Audiobooks are great to listen to on walks, while stuck in traffic, or while doing the dishes. However, not all audiobooks are created equal. While some books are meh as audiobooks, some come to life when told aloud, especially when they're read by the author or by a well-known actor! Here are 15 audiobooks that are hands-down amazing books, but even better as audiobooks!

15 Books That Are Even Better as Audiobooks

March 24, 2019

Audiobooks are great to listen to on walks, while stuck in traffic, or while doing the dishes. However, not all audiobooks are created equal. While some books are meh as audiobooks, some come to life when told aloud, especially when they're read by the author or by a well-known actor! Here are 15 audiobooks that are hands-down amazing books, but even better as audiobooks!

15 Books That Are Even Better as Audiobooks

March 24, 2019

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Audiobooks are great to listen to on walks, while stuck in traffic, or while doing the dishes.  However, not all audiobooks are created equal. While some books are meh as audiobooks, some come to life when told aloud, especially when they're read by the author or by a well-known actor!  Here are 15 audiobooks that are hands-down amazing books, but even better as audiobooks!

The advent of audiobooks has been one of the best things to happen for readers and nonreaders alike.

Audiobooks are great to listen to on walks, while stuck in traffic, or while doing the dishes. They’re also really great for avid bookworms who don’t want to pull themselves away from an amazing story, but can’t spend all day with their nose buried in a book.

However, not all audiobooks are created equal. Whether it be the story itself or the narrator, some books falls flat in audiobook format. On the other hand, some books come to life when told aloud, especially when they’re read by the author or by a well-known actor!

Here are 15 audiobooks that are hands-down amazing books, but even better as audiobooks!

Just a heads up, this post contains affiliate links—that means I get a small commission of any sales made from the links below, but the price is the same for you whether you purchase via my link or directly from Amazon 🙂

The Best Way to Listen to Audiobooks

There are several ways to enjoy audiobooks, but Audible is my favorite. It’s an easy-to-use app that offers 1- or 2-credits-a-month memberships.

You can redeem your monthly credit for the audiobook of your choice.

What’s especially great about Audible is you can try them out for free for 30 days. They also let you return any audiobook you aren’t happy with, no questions asked.

1. The Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Narrated By: Jim Dale

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: The Night Circus is a vidid story of a circus—Le Cirque des Rêves—that appears at night, offering no warning or knowledge of where it comes from but guarantees magic and delight.

Le Cirque des Rêves is a breathtaking show that captivates audiences with its dazzling charm, but underneath all its beauty and grandeur is a fierce battle taking way.

Celia and Marco are both young, emerging magicians who’ve been training since they can both remember. Even though they’ve never met and don’t even know about the competition they’re in, they’re connected. As their fates become more and more intwined—with no other explanation than from divine will—the competition becomes even more dangerous and defining than it was before.

2. My Sister, the Serial Killer

Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite

Narrated By: Adepero Oduye

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Summary: My Sister, the Serial Killer is told from the perspective of Korede whose sister Ayoola is, in fact, a serial killer.

Ayoola is gorgeous, vain, and lazy, yet Korede is fiercly loyal to her. When Ayoola calls her—rather, each time Ayoola calls her—announcing she accidentally killed him, Korede runs to the rescue, helping tiny Ayoola dispose of the body and scrub out the blood.

But everything changes when Ayoola sets her sites on the man Korede’s in love with. Forced to sit back and watch in utter fear as Ayoola sinks her claws into him, Korede is faced with an inner battle to save the man she loves or to protect her sister—her blood.

Driven by passion—and the fear that they might get caught any minute because, oops, Korede accidentally confessed everything they’ve done to a man in a coma who is now awake—Korede makes choices she never even imagined were possible.

3. Circe

Author: Madeline Miller

Narrated By: Perdita Weeks

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Summary: A retelling of the most beloved and enticing mythology tales, Circe is a modern-day epic that would make even Homer proud.

Circe is the daughter of Helios, god of the sun and a mighty Titan. She’s the “strangest of his children”, possessing little allure, little strength, and a voice that makes the others cringe.

Yet, Circe is filled with compassion and empathy, something none of her other family members can claim. Driven by an insatiable curiosity of mortals, Circe realizes her place might not actually be with the hardened Titans she was born into.

In a desperate attempt to turn a mortal man into a god so they can be in love forever, Circe realizes she may have power after all—the power of witchcraft.

Banished to an island to live in seclusion for eternity, Circe uses her inner strength to develop her outer magic. Throughout her journey, she encounters some of the most famous figures in mythology, including the Minotaur, Icarus, Odysseus, Hermes, and Helen of Troy’s sister Penelope.

Circe’s tale is full of adventure, turmoil, and woe, but also of self-discovery, grace, and love.

4. The Harry Potter’s Series

Author: J.K. Rowling

Narrated By: Jim Dale

Genre: Fantasy

Summary: This one may not ring true to the title of this post—the Harry Potter series is not better in audio form, but it is comparable to the books!

In the first book of the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone , Harry Potter is the most famous wizard in the world, yet he has no idea. But when he begins to receive letter after letter, all delivered by owls, his abusive adoptive family—his aunt, uncle, and cousin—begins to panic.

They go to (practically) the end of the earth to get away from the influx of owl post, but their attempts prove futile when a half-giant named Hagrid eventually finds them and whisks Harry away to his new world.

Hagrid informs Harry that he’s a wizard and he’s slated to start his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But its moving staircases, in-house ghosts, and bewitched grand hall are just the beginning—Harry’s magical world not only transforms his life, it utterly changes it for the better.

The Harry Potter series is arguably the most beloved tale of all time, taking you on an adventure of magic, courage, friendship, and sacrifice that is only possible through true love.

5. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

Author: Michelle McNamara

Narrated By: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn – introduction, Patton Oswalt – afterword

Genre: True Crime

Summary: Written by true crime journalist Michelle McNamara, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is the true account of the Golden State Killer—a man who terrorized California for more than a decade. This account—already deemed a true crime classic—walks through the beginning of the predator’s crimes when he committed over fifty sexual assaults in Northern California, breaking into his victims’ homes, appearing to them masked and without pants before he attacked them.

As his attacks became public and received more and more attention, he started to turn to murder. Staking out his victims months in advance, he’d study them, creeping into their homes when they were gone, studying their photos and personal possessions, and learning the ins and outs of their houses.

Believed to be a member of the police force and/or military due to his specialized skills, like standing for hours upon hours without moving and his ability to scale large fences, the detectives on his case were utterly perplexed unable to come up with any leads.

At the time of this book’s publication, having been finished by a research assistant due to the author’s untimely passing, the Golden State Killer had not yet been caught, but thanks to McNamara’s relentless obsession, light has recently been shined on the case.

6. The Handmaid’s Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood

Narrated By: Claire Danes

Genre: Dystopian Fiction

Summary: In The Handmaid’s Tale, life as we once knew it is gone, replaced with the Republic of Gilead where democracy is no longer in place, women are not allowed to read, and the environment has been so contaminated by radioactive matter that if a woman somehow managed to get pregnant, there was only a minimal chance it would be born healthy.

Offred—once a free woman with a husband she adored, a daughter she loved, and money and freedom of her own—is now a handmaid for the Commander and his wife, part of the upperclass of Gilead.

Offred’s only job is to lie with the Commander once a month and hope that it results in a pregnancy. The wives of the Commanders are barren, but safe from the oppressive rules of Gilead because of their class status.

In Gilead, the only women who have even a semblance of hope are those who have status or are fertile. But even though Offred is one of the “lucky” ones, she’s a prisoner in her own right.

This audiobook version is narrated by Claire Danes, and as you can imagine, it’s an incredible performance.

7. Cold Tangerines: Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life

Author: Shauna Niequist

Narrated By: Shauna Niequist

Genre: Nonfiction | Christian

Summary: Cold Tangerines is a collection of personal narrative essays that focus on the joy and beauty of life, even in the ugly moments. Written and narrated by the author, this is an audiobook that will force you to take a step back and revel in the glory of the seemingly mundane.

Told through humor, insight, and a bit of defiance, Cold Tangerines is a book that will not only delight you, but make you a better person. Through taking moments to celebrate the taste of a cold tangerine, the electric red of leaves in the fall, or the sight of a new baby sleeping soundly, it’s the everyday moments that give us proof God is among us.

8. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Author: Marie Kondo

Narrated By: Emily Woo Zeller

Genre: Nonfiction | Self Help

Summary: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was one of the first audiobooks I ever listened to, and of course, it was while ransacking my house of all clutter.

The KonMari Method, the specific decluttering method developed by the author, is based off the simple concept that only things that are useful or bring you joy should be kept, while everything else should be purged.

Throughout the book, you’ll learn practical methods for getting rid of your stuff and how to deal with the heartache purging can bring, how to organize your items in the most efficient and easy to maintain way, and how to treat your personal belongings, especially clothes, with the respect they deserve.

This book is amazing in general, but it’s even better as an audiobook because it will give you the motivation and guidance you need to declutter your life and sincerely change it for the better.

9. Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

Author: Gretchen Rubin

Narrated By: Gretchen Rubin

Genre: Nonfiction | Self Help

Summary: It’s no secret that habits are the key to productive, healthy, and enriching lives. But breaking bad habits and adding new habits is a near impossible feat. In Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project, tackles the question: How do we change our habits?

In her research, she discovers there are four personality types, or as she refers to them, The Four Tendencies: the Obliger, the Questioner, the Rebel, and the Upholder.

After explaining these Four Tendencies in detail so you can see which fits you best, Rubin then outlines how each Tendency can make lasting positive changes in their life.

This is a great book that will give you insight into who you are at your core and offer practical tips to enhance your life.

10. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Author: Cheryl Strayed

Narrated By: Bernadette Dunne

Genre: Memoir

Summary: Wild is the personal account of Cheryl Strayed’s hike of more than a thousand miles across the Pacific Crest Trail.

Losing her mother, then her marriage, and eventually her last leg of hope, Strayed was driven to make the most impulsive decision of her life when she decided to hike through three states, completely alone and without any type of training.

This memoir is beautifully told, capturing the unimaginably terrifying and beautiful setting of the PCT while flashing back to the demons and stories of her sordid past.

11. Room

Author: Emma Donoghue

Narrated By: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, Suzanne Toren

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Summary: Room is told through the eyes of five-year-old Jack, a boy who thinks the four walls of his tiny underground room are the whole world.

Jack was born in Room and has lived there with Ma every since, playing, reading, eating, and sleeping.

But what Jack doesn’t know—what Ma has protected him so fiercely from—is that Room is not the world, it’s a prison. Kidnapped off the street when she was only nineteen years old, Ma has been kept down in Room, captive to Old Nick.

Ma is doing the best she can to give her son everything when they have nothing—not even freedom—but she can’t take it anymore. She devices an intense and dangerous plan to get them out of Room for good. But, once they’re out, what will happen to Jack’s simple idea of the world?

12. The Husband’s Secret

Author: Liane Moriarty

Narrated By: Caroline Lee

Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Women’s Fiction

Summary: In The Husband’s Secret, Cecilia has it all—three beautiful daughters, respect in her community, a successful career, and a husband who loves her.

But one day, Cecilia comes across a letter that was only meant to be read in the case of her husband’s death, yet he’s still very much alive. And in the letter is a secret so shocking it has the power to change multiple lives.

13. The Witches of New York

Author: Ami McKay

Narrated By: Julia Whelan

Genre: Fantasy | Historical Fiction

Summary: In The Witches of New York, Adelaide and Eleanor own and run an apathocary in 1880 Manhattan.

One day, a mysterious yet lovely young woman named Beatrice shows up at their door. Already possessing a natural knack for magic, Beatrice begins to show signs she’s capable of much more than a normal witch.

Eleanor wants to protect the girl, helping her hone her skills, but Adelaide wants to exploit her for money, submitting her for a series of tests to see if she can truly talk to spirits.

But as suddenly as she appears, Beatrice is gone, nowhere to be found.

14. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Narrated By: Elizabeth Gilbert

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Summary: Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of the bestseller Eat, Pray, Love as well as several other books.

Big Magic is her manifesto to the creative life. While this book is for creatives of any kind, it’s especially good for writers since Gilbert herself is a writer.

She explores the idea of fear and what that really means for those of us longing to put our work in the world. Instead of the typical “just do it” mentality, she takes a different look at fear by acknowledging that it’s actually necessary, but it doesn’t have to be crippling.

Giving us an inside look at her writing process, Big Magic is just that—magic. If you need some inspiration to keep writing or just want to know you’re not alone in some of the hardest parts of your writing endeavor, you’ll love this book.

15. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

Author: Rachel Hollis

Narrated By: Rachel Hollis

Genre: Nonfiction | Self Help

Summary: Girl, Wash Your Face is a collection of lies so many of us fall prey to and the game plan for tackling them head on in order to become the person you’re meant to be.

Not only does this audiobook give sound advice for how to deal with the crippling lies we face daily that bring insecurity, fear, and doubt, the author regales her own stories of how she was on the other side of the lies and how she finally overcame them.

This audiobook is helpful and inspiring as well as entertaining, told with honesty, wit, and candor.


What are some of your favorite audiobooks? I’d love to see your favorites in the comments below!


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  1. Robin says:

    Granted by John David Anderson.

  2. Shelley price says:

    The art of racing in the rain by garth stein: one of my favorites.

  3. Cheryl says:

    The Secret keeper
    By Kate MoRtOn
    Was my favorite audio

  4. Julie says:

    Becoming, narrated by michelle obama herself
    I felt like she was a friend!

  5. Lee k says:

    “A Gentleman in moscow” by amor towles was so elegantly Written and read.
    I’m white. The only way i coUld have gotten through “The good lOrd bird” by james mcbride, was through the audio version. narrated by michael beach, it uses the n-word quite LIBERALITY (it’s about a young black slave “freed” by john brown, Its a first person narrative in the child’s eyes of events leading up To Harpers Ferry.

  6. Lee says:

    A Towle’s “a GeNTleman in Moscow”, zukAs’ “the book thief”, and james mcbride’s “The good lord bird”.

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