Paste Top 19 Best Audiobooks of 2019: NINTH HOUSE


Looking back at the titles we’ve loved in 2019, it’s obvious that audiobooks are only increasing in popularity. Across the board, audiobooks are continuing to be more creatively cast and produced each year, offering an abundance of must-listens. We’ve rounded up 19 of this year’s best new audiobooks (listed in order by run time), spanning a diverse range of genres and listening experiences.




Narrator Lauren Fortgang has been with Ninth House author Leigh Bardugo since the beginning of Bardugo’s blockbuster Grishaverse novels, so it’s no surprise that she delivers a well-paced, nuanced reading ofNinth House alongside co-narrator Michael David Axtell. Bardugo’s latest is a must-listen, introducing a haunting, Yale-based occult world populated with gloriously complicated characters. The audiobook version also boasts a bonus conversation between Fortgang and Bardugo included after the notes on Yale’s (real!) secret societies, tackling the pair’s long artistic partnership, Bardugo’s past life as a Yalie/Wolfshead member and the process of recording audiobooks. A win-win-win, honestly.


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