Best binge-worthy audiobooks
Although audiobooks are so popular, and more people are ditching their physical books for digital ones, binge-worthy audiobooks can be difficult to find. You might download an audiobook hoping to get engrossed in it for hours only to listen to an unpleasant narrator with a grumpy voice.
Sometimes I wonder what makes an audiobook binge-worthy? Is it an intriguing plot or larger than life characters? Or just a simple story with a fascinating narrator? Well, for me it’s all of the above!
I find myself gravitating more and more towards audiobook if it has a compelling story, likeable characters and an amazing narrator. If you’re wondering where you can find these audiobooks, I’m here to help! This list has the 17 best audiobooks that you can binge-listen to.
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Billy Summers by Stephen King
The legendary novelist Stephen King is always known for his horror novels. But unlike his previous novels, King’s latest novel “Billy Summers’ ‘ is a crime fiction. This New York Times bestseller follows Billy, a former war sniper who works as a hitman under one condition- he only targets bad people. Soon he is about to take up his last job. In the meantime, Billy begins to write his own story. King’s incredible writing and Paul Sparks’ wonderful narration make Billy Summers a binge-worthy audiobook!
Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
The Last Thing He Told me is a suspenseful and emotional thriller that follows the life of Hanna Hall. When Hanna gets a note from her husband which says “Protect her”. She has no clue about what’s going on. Except that the note refers to her step-daughter. Shortly, Hanna learns that her husband’s boss is arrested for fraud and her husband has disappeared. Soon police and FBI agents start to question Hanna who soon realises her husband’s true identity. Rebecca Lowman masterfully captures the fear and helplessness in her narration. This fast-paced evocative audiobook is surely unputdownable.
Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
The New York Times bestselling author of The Martian’s new novel Project Hail Mary we meet Ryland Grace, the only survivor in the spaceship with no memory of his past nor nature of his assignment. Millions of miles away, without any other crew members, he is all alone in complete bewilderment and panic. Listen to Ray Porter’s impeccable narration to find out whether Grace would be able to save the planet.
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Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
Sally Rooney needs no introduction, her novels have been loved by readers for its immense depth realistic characters. Her new novel Beautiful World, Where Are You, is centred around Alice, a successful author who plans to travel to Italy with a man she just met. Meanwhile her best friend Elien, whom she emails every so often, is going through a break-up. Whether you love a modern love story or a complex drama you are going to enjoy listening to the world of modern relationships.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Delia Owens’ atmospheric novel follows Kya, who is known as a Marsh Girl among villagers. But she is more than just a girl from the Marsh, she has befriended all creatures from nature who also have been her only companions in her lonely life in the shack. Soon unexpected visitors invade Kya’s heart, and her life is never the same. Definitely a binge-worthy book to listen to now.
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Taylor Jenkins Reid is a trendsetter in intriguing fictional celebrity tales. Her new novel is in no way different. Malibu Rising follows the glamorous Nina Riva: a surfer and supermodel and her famous annual summer party. The novel dives deep into the dysfunctional Riva family- The life of legendary singer, Nina’s father Mica Riva. An unforgettable tale of family and relationships. Julia Whealen’s beautiful narration makes Malibu Rising a perfect binge-worthy audiobook.
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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
McManus’s latest novel mixes dark themes with YA fiction. The story follows teenagers Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, and Cooper, who are the prime suspects of the murder of their classmate Simon Kelleher, as each had their own motive to commit the crime. This gripping suspenseful story is undoubtedly a binge-listen.
Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens
From the acclaimed author of Still Missing comes a sweeping mystery thriller set in Cold Creek, British Columbia, a place infamous for mysterious disappearances of young women. The story primarily follows two women- Hailey a teenage orphan who runs away from her abusive uncle and Beth, who secretly investigates her sister’s murder. In addition to being a pulse-pounding dark thriller, Dark Roads is an audiobook that’ll make you feel a wave of emotions.
Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
If you love reading about what it takes to become a Hollywood icon, Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a perfect binge-worthy audiobook. The novel follows the fictional movie star Evelyn Hugo, from her earlier life as an ordinary housewife to becoming the Hollywood style icon. But when Hugo chooses an ordinary reporter Monique Grant to narrate her life story, nobody is as shocked as Monique herself. Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is an intriguing novel with unexpected twists and great emotional depth.
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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Michaelides’ debut novel mixes Greek Tragedy with a psychological thriller as it tells the story of a talented painter who murders her husband. But since then Alicia refuses to give any explanation for the crime. The story is told from the point of view of Theo Faber, a criminal psychotherapist who is determined to resolve the mystery. A fascinating thriller to binge-listen.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
At first glance, Fredrik Backman’s new novel is just about a failed bank robbery. But soon the story takes you into the lives of each individual involved in the bank robbery including hostages, two policemen and the bank robber. Backman infuses the themes of human values and capitalism in the novel. This instant New York Times bestseller is indeed a binge-worthy contemporary fiction.
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The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell
Want to binge-listen to an emotive mystery thriller? The Night She Disappeared is a riveting thriller with countless twists. The novel begins with the disappearance of a teen mom who goes on a date but never returns. Distressed mom, Kim is sure of the foul play and decides to find out the truth. Set in two alternating timelines, Jewell’s latest novel is a treat for mystery lovers.
Push by Ashley Audrain
This instant New York Times bestseller takes us to Blythe’s life. She has had a traumatic childhood. Both her mother and grandmother had problems in their motherhood which makes Blythe fearful about her own role as a mother. When her daughter Violet is born, the same thought disturbs her. Push is a blend of motherhood and maternal anxieties in an ominous setting.
Rock Paper Scissors by Alice Feeney
New York Times bestselling author Alice Feeney’s new novel is a suspenseful domestic thriller that follows a couple’s weekend trip. Adam and Amelia have been married for ten years, but they don’t really have a so-called happy marriage. In fact, the Scotland trip they’re about to take is going to determine their future. An enthralling audiobook to listen to ASAP.
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
Looking to binge listen to dysfunctional family audiobooks? Liane Moriarty’s new novel is just about that. The novel follows The Delaney family- Stan and Joy and their four children. The Delaneys have been married for fifty years and have always been the perfect family in society. But when Joy goes missing, children are reluctant to report to the police as they doubt their father’s innocence. But eventually the unthinkable happens and secrets are revealed. An unputdownable family drama to get immersed in.
Verity by Colleen Hoover
This riveting romantic thriller follows the struggling writer Lowen Ashleigh. When she gets the job offer as a ghostwriter for the bestselling author Verity Crawford, who is unable to get back to writing. When she visits the house to refer to the note and other resources she finds a half-done autobiography of Verity which contains some dark secrets of the family. An awe-inspiring thriller to add to your summer reading list.
Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau
Set in 1970s Baltimore, the novel follows Fourteen-year-old Mary Jane, who’s grown up in a strict household. doing chores with her mother and singing at the church choir. But as she starts her job as a summer nanny in the Cones’ household, Mary Jane gets transported to a new world. For a start, the house is an utter mess. There is never food on the table and the whole family hardly puts on clothes at home. Soon the celebrity couple joins the family and the young Mary Jane is mesmerised by the exotic couple.
There you’ve the list of 17 binge-worthy audiobooks to keep you busy!
What are some of the best audiobooks that you recommend? Let me know in the comments!