AudioFile Magazine, which reviews thousands of audiobooks a year (nearly 400 every 60 days, according to the website), has released its list of the best audiobooks of 2016. The recommendations, based on best listening and most interesting performances, number 126 audiobooks across nine genres. Fifteen of those titles make up the sci-fi and fantasy list, including Charlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky, N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate, Joe Hill’s The Fireman, and Mary Robinette Kowal’s Ghost Talkers.
Here’s the complete list of SFF audiobooks. AudioFile has posted excerpts from three of the titles, which you can click through for a listen.
- Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan; Read by Tim Gerard Reynolds (Recorded Books)
- Alien: Out of the Shadows by Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs; Read by Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and a Full Cast (Audible, Inc.)
- All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders; Read by Alyssa Bresnahan (Recorded Books)
- Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard; Read by Josh Clark, Charlie Davis, Scott Menville, Jim Meskimen, Stefan Rudnicki, and a Full Cast (Galaxy Audio)
- Captain to Captain by Greg Cox; Read by Robert Petkoff (Simon & Schuster Audio) (Excerpt)
- The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin; Read by Scott Brick (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)
- The City on the Edge of Forever by Harlan Ellison; Read by Harlan Ellison, Scott Brick, LeVar Burton, and a Full Cast (Skyboat Media/Blackstone Audio)
- The Fireman by Joe Hill; Read by Kate Mulgrew (Harper Audio) (Excerpt)
- Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal; Read by Mary Robinette Kowal (Audible, Inc.)
- Jerusalem by Alan Moore; Read by Simon Vance (Recorded Books)
- Marvel: Daredevil by Kevin Smith, Joe Quesada, Richard Rohan [Adapt.]; Read by a Full Cast (GraphicAudio) (Excerpt)
- The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin; Read by Robin Miles (Hachette Audio)
- Serengeti by J.B. Rockwell; Read by Elizabeth Wiley (Tantor Media)
- The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North; Read by Gillian Burke (Hachette Audio/Blackstone Audio)
- Version Control by Dexter Palmer; Read by January LaVoy (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)
The entire list of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2016 is available as a free multimedia ezine.