19 of the Best Audiobooks to Listen to Right Now
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It’s Not What It Looks Like
There’s a reason It’s Not What It Looks Like is on the top of our list of best audiobooks. This audiobook, written and read by blinde Youtuber Molly Burke, is somehow both deeply inspirational and still lighthearted, fun, and full of laughs, not unlike the writer herself. Molly Burke is a motivational speaker, Youtube personality, and now author, all at the age of 25. This book covers topics like how and why a blind girl loves makeup and tattoos she can’t see as well as her ideas on the current social model of disability. This audiobook will open your eyes and make you laugh, and it will do it in just ten short chapters. Check out the best ways to listen to free audiobooks (legally).
We’re willing to bet that you’ve heard of one of Margaret Atwood’s books. The Handmaid’s Tale has been turned into an international phenomenon with the Hulu adaptation, and Netflix came out with its own series adaptation of Atwood’s Alias Grace. This collection of nine short stories by Atwood are each read by a different voice actor but each story demonstrates her literary genius and will keep you desperate for more.
If you liked the Netflix movie (or even if you didn’t) you may want to check out the book that started it all, Bird Box by Josh Malerman. This riveting story is all about something you can’t look at without going crazy, and as a result, the narration and characters are all focused on sound rather than sight. Listening to this story rather than watching or physically reading it will help you dive into the narrative and truly experience this literary masterpiece.
Tara Westover’s memoir was named one of the best of 2018 by the Washington Post, the New York Public Library, TIME Magazine, and countless others. If you haven’t read it yet, now is a great time to listen to actress Julia Whelan tell this story of overcoming some of life’s biggest obstacles all in the name of getting an education. If you’re a fan of these best audiobooks, you’ll love the city that is transforming its subway cars into moving audiobook libraries.
The Trial of Lizzie Borden
If you think you know anything about Lizzie Borden, think again. Author Cara Robertson dives into over 20 years of research and newly unearthed evidence into the crime that enthralled the world. This story is hailed as a “definitive account to date of one of America’s most notorious and enduring murder mysteries” by Publishers Weekly, starred review, and allows the listener to act as judge to the infamous Lizzie Borden.
The Silent Patient
This 2019 psychological thriller by Alex Michaelides will have you on the edge of your seat. Unlike many stories of this nature, the author tells you right away “who dun it” but the real mystery here is why. This audiobook ranked number 1 on OverDrive’s list of the best audiobooks of 2019 (so far)
This coming-of-age novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014…and if you haven’t had time to read it, it’s time to change that. Considered one of the best audiobooks ever, the audio lets you take Donna Tartt’s crystalline prose and intricate storytelling to go. Available from numerous online platforms in digital or CD format, The Goldfinch is narrated by actor David Pittu. Here are some of the best debut novels from the past 50 years.
The Cuckoo’s Calling
Unless you’ve been trapped in a dungeon at Hogwarts, you know that 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. Harry Potter itself, unsurprisingly, is one of the best audiobooks to listen to as a family.
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. Check out some more amazing memoirs by women who overcame the impossible.