Based on 2020 statistics of audiobook industry in the United States, audiobook sales reached 1.3 billion U.S. dollars and is the rising trend since 2018. Audiobook usage grew sharply between 2019 and 2020, staying home would have a significant effect on audiobook consumption during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Usage and Readers
According to a study conducted by Edison Research, an estimated 45% of the US population listened to audiobooks this year 2022. The most recent consumer survey by the APA recorded 46% of consumers listened to audiobooks from March 2020 to March 2021, 50 percent of listeners are under 50 years old. The 2021 data shows that 25 percent of women listened to audiobooks compared to 22 percent of men.
These figures are expected to grow as new titles become available. Engagement with audiobooks is increasing as consumers' reading habits change and adapt latest trends.
Best Audiobook Series
Looking for the best audiobook series? From thriller to fantasy, these are some favorite audiobook series of all time from every major genre, whichever you prefer.
Best Audiobook Series of All Time on Audible
- The Dark Tower by Stephen King (Thriller)
- Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box by Mira Grant (Thriller)
- Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (Thriller)
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Fiction)
- My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (Fiction)
- My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgård (Fiction)
- We Are Legion by Dennis E. Taylor (Science Fiction)
- Area X by Jeff VanderMeer (Science Fiction)
- MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood (Science Fiction)
- Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (Science Fiction)
- The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (Fantasy)
- Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (Fantasy)
- Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin (Fantasy)
10 Best Audiobook Series as stated in Penguin Random House
Remarkable voice actors bring the characters to life, makes impossible to stop listening.
- White Night by Jim Butcher (Author) and read by James Marsters
- A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (Author) and read by Roy Dotrice
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Author) and read by Jim Dale
- The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (Author) and read by Jayne Entwistle
- The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (Author) and read by Janina Edwards
- Dooku: Jedi Lost (Star Wars) by Cavan Scott (Author) and read by Jonathan Davis and many others
- Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Author) and read by Lorelei King
- The Drifter by Nick Petrie (Author) and read by Stephen Mendel
- Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal (Author) and read by Donada Peters
- The Magicians by Lev Grossman (Author) and read by Mark Bramhal
Best Audiobook Series according to Goodreads
- The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins
- Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon
- The Last Sun (The Tarot Sequence, #1) by K.D. Edwards
- Magic Slays (Kate Daniels, #5) by Ilona Andrews
- Born of Silence (The League, #5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
- Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Audio Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle
Are you looking for children’s best audiobook series? We made a list of the best audiobooks for kids.
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
- The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin
- Nancy Drew Diaries by Carolyn Keene
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina
- Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
- Shai & Emmie by Quvenzhané Wallis
Get ready for lengthy hours of fantastic listening. You will have all the entertainment you need for a long car ride or family road trips.
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