that parents expect from Sesame Workshop. Each 15-minute episode will revolve around a different preschool-friendly topic, from vehicles to birthdays to learning the alphabet. Young listeners will love the energetic Foley, who has a special knack for making silly sound effects, and they’ll anticipate recurring moments such as “Elmo’s Joke of the Day,” a podcast game show, original songs, and beloved songs like “The Letter of the Day.”

 

Audible Theater’s collaboration with the williamstown theatre festival

“For the theater-goer who’s missing the excitement of the stage.”

 

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Audible’s description is as follows: Audible will produce the entire 2020 Williamstown Theatre Festival summer season and make it available to its millions of listeners. Forged during and in response to a fraught moment in history, this unprecedented collaboration between two industry leaders preserves the Festival season in a different format, provides continued work for the artists involved in the Festival season, and produces a body of work that will be made available for global Audible listeners to enjoy and experience. It also marks the first time that an entire theatrical season of work will be produced on Audible. With extraordinary performances and new voices, Audible Theater unleashes the artistic creativity of playwrights worldwide to deliver language-driven storytelling and inspire captivating performances – from the likes of Daisy Ridley, Dan Rather, Liza Jessie Peterson, Harvey Fierstein and more – on stage and in audio.

 

 

Audible’s Words + Music Initiative

“For the music junkie who misses live concerts.” 

 

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Audibles description is as follows: Audible’s musical storytelling initiative, Words + Music drives the creation of numerous original audio productions combining storytelling and music designed exclusively for Audible listeners. These original musical narratives reflect the creative vision of a plethora of award-winning musicians including CommonJames TaylorTom MorelloSt. VincentSheryl CrowT Bone Burnett and renowned artists Smokey Robinson, Rufus Wainwright and Alanis Morissette.

 

The Pursuit of Healthiness with Blake Griffinwritten and performed by Blake Griffin.

“For the wellness enthusiast.”

 

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Amazon’s description reads: NBA superstar Blake Griffin is a “health and wellness geek” and he’s on a quest to find out the secrets to keeping his body and mind in shape—and he wants to take listeners with him on his journey. In this Audible Original podcast, Griffin reveals what it takes for everyday people to keep their body and mind in shape, with ten raw, informative, and entertaining conversations featuring some of the most notable figures in the world of sports, entertainment, and wellness. For him, it’s not just about performance: it’s about looking good, feeling good and feeling confident about your body. In 30 minute episodes, Griffin speaks with actor Michael B. Jordan, who discusses training for films including Creed and Black Panther; Thrive Global CEO and Huffington Post Founder Arianna Huffington, who shares the keys to good sleep, finding life balance and redefining success; Queer Eye’s food expert Antoni Porowski on how a well-cooked meal is good for the body and soul; comedian, host, author and activist Chelsea Handler on the benefits of cannabis; and more.

 

And last but not least… “For the young and the young-at-heart.”

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, by J.K. Rowling, performed by Jude Law, Warwick Davis, Noma Dumezweni, Jason Isaacs, Evanna Lynch, Sally Mortemore and Bonnie Wright. 

 

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Amazon’s description is as follows: Performed by talented actors from across the Wizarding World, this is the first ever audiobook edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which was originally written in 2007. As familiar to Hogwarts students as “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty” are to Muggle children, Beedle’s stories are a collection of popular fairy tales written for young witches and wizards. So, if you’re wondering what’s in store in this brand-new audio edition…well, your ears are in for a treat.

 

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling. Coming November 2020 exclusively to Audible. 

 

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Amazon’s description reads: The Ickabog is coming… A mythical monster, a kingdom in peril, an adventure that will test two children’s bravery to the limit. Discover a brilliantly original fairy tale about the power of hope and friendship to triumph against all odds. The kingdom of Cornucopia was once the happiest in the world. Everything was perfect – except for the misty Marshlands to the north, which, according to legend, were home to the monstrous Ickabog. Anyone sensible knew that the Ickabog was just a myth to scare children into behaving. But the funny thing about myths is that sometimes they take on a life of their own. Could a myth unseat a beloved king? Could a myth bring a once happy country to its knees? Could a myth thrust two children into an adventure they didn’t ask for and never expected? If you’re feeling brave, immerse yourself in this audiobook to find out….

 

Check out these amazing 2020 audiobooks recommended to you by Audible, and get ready for endless adventure!

 

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