Best Audiobooks 2021
Oh 2021, the audiobooks you have given us. This was a year of the off-beat and off-the-wall, the other-worldly and out-of-this-world. And the comedy has become grittier than a concrete convention at the beach. Seriously, it's like authors witnessed the crazy of 2020 and told it to hold their beer.
Having said all that, there were still plenty of more recognisable genres out there and familiar names releasing books. A.G Riddle, Nick Spalding, Lisa Jewell and Rachel Abbott are just four such long-standing faves to feature.
So 2021, it was weird. But it was also rib-crackingly hilarious, heart-thumpingly thrilling and miss-your-stop engrossing. Thanks for the memories.
Top 10 Audiobooks 2021
Epic Blockbuster-Style Apocalypse
The End of Men
Cathleen McCarron, Aysha Kala, Denica Fairman, Penelope Rawlins, Debra Michaels, Julia Locascio, Sasha Alexis, Robert Bradley, Sara Lynam, Rebecca Perfect, William Hope
When it comes to post-apocalyptic stories, I thought I'd seen it all. Well, this outstanding 2021 audiobook was a complete surprise. A unique premise, a captivating mystery and excellent performances all make this top of the class of '21.
The Echo Chamber
Richard E. Grant
This was that rare and joyful find - an instant favourite. One of the funniest, smartest books I've heard, it is undoubtedly my stand out star pick for 2021. Focused on the worst family imaginable, this rips apart all the worst aspects of modern communication. And who's our narrator? Only Hollywood heavyweight Richard E. Grant.
End of the World As We Know It
The Apocalypse Seven
Erin Bennett, Kiff VandenHeuvel, Juliette Goglia, Zeno Robinson, Will Collyer, Grace Rolek, Farah Merani
Looms at the ready to weave together all the threads of this intricate mystery. With the affable voice of Joe Hempel to lighten the tone,this is a thoroughly engrossing tale and an unusual take on the apocalyptic genre.
How to Kill Your Family
Charly Clive, Paul Panting
Never ever judge this book by its cover. I did and thought it was a comedy. I was in for a shock. It's tongue in cheek, but about as sinister as it gets. I should instead have taken the title at face value. This is very much a does-what-it-says-on-the-tin affair. Yes. This is a blow by blow account of picking off an entire family.
Never Saw Me Coming
Psychopaths, psychopaths everywhere, but who's the one who killed? While most suspense novels entice the audience to detect the pscho murderer, this college-based thriller does half the work, but somehow makes it better.
Best of the Rest Audiobooks 2021
You might have noticed that the list went beyond just ten best audiobooks... It was just too difficult to cut down. And since we've broken that rule, why not splurge with more of 2021's offerings?