19 of the Best Audiobooks 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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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 with critics and readers when it debuted in 2013, and the audio version remains one of the best audiobooks of the last few years. The book is narrated by actress Fenella Woolgar.
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. Here are some more fantastic memoirs everyone should read.
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls
Let’s get snarled in every kind of traffic delay while we listen to these seriously funny stories written, and read, by the deliciously subversive David Sedaris. In fact, we’re kinda hoping for a blizzard at the airport with this one.
The Princess Diarist
Even if you’re not a Star Wars aficionado, you’ll be riveted listening to the late Carrie Fisher chronicle her time spent on the set of the films that changed cinema forever. This Grammy-winning audiobook also features Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, who narrates the passages that focus on Fisher’s young life.
Should you listen to a collection of the best detective stories of all time, read by British author and Holmes fan Stephen Fry? Elementary, my dear. This audio collection features eight of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s best stories about the genius detective, complete with introductions by Fry. Here are some more classic books you really should have read by now.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
The host of The Daily Show chronicles his turbulent upbringing in apartheid South Africa in this autobiography. This is one of the best audiobooks to listen to if you like an intriguing, thought-provoking story that also sparkles with relevant humor.
This book, the debut novel of now-sci-fi-superstar Neil Gaiman, is one of NPR’s Top 100 sci-fi and fantasy books of all time. Even if this genre isn’t your favorite, this supernatural London-set tale is sure to captivate you while read out loud by the author himself.
If you haven’t read this bestselling novel by Kathryn Stockett, it’s time to do just that, and the audiobook is a great way to experience it. Just like the story itself, the audiobook is narrated by multiple different women, including Octavia Spencer, who won an Academy Award for her role as Minny in the film adaptation. The funny and poignant 1960s-set story celebrates the power of female friendships to conquer divisions and prejudice. Here are some more of the best books to read with iconic female friendships.
The Undoing Project
Written by Michael Lewis and narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris, The Undoing Project tells the fascinating true story of the two Israeli scientists who developed the field of behavioral economics. Despite incredible odds, they published their groundbreaking research, would eventually win the Nobel Prize. This book is as much about the unlikely friendship between the two scientists as it is about the world-changing discoveries they made. Next, check out these other great books that might just change your life.