Share 9 Amazing Audiobook Picks from an Industry Insider

9 Amazing Audiobook Picks from an Industry Insider

For Sarah Lieberman, publishing is a family tradition. Raised in NYC, she frequented her mother’s Rockefeller Center office at Time Life Books and just days after graduating from Bryn Mawr College began her career across the street at Simon & Schuster. An avid reader, Sarah loves many genres but best of all is a book that makes her cry (there have been many). She treasures her family and friends and is grateful every day for the good fortune to work in an industry she loves. Sarah is currently VP, Director of Marketing at Simon & Schuster Audio.

I LOVE books but with young children, work, a marriage, a house, most days are a juggling act with no downtime to sit and read for fun. I have worked in audiobook publishing for years and listened sporadically but never embraced the format completely until recently. Now I listen anytime, anywhere: on the train, the bus, getting groceries or coffee, cooking, cleaning, walking and even going to bed. Through audiobooks I regained my “me time” without taking away from other priorities.

June is Audiobook Month and to celebrate, here are some of the books I could not stop listening to. Also, many bestselling authors have participated in “A Good Audiobook Speaks Volumes” video series to celebrate their love of audiobooks. I’ve included some of them here—enjoy!


Eat, Pray, Love
by Elizabeth Gilbert

What a story. What an adventure. What an inspiration. Hearing this book in Elizabeth Gilbert’s own voice was such an intimate way to experience her personal journey.

Narrated by Elizabeth Gilbert

Mr. Mercedes
by Stephen King

Every now and then an author and narrator combination comes along that is just a perfect fit. That couldn’t be more true than with Stephen King and Will Patton (unless it’s James Lee Burke and Will Patton, but more on that another day). From the first moments of this recording you’ll have chills, and you’ll keep them. I promise.

Narrated by Will Patton

Watch Stephen King talk about why he loves audiobooks.

The White Princess
by Philippa Gregory

Historical fiction. Check. Fantastic narrator. Check. Engaging series. Check. Take your pick, you really can’t go wrong with Philippa Gregory’s Cousins’ War audiobook series.

Narrated by Bianca Amato

Better Nate Than Ever
by Tim Federle

Listening to Nate and his dreams of being a Broadway star opened up a new shared passion with my children. My advice? Turn off the TV. Shut down the video games and listen to this story with your kids. You’ll all love it!

Narrated by Tim Federle

Watch Tim Federle talk about why he loves audiobooks.

Clockwork Angel
by Cassandra Clare

Listeners may recognize Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet from the BBC’s "Pride and Prejudice" (you know—the one with Colin Firth). As for me, after hearing her narrate the first in Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series, she will always remind me of heroine Tessa Gray and the thrilling world of Shadowhunters, and that’s a very good thing!

Narrated by Jennifer Ehle

Just Kids
by Patti Smith

I grew up in NYC loving rock ’n’ roll. Listening to Patti read her memoir is about as good as it gets.

Narrated by Patti Smith

The Time of My Life
by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi Swayze

Patrick Swayze was my first crush. I will still watch "Dirty Dancing" every single time it’s on TV. This recording of his memoir is Swayze’s very final performance, and it’s as moving and beautiful as you might hope.

Narrated by Patrick Swayze

by Caroline Kepnes

If you’re a parent, you might know Santino Fontana as the voice of that devil Hans in the film Frozen. Now, meet him as Joe, bookseller/stalker/very bad boy. Ask anyone who has heard it. This audiobook is seriously compelling listening.

Narrated by Santino Fontana

Watch Caroline Kepnes talk about why she loves audiobooks.

The Program
by Suzanne Young

By now you’ve realized that I love series. Great YA gets me every time, and this terrific story has it all! A rash of teen suicides leads the government to establish a treatment called The Program, but those who go in don’t come out the same, they lose a part of their identity. And the love triangle in this story is one of the best. THE PROGRAM is truly one of my favorite recordings.

Narrated by Joy Osmanski

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