Best Audiobooks of 2023: Library Journal selects mysteries, hilarious personal essays, romance, & more!

By Jennifer Rubins | February 7 2024 | Audiobook News

From an amazing ensemble of actors tackling a sci-fi literary masterpiece, to a “natural-born storyteller” whose one-of-a-kind voice infuses joy into every essay, the narrators recognized by Library Journal for bringing the best audiobooks of 2023 to life are a must for every library’s collection. View LJ’s full list of top picks here. These four Books on Tape selections (including two RUSA Listen List picks!) offer something for everyone and showcase the power of great storytelling on audio. How many have you heard? Check out why Library Journal loved them below and click on the cover to listen to a clip:

Chain Gang All Stars
National Book Award Finalist

Read by Shayna Small, Aaron Goodson, Michael Crouch, & Lee Osorio

Also a RUSA Listen List pick!

“An ensemble of narrators, led by Shayna Small and supported by Aaron Goodson, Michael Crouch, and Lee Osorio, give voice to the heartbreak, pain, and fragile hope fueling this off-kilter and all-too-imaginable world.”

The Secret Service of Tea and Treason

Read by Elizabeth Knowelden

“Narrator Elizabeth Knowelden sublimely captures every nuance and literary nod in Holton’s delightful tale. . . With great glee, heaping doses of wit, and an emotional intensity that carries listeners fully into this charmer of a story, Knowelden manages multiple voices and intonations, creating mood and moment such that one cannot help but chortle and enjoy.”

Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers

Read by Eunice Wong

Also a RUSA Listen List pick!

“Narrator Eunice Wong sparkles as 60-year-old Vera Wong, the owner of a languishing tea shop who determinedly follows a strict daily routine while hoping for something new. When she wakes to discover a corpse in the middle of her shop, she dismisses the police as incompetent and promptly embarks on an investigation of her own. Wong vivaciously gives voice to Vera and her motley group of suspects, deftly balancing quirkiness with the sweetness of newfound friendships.”

Congratulations, The Best Is Over!

Read by the Author

“With warmth and aplomb, Thomas showcases his talents as a natural-born storyteller in this joy-filled, self-narrated essay collection. Prompted by his cautious homecoming to Baltimore, Thomas shines a light on topics ranging from Oprah’s Favorite Things to his ongoing bouts with depression. Whether describing a class reunion gone wrong or his father-in-law’s death, his narration is fully alive, bursting with frank humor, compassion, and sincerity.”