2014 was an amazing year for publishing! Every year the quality of books and narration becomes increasingly better – it’s so difficult to choose my favorites in audio from this past year, but this is my attempt to do so. These are some of our favorites in general fiction, mystery and sci-fi and fantasy.
What does your Best of Fiction List look like for this year?
The one fiction book that really stood out to me this year was Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. Scott Brick is an amazing narrator and spoke about his experience while narrating: “I was absolutely stunned by the experience of narrating Gabrielle Zevin’s latest book. It drew me in from the very first page. It was the kind of book that I might ordinarily find myself finishing after only three days, yet I found myself stretching it to four, then five, simply because I hated the idea of it being over. I wept while recording it, more than once.” (AudioFile)
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Bees by Laline Paull
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín
Redeployment by Phil Klay
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
Stepping out from his usual cast of male characters, Samantha Kofer is the star of Grisham’s latest, Gray Mountain. When the recession hits NYC, Samantha is downsized from her job on Wall Street and takes a job in a small coal mining Appalachian town in Virginia and becomes engulfed in a deadly litigation.
Gray Mountain by John Grisham
One Kick by Chelsea Cain
Revival by Stephen King
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
The Skin Collector by Jeffrey Deaver
Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich
Sci-Fi and Fantasy:
The Bone Clocks was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and is written by David Mitchell, bestselling author of Cloud Atlas. An Earphones Award Winner, The Bone Clocks is an epic traditional realism novel with six sections, each connected by the character of Holly Sykes. Made for the audio format, listeners will be delighted by the spot-on performances of six narrators.
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson