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Yesterday, I listed the top ten best selling books in print from the last decade.

I searched like crazy, but couldn’t come up with a similar list for audiobooks.

I did, however find a list of the top ten best selling audiobooks for last year. I don’t know about you, but some of these surprised me!

Top-selling audio books of 2009 (with audio release date) and narrator per Nielsen BookScan:

Audiobook Bestsellers1. The Lost Symbol [unabridged] – Dan Brown (2009) Paul Michael
2. The Secret – Rhonda Byrne (2006) Rhonda Byrne
3. The Shack – William P. Young (2008) Roger Mueller
4. Twilight – Stephenie Meyer (2005) Ilyana Kadushin
5. Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto – Mark R. Levin (2009) Adam Grupper
6. The Associate – John Grisham (2009) Erik Singer
7. The Lost Symbol [abridged] – Dan Brown (2009) Paul Michael
8. Glenn Beck’s Common Sense: The Case against an Out-Of-Control Government, Inspired By Thomas Paine – Glenn Beck (2009) Glen Beck
9. New Moon – Stephenie Meyer (2006) Ilyana Kadushin
10. Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits –
Wayne W. Dyer (2009) Wayne W. Dyer

It’s interesting that The Lost Symbol made the list with both its unabridged and abridged editions isn’t it? I considered reading it over the holidays, but those lukewarm reviews don’t really make me feel any burning desire to pick it up. Considering that it sold tons of copies… should I just give up and read it? I’ll think about it.

The presence of the Twilight series first two books on the list is not especially surprising. It seems that every teen and tween has vampires on the brain… or at least good-looking actors who play vampires. If it gets them reading, I won’t object.

John Grisham used to be a standard feature on these lists. I suppose he still is, but The Associate reminded me of his earlier work – and I liked it.

Self-help books in the top 10? Wow. The Secret has been out for 3 years and is still selling like crazy. Yes, I own it. No, I haven’t done more than skim it. Guess I don’t know the secret. It sounds as though Wayne Dyer’s book also deals with positive thinking principles… I guess a lot of us are looking for ways to improve life.

Oh! Remember when I said I was going to read the new Alex Cross book from James Patterson over the holidays? I had it. I started it. I gave up. I’m officially breaking up with him as one of my must-read-guilty-pleasure authors. Sad, but true. There are way too many good books out there for me to waste my time on authors who don’t bother to write their own books!

Tomorrow: More top tens.

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