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Greetings fellow audiobook enthusiasts! Are you ready to discover the crème de la crème of audiobooks? Look no further because we have curated a list of the best audiobooks 2017 had to offer. These audiobooks truly stood out as the top listens of 2017. We’ve scoured through countless hours of captivating narration and unforgettable storytelling to bring you a selection of audiobook highlights that will keep you coming back for more.

With so many audiobooks out there, it can be overwhelming to choose where to start. But worry not, because we have carefully categorized our selections into different genres to make it easier for you to find your next favorite audiobook. From mystery and suspense to romance and sci-fi, we have something for every listener. So, sit back, relax, and let us take you on a journey through the best audiobooks 2017 had to offer.

Thrilling Mystery and Suspense Audiobooks

Looking for a heart-pumping listen that will keep you on the edge of your seat? Look no further than our selection of the best mystery and suspense audiobooks of 2017. From chilling murder mysteries to exhilarating thrillers, these audiobooks are the perfect addition to any audiobook lover’s collection.

Top Picks:

Title Author Narrator
The Girl Before J.P. Delaney Emilia Fox and Finty Williams
The Rooster Bar John Grisham Ari Fliakos
The Chalk Man C.J. Tudor Euan Morton
Don’t Let Go Harlan Coben Steven Weber
Into the Water Paula Hawkins Laura Aikman, Rachel Bavidge, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, and Imogen Church

Our top picks showcase the best of the mystery and suspense genre, with gripping plots, unexpected twists, and unforgettable characters. “The Girl Before” takes listeners on a thrilling ride through a high-tech house with a dark past, while “The Rooster Bar” follows three law students who become embroiled in a scam that could cost them everything.

“The Chalk Man” is a masterful blend of mystery and horror, with a chilling storyline that will keep you guessing until the very end. “Don’t Let Go,” the latest from bestselling author Harlan Coben, is a taut and suspenseful tale of a missing woman and a dangerous web of secrets and lies. Finally, “Into the Water” delivers a mesmerizing tale of family secrets and small-town scandals in the style of Paula Hawkins’ hit “The Girl on the Train.”

No matter which audiobook you choose, you’re guaranteed a thrilling ride with one of our essential 2017 listens.

Award-Winning Fiction Audiobooks

At the heart of fiction lies a world of imagination that has the power to transport us to places beyond our wildest dreams. In 2017, we were fortunate enough to have experienced some of the best audiobooks that left us spellbound with their captivating narratives and masterful storytelling.

Our selection of award-winning fiction audiobooks of 2017 is a testament to the fact that the literary world is still alive and kicking. These stories take us on a journey through time and across continents, delving into the depths of human emotions and struggles.

Title Author Narrator(s)
The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead Bahi Turpin
Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and more
The Power Naomi Alderman Adjoa Andoh
Exit West Mohsin Hamid Mohsin Hamid
Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward Kelvin Harrison Jr., Rutina Wesley, and Chris Chalk

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, ‘The Underground Railroad’ by Colson Whitehead, narrated by Bahi Turpin, to Mohsin Hamid’s ‘Exit West’, narrated by the author himself, the audiobook versions of these award-winning novels truly bring the stories to life.

With each passing moment, you’ll be transported to a new world of wonder and contemplation. The outstanding narration and production quality make these 2017 audio treasures a must-listen for anyone looking to explore the best in fiction writing.

Inspiring Non-Fiction Audiobooks

Expand your knowledge and gain a fresh perspective with our selection of inspiring non-fiction audiobooks. These top listens of 2017 are thought-provoking, empowering, and inspiring.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant is a compelling and inspiring book that explores how to build resilience and find joy in the face of adversity. The audiobook is narrated by Elisa Donovan, whose voice brings the stories and lessons to life. With personal anecdotes, research, and practical advice, this audiobook is a must-listen for anyone facing challenges in life.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

In The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhigg explores the science behind habits and how they influence our daily lives. The audiobook is narrated by Mike Chamberlain and is informative, engaging, and thought-provoking. This top listen of 2017 offers practical tips and strategies to help listeners break bad habits and create positive ones.

The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage

In The 5 Second Rule, author Mel Robbins shares a simple but powerful tool to transform your life and overcome self-doubt. The audiobook is narrated by the author herself and is energetic, motivating, and inspiring. This best audiobook of 2017 is a must-listen for anyone looking to boost their confidence and take action towards their goals.

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

In Braving the Wilderness, author Brené Brown explores the concept of true belonging and the courage it takes to stand alone. The audiobook is narrated by the author and is a powerful and insightful listen. With personal anecdotes, research, and practical advice, this 2017 top listen encourages listeners to embrace their true selves and connect with others authentically.

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air is a memoir by Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. The audiobook is narrated by Sunil Malhotra and Cassandra Campbell and is a touching and powerful story about life, death, and the pursuit of meaning. This moving audiobook is a top listen of 2017 that will leave a lasting impact on listeners.

Captivating Biographies and Memoirs

Step into the lives of inspiring individuals through these captivating biographies and memoirs. In this section, we have curated a list of the best audiobooks that were listener favorites in 2017. Get ready to be moved by personal stories that will stay with you long after you finish listening.

Title Author Narrator
Born a Crime Trevor Noah Trevor Noah
The Princess Diarist Carrie Fisher Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd
Option B Sheryl Sandberg, Adam Grant Elisa Donovan

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah is a standout memoir that explores Noah’s upbringing in South Africa during the apartheid era. Noah, who is now the host of The Daily Show, narrates this audiobook himself, infusing his personal experiences with humor and insight.

The Princess Diarist by the late Carrie Fisher is a posthumously released memoir that provides a glimpse into her life during the filming of the original Star Wars trilogy. Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, also narrates a portion of this audiobook, adding a poignant layer to the already emotional story.

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant is a powerful memoir that documents Sandberg’s journey of healing and resilience after the sudden death of her husband. Narrated by Elisa Donovan, this audiobook offers a valuable perspective on overcoming adversity and finding hope in difficult times.

These incredible audiobooks are just a few examples of the captivating biographies and memoirs that graced our ears in 2017. Whether you’re interested in learning more about a public figure or connecting with someone else’s personal story, these audiobooks will not disappoint.

Thought-Provoking Science Fiction and Fantasy Audiobooks

Do you love diving into fantastic worlds with unique characters and intricate plots? Then our selection of thought-provoking science fiction and fantasy audiobooks will transport you to new realms of imagination. These are some of the best audiobooks 2017 had to offer, and essential listens for any sci-fi and fantasy fan.

1. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale weaves together Russian folklore, historical fiction, and magic to create a vivid and captivating story. The audiobook is narrated by Kathleen Gati, whose skillful performance brings the characters to life.

2. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology retells classic Norse tales with his signature wit and creativity. The audiobook is narrated by the author himself, making it an even more immersive experience.

3. The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Power is a thrilling speculative fiction novel that explores a world where women gain a powerful ability that upturns traditional gender roles and society. Narrated by Adjoa Andoh and Thomas Judd, the audiobook captures the intensity and excitement of the story.

4. The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

The Stone Sky concludes N.K. Jemisin’s critically acclaimed Broken Earth trilogy with a stunning and thought-provoking finale. Narrated by Robin Miles, the audiobook captures the emotional depth and complexity of the story.

5. All Systems Red by Martha Wells

All Systems Red is the first novella in Martha Wells’ award-winning Murderbot Diaries series, a sci-fi adventure story featuring a lovable and relatable robot protagonist. The audiobook is narrated by Kevin R. Free, who brings humor and heart to the character.

best audiobooks 2017

Sleeping Beauties is a gripping collaborative novel by Stephen King and his son Owen King. The story explores what happens when women around the world fall asleep and enter a mysterious cocoon-like state. The audiobook is narrated by Marin Ireland, who delivers a chilling and nuanced performance.

These essential 2017 listens are perfect for anyone who loves science fiction and fantasy that both entertains and challenges the imagination. So sit back, relax, and let these captivating audiobooks take you on a journey to new worlds.

Engaging Young Adult Audiobooks

Are you looking for the best young adult audiobooks of 2017? Look no further! Our selection of the top listens of 2017 includes something for every young adult listener.

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a groundbreaking young adult novel that explores themes of racism, police brutality, and social justice. Narrated by Bahni Turpin, this audiobook is a must-listen for every young adult and adult alike.

Author Narrator Length
Angie Thomas Bahni Turpin 11h 40m

Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green is a moving and honest portrayal of mental illness in young adults. Narrated by Kate Rudd, this audiobook is a beautifully written and performed exploration of friendship, love, and the difficulties of living with mental illness.

Author Narrator Length
John Green Kate Rudd 7h 11m

Long Way Down

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds is a gripping novel in verse that follows a young man’s journey to avenge his brother’s death. Narrated by the author himself, this audiobook is a powerful and moving exploration of grief, revenge, and the cycle of violence.

Author Narrator Length
Jason Reynolds Jason Reynolds 1h 43m

These engaging young adult audiobooks are just a few of the best of 2017. With compelling narratives and unforgettable performances, they are sure to captivate every listener.

Heartwarming Romance Audiobooks

If you’re a fan of love stories, the heartwarming romance audiobooks of 2017 are a must-listen. From best-selling authors to debut writers, these stories will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love all over again. Our curated list of the best romance audiobooks of 2017 is sure to have something to fit your taste.

Title Author Narrator
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Taylor Jenkins Reid Julia Whelan, Robin Miles
The Light We Lost Jill Santopolo HarperAudio
The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke Series, Book 1 Tessa Dare Mary Jane Wells
Second Chance Summer Jill Shalvis Karen White
Roomies Christina Lauren K.C. Sheridan

Each of these romance audiobooks has been carefully selected for its heartwarming story, unforgettable characters and impressive narration. Whether you’re a die-hard romance fan or new to the genre, these selections are sure to steal your heart.

2017 was indeed a treasure trove of audiobooks that offered something for everyone. We hope our list of heartwarming romance audiobooks has piqued your interest and sparked your curiosity. Stay tuned for more audiobook highlights of 2017!

Enlightening Self-Help and Personal Development Audiobooks

Are you ready to unlock your potential and cultivate a positive mindset? Our selection of self-help and personal development audiobooks from 2017 will guide you on a journey of self-discovery and transformation. These essential 2017 listens will inspire you to become the best version of yourself.

The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins

Do you struggle with procrastination or self-doubt? Mel Robbins’ The 5 Second Rule is here to change your life. This best audiobook of 2017 teaches you a simple but powerful technique to overcome fear and take action towards your goals. With engaging narration and inspiring examples, this audiobook will motivate you to develop a growth mindset and transform your life.

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero

Do you want to achieve financial abundance and create a life of freedom? Look no further than Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass at Making Money. This essential audiobook from 2017 will teach you how to conquer your limiting beliefs and develop a millionaire mindset. With humorous anecdotes and practical advice, Sincero’s narration will empower you to take control of your finances and create a life of abundance.

The Power of Positive Energy: Powerful Thinking, Powerful Life by Andrian Teodoro

Are you looking to cultivate more positivity in your life? Andrian Teodoro’s The Power of Positive Energy is the essential 2017 listen for you. Through guided meditations and positive affirmations, Teodoro teaches you how to shift your mindset and attract abundance into your life. This audiobook will leave you feeling rejuvenated and empowered to create a life of positivity and success.

Rising Strong by Brené Brown

Do you struggle with vulnerability and shame? Brené Brown’s Rising Strong will help you navigate these difficult emotions and emerge stronger and more resilient. This audiobook from 2017 teaches you how to embrace failure and use it as a catalyst for growth. With Brown’s engaging narration and relatable examples, you’ll learn how to cultivate courage and transform your relationships and career.

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod

Do you struggle to find time for self-care and personal development? Hal Elrod’s The Miracle Morning is the perfect solution for you. This essential 2017 audiobook teaches you how to create a morning routine that will transform your life. Through meditation, affirmations, and other practices, you’ll learn how to increase your productivity and cultivate a mindset of gratitude and abundance.

Engrossing Historical Fiction Audiobooks

Step into the past and transport yourself to a different time with our selection of the best historical fiction audiobooks of 2017. Based on listener favorites, these captivating stories provide a vibrant snapshot of history that is brought to life with exceptional narration.

A Gentleman in Moscow

Immerse yourself in the life of Count Alexander Rostov, who is placed under house arrest in a luxurious hotel in Moscow after the Bolshevik Revolution. The author, Amor Towles, paints a vivid picture of life in a turbulent era and the emotional journey of a man whose life is turned upside down. Narrated by Nicholas Guy Smith, this audiobook is a masterclass combination of exceptional storytelling and compelling narration.

The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead’s groundbreaking novel explores the journey of Cora, a slave who escapes and embarks on a perilous journey to freedom via the Underground Railroad. The audiobook, narrated by Bahni Turpin, offers an immersive experience that transports listeners to the heart of the action. Turpin’s narration is a tour de force, imbuing the story with emotional depth and authenticity that is impossible to resist.

The Alice Network

Kate Quinn’s unforgettable novel follows the intersecting timelines of two women during World War I and II. The story of Eve Gardiner, a spy during WWI and Charlie St. Clair, a pregnant college student during WWII, converge in an explosive conclusion that will leave you breathless. The audiobook is narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, whose captivating performance brings the characters to life with impeccable precision.

Book Title Author Narrator
A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles Nicholas Guy Smith
The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead Bahni Turpin
The Alice Network Kate Quinn Saskia Maarleveld

Indulge your love for history and storytelling with these listener-approved historical fiction audiobooks. Whether you’re a history buff or simply enjoy a good story, these audiobooks will keep you engaged until the very end. Happy listening!

Unforgettable Audiobook Narrations

At the heart of every great audiobook is a skilled narrator. We would like to pay homage to the talented voice actors who brought these stories to life in 2017. Their voices captivated us, transported us to different worlds, and enriched our listening experiences.

One of the most remarkable narrations of the year was that of Bahni Turpin in the audiobook “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. Turpin’s delivery of the protagonist’s voice was so engaging that we couldn’t put the audiobook down. Another standout was the narration of “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders, performed by a star-studded cast including Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and Julianne Moore.

Narrator Audiobook
Therese Plummer The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Julia Whelan Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Mark Bramhall Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Michael Sheen Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

These are just a few of the exceptional narrations that left a lasting impression on us in 2017. We are excited to see what narrations and performances will capture our attention in the years to come.


In conclusion, we have presented a carefully curated list of the best audiobooks of 2017. These audiobooks are the top listens of 2017, essential 2017 listens, 2017’s audio treasures, and listener favorites 2017.

Whether you love mystery, non-fiction, romance, historical fiction, self-help, or young adult fiction, there’s something for everyone on our list.

We hope that our selection has given you a great starting point for your audiobook journey in 2017. Don’t hesitate to explore further and discover new audiobooks that suit your interests and preferences.

Finally, we wish you happy listening and hope that you enjoy the unforgettable experience that audiobooks can bring.

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