30 of the Best Audiobooks to Listen to Right Now
Stuck at home (or somewhere else)? You won't mind so much when you're listening to something terrific.
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This audiobook, a centuries-spanning story of two Ghanaian sisters and their descendants by debut author Yaa Gyasi, combines writing talent with narrating talent. The narrator, Dominic Hoffman, plays an enormous number of characters, transitioning voices and accents with ease. "I did a double-take when I realized it was performed by one person!" commented one Libby user. The Homegoing audiobook won a 2017 Audie Award.
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
Need we say more?! Westley himself, Cary Elwes, narrates this book (which he also wrote) chronicling the making of the classic. He also snagged interviews with castmates Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner. And if you haven't seen the movie in a while—or have never seen it—make it a double feature! After all, it's one of our favorite family movies everyone will love.
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 made OverDrive’s list of the best audiobooks of 2019.
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.
Still Foolin' Em
Need a laugh? (Who doesn't nowadays?) The beloved comedian's bio is just the ticket, as Billy Crystal looks back on his 65 years with humor and hard-won wisdom. Read by the funnyman himself.
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.
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
With Steve Martin narrating his own memoir, you know you're in for a good time! This four-hour audiobook is "like watching Steve Martin perform live," said one Libby user, or at least the next best thing. But don't take our word for it; Born Standing Up was nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album. "When you have the opportunity, every comedic memoir should be listened to as an audiobook," the user suggested.
How to Be a Woman
Need some humorous empowerment during this weird time? Journalist and author Caitlin Moran provides in spades with this exploration of how far women have come, how much further there is to go, and the seemingly endless "rules" for being a woman—and how to break them. Check out these other free things online everyone should take advantage of.
The Body: A Guide for Occupants
What better way to wait out a pandemic than by listening to this witty and informative explainer on human bodies and how they work? Written and narrated by well-known nonfiction humorist Bill Bryson, The Body reveals fascinating little-known truths about the vessels we spend our entire lives in.
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.