13 Outstanding Audiobooks for Every Book Listener on Your List
As you know, we at Off the Shelf are huge fans of audiobooks. You can find some of our favorites on our brilliant , fantastic , and exceptional audiobook lists. This holiday, why not gift them to family and friends? We’ve already made a shopping list for you. Here are thirteen racy, informative, thrilling, heartfelt, and funny audiobooks that will make great gifts this season.
2Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
In 1824, an elderly Frenchman sailed into New York Harbor and eighty thousand giddy Americans were there to welcome him back. It had been thirty years since the Revolutionary War hero Lafayette last set foot in the United States. Read by a host of comedic talents, this humorous and insightful audiobook charts the impact Lafayette had on our young country.
Narrated by Fred Armisen, John Hodgman, Stephanie March, Nick Offerman, Bobby Cannavale, and more.
3Go Set a Watchman
Set two decades after the beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, GO SET A WATCHMAN follows twenty-six-year-old Scout's return home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Read by Academy Award–winning actress Reese Witherspoon, this audiobook captures a young woman and a world in a painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past.
Narrated by Reese Witherspoon
4The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Henrietta Lacks, known to scientists as HeLa, was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. Skloot documents the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its very human consequences.
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin
5Wind/Pinball : Two Novels
In the spring of 1978, a young Haruki Murakami wrote two remarkable short novels—HEAR THE WIND SING and PINBALL, 1973. These powerful, at times surreal, works about two young men coming of age are stories of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism.
Narrated by Kirby Heyborne
6The Art of Happiness
Based on 2500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a healthy dose of common sense, the Dalai Lama shows us how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace. THE ART OF HAPPINESS is an audiobook that crosses the boundaries of all traditions to help listeners with the difficulties common to all human beings.
Narrated by Howard C. Cutler
7Not That Kind of Girl
This hilarious, poignant, and extremely frank collection of personal essays confirms that Lena Dunham—creator, producer, and star of HBO’s "Girls"—is one of the brightest and most original writers working today. Read by Dunham herself, this audiobook is an exuberant, moving, and keenly observed series of dispatches from the front lines of the struggle that is growing up.
Narrated by Lena Dunham
Rich, handsome, and arrogant Drew Evans meets beautiful, brilliant, and ambitious Katherine Brooks when she is hired at Drew’s father’s multimillion-dollar investment firm. Professional competition and sexual attraction collide, making Emma Chase’s debut a sizzling treat for your ears.
Narrated by Sebastian York
10As You Wish
Inconceivable! "The Princess Bride" debuted in theaters almost thirty years ago, and today it endures as a cult classic. In AS YOU WISH, Cary Elwes, who played Westley in the movie, gives fans an unprecedented look into the creation of the film. Members of the cast reunited to record the audiobook, and the whimsy and magic of the film live on in this entertaining listen.
Narrated by Cary Elwes, Carol Kane, Norman Lear, Rob Reiner, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Robin Wright, and more
11The Accidental Billionaires
In 2003, Mark Zuckerberg hacked into Harvard’s computers, crashed the campus network, almost got himself expelled, and was inspired to create Facebook. This book, which inspired the Oscar-winning film "The Social Network", shows how best friends Eduardo Saverin’s and Mark Zuckerberg’s conflicting ideas about Facebook transformed them into enemies.
Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
12The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
Morality, the afterlife, guilt: What would we do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past? Stephen King explores these themes in this magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling story collection.
Narrated by Dylan Baker, Hope Davis, Kathleen Chalfant, Will Patton, Edward Hermann, Mare Winningham, Craig Wasson, Thomas Sadoski, and more
13Dear Mr. You
Mary-Louise Parker tells her own story through letters to the men—real and hypothetical—who have informed the person she is today. Listeners will be amazed by the depth and style of these letters, which reveal the complexity and power to be found in relationships both loving and fraught.
Narrated by Mary-Louise Parker