7 of the Best Audio Books to Listen to Right Now

Traffic jams? Flight delays? You won't mind so much when you're listening to something terrific.

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The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch
This is the big novel everyone's been talking about all fall…and that you haven't had time to read. Why not take Tartt's crystalline prose and intricate storytelling to go? The audio (available from numerous online platforms in digital or CD format) is narrated by actor David Pittu.

Still Foolin' Em

Still Foolin' Em
Need a laugh? (Who doesn't this time of year?) The beloved comedian's bio is just the ticket, as Crystal looks back on his 65 years with humor and hard-won wisdom. Read by the funnyman himself.

Cuckoo's Calling

Cuckoo's Calling
Unless you've been trapped in a dungeon at Hogwarts, you know this detective novel by "Robert Galbraith" was really written by J.K. Rowling. But have you heard it yet? The audio is narrated by actor Robert Glenister.

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My Story by Elizabeth Smart

My Story by Elizabeth Smart
The extraordinarily courageous Elizabeth Smart, kidnapped at 14 from her Salt Lake City bedroom and rescued almost a year later, tells her story in her own voice.

LIfe After LIfe

LIfe After LIfe
What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? Kate Atkinson's novel about Ursula Todd, first born in 1910, was a big hit this year with critics and readers. The audio is narrated by actress Fenella Woolgar.

When We Were the Kennedys

When We Were the Kennedys
Monica Wood's memoir about faith, family, and growing up in the 60s, strikes a chord in everyone who reads it. Recorded by the author.

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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
Let's get snarled in every kind of traffic delay while we listen to seriously funny stories read by the deliciously subversive David Sedaris. In fact, we're kinda hoping for a blizzard at the airport with this one.

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