I listen to audiobooks year-round but I have to admit there’s something special about listening to a great read in the summer. Perhaps that’s because it seems like listening opportunities abound. Between tending to the garden, family road trips, and extra long walks with Daisy, I can breeze through one audiobook after the next.
The best audiobooks aren’t a substitute for actual books; instead they enhance them, adding layers to the reading experience. When I’m deciding what to listen to next, I’m looking for a great story, well told. I generally prefer fiction and memoir on audio, but I’m willing to take a chance on other genres. In this format I especially appreciate lush descriptions and atmospheric settings, and a fast-moving plot is a plus (though not a requirement).
June is Audiobook Appreciation Month, which is a good excuse to gather up a collection of standout new audiobook releases for your enjoyment. Some of these are from the 2022 MMD Summer Reading Guide (which has a section called Awesome on Audio—don’t miss it!); some are my more recent listens.
I hope the audiobooks on this list keep you company all summer long. Please tell us about the ones you’ve loved and continue to look forward to in the comments!
Standout new audiobooks for summer listening
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Have you listened to any of these yet? What audiobook releases are you looking forward to this summer? Tell us all about them in the comments section!