Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
This experimental novel begins with a historical fact: the tragic death of Willie Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son who fell ill and died at just 11 years of age. From there, however, Saunders takes readers on an imaginative and spiritual journey as Willie’s soul is placed in the “bardo,” which in the Tibetan tradition is the intermediate place between life and rebirth. Winner of the Man Booker Prize, Lincoln in the Bardo was met with critical acclaim from scores of national outlets. And as if you needed another reason to try out this novel, the audiobook features a star-studded cast of narrators including Nick Offerman, Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, Lena Dunham, Ben Stiller, and more. Lincoln in the Bardo is just one of the 30 best audiobooks to listen to right now.