This has been a great year for audio fiction, with new readers and a wide variety of titles to sample. These are my favorites from 2013.
The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian (read by Cassandra Campbell and Mark Bramhall)
A fantastic historical mystery set during and after World War II in Italy is made even more riveting by the voices of two expert narrators.
World War Z by Max Brooks (multiple readers)
Multiple narrators tell their stories of surviving a decade-long battle between humans and killer zombies.
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
This mesmerizing, eloquent story of impossible choices played out in the life of a young girl in Haiti is narrated in the mellifluous voice of Robin Miles.
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
Meryl Streep IS Rachel Sanstat in this hilarious, not-quite-heartbreaking story of a woman scorned.
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
Now a widow, Bridget re-enters the dating world with a much younger man and a new Twitter obsession. Samantha Bond’s portrayal of Jonesy is infectiously funny.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Fowler
A dulcet, dramatic narration by Jenna Lamia makes this biographical novel seem like a chat with Zelda herself.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
In his measured, masterly voice, Gaiman narrates the story of a little boy whose brush with death is only narrowly averted by the magic of the girl down the lane.
We Are Water by Wally Lamb
As fluid as water and every bit as powerful, Lamb’s story carries you away with a sad, yet ultimately hopeful narrative about the end of a marriage as another begins, told from the perspective of nine different people.
Little Green by Walter Mosley
Evander “Little Green” Noon is missing and Easy Rawlins, hardboiled and barely alive, is out to find him along Sunset Strip in the late 1960s. Actor Michael Boatman’s performance is gritty and spot-on.