14 Books That Are Incredible As Audiobooks


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Listening to audiobooks is a part of my daily routine.

Even if I’m exhausted from working long hours, listening to stories instantly takes away some of that fatigue. Having someone narrate books to you is the best feeling ever!

Whether it’s an epic classic or an enthralling new book, listening to them makes it even better.

In this post, you can find 14 incredible books that are even better as audiobooks, narrated by terrific narrators!

From the classic “Anne of Green Gables” to the popular 2021 release “Mary Jane”, start listening to these audiobooks NOW!

Classics better as audiobooks

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Narrated by Rachel McAdams
Listening Length: 9 hours and 22 minutes

This heartwarming story has beckoned generations of readers into the special world of Green Gables, an old-fashioned farm outside a town called Avonlea. Anne Shirley, an eleven-year-old orphan, has arrived in this verdant corner of Prince Edward Island only to discover that the Cuthberts—elderly Matthew and his stern sister, Marilla—want to adopt a boy, not a feisty redheaded girl. But before they can send her back, Anne—who simply must have more scope for her imagination and a real home—wins them over completely. A much-loved classic that explores all the vulnerability, expectations, and dreams of a child growing up, Anne of Green Gables is also a wonderful portrait of a time, a place, a family… and, most of all, love.

Canadian author L.M Montgomery’s classic novel is a coming-of-age story of an orphan girl, Anne Shirley, who comes to live on the Cuthbert siblings farm. The Cuthbert siblings didn’t intend to adopt a girl, as they were looking for a boy to help them on the farm. Eventually, the talkative, imaginative and high spirited Anne makes her way through Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert lives. Rachel McAdams narrates the novel with a cheerful and eloquent voice that complements the young Anne’s enthusiasm.  Listening to the audiobook is surely going to take you back to 19th century Prince Edward Island. 

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Narrated by Kate Winslet
Listening Length: 4 hours and 18 minutes

Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters, she has two of the most idiotic, self-centred parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Miss (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

Published in 1988, Matilda is one of the best children’s novels of all time. Matilda is born to self-centred parents who failed to recognize her intellect. They had no clue that Matilda was able to read classics such as “Great Expectation” and “Jane Eye” at the age of four. But despite her troubled little world, young Matilda was smart and enthusiastic and loved her life. This whimsical story is narrated by the Academy award-winning actress Kate Winslet! 

Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Narrated by:  Stephen Fry
Listening Length: 62 hours and 52 minutes

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled millions of fans. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle’s detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated nine insightful and personal introductions to each title. 

Engaging plots, fascinating characters and one of the greatest detectives of all time, that’s what Sherlock Holmes is all about. In this audiobook, one of the world’s well-known voice actors, Stephen Fry narrates the complete works of Sherlock Holmes. The best audiobook version of one of the best mysteries of all time!

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Narrated by: Andy Serkis
Listening Length: 10 hours and 25 minutes

Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out onto the floor when he caught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug’s left eye. He was only pretending to sleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance! Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

In this audiobook of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Hobbit’, actor-director Andy Serkis, the voice of Gollum in the movie takes you on an adventure. Bilbo Baggins unexpected journey is a sublime work of fiction. One of the best fantasy audiobooks for bookworms!

Contemporary books incredible to listen to

Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson

Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Listening Length: 6 hours and 40 minutes

Lillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school. But then, Lillian had to leave the school unexpectedly in the wake of a scandal, and they’ve barely spoken since. Until now, when Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help. Madison’s twin stepkids are moving in with her family, and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there’s a catch: The twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way. Lillian is convinced Madison is pulling her leg, but it’s the truth. Thinking of her dead-end life at home, the life that has consistently disappointed her, Lillian figures she has nothing to lose. Over the course of one humid, demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other – and stay cool – while also staying out of the way of Madison’s buttoned-up politician husband. Surprised by her own ingenuity yet unused to the intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her – urgently and fiercely. Couldn’t this be the start of the amazing life she’d always hoped for?

This is about two little children who occasionally burst into fire. Yes, actual fire. It’s not harmful to them. Despite this bizarre nature, they are not taken care of the way they are supposed to. Their busy father keeps them away from the family and their mother is pretty much out of the picture. The story mostly explains how their mother’s high school friend Lilian, becomes their caretaker. Meanwhile, she also has her own dysfunctional life to worry about. Marin Ireland’s narration is fun and flawless. She has won the award for the best female narrator for this book!

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Narrated by: Tom Hanks
Listening Length: 9 hours and 53 minutes

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.

The Dutch house is a  fascinating story of the Conroy family, particularly the siblings Danny and his older sister Maeve. After their father’s death,  step-mother Andrea allegedly takes over their family home- The Dutch House. Soon after, both siblings are thrown out of the house.  Set over the course of five decades, this complex audiobook describes fragile family relationships. Tom Hanks’ incredible narration as Danny, makes this family saga a timeless story! 

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Narrated by Julia Whelan
Listening Length: 15 hours and 3 minutes

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier. Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything and go anywhere for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources. But as winter approaches and darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates and the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in 18 hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: They are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves. 

When Ernt Allbright comes home after the Vietnam war, he is violent and volatile. His wife and daughter have no choice but to follow his impulsive decisions, one of which is to move to the wild of Alaska. Thirteen-year-old Leni is both anxious and excited about this new life, but she secretly hopes that the new land can give her family a new life. But soon when the winter approaches, their life in the remote corner of life gets harder, and soon traumatic events take place that changes all of their lives. The voice actor, Julia Whelan brings forth the helplessness, agony and resilience of each character in the narration, effortlessly.  

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Narrated by Marin Ireland
Listening Length: 9 hours and 53 minutes

Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world. Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them – the bank robber included – desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises, these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.

Portraying the story of a bank robbery, the book concentrates more on the people who become friends by accident during the same. Set in Sweden, the book makes us witness the journey of these “idiots”, their anxieties after a failed attempt along with how they finally realise that they have a lot more in common than they ever imagined. Another exhilarating narration by Marin Ireland. 

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi 

Narrated by Sneha Mathan 
Listening Length: 10 hours and 56 minutes

Escaping from an abusive marriage, 17-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist – and confidante – to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own….Known for her original designs and sage advice, Lakshmi must tread carefully to avoid the jealous gossips who could ruin her reputation and her livelihood. As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled one day when she is confronted by her husband, who has tracked her down these many years later with a high-spirited young girl in tow – a sister Lakshmi never knew she had. Suddenly the caution that she has carefully cultivated as protection is threatened. Still she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her as she does.

The Henna Artist takes place in 1950s Jaipur, India and follows Lakshmi, a henna artist. After fighting her abusive marriage life, Lakshmi has found a new career that made her popular in town. However, her future business plans come to suffer when she gets unexpected visitors. The narrator Sneha Mathan’s soothing voice magically transports us to the Pink City- Jaipur. The Henna Artist is a perfect audiobook to listen to if you’re looking for uplifting tales!

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Narrated by Julia Whelan
Listening Length: 15 hours and 2 minutes

Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows. By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as crops fail and water dries up and the earth cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying, including Elsa’s tenuous marriage; each day is a desperate battle against nature and a fight to keep her children alive. In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa- like so many of her neighbours – must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or leave it behind and go west, to California, in search of a better life for her family.

Elsa Martinelli was never considered beautiful by her family nor by any young men she has ever known. However, when she finally gets the attention of Rafe Martinelli, she is smitten by him. Soon when her family finds out that she is pregnant with his child, her own family abandons her with Martinellis. For the first time ever, Elsa finds a new home on Martinelli’s farm. She worked harder than ever to raise her family until the Dustbowl hit. Julia Whelan lends her remarkable narration to this survival story of a young woman. Captivating audiobooks of hardships and love. 

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

Narrated by Caitlin Kinnunen
Listening Length: 9 hours and 44 minutes

n 1970s Baltimore, 14-year-old Mary Jane loves cooking with her mother, singing in her church choir, and enjoying her family’s subscription to the Broadway Showtunes of the Month record club. Shy, quiet, and bookish, she’s glad when she lands a summer job as a nanny for the daughter of a local doctor. A respectable job, Mary Jane’s mother says. In a respectable house. The house may look respectable on the outside, but inside it’s a literal and figurative mess: clutter on every surface, Impeachment: Now More Than Ever bumper stickers on the doors, cereal and takeout for dinner. And even more, troublesome (were Mary Jane’s mother to know, which she does not): the doctor is a psychiatrist who has cleared his summer for one important job – helping a famous rock star dry out. A week after Mary Jane starts, the rock star and his movie star wife move in. Over the course of the summer, Mary Jane introduces her new household to crisply ironed clothes and a family dinner schedule and has a front-row seat to a liberal world of sex, drugs, and rock and roll (not to mention group therapy). Caught between the lifestyle she’s always known and the future she’s only just realized is possible, Mary Jane will arrive in September with a new idea about what she wants out of life, and what kind of person she’s going to be. 

Set in 1970s Baltimore, the novel follows Fourteen-year-old Mary Jane, who is brought up in a strict family. She loves doing chores with her mother and follows the traditional family rules that her mother has taught her. When Mary Jane gets a job as a nanny to neighbour’s kids, she sees a completely different set of people. The Cones’ household is an utter mess. There’s no food and no rules to follow.  And the young Mary Jane is amazed to be among them. The mellow tone voice of Caitlin Kinnunen is perfect for Mary Jane. This melodious audiobook is one of the best releases of 2021!

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Narrated by Ray Porter
Listening Length: 16 hours and 10 minutes

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission – and if he fails, humanity and the Earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, he realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Alone on this tiny ship that’s been cobbled together by every government and space agency on the planet and hurled into the depths of space, it’s up to him to conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And thanks to an unexpected ally, he just might have a chance. Part scientific mystery, part dazzling interstellar journey, Project Hail Mary is a tale of discovery, speculation, and survival to rival The Martian – while taking us to places it never dreamed of going.

From the author of The Martian comes another thrilling science fiction. The novel starts with Ryland Grace waking up from his induced coma in a spaceship. He hasn’t the slightest idea about what’s going on except that he has been sleeping for a very, very long time. With the corpses of his colleague and the vague memories of his past, it’s up to him to save the Earth from extinction. The narrator Ray Porter, who is known for his villainous role, has delivered a phenomenal narration of this spectacular sci-fi novel. 

Circe by Madeline Miller

Narrated by Perdita Weeks  
Listening Length: 12 hours and 8 minutes

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child – not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power – the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur; Daedalus and his doomed son, Icarus; the murderous Medea; and, of course, wily Odysseus. But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from or the mortals she has come to love. 

Spellbinding fantasy fiction for the lovers of Greek mythology. Circe is the daughter of Helios. Although born to a divine family she lacks power and is constantly being overlooked by others. When her family banishes her to a new world she finds her hidden abilities. Perdita Weeks’ spellbinding narration makes ‘Circe’  a spectacular novel about the land of Greek heroes and gods. 

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Novel by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Listening Length: 7 hours and 29 minutes

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship – the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

This YA novel explores friendship, struggles with racial & ethnic identity, sexuality & family relationships of two Mexican-American teenagers. It is through their friendship that Aristotle & Dante learn the most important truths about them & about what they want to be. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s profound narration makes the story both entertaining and memorable. 

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Always curious to hear from you,

Stephy

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