24 highly recommended audiobooks

There’s some overlap between this and other lists because certain readers have a history for almost perfect presentations. If you’re brand new to listening to a book, you might want to try one from this list or one of those readers.

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24 Audiobooks You Won’t Be Able To Stop Listening To

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1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton

"I’ve been an audiobook junkie since I discovered Overdrive and had long drives to work. Ready Player One is the best one I’ve listened to: It kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time. It takes talent to write a whole story that is essentially people playing a video game, and Wheaton’s voice is perfect for the story."Get it on Audible— brittanyrosensky

 

“I’ve been an audiobook junkie since I discovered Overdrive and had long drives to work. Ready Player One is the best one I’ve listened to: It kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time. It takes talent to write a whole story that is essentially people playing a video game, and Wheaton’s voice is perfect for the story.” Get it on Audible — brittanyrosensky

 

2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, narrated by Claire Danes

"It's the perfect time to catch up on it before the Hulu series comes out."Get it on Amazon.— moosegurl

“It’s the perfect time to catch up on it before the Hulu series comes out.”

Get it on Amazon. — moosegurl

3. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, narrated by Dominic Hoffman

"This book is beautiful and heartbreaking and inspiring. I cannot recommend it enough. The narrator’s performance was wonderfully tailored to enhance the story."Get it on Audible— jnixie83

“This book is beautiful and heartbreaking and inspiring. I cannot recommend it enough. The narrator’s performance was wonderfully tailored to enhance the story.” Get it on Audible — jnixie83

4. The Martian by Andy Weir, narrated by R. C. Bray

— ErinGet it on Audible

— Erin Get it on Audible
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5. The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, narrated by Stephen Fry

"A must listen every year."— TinantunesGet it on Audible

“A must listen every year.” — Tinantunes Get it on Audible

6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, narrated by Jim Dale

— kellymancarusopGet it on Audible

— kellymancarusop Get it on Audible

7. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, narrated by Mark Bramhall

"One of the best audiobook productions I’ve ever heard. Music is an integral part of the story and the audiobook incorporates it beautifully."— lakewrmGet it on Audible

“One of the best audiobook productions I’ve ever heard. Music is an integral part of the story and the audiobook incorporates it beautifully.”

— lakewrm Get it on Audible

8. Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian, narrated by Ric Jerrom

"It's very nicely read by Ric Jerrom and it whisper-syncs with your Kindle so you can switch between reading and audiobook easily. The book itself (and the whole Aubrey/Maturin series which it kicks off) is wonderfully evocative of the Napoleonic war at sea."— Tom ChiversGet it on Audible

“It’s very nicely read by Ric Jerrom and it whisper-syncs with your Kindle so you can switch between reading and audiobook easily. The book itself (and the whole Aubrey/Maturin series which it kicks off) is wonderfully evocative of the Napoleonic war at sea.”— Tom Chivers Get it on Audible

9. As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, written and narrated by Cary Elwes

"This is a must read/listen if you enjoyed the film. I suggest getting the audiobook, purely because of Elwes' imitations. He also just has a wonderful reading voice, it's just nice listening to him. Has an overall sweet and genuine tone. I absolutely loved it."— Kylie Casino, via FacebookGet it on Audible

“This is a must read/listen if you enjoyed the film. I suggest getting the audiobook, purely because of Elwes’ imitations. He also just has a wonderful reading voice, it’s just nice listening to him. Has an overall sweet and genuine tone. I absolutely loved it.” — Kylie Casino, via Facebook  Get it on Audible

10. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda

"A beautiful book, and a beautiful audiobook."— lguday101Get it on Audible

“A beautiful book, and a beautiful audiobook.” — lguday101 Get it on Audible

11. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, written and narrated by Jenny Lawson

"She is one of my all time favorite authors and while reading these books is fun, listening to her read them is THE BEST! Her storytelling is effortlessly humorous and incredibly relatable whether she's talking about growing up around cougars or dealing with mental health issues."— Samantha Flanagan, via FacebookGet it on Amazon

“She is one of my all time favorite authors and while reading these books is fun, listening to her read them is THE BEST! Her storytelling is effortlessly humorous and incredibly relatable whether she’s talking about growing up around cougars or dealing with mental health issues.”

— Samantha Flanagan, via Facebook  Get it on Amazon

12. Bleak House by  Charles Dickens, narrated by Sean Barrett

"I love reading Charles Dickens, but the books are gigantic. Bleak House, narrated by Sean Barrett, is fantastic, and a great way to plow through a classic without hurting your back."— Ailbhe MaloneGet it on Audible

“I love reading Charles Dickens, but the books are gigantic. Bleak House, narrated by Sean Barrett, is fantastic, and a great way to plow through a classic without hurting your back.” — Ailbhe Malone Get it on Audible

13. The Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin, narrated by Roy Dotrice

— morganh478139482Get it on Audible

— morganh478139482 Get it on Audible

14. American Gods by Neil Gaiman, narrated by George Guidall

"I keep coming back to it and I find something new every time. Guidall’s narration is engrossing, making it difficult to put it down. I've been recommending this to friends for years."— TinantunesGet it on Amazon

“I keep coming back to it and I find something new every time. Guidall’s narration is engrossing, making it difficult to put it down. I’ve been recommending this to friends for years.”— Tinantunes  Get it on Amazon

15. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, narrated by David Pittu

— meaaaganGet it on Audible

— meaaagan   Get it on  Audible

16. Do the KIND Thing, written and narrated by Daniel Lubetzky

"I loved reading this book, but hearing it on audiobook was so much more meaningful! It’s read by the author, aka the CEO."— Yebra95Get it on Amazon

“I loved reading this book, but hearing it on audiobook was  so much more meaningful! It’s read by the author, aka the CEO.” — Yebra95  Get it on Amazon

17. Home: A Memoir of My Early Years, written and narrated by Julie Andrews

"Her story is fascinating, and getting to know more about her life, beyond just her films, is a real treat. Plus, the audiobook is narrated by the author. Who doesn’t want to curl up with a cup of tea and listen to Julie Andrews for hours?"— ericamariewillowGet it on Amazon

“Her story is fascinating, and getting to know more about her life, beyond just her films, is a real treat. Plus, the audiobook is narrated by the author. Who doesn’t want to curl up with a cup of tea and listen to Julie Andrews for hours?” — ericamariewillow  Get it on Amazon

18. Skin Game: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, narrated by James Marsters

"If you’re a fan of mystery and fantasy novels, look no further. Harry Dresden is a private investigator, and the only practicing wizard in Chicago. He’s got a mouth, a wizard’s staff, and an inability to let bad guys wreak havoc in his town. Not only that, but the whole book is narrated by James Marsters (aka Spike from Buffy), and he really brings Butcher’s character to life. There are 15 books so far, with several more to come." — mmehGet it on Audible

“If you’re a fan of mystery and fantasy novels, look no further. Harry Dresden is a private investigator, and the only practicing wizard in Chicago. He’s got a mouth, a wizard’s staff, and an inability to let bad guys wreak havoc in his town. Not only that, but the whole book is narrated by James Marsters (aka Spike from Buffy), and he really brings Butcher’s character to life. There are 15 books so far, with several more to come.” — mmeh Get it on Audible

19. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, narrated by Simon Prebble

"Hands down the most accomplished audio book I have heard in the past 15 years. Not only is the novel a massive achievement — Dickens meets Gaiman meets Jane Austen meets Tolkien — but Simon Prebble’s narration including his 50+ voices makes for a masterful performance."— andrewr4e4b9da91Get it on Audible

“Hands down the most accomplished audio book I have heard in the past 15 years. Not only is the novel a massive achievement — Dickens meets Gaiman meets Jane Austen meets Tolkien — but Simon Prebble’s narration including his 50+ voices makes for a masterful performance.” — andrewr4e4b9da91 Get it on Audible

20. Born A Crime, written and narrated by Trevor Noah

"Not knowing too much about the current run of The Daily Show or Trevor Noah’s comedy in general didn’t stop me from completely loving this audiobook. His growing up during South Africa’s apartheid certainly gives a very unique, engaging perspective, but ultimately his stories are told with a lot of gumption, humor, and empathy. He tries to make sense of a system that never made sense at all. Ultimately, this audiobook has great stories, but his performance narrating is what carries it above and beyond."— Jamie RosalesGet it on Amazon

 

“Not knowing too much about the current run of The Daily Show or Trevor Noah’s comedy in general didn’t stop me from completely loving this audiobook. His growing up during South Africa’s apartheid certainly gives a very unique, engaging perspective, but ultimately his stories are told with a lot of gumption, humor, and empathy. He tries to make sense of a system that never made sense at all. Ultimately, this audiobook has great stories, but his performance narrating is what carries it above and beyond.” — Jamie Rosales Get it on Amazon

21. The Sherlock Holmes collection by Arthur Conan Doyle, narrated by Stephen Fry

"It’s great. He does all the voices, and the language really comes alive."— Ailbhe MaloneGet it on Audible

It’s great. He does all the voices, and the language really comes alive.” — Ailbhe Malone  Get it on Audible

22. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, narrated by Davina Porter

"The story itself is amazing. It is about a WWII nurse who is accidentally thrown back in time 200 years in Scotland. It’s read by Davina Porter, who is ridiculously talented. Her character voices and emotion really bring the story to life."— lindsayf47426443dGet it on Audible

“The story itself is amazing. It is about a WWII nurse who is accidentally thrown back in time 200 years in Scotland. It’s read by Davina Porter, who is ridiculously talented. Her character voices and emotion really bring the story to life.” — lindsayf47426443d Get it on Audible

23. The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, written and narrated by Amy Schumer

"I listened to it on a road trip and was cracking up the whole time."— Samantha Michelle, via FacebookGet it on Audible

“I listened to it on a road trip and was cracking up the whole time.”— Samantha Michelle, via Facebook Get it on Audible

24. Ocean at the End of the Lane, written and narrated by Neil Gaiman

"It has the power to move me to the point that I found myself fighting tears in the vegetable aisle at the supermarket."— TinantunesGet it on Audible

“It has the power to move me to the point that I found myself fighting tears in the vegetable aisle at the supermarket.”— Tinantunes Get it on Audible

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