Contemporary audiobooks wear hats of all shapes and sizes. Visit Audible or Amazon and you'll find everything from Nick Hornby’s satire to the saucy works of Jilly Cooper to Anne Rice's darker Interview with a Vampire in the contemporary audiobooks section.
What is Contemporary Fiction?
This is not to say that the literary world has abandoned the task of defining contemporary fiction. The general consensus is that contemporary audio books must be set after World War II, Beyond that, criteria are less clear, but usually include character based stories based in reality. They tend to examine aspects of society, politics and social interactions.
Phew. That narrows it down a bit. And does start to bring certain authors to mind. That done, I think it's time to meet some of our lovely contestants. Book 1: What's your name and where'd you come from? (Apologies all non-UK readers. This reference will elude you. And those who do understand, I'm sorry for the song now stuck in your head).
Contemporary Audiobooks 2021
In 2021, contemporary means murder, with audiobooks such as How To Kill Your Family and The Thursday Murder Club at the top of bestseller lists.
Top 10 Contemporary Audiobooks
Nick Hornby is the king of contemporary fiction, applying his wry satirical charm to a variety of modern scenarios. A Long Way Down is an unlikely, but brilliant comedy about a group of misfits who meet at the top of a tower block while contemplating suicide.
Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Kate Reading
Contrary to what the title would have you believe, Eleanor Oliphant Is not even remotely okay. Things get extremely dark at times, but this is nonetheless an inspiring novel built on the small things that make a big difference.
Alice is 29. She is also 39. She wakes from a coma missing her memories of the past ten years. Years in which her life has changed dramatically. In the charming, captivating style unique to Liane Moriarty, we watch as Alice pieces her world back together.
Best of the Rest Contemporary Audiobooks
Phew. That was difficult. Selecting just ten top contemporary audiobooks was a wrench. So here are yet more brilliant examples of this genre, listed A-Z.