RUSA CODES Listen List

Given by RUSA Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES)

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Established in 2010 by the CODES section of RUSA, The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration seeks to highlight outstanding audiobook titles that merit special attention by general adult

show more listeners and the librarians who work with them.


The Listen List Council selects a list of twelve titles including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and plays. To be eligible, titles must be available for purchase and circulation by libraries. The list of winning titles is annotated, stressing the appeal elements of the title, and includes listen-alikes to lead listeners to additional audio experiences. The Council announces the winning titles at the CODES Book and Media Awards Reception, held the Sunday of each ALA Midwitner Meeting. All selected titles are published on the RUSA Web site following the event.


The Council consists of seven librarians who are experts in readers’ advisory and collection development. Librarians interested in serving on The Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration Council should consult the committee membership information page . show less

Stages:
All, Selection (160), Listen-Alike (36)
Years:
All, 2024 (45), 2023 (16), 2022 (12), 2021 (12), 2020 (13), 2019 (13), 2018 (12), 2017 (12), 2016 (12), 2015 (12), 2014 (12), 2013 (13), 2012 (12)
Announced:
January 20: Selection2024 Recent
January 20: Listen-Alike2024 Recent

Selection 160

WorkYear
Chain Gang All-Stars by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah2024
Infinity Gate by M. R. Carey2024
The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty2024
King: A Life by Jonathan Eig2024
The Laughter by Sonora Jha2024
Happiness Falls by Angie Kim2024
Yellowface by R.F. Kuang2024
The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride2024
Fractal Noise by Christopher Paolini2024
Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto2024
The Love You Save: A Memoir by Goldie Taylor2024
Con/Artist: The Life and Crimes of the World's Greatest Art Forger by Tony Tetro2024
Stories from the Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana2023
Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett2023
Book Lovers by Emily Henry2023
A Lady's Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin2023
River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile by Candice Millard2023
The Bangalore Detectives Club by Harini Nagendra2023
Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez2023
The People on Platform 5 by Clare Pooley2023
The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn2023
Playing with Myself by Randy Rainbow2023
The Patron Saint of Second Chances: A Novel by Christine Simon2023
The Angel of Rome and Other Stories by Jess Walter2023
An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong2023
When Women Invented Television: The Untold Story of the Female Powerhouses Who Pioneered the Way We Watch Today by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong2022
Broken Horses: A Memoir by Brandi Carlile2022
Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby2022
The Office of Historical Corrections: A Novella and Stories by Danielle Evans2022
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi2022
Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor2022
Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods by Amelia Pang2022
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw2022
This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life by Nigel Poor2022
Gold Diggers by Sanjena Sathian2022
The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton2022
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams2022
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett2021
The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré2021
Tiny Imperfections by Alli Frank2021
Make Me Rain by Nikki Giovanni2021
Bear Necessity by James Gould-Bourn2021
Wow, No Thank You: Essays by Samantha Irby2021
The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones2021
The Trial of the Chicago 7: The Official Transcript by Mark L. Levine2021
Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust: My Friendship with Patsy Cline by Loretta Lynn2021
A Burning by Megha Majumdar2021
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell2021
Homie: Poems by Danez Smith2021
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams2020
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don't Know by Malcolm Gladwell2020
Full Throttle: Stories by Joe Hill2020
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang2020
Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob2020
The Chain by Adrian McKinty2020
Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss2020
Becoming by Michelle Obama2020
Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir by Kwame Onwuachi2020
The Corset by Laura Purcell2020
Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid2020
We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin2020
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson2020
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker2019
The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers2019
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green2019
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish2019
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson2019
The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein2019
A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller2019
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death by Maggie O'Farrell2019
The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips2019
The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar2019
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea2019
Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas2019
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover2019
The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen by Victoria Alexander2018
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie2018
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel2018
The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall2018
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman2018
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah2018
The Reason You're Alive: A Novel by Matthew Quick2018
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney2018
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan2018
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders2018
Sourdough by Robin Sloan2018
The Force by Don Winslow2018
A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham2017
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond2017
Belgravia by Julian Fellowes2017
Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen2017
News of the World by Paulette Jiles2017
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King2017
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel2017
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick2017
Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn2017
Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley2017
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead2017
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson2017
And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander2016
The Strangler Vine by M. J. Carter2016
True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel2016
'Til the Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma2016
All Involved by Ryan Gattis2016
The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen2016
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson2016
H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald2016
All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer2016
Dracula by Bram Stoker2016
The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes2016
The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant2016
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase2015
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins2015
Moonraker by Ian Fleming2015
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith2015
Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him by David Henry2015
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen2015
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd2015
The Home Place: A Novel by Carrie La Seur2015
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel2015
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien2015
The Bees by Laline Paull2015
The Martian by Andy Weir2015
Longbourn by Jo Baker2014
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks2014
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown2014
Oleander Girl by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni2014
Heartburn by Nora Ephron2014
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman2014
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert2014
The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer2014
River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay2014
The Son by Philipp Meyer2014
Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell2014
The Warden by Anthony Trollope2014
Miles: The Autobiography by Miles Davis2013
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens2013
Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway2013
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz2013
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro2013
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel2013
Heft by Liz Moore2013
The Chalk Girl by Carol O'Connell2013
Macbeth by William Shakespeare2013
Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan2013
The Inquisitor by Mark Allen Smith2013
The Garden Intrigue by Lauren Willig2013
The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell2013
A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley2012
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens2012
Life Itself: A Memoir by Roger Ebert2012
Middlemarch by George Eliot2012
Bossypants by Tina Fey2012
One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde2012
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley2012
The Snowman by Jo Nesbø2012
The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht2012
Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick2012
The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig2012
All Clear by Connie Willis2012

Listen-Alike 36

WorkOrder LabelYear
The Running Man by Stephen KingListen-Alike to "Chain-Gang All-Stars"2024
This Life: A Novel by Quntos KunQuestListen-Alike to "Chain-Gang All-Stars"2024
Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair by Danielle SeredListen-Alike to "Chain-Gang All-Stars"2024
Stalking Shakespeare: A Memoir of Madness, Murder, and My Search for the Poet Beneath the Paint by Lee DurkeeListen-Alike to "Con/Artist: The Life and Crimes of the World’s Greatest Art Forger"2024
The Art Thief: A True Story of Love, Crime, and a Dangerous Obsession by Michael FinkelListen-Alike to "Con/Artist: The Life and Crimes of the World’s Greatest Art Forger"2024
Portrait of a Thief: A Novel by Grace D. LiListen-Alike to "Con/Artist: The Life and Crimes of the World’s Greatest Art Forger"2024
Our Wives Under The Sea by Julia ArmfieldListen-Alike to "Fractal Noise"2024
The Strange by Nathan BallingrudListen-Alike to "Fractal Noise"2024
Solaris by Stanisław LemListen-Alike to "Fractal Noise"2024
The Family Chao by Lan Samantha ChangListen-Alike to "Happiness Falls"2023
The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder by Sarah J. HarrisListen-Alike to "Happiness Falls"2023
All That's Left Unsaid by Tracey LienListen-Alike to "Happiness Falls"2023
Translation State by Ann LeckieListen-Alike to "Infinity Gate"2024
Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi OhListen-Alike to "Infinity Gate"2024
Version Control by Dexter PalmerListen-Alike to "Infinity Gate"2024
Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference by David J. GarrowListen-Alike to "King: A Life"2024
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson MandelaListen-Alike to "King: A Life"2024
His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon MeachamListen-Alike to "King: A Life"2024
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott LynchListen-Alike to "The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi"2024
A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex MarshallListen-Alike to "The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi"2024
The Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussListen-Alike to "The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi"2024
King of the Armadillos by Wendy Chin-TannerListen-Alike to "The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store"2024
The River We Remember by William Kent KruegerListen-Alike to "The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store"2024
The Bandit Queens by Parini ShroffListen-Alike to "The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store"2024
None of This is True by Lisa JewellListen-Alike to "The Laughter"2024
Notes on an Execution by Danya KukafkaListen-Alike to "The Laughter"2024
How Can I Help You by Laura SimsListen-Alike to "The Laughter"2024
Tough: My Journey to True Power by Terry CrewsListen-Alike to "The Love You Save"2024
Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola DavisListen-Alike to "The Love You Save"2024
Hang the Moon by Jeannette WallsListen-Alike to "The Love You Save"2024
Death by Dumpling by Vivien ChienListen-Alike to "Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murders"2024
Mrs. Plansky's Revenge by Spencer QuinnListen-Alike to "Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murders"2024
Aunty Lee's Delights by Ovidia YuListen-Alike to "Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murders"2024
Stone Cold Fox by Rachel Koller CroftListen-Alike to "Yellowface"2024
The Plot by Jean Hanff KorelitzListen-Alike to "Yellowface"2024
I'm Not Done with You Yet by Jesse Q. SutantoListen-Alike to "Yellowface"2024

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