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10 of the best audiobooks from 2019, as chosen by the people who make them

10 of the best audiobooks from 2019, as chosen by the people who make them

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10 Best Audiobooks of 2019

Me, Elton John

Published by Pan Macmillan and narrated by Taron Egerton, Elton John.

Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, read by Taron Egerton, with an introduction and epilogue read by Elton John.


Michelangelo, God’s Architect, William E. Wallace

Published by Princeton University Press and narrated by Simon Callow.

Simon Callow is the perfect narrator for this untold story of Michelangelo's transformation into one of the greatest architects of the Renaissance.


The Beekeeper of Aleppo, Christy Lefteri

Published by Bonnier Books UK and narrated by Art Malik.

A rich, moving story, told with sensitivity & authenticity by an actor with exceptional range. Art conveys anger, hurt, weariness & hope without drama.


Storyteller: How to be an audiobook narrator

Published by Creative Content and narrated by Lorelei King and Ali Muirden.

Friendly advice, demonstrations and top tips to help authors and narrators achieve the best possible results when recording an audio book.


Catch and Kill, Ronan Farrow

Published by Hachette Audio and narrated by Ronan Farrow.

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers in a dramatic account of violence and espionage.


My Name is Why: A Memoir, Lemn Sissay

Published by Canongate Books and narrated by Lemn Sissay, Richard Burnip, Zoe Mills.

A huge labour of love for all involved and a truly important, game-changing book.


The Art of Being Normal, Lisa Williamson

Published by Listening Books, with permission from David Fickling Books and narrated by Jenet Le Lacheur, Tigger Blaize.

Our audiobook of Lisa Williamson’s essential story of transgender teens navigating the world is narrated superbly by trans actors Tigger and Jenet.


Lanny, Max Porter

Published by Faber and narrated by David Timson, Clare Cobett, Jot Davies, Annie Aldington.

The semi-dramatisation of this complex book lifts the text off the page. A really immersive experience, excellent narration and production values.


The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and your children will be glad you did), Philippa Perry

Published by Penguin Random House Audio and narrated by Philippa Perry.

Straight-talking and practical, Philippa Perry has created the essential guide to parenthood. An approachable, insightful and incredibly fun audiobook.


Blood, Sex & Money

Published by BBC Audiobooks and narrated by full-cast production, with a cast including: Glenda Jackson, Paul McGann, Alison Steadman, Samuel West, Anna Maxwell Martin, David Schofield, Emma Rigby, Angela Griffin, Robert Lindsay, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Holliday Grainger, Fenella Woolgar and Georgina C.

High quality dramatization on an epic scale. A radical reimagining of the source material brought to life by an incredible cast.