Announcing Audible’s Highest Rated Audiobooks of 2016!

Works by Trevor Noah, Jodi Picoult, Brandon Sanderson, Bill O’Reilly, and Michael Connelly Among the Top 20 Rated and Reviewed Audiobooks Released in 2016

Doug Stanhope, Thandie Newton, Titus Welliver, and Trevor Noah Among the Highest Rated Narrators of the Year

NEWARK, N.J.--()--Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken word entertainment, today announced the twenty highest rated audiobooks of 2016. This list was determined by the customer ratings on for titles released in 2016; eligible audiobooks received at least 500 ratings and 150 reviews.

“Our listeners are incredibly passionate about outstanding listening experiences, so we are delighted to showcase the audiobooks they rated most highly and reviewed most often,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “This rich mix of fiction, nonfiction, history, comedy, memoir, science fiction, and more truly demonstrates the breadth of Audible customers’ listening. Congratulations to all of these titles, and the fine authors, performers, and publishers who have brought them to life in audio.”

The full list includes*:

1) Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah, narrated by the author

2) The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines, narrated by the authors

3) Reign of Madness: King’s Dark Tidings, Book 2 by Kel Kade, narrated by Nick Podehl

4) Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the creator of Nike by Phil Knight, narrated by Norbert Leo Butz and the author

5) Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial by Rabia Chaudry, narrated by the author

6) A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, narrated by Jennifer Ikeda

7) Digging Up Mother: A Love Story by Doug Stanhope, narrated by the author

8) Morning Star: Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds

9) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, narrated by Thandie Newton

10) #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness by Gary Vaynerchuk, narrated by the author, Jack Welch, and Dave Ramsey

11) Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, narrated by Bill O’Reilly and Robert Petkoff

12) The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne, narrated by Luke Daniels

13) The Silver Thief: The Cycle of Galand, Book 2 by Edward W. Robertson, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds

14) The Beast: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward, narrated by Jim Frangione

15) Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party by Dinesh D’Souza, narrated by James Foster

16) Tattered Remnants: Zombie Fallout 9 by Mary Tufo, narrated by Sean Runnette

17) Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, narrated by Elizabeth Evans

18) Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult, narrated by Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, and Ari Fliakos

19) The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson, narrated by Michael Kramer

20) The Wrong Side of Goodbye: A Harry Bosch Novel, Book 21 by Michael Connelly, narrated by Titus Welliver

*As of 12/1/16


  • The bestselling audiobook of the year on Audible was The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, narrated by Claire Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher
  • The bestselling children’s audiobook of the year on Audible was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale
  • The bestselling nonfiction audiobook of the year on Audible was The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg, narrated by Mike Chamberlain
  • Audible members globally listened to an average of 17 audiobooks in 2016
  • Audible members around the world will listen to 2 billion hours of Audible content in 2016, which is up from 1 billion in 2014
  • On weekdays, the most common time that Audible members listened to audiobooks in 2016 was while commuting. On weekends, the most common time was in the evening
  • Audible members listened to 30% more audio content on weekdays than on weekends

Audible invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. Audible members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of the year. More than half of new Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.


Audible, Inc., an, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 325,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store.

Esther Bochner, 973-820-0781

Release Summary

Announcing Audible's highest rated audiobooks of 2016! Works by Trevor Noah, Jodi Picoult, Brandon Sanderson, Bill O'Reilly, and Michael Connelly among the top 20 rated audiobooks in 2016.

Esther Bochner, 973-820-0781