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The 10 Best Audiobooks of 2016

Kind voices in your ears during a year of shouting.

Dec. 8 2016 12:49 PMIdiot EmperorThis oral history of The Daily Show was clearly intended to land in a very different political landscape. But it’s still eerily relevant now.
Dec. 8 2016 10:23 AMLost in TranslationAn American tries to connect in rural Japan in the conclusion of Lars Martinson’s ambitious, beautiful Tonoharu trilogy.
Dec. 8 2016 7:15 AMThe Fuzzy In-Betweenness of EverythingIn Paul Muldoon’s curiously timely poetry, identities are always fluid and allegiances always partial.
Dec. 6 2016 5:17 PMThe Best Book Jackets of 2016From Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed to Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, the most eye-catching and imaginative cover art of the year.
Dec. 6 2016 10:30 AMOur 10 Favorite Comics of 2016Dead superheroes, dissolute witches, dangerous trolls, lost lovers: the best in graphic storytelling.
Dec. 5 2016 9:10 AMLaura Miller’s 10 Favorite Books of 2016A year when books broke out of the so-called filter bubble.
Dec. 5 2016 5:54 AM“I Built My Own Power”Megyn Kelly’s memoir is an unsettling window into the forces behind her meteoric rise.
Nov. 16 2016 11:15 AMZadie Smith on Male Critics, Appropriation, and What Interests Her Novelistically About TrumpA wide-ranging conversation.
Nov. 11 2016 11:40 AMLife Among the StarsBob Dylan, Meryl Streep, Leonard Cohen: Marni Jackson’s surreal fiction about real celebrities.
Nov. 10 2016 9:15 AMChild Brides The long, nauseating American history of older men marrying young girls.
Nov. 9 2016 2:36 PMAn Epic Sci-Fi That Combines Steampunk, Body Horror, and Beautiful DesignSimon Roy’s Habitat.
Nov. 8 2016 7:39 AMAgainst EverythingThe prickly pleasures of Mark Greif’s rants about contemporary culture.
Nov. 7 2016 7:07 AMThe Romantics and the Opium-EaterThe long, wild, and squalid life of Thomas De Quincey.
Nov. 3 2016 5:32 PMAbout FiccionesWhat Jorge Luis Borges taught Slate’s Year of Great Books about free will, plot twists, and intellectual folly.
Oct. 19 2016 10:00 AMThe Marvelous Order of the CityJane Jacobs knew what made cities tick. A new biography can’t do the same for her.
Dec. 8 2016 12:13 PM“Inexplicable, Terrible, and Capricious”A history of scurvy, the mysterious disease that haunted the age of exploration.
Dec. 8 2016 10:00 AMMark O’Connell’s 10 Favorite Books of 2016Future sex, cryogenics, and a defense of pretentiousness.
Dec. 7 2016 10:00 AMKaty Waldman’s 10 Favorite Books of 2016Slavery counterfactuals, death memoirs, and Ramon the cat.
Dec. 6 2016 11:31 AMThe Last BattleDavid France’s remarkable history of the fight against AIDS is a chronicle of the recent past that sheds light on the fights to come.
Dec. 6 2016 10:00 AMClarity, Faith, a Dash of DyspepsiaHow Christian Wiman made poetry matter.
Dec. 5 2016 8:04 AMTwo-Thousand Years of GrinchesHand-wringing over Christmas has been going on since the Christ child left the manger.
Nov. 30 2016 5:51 AMThe Scheherazade of the East BayMichael Chabon’s Moonglow is once again testament to the power of storytelling to cast a spell.
Nov. 14 2016 1:57 PMIntroducing The Brothers KaramazovOur final Year of Great Books selection is a philosophical novel, a family drama, a murder mystery, and a love story. It’s also an immortal masterpiece.
Nov. 10 2016 3:30 PMThe Brimming Heart of Zadie SmithAfter the departure of NW, Swing Time returns her to the clamorous, loving realism she does best.
Nov. 10 2016 7:00 AMIsland of the Blue Dolphins and the Dream of LonelinessHow the great children’s novel about a girl left alone on an island in the Pacific was written—and the real girl whose story inspired it.
Nov. 8 2016 9:33 AMThe Next GenerationA sharp novel about the daughter of Holocaust survivors living in Israel.
Nov. 7 2016 10:03 AMThe Great Dying That Is to ComeMichael McCarthy celebrates the natural world and mourns our implacable destruction of it.
Nov. 3 2016 5:32 PMWhat Should We Read Last?Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, or Tolstoy? Help us pick the final selection for A Year of Great Books.
Oct. 24 2016 9:02 AMSwerve! Crash!The wild fiction of Nell Zink.
Oct. 18 2016 10:47 AMCan I Train My Cat to Be Less Annoying?Maybe.

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