Welcome to our article on the top 20 audiobooks of the year 2022! As we embark on a new year, the world of literature is poised to deliver a wealth of exciting new stories and narratives that will captivate listeners across the globe. From epic fantasy adventures to dystopian tales of survival, and from magical realism to gripping crime thrillers, the range of audiobooks available in 2022 promises to offer something for every type of listener. In this article, we will showcase our top 20 picks for the best audiobooks of the year, based on our predictions and analysis of upcoming releases.
Top 20 Audiobooks of the Year 2022
- One For All
- The Verifiers
- A Thousand Steps into Night
- Wyrd Sisters
- Legends & Lattes
- The Fae Keeper
- A Mirror Mended
- Paladin’s Hope
- Homicide and Halo-Halo
- Daughter of the Moon Goddess
- Station Eternity
- The Obsession
- A Prayer for the Crown-Shy
- The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches
- Travel by Bullet
- Self-Made Boys
- Act of Oblivion
One For All
The audiobook version of “One For All” by Lillie Lainoff is narrated by Mara Wilson and was released on March 8th, 2022. The audiobook presents a thrilling retelling of The Three Musketeers, with a unique twist featuring four exceptional young women who showcase their exceptional talents as they save France by working as spies and wielding their weapons.
The audiobook “The Verifiers” is based on the mystery novel written by Jane Pek and narrated by Eunice Wong. The book was originally published on February 22, 2022.
The story revolves around a woman who is passionate about crime fiction and is hired by an investigative agency, leading her on a thrilling and dangerous journey to uncover the truth. With Eunice Wong’s expert narration, listeners can expect to be fully immersed in the world of “The Verifiers” and the mystery that lies at its core.
A Thousand Steps into Night
“A Thousand Steps into Night” is based on the book written by Traci Chee and narrated by Grace Rolek. The book was published on March 1, 2022. This captivating Fantasy novel features demons inspired by Japanese mythology and tells the story of a young girl who is cursed and transformed into a demon with the ability to kill through touch. The audiobook promises to be a thrilling and exciting listen for those who enjoy Fantasy stories filled with adventure, mythology, and feminist themes.
Terry Pratchett’s beloved novel “Wyrd Sisters” has been given new life in the form of an audiobook narrated by Indira Varma. This highly anticipated audiobook was published on April 28, 2022, and is part of the author’s Discworld series.
Terry Pratchett’s unique ability to blend social satire, humor, and relatable characters has made him a favorite among readers. This new audio recording of “Wyrd Sisters” is just one of the many books in the Discworld series to receive a fresh interpretation, with talented voice actors bringing the stories to life in an entertaining and engaging way.
Legends & Lattes
“Legends & Lattes,” written and narrated by Travis Baldree, was published on June 14, 2022. This book marks Baldree’s debut as an author, and it follows the story of an orc warrior who decides to retire from fighting and opens a coffee shop with a succubus and a ratkin. Despite the unusual mix of characters, the book is described as adorable, escapist, and cozy, offering a delightful and heartwarming escape for listeners.
The Fae Keeper
Written by H.E. Edgmon, is a highly anticipated audiobook that was published on May 31, 2022. The book features Dani Martineck as the narrator, bringing the story to life with their compelling voice and storytelling skills.
This debut novel from audiobook narrator Travis Baldree tells the tale of an orc warrior who decides to retire from fighting and open a coffee shop with a succubus and a ratkin. Despite the unconventional premise, the book is heartwarming and cozy, offering a delightful escape for listeners looking for a feel-good story. Overall, The Fae Keeper promises to be an enjoyable and entertaining audiobook that will leave a lasting impression on its audience.
A Mirror Mended
Written by Alix E. Harrow and narrated by Amy Landon, was released on June 14, 2022. This book concludes the Fractured Fables duology, and listeners can now enjoy the entire series with the release of the first book, “A Spindle Splintered,” and this second and final installment. If you have been waiting to pick up this series, now is the perfect time to listen to both books in one go and experience the enchanting world of fractured fairy tales created by Harrow.
This is the third book in The Saint of Steel series, is a Fantasy novel by T. Kingfisher. The book was published on May 31, 2022, and is expertly narrated by Joel Richards. This installment takes place in the author’s beloved world of the White Rat and follows a new character on their journey, although it can also be read as a stand-alone novel. Fans of the series will undoubtedly enjoy this latest addition, and those who are new to the series will have the opportunity to explore a delightful and intricately crafted world.
Homicide and Halo-Halo
Homicide and Halo-Halo, written by Mia P. Manansala, is a delightful cozy mystery and the second book in the Tita Rosie’s Kitchen series. The book was published on February 8, 2022. Danice Cabanela narrates the audiobook version of the novel, bringing the story to life with her engaging performance. Fans of the first book in the series will be pleased to know that Homicide and Halo-Halo is just as enjoyable and entertaining.
Daughter of the Moon Goddess
It is based on Sue Lynn Tan’s book of the same name and narrated by Natalie Naudus. The book was published on January 11, 2022.
The story follows Xingyin, the daughter of the moon goddess, who is forced to leave her home and mother to protect her family. She must create a new life for herself in the Celestial kingdom, where her quests are filled with adventure and suspense, and the worldbuilding is incredibly vivid.
Bloodmarked, written by Tracy Deonn and narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, was published on November 8, 2022. As a highly anticipated follow-up to the bestselling novel Legendborn, Bloodmarked offers readers another thrilling adventure in the world of the Order of the Round Table. With even more intensity than its predecessor, Bloodmarked delves deeper into the secrets and hidden agendas of the Order, and promises to be an exciting addition to the Young Adult Fantasy genre.
It is a new audiobook based on the book by Mur Lafferty. The audiobook is narrated by Sarah Mollo-Christensen and was published on October 4, 2022. The book follows the story of a mystery series protagonist, who finds dead bodies popping up everywhere they go. If you’ve ever wondered how it feels to be the lead character in a mystery novel, this audiobook is a must-listen!
The Obsession is an audiobook written by Jesse Q. Sutanto, a well-known Cozy Mystery author. This book, however, leans more towards the Thriller genre, as it focuses on a group of teenagers dealing with serious issues.
Narrated by Catherine Ho, the audiobook was published on November 8, 2022. With an emphasis on intense emotions and suspenseful plot twists, The Obsession promises to be an enthralling and gripping listen for fans of both Mystery and Thriller genres alike.
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy
This is a book written by Becky Chambers and narrated by Em Grosland. The audiobook was published on July 12, 2022. The story follows Sibling Dex, a renowned Tea Monk, and Mosscap, a robot on a quest to uncover humanity’s true needs, as they explore the villages and cities of the little moon they call home, after touring the rural areas of Panga.
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches
“The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches,” written by Sangu Mandanna and narrated by Samara MacLaren, was published on August 23, 2022. This heartwarming book tells a cozy found-family story that revolves around thoughtful, lonely Mika Moon, and the fascinating people she meets at Nowhere House. The story features three explosive witch children and a heartwarming romance that will make listeners fall in love with the characters. Overall, this audiobook promises to be a delightful listen for fans of magical stories and found-family narratives.
Travel by Bullet
The audiobook “Travel by Bullet” is based on the book of the same name written by John Scalzi. The audiobook is narrated by Zachary Quinto and was published on September 1, 2022. The book explores a world in which people no longer die when they are killed, as 999 in 1000 murder victims miraculously come back to life at home after the act. Dispatchers, in this alternate world, help patients who undergo risky procedures and victims of accidents by killing them, resetting their bodies to a few hours earlier.
“Shutter” by Ramona Emerson is a captivating novel that blends mystery with elements of horror. The book was published on August 2, 2022, and is narrated by Charley Flyte. While the novel’s darker and more gruesome nature may be a departure from what some readers are used to, it offers a unique and thrilling experience that is sure to captivate and intrigue listeners. If you’re looking for a gripping and spine-tingling read, “Shutter” may just be the perfect audiobook for you.
The audiobook “Self-Made Boys” is based on the book written by Anna-Marie McLemore and narrated by Avi Roque. The book was published on September 6, 2022, and tells a raw and gentle story of what it was like to be trans and have brown skin in the 1920s. The book is as beautiful as its cover, and the audiobook, narrated by Avi Roque, provides a captivating experience that brings the story to life.
Act of Oblivion
It is based on the enthralling novel by Robert Harris, and is narrated by Tim McInnerny. The book was published on September 13, 2022, and takes its title from the restoration of the British monarchy in 1660. The novel explores the aftermath of Charles II’s proclamation, which sought to bring peace by pardoning anti-royalists, with a few exceptions, notably the 59 men who had signed Charles I’s death warrant. “Act of Oblivion” is a gripping historical fiction that delves into the complex political and social landscape of 17th-century Britain.
The audiobook “Afterlives” is based on the novel of the same name, written by Abdulrazak Gurnah. The book was published on August 23, 2022. The audiobook is narrated by Damian Lynch.
“Afterlives” tells the story of Ilyas, who was taken from his parents by German colonial troops when he was just a boy on the coast of East Africa. After years of fighting against his own people, Ilyas returns home to find his parents gone and his sister Afiya forced into de facto slavery. The novel explores the themes of colonialism, identity, and family ties in a beautifully written and emotional narrative. Damian Lynch’s narration of the audiobook brings this powerful story to life for listeners.