If our last two brilliant and fantastic audiobook lists haven’t convinced you that listening to a great audiobook is a fully satisfying experience, the eleven on this list—which are hilarious, thrilling, informative, and inspirational—will surely do the trick.
Boys in the Boat follows the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal. This team transformed the sport of crew and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. This epic tale is a thrilling and inspiring audiobook.
Narrated by Edward Hermann
Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari wanted to know why so many people looking for love are frustrated. Together with an NYU sociologist, Ansari interviewed hundreds of people from Tokyo to Wichita about their love lives. With his hilarious and effervescent voice, Ansari makes this audiobook a fun and informative listen.
Narrated by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. With different narrators for Ma, Jack, and Old Nick, this is a must-listen audiobook.
Narrated by Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and Suzanne Toren
Michael Lewis pulls back the curtains on the bond and real estate derivative markets, exposing the tenuousness of its foundation, which set off the worldwide financial crisis of 2008. This compelling audiobook is brimming with indignation and dark humor.
Narrated by Jesse Boggs
Compulsively readable, this Hitchcockian thriller makes an emotionally immersive audiobook that you’ll want to hear from start to electrifying finish.
Narrated by Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, and India Fisher
If you read Mindy Kaling’s hilarious memoir and loved it, you’ll be pleased to know that hearing it in her own voice is a lot like watching an episode of The Mindy Project. This audiobook of her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood also features B. J. Novak and her other BFFs as readers.
Narrated by Mindy Kaling, B. J. Novak, Michael Schur, and Brenda Withers
Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography of Steve Jobs is riveting. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.
Narrated by Dylan Baker
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, astronaut Mark Watney finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal anyone on Earth that he’s alive. Winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best Science Fiction, this audiobook is just as unputdownable as the book.
Narrated by R. C. Bray
In Brave Companions, master historian David McCullough profiles exceptional men and women—from Charles and Anne Lindbergh to Harriet Beecher Stowe to Beryl Markham—who have shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world.
Narrated by David McCullough
Rolling Stone named Dancing with Myself one of the ten best music books of 2014. This audiobook brings you one step closer to the rock ‘n’ roll icon himself. Billy Idol narrates his electric, searingly honest account of his journey to fame.
Narrated by Billy Idol
In this long-awaited sequel to The Shining, Dan Torrance finally settles in a New Hampshire town, joins an AA community, and lands a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”
Narrated by Will Patton