Favourite Audiobooks of 2022
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Favourite Audiobooks of 2022

Favourite Audiobooks of 2022

I’m a massive audiobook fan, in fact, I’d go as far as saying it’s my first format for reading. So it only makes sense that I share my Favourite Audiobooks of 2022 separately from my favourites books of 2022.

Favourite Audiobooks of 2022

Mrs Wickham by Sarah Page

First up is an Audible Original Drama, starring Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn. It’s a sequel to Pride and Prejudice in the vein of Bridgerton, focusing on the character of Lydia Wickham. The story was written by Sarah Page and focuses on Lydia and Mr Wickham’s deteriorating marriage and Lydia’s business acumen as a seller of womenswear. It’s funny and romantic and the cast has a lot of chemistry.

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

I was intrigued by Jennette McCurdy’s memoir from the moment it had been announced. The harrowing story about the abuse she suffered as a child actress at the hands of her own mother was horrifying to discover. She writes with such rawness and understanding of her own situation that this memoir is powerful. I look forward to reading more from her, either in memoir format or her upcoming fiction.

Driving Miss Daisy by Albert Uhry

A surprising story I discovered and enjoyed this year was Driving Miss Daisy by Albert Uhry. I had heard of the movie, but I’d never seen it, so when I saw this audiobook on Audible’s Plus Catalogue I thought I would give it ago. It’s a story about a friendship between an older Southern woman and her chauffeur, who is black. They strike up an unusual and unexpected friendship that lasts until her death. It’s lovely and heartwarming, and the performance of Angela Landsbury and James Early Jones was lovely to listen to.

This Much Is True by Miriam Margoyles

I love Miriam Margoyles and I couldn’t wait to read her book, but I knew that for the best experience I should listen to the audiobook, narrated by Miriam herself. And I wasn’t wrong. To hear Miriam narrate her own life story was brilliant. Her stories are hilarious, her delivery filthy, and the writing is superb. Well worth a listen or a read if you’re looking for an exciting memoir.

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larsen

In the last few years, I’ve been fascinated by the Kennedy sisters. The sisters of JFK and his brother Bobby. A lot of people overlook the tragic stories of Rosemary and Kathleen Kennedy, but I have a lot of respect and pity for the two of them. Both were anglophiles and spent a lot of time in the UK in the 1940s.

This book follows Rosemary’s story specifically, which was tragic. The eldest Kennedy daughter, her birth was delayed so that the doctor could get his fee, as such she was born with mental defects. Considered the beauty of the family she remained an important part of the Kennedy’s lives, until her mid-twenties when her temper and ‘slowness’ – the term they used – threatened her family’s reputation. Unbeknownst to anyone else in the family, her father had Rosemary was lobotomized. When the procedure went horribly wrong she was sent away to a mental institution where she remained until she died. Her family only learned what happened to her after their father’s death nearly 20 years later. A tragic story.

Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

I’ve often heard Kitchen Confidential bandied about as a great book for foodies, but I didn’t read it until this year. It was interesting and explained a lot about the world of Michelin-star restaurants. Anthony sadly committed suicide some years back, but at his peak, he was a world-renowned chef.

Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Another memoir, this time by an incredible woman. Chanel Miller publically revealed, through this novel, that she was the woman sexually assaulted by Standford swimmer Brock Turner. Her case went viral after Brock Turner was released from prison after being found guilty of her assault, because of his prowess as a swimmer and she wrote an article about it on Buzzfeed. The story is horrific but sadly very common within America’s justice system, as Chanel reveals. An important read.

Beyond the Wand by Tom Felton

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter then you need to read Tom Felton’s autobiography. It’s a love letter to his time filming the Harry Potter series, not to mention his co-stars. There are chapters dedicated to Emma Watson, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe. Not to mention a harrowing few chapters about his experience of alcoholism and running away from rehab shortly after the final film’s release. Entertaining yet harrowing.

We Were Dreamers by Simu Liu

And finally, another memoir – very much the year of memoirs! – from Simu Liu, or Shang-Chi if you’re a fan of Marvel films. This was a fascinating read as it reveals the shocking story of Simu Liu’s experience as the son of immigrants from China in Canada. From his time growing up away from his parents in China only to be collected at age 4 by ‘strangers’ who happened to be his parents. The abuse he suffered at their hands physically and mentally growing up, after not receiving the grades they expected or for acting as a typical Western teenager. To his time in accountancy and pondering suicide, before becoming an actor.

His story really took some dark turns, but all the while his narration is comedic and light-hearted and he tries to reassure the reader that whilst he realises he went through some terrible things he doesn’t hold anything against his parents, who has a much better relationship with them now.

Those are my Favourite Audiobooks of 2022, though I’m still reading so one or two might make it on yet! What have been your favourite audiobooks of 2022? Let me know in the comments.

Love Ellie x

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