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The best audiobooks of 2021

From groundbreaking novels to eye-opening non-fiction, these are our must-listen audiobooks of the year. 

A colourful collage of various audiobook covers, including Daisy May Cooper's memoir featuring a photo of her and Ness by Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood which features an intricate black and white illustration.
Image: Alexandra Francis / Penguin

Featuring famous narrators, captivating soundscapes, full-cast dramatisations, and sometimes, even, extra content that isn't included in the printed version, audiobooks have come a long way since the productions heard on cassette tapes of yore.

With more audiobooks than ever being created, there's a whole lotta choice out there. If you're feeling a bit bamboozled about where to even begin, allow us to present with this handy little guide to some of this year's best audiobooks. 

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