The 10 Most Popular Audiobooks In 2016 Show Just How Varied Readers' Tastes Are

Want to know what books everyone was listening to last year? Audible revealed which were the 10 most popular audiobooks in 2016, and the list is a testament to how varied readers' tastes are. Below you'll find celebrity memoirs, highly anticipated sequels, classic stories, and sensational crime coverage.

The U.S. contributed $1.8 billion to the $3.5 billion audiobook industry last year, but, as you can imagine, what listeners tuned in to most varied widely by country. In the U.K., for example, all seven Harry Potter books — there narrated by Stephen Fry — made Audible's top 10, but not one J.K. Rowling title placed on the U.S. list. Likewise, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was the best-selling book on Audible overall, but was not among the most popular audiobooks in the U.S. in 2016.

Although traditional print books are still more popular than e-books and audiobooks, the audiobook market is here to stay. Only 14 percent of adults in the U.S. reporting having listened to a title in the last 12 months, but Audible users around the world downloaded 2 billion hours of audiobooks in 2016: a number that The Bookseller reports has doubled since 2014.

Check out Audible's most popular audiobooks for 2016 below, and share your favorite audio versions with me on Twitter!