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Ep. 24 | The Best Audiobooks of 2015 - Download | iTunes

Welcome back to the Audiobooks.com Podcast! We're wrapping up this year in audiobooks with the Best of 2015. We've coalesced this list of top audiobooks based on sales and public response and segmented them by fiction and non-fiction so we can dish it up for you with some color commentary.


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Best of 2015

You'll recognize several titles on these two lists from previous discussions on the podcast. We talked about Elon Musk in episode 2. Why Not Me, Go Set a Watchman and Girl in the Spider's Web in episode 12. And even though Addy has been struggling to read a Stephen King novel, we got a voicemail from a listener encouraging her to give it another go!

Reflecting back on 2015, we see trends amongst the most popular books. One is gender flipping, such as with Grey by E. L. James, when an author, who has written from one gender’s point of view, writes another novel in the voice of another gender in the original, or a novel that jumps between the point of view of a man and a woman.

Another trend is comedians writing autobiographies, or otherwise works of non-fiction. In addition to Aziz Ansari and Mindy Kaling on the non-fiction list below, 2015 also saw books from David Spade, Rainn Wilson, Tim Hawkins, Amy Poehler, and Judd Apatow. We’re not complaining!

The final trend is similar to the second but even more, indicative of how much our culture is changing. YouTubers and Bloggers are also writing books, which brings us new authors like Miranda Sings, Shane Dawson, and Jenn McAllister, amongst a shocking number of other book deals from the visual internet mediums.

Without further ado, here are the lists! Let's see if they match up with your top 10 of 2015!

Fiction
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Grey by E.L. James
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz
Finder's Keepers by Stephen King
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
See Me by Nicholas Sparks
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Rimini
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Road to Character by David Brooks
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Addy has a background in audio engineering which was pursued with her love for music and the intimate medium of conversations - radio and podcasting. With her focus currently on podcasting, Addy has been in the podcast marketing space for the past 2 years, helping podcasters refine their sound and message for great impact.

Addy is also the founder and host of the Do I.T. (intentional transformation) podcast where she explores what is it that gets people to change in different areas of their life by sharing her personal journey and those who are makers and shakers of our unique world. Let’s not forget that it’s part of her daily routine to listen to a book. Her favorite genres are history, biographies, comedy, wellness, business, mysteries and travel. In her spare time, she enjoys playing drums (air drumming too), hiking, soccer, swimming, and exploring new places.

On this Audiobooks.com podcast, Addy will explore the minds of authors, narrators and Audiobooks.com listeners on the subjects and themes that interest them the most.




The Real Brian started his journey behind the microphone back in the 90s. His passion for radio and music helped him to start careers in radio, music performance, private MC’ing, and, finally, podcasting. Brian also has been producing his own audio and creating innovating sound production for radio stations, podcasts, commercials, and has produced more than 1,500 radio shows and podcasts (and still counting)!

The Real Brian currently hosts 3 podcasts and has a business hosting podcasts for businesses and organizations like Audiobooks.com. One of his podcasts, Profitcast, shares the journey of truly profiting with a podcast while interviewing other podcast experts and helping podcasters to grow and monetize their podcasts. Brian also co-hosts Arrow Squad - a fan podcast for CW’s Arrow. When Brian isn’t podcasting (which is a huge passion obviously), he enjoys music, listening to and reading books, coffee (and roasting his own coffee), sampling good food, biking, PEOPLE (HUGE extrovert), sci-fi, superheroes, gaming, basketball, playing piano, and, most importantly, hanging with his amazing wife and greyhounds! There’s more but we’ll stop there… :) So much time, so few hobbies. Wait… strike that… reverse.